FRIDAY HR FAQS – Should employee engagement be important to SME’s?
22nd February 2019

We talk about employee engagement regularly with our clients and as we all know, it can make a significant difference to an organisation’s performance, but what does employee engagement actually mean and how important is it for SME’s? Employee engagement is defined as “the conditions where employees feel motivated to give their best each day, […]

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How to manage Maternity leave in a small business
20th February 2019

When an employee announces their pregnancy, of course you congratulate them, you are happy for them.

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Why it’s time to outsource your HR function
18th February 2019

If you are a growing business, there’s a good chance you will be thinking how to approach your HR challenges that come with growth.

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – How can businesses use social media to boost talent attraction?
15th February 2019

In a recent study, social media networks were found to be used by around 80% of businesses as a candidate attraction method and ranked in the top ten methods for attracting quality candidates overall.

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HR – it’s a business’s secret weapon
13th February 2019

Without HR expertise, growing a small business can be very challenging and if you’ve ever had to tackle a people issue without professional help, you’ll know just how stressful it can be.

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Valentine’s Day; advice for the workplace
11th February 2019

With most rational people avoiding any restaurants on Thursday 14th February and hearts, flowers and chocolates adorning shop windows everywhere, February is unavoidably the official month of Love.

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – Do I need a Mental Health First Aider in the workplace?
8th February 2019

It was Time to Talk day yesterday (Thursday 7th Feb) and a new survey of nearly 950 managers in the UK found that less than a third (30 per cent) have been trained in managing mental health in the workplace in the last year.

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5 ways of dealing with sickness and absence in the workplace
6th February 2019

Inevitably employees’ being off sick for a day or two is a fact of life in the workplace, but what happens when it becomes a problem? and what are measures can you take as an employer to stop it becoming unmanageable? We have listed below 5 ways which will help you manage absences pro-actively, reasonably and […]

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Today is ‘National Sickie Day’
4th February 2019

I hope you are not tempted to call in sick today… but if you do, you’re not alone!

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – What are the benefits of flexible working in today’s culture?
1st February 2019

Flexible working, also known as dynamic working, can be used to describe working patterns that suit an individuals needs.

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How to motivate and energise your employees for the year ahead
31st January 2019

Employee retention and engagement can be a source of pain for many companies.

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Ghosting in the workplace
28th January 2019

So what is “ghosting”? It first appeared as a term in the online dating world, meaning when one partner suddenly goes silent on their date, by blocking their phone number or not responding to any messages after a period of communication or a couple of dates.

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Under what circumstances might an employer need to obtain a medical report on an employee?
25th January 2019

Not everyone is comfortable sharing personal information with your employer, and you can’t get more personal than your medical information.

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Snow disruption – guidelines for employers
23rd January 2019

The temperatures are dropping that’s for sure, so we could be in for a cold snap with a real chance of snow, so what happens if these conditions make it difficult to get to work, particularly when transport is cancelled or delayed and schools are closed.  For employers this can be a real headache; are you […]

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Lets have a positive Blue Monday…
21st January 2019

It’s the third Monday in January, what is commonly known now as Blue Monday or the most depressing day of the year!  We are not contesting that January can be a genuinely tough time for some people, but it can also be a time of new beginnings and making decisions for the year ahead.

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – How do you motivate employees without money?
18th January 2019

It’s no recent revelation that motivated employees are more productive employees.

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How to reduce employee sick leave
16th January 2019

One of the biggest challenges for employers is that sick leave, unlike annual leave, cannot be planned ahead.

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Why you need HR in 2019!
14th January 2019

In 2019, if you want your business to be a roaring success you need to look after your employees, as they really are your greatest asset.  By getting the best out of your employees, by treating them fairly and providing growth opportunities you can achieve this.  However, if you treat them unfairly or poorly they […]

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8 resolutions for a successful New Year at work
3rd January 2019

It’s 2019 – a new year, a beginning, so new goals and resolutions, new plans and new directions naturally fuel your thoughts.

