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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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