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Do you need an HR Secret Weapon?

Growing a business without HR expertise is challenging at best, and a constant uphill struggle at worst. If you’ve ever had to tackle a people issue on your own, you’ll know just how stressful it can be. Between trying to manage your legal obligations, and meeting your operational requirements, firefighting can become part of your everyday routine if you aren’t careful. Of course, there’s the option to call upon help on a project-by-project basis, and there can be real value in that approach. But if you’re ready to raise the… Continue Reading
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Are you showing some self-restraint this Lent?

The year is charging ahead and already Lent is fast approaching us; a time traditionally for taking stock and giving up a luxury or two. Granted those luxuries are often alcohol or chocolate based – although the really savvy amongst us will give up things they never really liked anyway (so that’s no celery for me for a month!). We all know that bad habits in our personal lives can lead to serious problems. From trying to adopt a healthier diet through to kicking caffeine or nicotine, most of us… Continue Reading
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Show your employees some love this Valentines

While Valentine’s Day is traditionally the time to show your sweetheart how much you care, it has always seemed like an ideal opportunity to me, to take a moment to reflect on my employee relationships and ask myself whether I show their employees just how much I value them. How about you? We all want our employees to reach their full potential and go above and beyond every day don’t we? So consider the findings of the latest research conducted by employee services provider Personal Group, which has revealed that… Continue Reading
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How to get yourself out of an HR pickle  

In an ideal world, we’d never have to worry about firefighting people issues within our businesses. We’d have perfectly crafted policies, highly skilled line managers, and an engaged workforce with individuals who are passionate about helping our operations to reach their full potential. Of course – things don’t always work out quite this way! Pretty much every business owner has experienced some tricky HR issues during their career, and most would agree – they sometimes come out of nowhere! Now’s not the time to point the finger though. If you’ve… Continue Reading
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Lend a hand – why workplace volunteering is a win-win

If I told you that approximately 70% of FTSE 100 companies have a volunteering programme, would you be surprised? Corporate volunteer activity days, giving employees time off to volunteer in their local communities, and sponsorship matching are just three examples of popular schemes adopted by the FTSEs. Waitrose, for example, donate some 75,000 paid employee hours a year to volunteering. So there must be a really compelling reason why our biggest and most successful corporates do this. After all, they have budgets and performance targets like the rest of us.… Continue Reading
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Snow day

How did you handle the recent snow day? Normally, a bit of snow is great fun. Who doesn’t love a spot of snowman building, after all?! But adverse weather is likely at some point to give employers concerns about employee absence levels. So what do you need to know about the impact of bad weather conditions? 1. Minimum working temperature As the winter weather bites, do you know what protection you have to provide for your employees from the chill? The answer to whether you need to provide a min… Continue Reading
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Six Ways To Raise Your Leadership Game This Year

1.Think that becoming a better leader involves attending intensive courses, gaining years and years of experience, or getting your head stuck into a textbook? Well, not necessarily. These things can all have their place, but it’s very possible to raise your game in this first week of 2018, by making just a few manageable changes. If you’re ready to step up to the challenge, then read on. We’re going to look at six practical game-changers that you can get to work with right away. 1. Leave some unplanned time in… Continue Reading
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Are you kickstarting your business into 2018 ?

Your business is nothing without its people – they are the beating heart of any company, and without them firing on all cylinders, you won’t get the new year off to a good start! With everyone pulling in the same direction you have the beginnings of a winning business formula, and the ultimate goal for any business must be to ensure that its ‘human capital’ is delivering the very best possible value for money and driving profit to the bottom line. So, are you confident that your people are delivering… Continue Reading
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Myth busting

Do you want flexible HR Support on a regular basis, but don’t think you can afford quality HR support? You’d be surprised at how affordable it actually is……………… You can access our HR Director Services once a week, once a month or once a quarter – the choice is yours. You will be getting expert advice without the hassle or costs of employing a highly experienced HR Director. Our tailored advice will remove all your people worries and enable you to see real results, fast. We can: Complete an HR… Continue Reading
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Spotting the bullies

A couple of weeks ago it was national Anti-bullying week and children around the country are wearing odd socks and celebrating what makes them, and others, unique and why it’s important to be able to be themselves without fear of bullying. The tagline is ‘All Different, All Equal’ and it’s heartening to see such a progressive attitude towards the prevention of bullying amongst our younger people. So why then do over 91% of employees report that that their employer did not deal with the consequences of social bullying at work?*… Continue Reading
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