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Merry Christmas and Happy 2019 from all of us at HR Revolution
24th December 2018

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – What are the implications of not having a Health & Safety policy in place?
21st December 2018

Whatever working environment your business is in, we understand that Health and Safety is not necessarily your top priority or first thought, after all what is the worst that could happen if you don’t have a policy in place? Aside from the legal requirement an organisation has to have this in place, the Health and […]

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Empower your team – 6 traits of effective Project Managers
19th December 2018

Project Management is a task orientated talent, the effectiveness of the right project manager is the difference between the task being successfully delivered, on time and within budget, or not.  So what makes an effective project manager? Good question… we’ve listed the top 6 traits from a recent poll we conducted on effective project management, it […]

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – How do I manage sickness and absence during the Christmas period
14th December 2018

Having to deal with employee absence over the festive period can be a difficult task for employers, as absence levels are usually at their highest around this time due to the normal coughs, colds and flu.  However it can be a time for non-genuine absence; ‘pulling a sickie’ does become more a more common occurrence.

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HR and Employment Law changes to be aware of in 2019
12th December 2018

Over the past year, employers have had to come to terms with quite a few changes to HR and Employment law, with the introduction of GDPR, increases to the national minimum wage, gender pay reporting and taxation of termination payments.

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December – your survival guide
10th December 2018

Well I don’t know about you, but this year just seems to have flown by!

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – How can I determine someone’s employment status?
7th December 2018

There are 3 main types of employment status; employed, worker or self-employed.  Each of these have different employment rights and employer responsibilities and obligations and it is therefore important you ascertain which is the right employment status for an individual working for your organisation.

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Why you need a Talent Attraction Pack for your business
5th December 2018

If talent attraction is often on your to do list, it may be that you need to think about your approach towards enticing great candidates to want to work for your business and step up your communication to them.

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Tips for a stress free office Christmas party
3rd December 2018

The annual office Christmas party is a fantastic opportunity to reward employees for their hard work and a chance for everyone to relax, unwind and enjoy one another’s company outside of the office environment.

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – Why businesses need a HR and Talent audit
30th November 2018

Whether you are a SME or a global company, HR and Talent strategy should be a priority for your business.

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – First Aid at work what do you need to do?
23rd November 2018

First aid at work is a very important element of ensuring compliance with your duty of care as an employer in regards to Health & Safety.

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Tips for maximising your profits this Christmas…
21st November 2018

Have you started to think about how you could maximise your profits this festive season? Practical business owners are starting to pull together their plans and ensure that they’ve built some strong foundations for success, of course though, some expert guidance can really make all the difference, and that’s what HR Revolution are here to […]

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How to improve your HR practices by the end of the year
13th November 2018

Ok business owners it’s now the final quarter of 2018!

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – How long do I have to take someone to tribunal?
9th November 2018

Hopefully this won’t ever happen, but if you do find yourself in a situation where you feel you have been unlawfully treated at work, you can make a discrimination claim at an employment tribunal and if this is the case there are time limits during which you need to make your claim.

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Why outsource your HR and recruitment processes?
5th November 2018

Why indeed and it’s one of the key questions at HR Revolution we are often asked about.

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – Why is speed important in the recruitment process?
2nd November 2018

Stand-out talent with forward-thinking mindsets are in high demand, which means businesses need to be reactive to the market and move quickly to secure the best people for their teams.

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10 inappropriate questions interviewers need to stop asking!
29th October 2018

According to new research, the vast majority of organisations have asked candidates inappropriate and potentially illegal questions during a job interview.

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – Employee or Contractor?
26th October 2018

The rules around distinguishing between an employee and an independent contractor may be subtle, but getting it wrong and breaching IR35 rule can result in serious tax and legal consequences for your business!

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What are the signs of a toxic workplace culture?
23rd October 2018

I’m sure most businesses don’t have a toxic workplace culture per se, so the point of this blog is to identify the clearest signs and what you need to do to change them.  Remember a toxic workplace can cover such a broad range of physical environments and human behaviours, that for the most we don’t actually […]

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – Requesting a reference – why it’s important and what you can ask for
19th October 2018

Bringing a new employee into your business is an important step no matter the size of your business.

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – Can an employer ask about my mental health when applying for a new job?
12th October 2018

Thanks to awareness days like Wednesday’s World Mental Health Day, the conversation surrounding mental health is getting louder.

