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End of Financial Year Bonuses: To Pay or not to Pay?

As we approach the end of the financial year, many businesses will be paying their employees a bonus for their hard work and dedication whilst in other businesses, no bonuses will be paid at all. So, the question here is, as SME owners, should you pay your employees an end of year bonus or not? […]

February 19, 2018

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Is the Annual Pay Rise Dead?

Annual pay rises for many companies seem to be disappearing into the distant past. Isobel discusses why this could be. By Isobel Hallam A recent CIPD report stated that since January 2009 average weekly earnings had fallen between 8 and 10.2% dependant on which measure of inflation was used. For employees, this is a big […]

February 16, 2018

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What are Reasonable Adjustments?

The Equality Act 2010 states employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure employees with a disability are not treated less favourably at work because of their disability. We get asked regularly by our clients what is a reasonable adjustment and how far do we have to go? Tim discusses.  By Tim Frear […]

February 14, 2018

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Great Investigations – Getting it Right from the Start

In Part 1 of this blog series, we looked at the pitfalls of investigations and what happens when things go wrong. In Part 2, Becky discusses how we can put that into practice. By Becky Mee Why have an investigation? The purpose of an investigation is to: Gather as many facts as possible. Get as […]

February 8, 2018

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Effective Investigations Part 1: When Investigations go Wrong and the Pitfalls of Jumping to Conclusions

Conducting an investigation, whether formal or informal, is essential before any action is taken. Becky explains why. By Becky Mee We’ve all been in situations where an incident occurs, and thinking we know what’s happened, we jump in to discipline someone. We know they’ve done it and there’s no point wasting time. Then the employee […]

February 5, 2018

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How to be Proactive with HR

It can be hard to plan ahead when it comes to HR, as you’ll inevitably spend a large amount of your time reacting to unexpected situations in your business. But being proactive, where possible, can really help strengthen your processes. Simon shares his tips on how to be more proactive. By Simon Underwood The petrol […]

February 2, 2018

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Never Miss Out on a Great Idea Again

The best ideas can come from the most unusual places, but how can you make sure you don’t miss out? Becky shares some tips on how to collect your employees’ bright ideas. By Becky Mee Pub quiz question for you: How did the London Underground Tube map come about? Well those of you who are […]

January 31, 2018

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The Absence Series: What is Absence and how does it affect businesses?

‘The average level of employee absence (6.3 days per employee) has decreased in all sectors and is at its lowest level for seven years.’ according to the CIPD 2016 annual absence management survey report. Over this series of blogs, Tim will be discussing what absence means, the causes and effects of absence, and how we […]

January 30, 2018

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10 Ways to Show you Appreciate your Employees

Most organisations say they appreciate their staff and have a team that foster positive working environments. However, with turnover of staff still high in many organisations, are they really doing what they say? Tim has 10 ways to show your staff you care! By Tim Frear 10 cost effective tips to demonstrate appreciation and build […]

January 25, 2018

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Performance Reviews Series: What are they and why are they important?

Many people view a performance review as a yearly tick box exercise that is completed without much interest or enthusiasm. This could be because managers don’t have the time, or simply don’t value the importance of them. However, if performance reviews are done frequently and effectively, they can be a real investment for your business. […]

January 23, 2018

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