Category: Culture

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 […]

September 19, 2016

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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? […]

September 19, 2016

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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 […]

September 19, 2016

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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 […]

September 19, 2016

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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 […]

September 19, 2016

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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 […]

September 19, 2016

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A Handy Guide to Giving and Receiving Constructive Criticism

Giving and receiving criticism can often be awkward and tricky. Simon shares his tips on how to handle it properly! By Simon Underwood 3 Perspectives to consider You’re at your wits end, you’ve explained how to do this basic task to your employee and they don’t get it, you may want to shout and scream […]

September 19, 2016

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Supporting an Ageing Workforce

With the increase in people working after the old fashioned ‘retirement’ age, we now have potentially five generations all at work at once!  With Traditionalists and Baby Boomers competing with Millennials and Gen Z, it becomes a complex challenge to manage diverse teams who all need different motivations, communications and training. Claire shares her tips […]

September 19, 2016

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How to Motivate a Multi-Generational Workforce

A multi-generational workforce is becoming increasingly common in the UK, but how do we make sure each generation is equally motivated when they have very different working styles and preferences? Here’s Laura’s guide on how to motivate each generation of employees. By Laura Rigby Each generation will have experienced very different upbringings and will likely […]

September 19, 2016

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Improve Productivity with Hygge at Work

Creating a feeling of Hygge in your workplace can improve productivity and enhance creativity. Laura tells us all about this piece of Danish culture. By Laura Rigby No, I haven’t made a spelling mistake! Hygge, (pronounced “hue-gah”), is a Danish word which describes the feeling of contentedness and cosiness. I relate this to the feeling […]

September 19, 2016

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