April 14, 2022

How to stop difficult employees creating a toxic workplace

Managing gossip, bullying, and difficult employees in the workplace can be a time consuming and all too common action for employers. If the issue isn’t handled quickly, it can impact team morale, performance and potentially lead to a legal complaint. There have been many conversations recently about workplace harassment, discrimination, sexism and wider diversity and…

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March 17, 2022

Employee, worker, or self-employed: what’s the difference and who cares?

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a…contract of employment. In 2018, the Government published its ‘Good Work Plan’, designed to bring the world of work into the 21st Century. It proudly announced the introduction of legislation to ‘improve the clarity of employment status tests’ and prevent employers ‘trying…

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March 4, 2022

What should employers do if remote staff have a power cut?

With storms causing all sorts of issues in the UK, power cuts have become a real risk for businesses. So what do you do if your employee who’s working from home experiences a power shortage? Power shortages can happen at any time in the day and usually last for a few hours. Depending which members…

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February 28, 2022

Microsoft integration: Changing the way holiday is booked

Employees can now book their holidays directly through Microsoft Outlook Office 365. Check emails and book holidays without switching screen. We’re usually against emails and holidays combining, but in this instance we’ll make an exception. Here’s what you can expect from this integration and the benefits coming along with it. Easy to access Our Next…

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February 24, 2022

Living with Covid: what does this mean for employers?

The recent ‘Living with Covid Plan’ set out by the prime minister means big changes to how Covid is managed in the workplace. But how will this impact your business? In general, the new guidance puts emphasis on the employers to manage the health and safety of their employees, rather than the rules being set…

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January 12, 2022

Eight easy ways to boost your employees’ wellbeing this Blue Monday

This could be the bluest Monday in history. After two years of living through the pandemic, and potentially more challenges ahead, it’s more important than ever for businesses to prioritise their employees’ wellbeing. With Blue Monday just around the corner (17th January), we’ve put together this list of how you can easily support your employees…

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December 22, 2021

Employment Tribunal cases citing menopause are on the rise

Menopause cases are reaching Employment Tribunals at a record rate. According to figures from HM Courts and Tribunals Service, supported by menopause experts, in the whole of 2018, only five cases revolving around menopause reached an Employment Tribunal.  This rose to six cases in 2019, 16 in 2020, and 10 just in the first six…

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November 30, 2021

Why is spying on employees on the rise?

From screen recording, to monitoring mouse-strokes, to using webcams: new technology means employers can keep a close eye on their workforce when working from home. But why is this gaining popularity? And what happens if this technology is misused? Why is this happening now? One of the consequences of the pandemic was many employees started…

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November 1, 2021

Why stress prevention should take priority in your business

There are many ways to manage stress in the workplace, but are employers taking it far enough? What can you do to prevent stress in the first place? We all know stress not only hurts our employees, but our business goals as well. Due to this, managing stress is a key part to any HR…

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October 6, 2021

Should employees be allowed to take sick leave for period pains?

According to a recent UK-wide survey, 26% of employees feared their manager wouldn’t consider period pain a legitimate illness, and therefore not a good enough reason to be absent from work. As such, up to a quarter of those surveyed admitted to lying to their manager about their true reason for absence. How should employers…

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September 30, 2021

Could the current fuel shortage prevent employees from attending work?

Getting to work on time is an employee’s responsibility. But when there’s a national crisis, like the current fuel shortages, what can employers do to support their employee’s during this interim period? Many employees use their own car to travel to work. And ordinarily, whether you’ll be able to fuel your car in order to make the…

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July 26, 2021

Changes to H&S rules in Step Four of lockdown lifting

On 19 July 2021, England moved to Step Four of lockdown easing, which means new H&S rules for employers. Here’s what you need to do. Now that the UK is back open, you might be thinking, “Great! All of those health and safety rules don’t apply anymore!” But unfortunately, the coronavirus is still around, and…

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