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  • 10 Things Employers can do to help Employees with ASD (Part 1)

    How to help employees with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

    Guest blog article written by Sam Warner of Get Your Message Across. ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) isn’t a great label, but it does help to describe a differently-brained set of people that might need a little extra help to be their best at work. Only 15% of all diagnosed adults in UK are in work, and only 10% of those feel supported, respected and safe from ridicule at work. This is Part 1 of a two part blog and hopes to go someway to…

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  • In Work Poverty

    Autumn statement Impact on Small Business Employers

    What is In Work Poverty? In Work Poverty (or Income Poverty) is defined as those living in a household with an equivalent disposable income below 60% of the national median. Equivalent disposable income is the amount of money that households have available for spending and saving after direct taxes (such as income tax and council tax) have been accounted for, adjusted for household size and composition. How big a problem is In Work Poverty? In…

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  • Latest Employment News

    Small Business News: Brexit | IR35 | Maternity | Mental Health

    Employment Help for the Very Busy – Spring Edition 2016 Welcome to another round-up of the latest employment news and legislative changes. If you find this information helpful, please feel free to pass on to others. National Living Wage (1st April 2016) The new mandatory ‘National living wage’ (NLW) applies to workers aged 25 and over and is initially set at £7.20 per hour. The Government has also announced that the National Minimum…

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  • International Women’s Day

    International Women's Day 8th March 2016

    International Women’s Day is a global day that has been observed since the early 1900’s to not only celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, but actively campaign for change – so, is it actually still relevant for today? Sadly, the answer has to be ‘yes’. Why? Well, the World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity, but in 2015 that estimate…

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  • Robot Revolution

    The Robot Revolution - should Shropshire businesses be worried?

    Dramatic headlines last month announced massive job cuts over the next two decades thanks to robots taking over our jobs, implying that a Robot Revolution was on its way!! So, should Shropshire businesses be worried? As with so many headlines, you have to analyse them carefully. The recent Deloitte’s report, on which many of the news articles were based, “From Brawn to Brains: the impact of technology on jobs in the UK” talks about the…

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  • Caveman Stress

    small business anthropology

    The title of this article is a little misleading, because our prehistoric ancestors did not actually suffer from caveman stress, mainly because they relied heavily on an instinct called the ‘fight or flight’ response. Still in operation today, it is a highly sophisticated survival mechanism, triggered when the hypothalamus sends a message to the adrenal gland. This heightens the senses giving the body extra strength and stamina – the…

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  • National Living Wage, Statutory Rate Freeze, Holiday Pay

    EMPLOYMENT HELP FOR THE VERY BUSY  Welcome to my first news update of 2016. Yes, more legislation, but I’m here to help, so please be reassured that I’ll be doing all I can to interpret and translate what is most relevant to you and your business! National Living Wage (April 2016) The new National Living Wage comes into force this April, replacing the minimum wage for over-25s, starting at £7.20 and rising to £9 an hour by 2020. To help…

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  • Motivate your Staff this Christmas

    Workpalce happiness

    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

    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

    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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