April 2, 2019

Stress Awareness Month – How to Manage Workplace Stress

1st April 2019 marks the beginning of Stress Awareness Month. It aims to increase awareness of the causes and cures of what has been labelled our modern stress epidemic. Stress-related absence has increased for two-fifths of businesses in the past year, according to new research from the CIPD and Simplyhealth. The top causes of stress-related…

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March 27, 2019

How To Easily Calculate Holiday Entitlement For Part-Time Workers

You probably know that full-time employees are entitled to 28 days’ paid annual leave. But what about part-time employees? Holiday entitlement calculations are a bit trickier for part time employees… But don’t worry, in this blog, we’ll walk you through it. A part-time employee is pro-rated to a full-time employee’s entitlement and is based around…

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March 20, 2019

International Day of Happiness: Six Ways to Make Your Employees Happier

Today (20th March) marks the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness. Coinciding with the first day of Spring, the event was launched to celebrate happiness and to recognise the importance of striving for it. When you consider that full-time employees spend one third of their waking hours at work, it’s important for individuals to feel…

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March 13, 2019

National Minimum Wage: Are you Breaking the Rules?

The British Retail Consortium (the trade body for shops and online retailers) recently called on HMRC to halt National Minimum Wage enforcement claiming that the current system is no longer fit for purpose. The current National Minimum Wage (NMW) provisions date from 1998 and have recently celebrated their 20th birthday. I’m sure some of you…

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March 11, 2019

Talent Retention: Five Top Tips for Reducing Employee Turnover

High employee turnover levels can have a negative impact on an organisation’s productivity and performance. This can be due to the cost of recruitment and training, interruptions to critical pieces of work and existing employees becoming unsettled by colleagues leaving. In a world where LinkedIn continuously promotes tailored job vacancies and job sites are advertising…

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February 20, 2019

Employment Law Advice for Employers – Why the HRD Avoids it

You have nurtured and developed a dynamic internal HR function, working in tandem with your organisational strategy. So why on earth would an experienced HRD or their team engage an external solicitor for employment law advice? Why HRD’s may avoid Employment Law Advice from Solicitors With you at the helm of HR, why risk receiving…

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February 12, 2019

Exit Interviews – a Waste of Time or a Valuable Tool?

Exit interviews are a valuable tool that can provide insight for recruitment and retention planning. Read on to find out how to get the most out of an exit interview. Handing in your notice and seeking alternative employment is a big step. An exit interview gives employers the opportunity to find out why an employee…

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February 8, 2019

The Bradford Factor: Why You Should Avoid Using It

I’m sure you’re well aware of the term ‘The Bradford Factor’.  Created in the 1980’s by Bradford University School of Management, it’s become synonymous with employers who are keen to find a simple and expedient management solution to the disruption caused by employee absence. For the uninitiated, the Bradford Factor is based on the theory…

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February 7, 2019

Time to Talk Day 2019 – Why it’s Important to Talk About Mental Health

Mental Health in the workplace. It might be something you haven’t had to deal with. You may even feel it isn’t a problem within your workplace. However, Research by the Time for Change Movement found that almost one in three people have experienced mental health problems while in employment. Mental Health in the workplace – why…

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January 16, 2019

The Good Work Plan: Four Things Employers Need to Know

In December 2018, the government announced the ‘Good Work Plan’. This forms part of the government’s response to Matthew Taylor’s Review of Modern Working Practices. Greg Clark, the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary described the changes as the “largest upgrade in a generation to workplace rights”. In 2016 the government set up a commission chaired…

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