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World Mental Health Day 10th Oct 2018
10th October 2018

Today is World Mental Health Day, aimed at raising awareness and educating people on a subject that has been too stigmatised for too long.  It’s an opportunity for us all to reflect on our own mental health and wellbeing and those around us.

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Signs it might be time to initiate a disciplinary
1st October 2018

Disciplining an employee is always a difficult decision for an employer or manager to face and equally being disciplined is one of the most stressful things that can happen in a person’s life, so taking this decision can weigh on a someone’s conscience.

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – What are the implications of AI in talent management?
28th September 2018

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) within the HR sector and its ability to transform the way we interact with candidates and employees is a topic of interest for many businesses.

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The UKs 10 most irritating office habits
26th September 2018

In a recent UK survey, employees were asked to list what the most irritating habits of their co-workers were, while some of the findings might surprise you, are there any of them that you are guilty of? In reverse order… 10.

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Probation reviews – how to make them work for you
24th September 2018

The first day, the first week, perhaps even the first month!

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – Can an employee be dismissed during their notice period for gross misconduct?
21st September 2018

If an employee is dismissed or resigns they’ll most likely stay at work for their notice period, as agreed or outlined in their contract of employment.

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HR disaster? HR Revolution can help
19th September 2018

You might not be surprised to hear that at HR Revolution high percentage of the enquiries we receive are from businesses who are experiencing what they consider to be ‘a bit of a disaster’, to say the least.

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What you need to know – Childcare Voucher scheme
17th September 2018

As of 4th October 2018, the employer led childcare voucher scheme will no longer be available to new applicants.

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Does your company suffer from ‘Leavism’?
10th September 2018

Ok, so what does ‘leavism’ actually mean? It’s the latest term for defining employees who end up working, during non-paid work hours, annual leave or whilst off sick.

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – What are the pro’s and con’s of remote working?
7th September 2018

Remote working is here to stay and with statistics indicating that over 4 million people in the UK work from home, the way we work is changing.  Employees and employers alike are pushing for options to work remotely, but do they know what they are signing up for? Below we list some of the pro’s […]

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5 ways to set a positive example in the office
6th September 2018

To lead, literally means an example for others to follow, so when you are a business owner, leader or manager you are in control, directing your team on what they should be doing.  However, to be an effective leader you must inspire people to follow and to do so, you must lead by example.

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Helping your employees through change
3rd September 2018

If your business is going through any type of change or restructuring a number of key elements hold true, none more critical than inspiring individuals and teams to connect authentically with their audiences to deliver real results, strive for business excellence, focus on service delivery and emphasise quality rather than quality.

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – Can I make someone redundant on Maternity Leave?
31st August 2018

There is a common misconception you can’t make someone on maternity leave redundant.

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Holidays over – our back to work survival guide!
29th August 2018

Why is it that when children go back to school in September they get a few half days to ‘ease them back in’? Ok we may be slightly exaggerating, but the point is; they get a nice steady transition period to help them adjust to the harsh reality of going back to school.

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – How can I get my new employee to hit the ground running?
24th August 2018

Introduce the team It’s your employees first day, ensure they are introduced to their team and given an outline of each of their roles, this is will give your newbie an idea of who to ask if they have any queries.

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Job descriptions – why getting them right is so important
20th August 2018

We all know what job descriptions are, but how much importance do we actually give them? Writing a good job description should be a really important part of your business, as they provide a road map for potential employees, explaining what the job they are applying for involves.

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FRIDAY HR FAQS – Bullied by your Boss? What should you do?
17th August 2018

Unfortunately these days, bullying does not get left in the school playground and for some it continues well into adulthood, making their lives miserable.

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How to onboard graduates
15th August 2018

If you read our last blog and I hope you managed to take five and read the reasons not to overlook graduate talent, then you will know we are big supporters of hiring graduates and all of the benefits that employing them can bring to your business.

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5 reasons not to overlook graduate talent
13th August 2018

With thousands of new graduates entering the job market this summer, you may be considering taking on some of these candidates within your company.

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Don’t forget about HR
12th August 2018

When many of us think about companies that have made big HR mistakes, we’re quick to jump to the assumption that it’s all the fault of greedy bosses who are more interested in lining their own pockets than doing the right thing by their loyal employees.

