Category: Development

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. […]

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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Assessing Potential: How does your workforce measure up?

Planning for succession within your organisation can be fraught with controversy! Do you bring experienced people in (if you are in the right place to put together an attractive package spend valuable time and money recruiting the right person)? Or would it be a better investment to promote from inside? And if so how do […]

September 19, 2016

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Top 3 Take Aways for SMEs: engaging Millennials in the workplace

Over the past few years the HR180 blog pages (and numerous other articles) discussed  Millennials not really engaging with traditional workplaces. If your workforce is not allied to your business culture, what will keep employees coming to work? And if by 2020, 50% of the workforce will be Millennials, how can SME employers motivate this massive sector […]

September 19, 2016

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10 ideas to guide a successful mentoring programme

This spring Claire Morley-Jones helped start-up business founder Emily Forbes through the Plusnet Pioneers mentoring programme (see our earlier blog). What about for your business – could a mentoring programme work for you? Claire tells us more about what a good mentoring programme might look like for an SME. By Claire Morley-Jones A mentoring programme can […]

September 19, 2016

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How employee engagement can add £££ to your bottom line

Employee engagement is the emotional commitment that an employee has towards an organisation. Quite easily confused with employee satisfaction, Claire Morley-Jones (with help from Korn Ferry Hay Group’s Talent Q) looks at how employee engagement can truly be aligned to business goals and culture. By Claire Morley-Jones As an SME owner or manager looking to […]

September 19, 2016

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Hiring really talented people – and how to keep them!

Earlier this year Claire Morley-Jones was asked to be a PlusNet Pioneer to share her extensive knowledge of HR with business start-ups and SMEs in the early stages in growth. An earlier blog relates Claire’s experiences mentoring the MD and founder of tech business, SeenIt, Emily Forbes. Emily’s company is experiencing a high level of growth, just […]

September 19, 2016

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The Apprenticeship Levy, what SMEs need to do now

The Apprenticeship levy is now in force and companies with an annual wage bill of £3,000,000 or more should now be paying an additional 0.5% of their wage bill to the HMRC (minus the £15,000 allowance). Most companies, however, don’t realise that this pot of money is theirs to spend on development of their own […]

September 19, 2016

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