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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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The Gig Economy… An Opportunity For Your Business, Or Something To Avoid?

These past few weeks, you might have noticed that the ‘gig economy’ is something that’s being discussed more and more in the media. Essentially, it’s all about a labour market that’s characterised by lots of freelance work and short-term contracts, rather than permanent roles. Some might say that it’s a win-win for employers and workers alike. People get to enjoy the flexibility of having less constraints placed on their time, they’re free to decide the finer details of how the work is carried out, and they also have an element… Continue Reading
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Key Employment Law Changes For April 2017

April is a fairly busy time for HR professionals and business owners alike. Not only are you required to tie up any loose ends from the previous financial year but you also need to make sure that you’re fully prepared for legislative changes that could impact your business. This is a time when new rules come into force, so there’s no room to be burying your head in the sand. You need to be prepared, and you need to take action. Here’s what you need to know: National minimum wage… Continue Reading
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Why You Should Never Download Your People Policies Online.

If you’re like most employers, then the very first time that you realised that you were going to need some people policies, to make sure that you were compliant with the law and doing everything you can to drive performance and engagement, you probably carried out a quick Google search to grab what you needed? It seems like the obvious place to start. You’ve no doubt picked up a ton of valuable business advice online during your time as an entrepreneur, so search engines often become your trusty advisor when… Continue Reading
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What To Do When An Employee Unexpectedly Resigns?

So things are ticking along nicely in your business… Your staff are engaged, productive, and they’re smashing their goals. Sales are on the rise, and you’re feeling pretty pleased with the fact that you’ve managed to grow and nurture such an awesome team of employees. But suddenly, there’s a spanner in the works….. Completely out of the blue, a key member of staff tells you that they’re moving on to pastures new. In a small business, this can be a serious blow, and it can have a real impact on… Continue Reading
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Is Your Next Business Disaster Looming On The Horizon?

You might not be surprised to learn that a high percentage of the enquiries that we get are from business owners who are experiencing what they consider to be ‘a bit of a disaster’, to say the least. Sometimes, it’s that productivity levels have slumped to the extent that they can’t fulfill their agreements with customers and clients.  Occasionally, it’s because they’re facing a tribunal and often, relations with staff have spiraled out of control and they’re not quite sure what to do for the best. They recognise that they… Continue Reading
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Will Facebook’s New Jobs Feature Make LinkedIn Obsolete?

For the past couple of years, LinkedIn has well and truly had a monopoly when it comes to being the social network of choice for recruiters and small business owners on the lookout for top new talent. With the new changes recently announced from Facebook though, the more ‘professional network’ might have a fight on its hands. Of course, many business owners have been using Facebook for recruitment more informally for quite some time now. We’ve all seen the posts from companies letting their followers know that they’re hiring. The… Continue Reading
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Is Work-Life Balance Ever Really Achievable For Business Owners?

When you dip into an article from an HR consultant about work-life balance, you probably have a few preconceptions about what we’re going to say to you. You might imagine that we’re going to tell you that time off is vital, and that no one can fire on all cylinders without getting some well-deserved time away from the office. Maybe you think that we’re going to drive home the importance of adhering to the legislation around working hours, and ensuring you aren’t breaking the law when it comes to how… Continue Reading
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Recruiting for Less Desirable Roles… What do you Need to Know?

Picture the scene …. Your business is growing, and it’s time to bring in an extra pair of hands to manage all the various different tasks that are clogging up your desk. Excellent! It’s a sign of growth, and it could mark the start of an exciting new chapter for your business. But you sit down, and you start to put your job description together. All of a sudden, you’re worried. You know that you need to recruit a cold-caller, but you also know that finding someone who loves getting… Continue Reading
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