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Archive: 2015

  • Motivate your Staff this Christmas

    Some of the best ideas to help manage and motivate your staff this Christmas can come from other fellow businesses.  So here are a few suggestions, from a selection of my clients, to help you nurture the Christmas spirit, without costing a fortune! Communicate, Communicate, Communicate Are you sure your employees know what contribution they are making to the overall success of your organisation? Never assume they automatically know. Equally,…

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  • Multi-generational Workplaces

    Are you daunted by the thought of managing up to four different generations in one place? The rise of multi-generational workplaces is now fact rather than fiction. Workplace demographics continue to shift as birth rates in the UK lower, life expectancy increases and more of us stay in work beyond traditional retirement ages: 2007 saw the number of over 60’s exceed the number of under 16’s for the first time in history; the number of working…

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  • New Age Appraisals

    The Traditional Annual Appraisal has been coming under a lot of criticism recently with yet more high profile names, such as Accenture and Deloitte, dropping them in favour of more regular, responsive and informal performance management methods. Appraisals have been in the ‘dog house’ for a number of years (see my 2012 HR article on How to do a Performance Appraisal Well), but a recent study by PwC on Transforming Performance…

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  • Verbal Contracts

    This is a case study about a local Shropshire company and how Kay Heald helped them to not only meet their legal obligations, by turning verbal contracts into written contracts, but improve their employment relations and internal communications. The Client The Company is a well-regarded local family business, trading for over 20 years, employing both family and non-family members of staff. The Issue  Although the business was…

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  • HR Newsletter October 2015

    Employment Help for the Very Busy – Winter Edition  Welcome to my latest HR Newsletter with a round-up of legislative changes and their likely impact on small and micro businesses. If you find this information helpful, please pass on to others. National Minimum Wage and The National Living Wage (1st Oct 2015) For workers aged 21 and above the rate will increase from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour. For workers aged between 18 and 20 the rate…

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  • Lunch Breaks are Important (Don’t Ditch Them!)

    Skipping lunch breaks (or skimping on them) is a common feature of UK workplaces, fuelled by double dip recessions, job insecurities and cultures of presenteeism. The effects of working without taking adequate breaks and lunch breaks are well documented and can build up over time, contributing to decreased productivity, increased stress levels and even physical illness. This is because the human brain is not built for extended periods of…

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  • Holidays – Are Staff Taking their Annual Leave?

    At this time of year owner managers often juggle staff holiday requests with business needs, but it's important to encourage your people to take their leave.

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  • Zero Hour Contracts, Holiday Pay, Caste Discrimination and Gender Pay Reporting

    Brexit Special - implications for small and micro employers

    The latest news about Zero Hour Contracts, Holiday Pay, Caste Discrimination and Gender Pay Reporting, plus useful guidance and links.

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  • What’s in Store for Small Businesses under the New Government?

    What will the new Government do for small businesses? Here's a summary of the main areas likely to affect small businesses over the coming months and years (+ updates).

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  • The Small Business Guide to Social Media at Work

    Social Media in the workplace can be tricky for the small business to navigate - read on for some useful pointers.

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