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FRIDAY HR FAQs – How can you as an employer promote gender equality in your business?
10th August 2018

Gender equality is a very hot topic at the moment and will be for many months if not years to come especially with big national companies such as the BBC failing to fulfill their responsibilities to promote it.  Also with many employees now increasingly looking for it in their own workplace, how can you make […]

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Why don’t employees take their annual leave?
8th August 2018

Annual leave is a benefit all employees receive.

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Want to improve your HR practices by the end of the year?
6th August 2018

As we power on through the summer holidays I’m sure most business owners will be focusing on a few things.

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How to work efficiently from home
30th July 2018

As technology becomes ever more erudite and employees demand more work-life balance, many companies are implementing remote working policies.  However, even though it might seem like your local Pret or Costa is packed with people tapping away on their laptops, still 35% of businesses do not offer the option of working from home.

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Friday HR FAQs – Can I get a day off work because of the heatwave?
27th July 2018

So in case you hadn’t noticed the UK is in the grip of a heatwave, and offices without air conditioning are slowly melting!!!

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Employment tribunal claims on the rise again
25th July 2018

Alarmingly, employment tribunal claims are on the increase again, as highlighted in the recent article from CIPD.

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Why SMEs need to invest in HR now
23rd July 2018

An interview with Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen in Business Insider this week has revealed what all HR consultancies know too well; setting up your HR function should be a priority and failing to do so can lead to almost certain catastrophe for your business.

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FRIDAY HR FAQs – Should you set a task at interview?
20th July 2018

In essence there is no right or wrong answer to this question, it’s a decision you will need to make based on what competencies and skills you want to assess during the meeting.

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Employers – how to reclaim Statutory Maternity (SMP)
17th July 2018

One of the questions we are asked by clients on a fairly regular basis is if they can claim any money back from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for statutory maternity pay (SMP) and the answer is yes.

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How to plan for the summer holidays
12th July 2018

The school summer holiday’s are nearly upon us, when all across the country, teachers are breathing a sigh of relief and getting ready to wind down.  However the opposite is true for working parents who will be worrying how they’ll balance childcare responsibilities for the next 6 weeks.

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HR Revolution are voted one of the UK’s top 25 SME Culture Leaders
10th July 2018

We are proud to announce that we have been voted one of the UK’s top 25 SME Culture leaders by RealBusiness.co.uk the magazine that is an essential resource for ambitious entrepreneurs and decision-makers in association with breatheHR.com, the HR software company for growing companies.

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Putting a few HR myths to bed
5th July 2018

At HR Revolution, we’ve heard our fair share of HR myths and misinformation, so we thought we would list below the most common ones and why they are just that… Employees don’t have a contract unless there is something in writing A contract of employment is an agreement between an employer and employee whether it is verbal or in writing.

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How to really switch off from work when you go on holiday
3rd July 2018

Holiday season is well and truly underway, time to take off from work to relax and recuperate, however, for many, booking annual leave can cause stress and anxiety.  However, holidays are vitally important as they help us to stay balanced, healthy and stop us drowning in work related stress.

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5 things employers should do to support employee wellbeing
28th June 2018

Wellbeing is climbing up the corporate agenda and more businesses are implementing measures that encourage employees to bring their best selves to work.

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It’s hot, tips for keeping cool in the office
26th June 2018

It might not happen often, but this week the UK will swelter in soaring temperatures and while those of you lucky enough to be on holiday during this week will enjoy the fantastic weather in your gardens what about us poor workers when the mercury rises? Rules around temperatures in the indoor workplace are covered by the Workplace […]

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Don’t think you need HR – think again
21st June 2018

Growing a business from the ground up can be one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences in the world.

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How to manage football fever in the workplace
19th June 2018

Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no escaping from football at the minute.

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Don’t let Summer impact productivity…
14th June 2018

Well the holiday season is well and truly underway and workers across the country are looking forward to a bit of well-deserved time away from their desks, or maybe they have just returned from holiday and their heads are still on a sandy beach somewhere sipping margaritas!

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Why you should consider an outsourced HR consultancy for your recruitment needs
12th June 2018

Our expert HR team here at HR Revolution knows what makes your business tick, we take time to understand your company culture and what it takes to succeed in your business, so when we begin to work on your talent solution – including recruitment and talent attraction advice, we will deliver the talent you need.

