Category: General HR

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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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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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 […]

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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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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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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Freelancer, Zero Hours worker… What’s the Difference?

Freelancers and zero hours workers are often see as similar, but it’s important we understand their differences and the implications of these differences from the perspective of small and medium-sized businesses. Nuhman shares his knowledge. By Nuhman Sharif These days, many businesses are under considerable pressure and in order to remain afloat and keep costs […]

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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Adverse Weather and the Cloud: Maintaining a successful business come rain or shine

Getting to work in bad weather conditions can be a real chore, and often cause an increase in stress and lateness in the workplace. Laura discusses how the Cloud can help… By Laura Rigby I read an article this morning about an upcoming winter frost. Apparently, we are due the coldest winter in a long […]

September 19, 2016

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