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Why good body language is important in an interview

Why good body language is important in an interview

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. Poor body language can derail an interview regardless of how...

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Why small businesses need HR

Why small businesses need HR

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! Unfortunately another statistic is that the basic lack of correct management skills is...

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Ideas for a greener office environment

Ideas for a greener office environment

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...

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Ideas to help with your HR costs

Ideas to help with your HR costs

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. I think most business owners often recognise that whilst their people are their greatest asset, changes must sometimes be made to...

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The benefits of hanging out with your colleagues

The benefits of hanging out with your colleagues

For many employees these days their job is no longer seen as separate from their social life. Millennials are set to constitute 50 per cent of the global workforce by 2020 and they are changing the way our jobs function in the process. Socialising with team mates...

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Tips for less workplace stress

Tips for less workplace stress

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...

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How to deal with stress

How to deal with stress

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...

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Tips for creating a positive workplace

Tips for creating a positive workplace

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!! a very sobering thought indeed... So it is really important for employers to create a positive,...

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A guide to good office etiquette

A guide to good office etiquette

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. Hopefully these tips will help you make a good impression: Do...

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

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

PILON (payment in lieu of notice) is a payment made to an employee when their employment has been terminated immediately without notice. How should an employer deal with it? PILON only arises when you want an employee to leave straight away therefore ending employment...

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Cost saving HR

Cost saving HR

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...

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How to onboard new employees effectively

How to onboard new employees effectively

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. If employees don't have a positive onboarding process it can lead to them leaving their job out of...

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Is your HR planning on track?

Is your HR planning on track?

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. Ask yourself honestly, have you...

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What is an employment status?

What is an employment status?

When you employ someone you need to assign them with an employment status. An employment status defines the rights and responsibilities that an employee has at work and therefore determines what is required from the employer; employee's will have different rights...

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6 month extension to the Childcare Vouchers Scheme

6 month extension to the Childcare Vouchers Scheme

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. The government had previously advised that childcare vouchers would be closed to...

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Employment tribunal cases rise after fee abolished

Employment tribunal cases rise after fee abolished

The Ministry of Justice has just released its latest round of data on tribunals, since fees were scrapped last summer. The number of single claims has almost doubled since fees were found unlawful, with receipts, disposals and caseload outstanding increasing by 90%,...

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5 ways to build strong relationships at work

5 ways to build strong relationships at work

Do you think building relationships at work can feel a bit pointless? you may take the approach that you don’t have to be friends with your colleagues; just get the job done and move on. However, if you stop and think about it, you spend more time with the people you...

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Key dates for HR in 2018

Key dates for HR in 2018

In 2018, businesses with an obligation to comply with employment law will need to be abreast of the important changes listed below: Minimum Wage - 1st April The annual minimum wage increases will become effective, so you will need to check if you have any employees...

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How an HR Consultancy can help your business

How an HR Consultancy can help your business

You know that your people are your greatest asset and that effective HR practices and procedures can be the cornerstone of strategic growth, however, do you now feel like you no longer have the time or energy to manage everything HR all on your own. You’ve decided...

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Snow disruption; your questions answered

Snow disruption; your questions answered

As I sit in the office this afternoon watching a few flurries of snow outside the window, waiting in anticipation for the Beast from the East to hit and listening to the radio with claims of weather colder than the arctic circle - winter has most definitely arrived in...

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