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What will it be for you: GDPR or GDP-Aaargh!?

Hasn’t this year just flown by? Halloween’s passed, we’ve just had Bonfire Night and next it’s Christmas. How often do you find yourself saying that? Well, before you know it, we’ll be into the new year, Spring’s around the corner, and then – you’ve guessed it – the General Data Protection Regulation takes effect. That’s right, as soon as May 2018! You may have already heard it mentioned once or twice because it’s not that far off, and it isn’t going to go away!  It’s pretty important too. Especially if… Continue Reading
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To jab, or not to jab? That is the question

It is that time of year when employers need to be fully prepared for the flu season, which can undeniably be bad for business. Those of us watching the news will know that the NHS is braced for the worst flu season in its history, amid fears that overcrowded hospitals will be unable to cope. Millions of working days are lost each year in the UK because of flu. In fact, research by Unison has shown that sickness absence caused by flu costs an employer £552 per employee per year.… Continue Reading
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How am I going to get this people stuff delivered?

Do you want dedicated and experienced support to deliver an HR project within an agreed timescale and budget? I know what it’s like running a business. Competing demands on your time, from staff, customers and suppliers. It’s brilliant, but it’s a constant juggle. And sometimes you need a hand. I can lend that hand. For a fixed cost, you can access my tried and tested HR Project Service. So if you don’t have the time, skills or the resources necessary to deliver an important people project for your business, then… Continue Reading
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HMRC Names And Shames National Minimum Wage Offenders

HMRC recently published its latest list of employers who are failing to pay their staff the National Minimum Wage, and a whopping £1.9 million is due to be handed out in compensation for workers who didn’t receive what they were really owed. It might come as a surprise to learn that household name Argos topped the list of offenders, after the company admitted to requiring staff to attend briefing meetings at the start of their shifts, and wait around for security searches to be completed at the end of the… Continue Reading
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Five things to remember when disciplining employees…….

Five things to remember when disciplining employees…….     A clear and concise disciplinary policy and procedure is an absolutely must-have when running your own business, and it’s a LEGAL requirement to have one! “Why,” you may ask, “do I need these policies and procedures for my business?” The simple answer is…because you have people working for you! With human nature being what it is, employees will test limits and act “creatively” in workplace situations, so you need a strategy for developing, communicating and enforcing a set of policies and practices that… Continue Reading
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Absence doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder!

My top tips for managing sickness absence, effectively Did you know that the average UK employee takes 6.6 days off sick in any 12 month period? Sickness absence still accounts for around 6 days a year per employee in the private sector, which in a small business, will significantly impact production and customer service levels as well as result in missed business opportunities as well as the additional cost of replacement cover – all of which directly hits your bottom line.   Multiply this all up by your number of staff… Continue Reading
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Don’t fall foul of non complete clauses

Employment law and legislation is an endlessly-moving feast, and no 21st century business owner or manager can afford to take their eye off the ball, lest we find ourselves unwittingly falling foul of shifting case law and legislation. Non-compete clauses are an excellent case in point. Also sometimes known as restrictive covenants, or post termination restrictions, they can be a real and valuable business necessity, particularly in firms where eemployee’s may acquire confidential information about key business interests such as the identity of clients, client requirements and pricing, product /tech/ideas… Continue Reading
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Who are you going to call?………

…….when you have disciplinary, sickness absence, performance, or more serious people issues to deal with in your business? How would you like to be able to pick up the phone and talk to someone who: Knows your business Has real life experience of dealing with these issues Can give you practical and sound advice Will deal with the problem swiftly, so you carry on running your business For a fixed monthly cost, you can access my HR Oxygen Service, whenever you need it. PLUS there are no nasty additional costs,… Continue Reading
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Companies With Women Executives Perform Better – So Why Has Representation Stagnated?

The results of the Pipeline’s Women Count 2017 survey were recently published, and they raise some pretty interesting and important questions about female leadership, and the progress we’re making towards ensuring that women are given the opportunity to thrive in senior roles. It was found that FTSE 350 companies with at least 25% of women on the leadership committees delivered almost twice the profit margin as those with no women on the team – the companies with no women on the leadership board achieving worst of all surveyed. It’s safe… Continue Reading
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Three Little Reasons To Love HR

Let’s be brutally honest here… HR has something of a reputation for being the lesser sibling of the other ‘big hitting’ functions like Sales and Biz Dev!! It’s a burden that we’ve carried for years, and it’s one that refuses to budge in a lot of circles. But is there any substance behind it? Are we actually just a group of thundering bores who can bring nothing more to your business than bureaucracy and forms to fill in, and pointless policies that never see the light of day? Just what… Continue Reading
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