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Should you be Facebook friends with your employees?

There are a ton of challenges that come hand-in-hand with employing a team of staff; Ensuring that productivity is high and that you’re getting a good return on your staffing investment. Keeping up to date with performance reviews. Staying on the right side of employment legislation. And the tricky question of whether you should accept that friend request that you just received on Facebook from your team member? Granted, in the grand scheme of things, this is hardly the kind of challenge that should keep you awake at night. But… Continue Reading
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I’d like you to buy me a boat for my leaving present please……………..

I have to say that when I read this article, I wasn’t quite sure if I believed it – but it must be true if it’s in the Guardian! The Guardian recently reported that employees had been asked to help pay for a boat as a leaving gift for their departing Director. Now, I’ve had some really lovely gifts when I left my previous employers, including some rather lovely LululGuiness luggage, a Mont Blanc pen, but I didn’t ask for a Porsche or a Harley when I left those businesses!… Continue Reading
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Could your business make better use of freelancers?

Thursday 8th June marks National Freelancers Day, and independent professionals up and down the country will celebrate the fact that they boldly work for themselves. It’s estimated that there are around 2 million freelancers operating in the UK, and they’ve had their fair share of press recently. With the gig economy being a key topic of conversation, and firms like Uber and Deliveroo coming under scrutiny for how they treat the people working for them, it’s clear that the world of work is changing fast, and the face of employment… Continue Reading
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How to manage Politics in the Workplace

With the government having recently announced an election for 8th June, politics is something that is being discussed up and down the country. As a leader of a workforce, there are many potential problems that this could create. It can be a sensitive subject, fraught with emotion and strong opinions, so it makes sense to know exactly how you can and should deal with any issues that might arise. First of all, you should be aware that you do have the right to ban political campaigning in the workplace. So… Continue Reading
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Four Tips for Managing Sickness Absence

It’s inevitable that from time to time, your members of staff will get sick. It’s to be expected, and it’s something that you can’t really avoid as you grow your business and your workforce. It’s also important to recognise the importance of allowing employees time off who are ill, and to make them aware that you will support them if they are sick and not to create a culture of presenteeism. Presenteeism means that people are present at work, but only because they are fearful of taking time off, and… Continue Reading
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How To Deal With The Influx Of Bank Holiday Weekends

Everyone loves a good bank holiday weekend. More time with the family, an opportunity to unwind, and weather permitting, maybe even a barbecue or two. As a business owner though, long weekends bring some key challenges. With two bank holidays appearing in May in the UK, it makes sense to be prepared, so you can prevent the common issues from knocking your business off track. Here are a few things that you should consider, sooner rather than later… Make sure you have a policy that’s clearly communicated to all staff… Continue Reading
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How Can You Better Support Women In Your Workplace?

International Women’s day was held on March 8th and this year the theme was being Bold about Change. International Women’s day is all about raising awareness and trying to forge a better working world, and a more inclusive, working world. Really, it’s your duty as an employer or business owner to make sure that women in your business are treated equally, and that a woman’s decision to start a family or become a carer doesn’t have to mean its game over for their career. It’s 2017, so you might think… Continue Reading
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How Much Bereavement Leave Should You Give To Your Staff?

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recently announced that the company would double its standard bereavement leave allowance, giving employees a total of 20 days off work to grieve for immediate family members. Sandberg herself has spoken publicly about the death of her husband back in 2015, and in a statement issued via the social media network, she said: ‘We need public policies that make it easier for people to care for their children and aging parents and for families to mourn and heal after loss’. Though many issues in the workplace… Continue Reading
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A Quick Drink After Work, Or A Serious Problem For Your Business?

Many of us are no strangers to a little tipple after work.A glass of wine with colleagues to put the world to rights. An informal brainstorming session over a few beers. Some all-important bonding and team building away from the constraints and routine of being tied to a desk.   But as a leader, you no doubt fully recognise that alcohol can turn into a serious problem in your workplace if it’s not carefully managed. What would you do if an employee turned up for their shift looking worse for… Continue Reading
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How Can You Better Support Mums In Your Workplace?

With Mother’s Day recently passed, millions showed their appreciation for the women in their lives with flowers, chocolates, and cards. As an employer though, the gift that you can give working mums goes a little bit deeper…. Really, it’s your duty to make sure that mums are treated equally in the workplace, and that a woman’s decision to start a family doesn’t have to mean game over for her career. It’s 2017, so you might think that we’re past the stage where these kinds of things are still burning issues.… Continue Reading
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