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  • Well-being, Mental Health at Work, Childcare Vouchers and the Gender Pay Gap

    CIPD Shropshire Well-being Event and Exhibition

    CIPD’s Shropshire Branch Well-being Event & Exhibition (10th October 2018) This Event is being held in response to an increased demand from local businesses for more information and practical support to help improve the health and well-being of their workforce. There will be an opportunity to hear from top speakers and take part in a series of well-being themed workshops. Kay’s comment: The Event is open to members and non-members of…

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  • Employment News, Post-Brexit, Apprenticeships and GDPR

    HR News flexible furloughing anti-racism

    Employment News – Summer Edition 2017 It is a challenging time for UK’s small employers – employment measures post General Election and Brexit still lack detail, but here is a round-up of recent employment news and likely developments! POST BREXIT & POST ELECTION IMPLICATIONS UK employment laws will continue to reflect EU legislation, although, within the next five years, there may be some modification to more controversial laws…

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  • Is Shropshire looking after its Young Workers?

    Young Workers in Shropshire

    Are organisations in Shropshire either turning a blind eye or simply unaware of their responsibilities, particularly with regard to casual hour contracts and young workers? New ways of working, different categories of worker and the ongoing negative press and confusion about zero hour contracts has created a complicated array of employment options. Although the government has promised to offer some clarity when its commissioned study of modern…

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  • Returnships – How much do you know?

    You’ve heard of apprenticeships and graduate internships, but what about returnships? With the film release of Bridget Jones’s Baby, and maternity issues very much in the news, you may be interested to find out more about returnships. The term was first used by Goldman Sachs in 2008 to describe programmes to encourage ex-employees back into the workplace after an absence of several years. In the US and UK they have most commonly been used to…

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  • Heartfulness vs Mindfulness

    heartfulness as a new workplace stress buster

    Is heartfulness about to knock mindfulness off its pedestal as the latest weapon in the battle against workplace stress? In our fastrack, quick-fix lives, there is a tendency to look for shortcut solutions rather than explore, practice and study a technique or discipline in detail. Mindfulness is often used as a quick and easy, standalone concept (eg sitting still and focussing on breathing, using colouring in books, harnessing the present…

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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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  • 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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  • Verbal Contracts

    Latest HR News January 2020 From Parental Bereavement Leave to Veganism

    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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  • Handling Bad Weather

    Have you made any provisions for handling absences due to weather disruption? If not, now is the time - answer the following questions to establish a clear approach.

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