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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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Should you let Your Staff Work From Home?

  According to recent research by ILM, more than half of workers feel trapped by the rigid structure of their workplace. A whopping 74% said that they wanted more freedom and flexibility, so it’s not really surprising that homeworking is a trend that a ton of savvy employers are considering. Homeworking provisions vary between businesses, but the overarching principle is that you let your staff carry out their tasks from the comfort of their own space. They might do this once or twice a week, or it might be a… Continue Reading
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You Survived Blue Monday… but is Mental Health an Issue in Your Business?

So if you’re reading this, then you made it through the most depressing day of the year. Monday 16th January, or ‘Blue Monday’ is the time when the festivities are well and truly over, we’re back into a monotonous routine, and it feels like there’s not a great deal to look forward to. It’s also bang in the middle of a period when staff absences are likely to be high. Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence, said: “Weary workers cannot face coming into work – it’s a long month too,… Continue Reading
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Ten Ridiculous (but Completely Real) Excuses for not Paying Minimum Wage

Sometimes, you read something online, and you can’t possibly believe that it’s true.  Sure, it might make for a funny or thought-provoking story, but you don’t actually think for one minute that it really happened. It’s there to prove a point, or start a conversation, or even just provide a little bit of light-hearted entertainment. If you’ve already seen the list of the worst excuses that employers have made for not paying minimum wage, then you’d be forgiven for thinking that SURELY, these aren’t things that real employers have said.… Continue Reading
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Recruitment Masterclass

Workshop Aims This workshop will help small business owners and people managers to understand the legal do’s and don’ts of recruitment, as well as making sure you can attract and recruit the best candidate for the role through creative advertising and a thorough and robust interview and selection process, thus avoiding costly recruitment mistakes. Agenda the importance of a developing your brand story to attract the best candidates to your business how to develop a consistent interview process that allows candidates to demonstrate what they can do and how they… Continue Reading
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