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We’ve been shortlisted – Times Business Awards 2018
7th June 2018

HR Revolution are very excited to have been shortlisted for the Best Business (1-25 employees) and the Service Excellence Award at the Times Business Awards 2018 being held at Salomon’s Estate in Tunbridge Wells on Wednesday June 13th.

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The worst excuses for employee absence
5th June 2018

Did any of your employees call in sick yesterday? It was Monday after all, meaning a few employees may have overindulged on the sunny weekend, then perhaps feigned a summer cough or cold!!

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No cost morale boosters for the workplace
30th May 2018

The sun is set to shine this week (once we get over the storms!)… could it be that summer is here?  But when the sun is shining, most of us can easily think of dozens of things that we’d rather be doing than sitting at a computer in a stuffy office.

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Why good body language is important in an interview
24th May 2018

The whole idea during an interview is to put your best self forward so the person sitting opposite you, can’t wait to employ you and your body language plays a significant role in the way you are perceived.

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Why small businesses need HR
18th May 2018

Interestingly small businesses make up more than 99% of private sector business and account for 60% of private sector employment: there are a lot of small businesses out there!

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5 steps to help manage difficult employees
16th May 2018

A difficult employee in any business will reduce productivity, have a negative impact  and potentially upset other colleagues too.

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Ideas for a greener office environment
11th May 2018

With all the news recently about reducing plastic waste and the UK Government now proposing a ban on certain single-use plastic, I’m sure many businesses are very aware how important it is to look for ways to reduce their own carbon footprint and encouraging schemes for employees to live greener lives.

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Ideas to help with your HR costs
9th May 2018

In any business there always has to be conversations about where you can cut down on spending and get a better handle on your finances.

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The benefits of hanging out with your colleagues
3rd May 2018

For many employees these days their job is no longer seen as separate from their social life.

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Tips for less workplace stress
26th April 2018

Following on our theme of Stress Awareness Month, it probably comes as no surprise that research often finds that work is the most stressful factor in peoples lives and this can be caused by a number of things, such as poor management, an excessive workload or being set unrealistic targets.

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How to deal with stress
24th April 2018

These days we all lead busy lives, with longer working hours, time spent commuting and seeing our friends and family we are often being pulled in different directions and this can leave us feeling time poor and not able to do the things that help us relax and switch-off.

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Tips for creating a positive workplace
19th April 2018

We all know that the environment you work in has a big impact on how you feel, so it’s probably no surprise that as adults we spend over two thirds of our life at work!!

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5 challenges of managing remote teams
17th April 2018

Remote working or ‘working from home’ has become increasingly popular over recent years and with good reason.

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A guide to good office etiquette
13th April 2018

Whether you’re straight out of school, University, moved to the UK from abroad or simply not sure about what to do or say in an office environment, we have compiled a little guide of office do’s and don’ts.

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What is PILON? and what you need to know from April 2018
12th April 2018

PILON (payment in lieu of notice) is a payment made to an employee when their employment has been terminated immediately without notice.

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Cost saving HR
3rd April 2018

When you’re running a business you know that your people are your greatest asset, by recruiting and developing a team of talented and motivated individuals, you can ensure that you’re putting your business it the best possible position for smashing your strategic goals.

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How to onboard new employees effectively
29th March 2018

Getting the onboarding process right is one of the most important things a company can do, get it wrong and the results can be devastating on the bottom line.

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Is your HR planning on track?
27th March 2018

You might have blinked and missed the first quarter of 2018 and while it may seem like five minutes have passed since you mapped out your big goals at the end of last year, it’s actually a good time to stop, take stock and refocus.

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What is an employment status?
22nd March 2018

When you employ someone you need to assign them with an employment status.

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National Living Wage/National Minimum Wage increases: what you need to be aware of
20th March 2018

On Sunday 1st April 2018 the National Living Wage (NLW) and the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will be going up.

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6 month extension to the Childcare Vouchers Scheme
15th March 2018

Important news for all employers, on the 13th March 2018, the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds announced a 6 month extension to the closure of the Childcare Voucher scheme.

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