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Are you Scared of your Trade Union Rep?

Are you nervous at the thought of meeting with a trade union rep? In this blog, Laura tells you why you haven’t got anything to worry about! By Laura Rigby I recall the first time an employee advised me that they were bringing a trade union representative to support them in a formal meeting. It […]

March 14, 2018

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Conduct or Capability

Have you ever wondered why a job isn’t being done correctly or to the standard you need and why the person allocated the role isn’t doing what you have asked them to do?  If so, it’s worth evaluating whether it’s a conduct or capability issue. Tim shares his knowledge. By Tim Frear With all underperformance, […]

March 13, 2018

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Job Exodus Survey: How to Encourage your Employees to Stay Put

An unsettling 47% of employees nationwide want to change jobs, so how can you encourage them to stay? Simon shares his tips. By Simon Underwood We’ve all seen it, a member of your team leaves their job and suddenly everyone realises what they brought to the group. Whether it’s being the only one that knows […]

March 9, 2018

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How to Be a Great Man in 2018

Simon writes a letter to his younger self with his tips on how to be a great man in 2018. Tasked with writing this blog I felt a little awkward bandying around life advice like some sort of jumped up oracle. Though admittedly I do feel as though I have overcome some difficult hurdles and […]

March 9, 2018

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How HR Savvy is your Management Team?

Would you trust your management team to deal with a complex HR issue? Could they have a sensitive conversation, without putting their foot in it? Isobel explains how to ensure your management team is HR savvy. By Isobel Hallam Lots of companies spend hours devising policies and procedures that align with their values, are jargon […]

March 8, 2018

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Three Books every Manager should Read

To celebrate World Book Day 2018, Claire shares three books every manager MUST read.   By Claire Morley-Jones So, whilst preparing my two four-year olds for the shenanigans of World Book Day, I decided that I should use the auspices of such an event to recommend some books for you all!  Nope, not the sort of […]

March 1, 2018

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Performance Review Series Part 2: How to conduct them successfully

Part 1 of the Performance Reviews Series gave an overview of what they are and the various formats they can take. In this blog, Isobel looks at how to successfully embed performance reviews into a business and ensure that they have a positive impact, rather than being seen as just a tick box exercise! By […]

February 28, 2018

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Absence Series: Part 2. Public Sector versus Private Sector sickness levels

This is the second blog in the Absence Series, the last focused on the definition of absence, long term versus short term absence and the impact on the business. This one will look at the difference between public sector and private sector organisations in relation to sickness absence. By Tim Frear “On average public sector […]

February 26, 2018

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Is it time for an Employee Survey?

In this blog, Nuhman discusses how to conduct an effective employee survey. By Nuhman Sharif As a manager, director or business owner, one of the questions on your mind might be ‘how happy are my employees?’ Obviously, it wouldn’t be appropriate to simply walk up to Ellie in Accounts and ask if she likes working for […]

February 23, 2018

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Can Stars be Made?

As managers, we all hope that we can find a ‘diamond in the rough’ that we can polish and shine into a superstar who rises through the ranks to be someone we really depend on in our company.  If we’re honest, even though it can take some work, we’d rather have this than trying to […]

February 21, 2018

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