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Improving Performance is as easy as 123

Ok, maybe not! But it doesn’t take a business guru to tell you that if you want your company to thrive, you need to make sure that your staff are firing on all cylinders. Of course though, as is often the case when it comes to the tricky business of managing people, this can be much easier said than done. If you want to achieve big things, you need clear and effective processes in place to help you to get there. Your line managers play a huge role in creating… Continue Reading
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Is the gig up?

Well I can’t say I’m surprised….. and this is something that I have been warning my clients about for sometime! On the 13th June, the Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling. It determined that a ‘self employed’ plumber, ‘gigging’ full-time for 13 years, as an independent contractor for a London firm (who was then sacked when he had a heart attack), was indeed a “worker” under the 1996 Employment Rights Act (ERA), and the 1998 Working Time Regulations (WTR), and therefore, entitled to bring certain employment law claims against… Continue Reading
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Summer staff shortages – might flexible working policies for your staff be the solution?

The sun is shining and it’s July. Which means that the whole country is poised for their summer holidays, family day outs, festival trips, the World Cup and Wimbledon on the TV ….….lots of marvellous reasons not to be in the office!! Great news for your staff, but probably less than great news for you if you are facing staff shortages in the office or are trying to plan holiday cover over the Summer. I’ve recently blogged about how to tactically plan staffing cover over the Summer, so hopefully you… Continue Reading
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Train like Jo Konta

If you had to bet your hard earned cash on backing me or Jo Konta to win a match at Wimbledon this week, which one would you choose? I’m going out on a limb here, and guessing you plumped for Jo!! After all, setting aside her natural aptitude, significant time and financial investment has been made in her skills training and coaching. Aptitude + Training = Better chance of success Obvious, right? So, given this obvious equation, why don’t more business owners apply this same principle to staff, and better… Continue Reading
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We have a new website privacy policy, read it here

Privacy policy This privacy policy describes how Emma C Browning Limited collects, stores and uses data collected about you from emmacbrowning.com (the Website). Our details Emma C Browning Limited is the data controller for this Website. You can contact the data controller in the following ways: By email to emma@emmacbrowing.com By using our website contact form By telephoning 01280 848415 By post to Unit 3 Bignell Barns, Chesterton, Bicester OX26 1TD   Collection and use of your personal information When you visit our Website, we may collect personal information: Through… Continue Reading
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Is your Employee Handbook fluid or fusty?

Wow. We are halfway through the year already. Time has really galloped on and the legislative landscape continues to evolve at speed. Have your employment, policies and HR practices kept pace and evolved too? When it’s busy it’s easy to forget that employment policies underpin the culture of your organisation. It is almost certain that an organisation’s employment policies relating to its workforce will be out of date before you know it unless they have been reviewed within the last 12 months – and the worst time to find this… Continue Reading
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Everything your business needs to know about……..Jury Service

Like death and taxes, jury duty is one of those things that we just can’t dodge. For many of us it is a fascinating opportunity and insight into the inner workings of our justice system. However some people will come up with all manner of excuses to get out of jury duty, most of which don’t hold water these days; the most common reasons for deferment being medical, childcare, or specific work commitments.  Although my personal favourite has to be the entreaties of the potential juror who didn’t want to… Continue Reading
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Shared Parental Leave

The Government has just finished its £1.5m advertising campaign to promote shared parental leave (SPL) after just a 2% take-up of the policy since its introduction. So did you and your employees get the memo? Probably not! Despite being 3 years down the line since launch, many companies still know little about it and don’t have the right systems and infrastructures in place to manage SPL well, and research shows that around half the population aren’t even aware that SPL even exists. The introduction of Shared Parental Leave in April… Continue Reading
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Forget the beach body, is your business summer-ready?

Never mind being beach body ready (because let’s face it, mine isn’t and never will be), I’m focused on toning my wobbly business abs into six packs for the Summer ahead. Are you? Traditionally, summer can be a quiet time for businesses. But if you think like I do, then you certainly won’t see that as an opportunity for taking afternoons off with a 99 ice cream and a flake! In fact, I am sure you’re probably busy planning ahead for these sunny months, as you know how much that… Continue Reading
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May Day, May Day, its only 16 days until GDPR is live and kicking!

You are probably sick and tired of hearing about GDPR now, I know I definitely am! However, it may be even more far reaching than you first thought. GDPR compliance isn’t just about customer data – it affects your collection, storage and treatment of employee data too. Do you have it in hand? Well, it’s not too late if you haven’t! I have been working with my legal team to come up with a simple plan for what needs to be done with your existing employees and for any new… Continue Reading
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