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March 7, 2024

Developing your talent strategy: five tips for success

Attracting, developing and retaining your best employees is no easy feat - particularly in such a competitive job market. Here's how you can recruit and keep your incredibly valuable people by using a strategic approach. The UK talent market is tough for employers right now, with 80% of UK employers struggling to find the talent they need. Despite some recovery after the pandemic, record numbers of vacancies continue to go unfilled. Employers are having to offer more flexibility to engage their staff - but could…

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HR leaders developing a talent strategy
March 6, 2024

What is Agile HR, and how to get started

Unless you’ve been buried under paperwork for the last decade (entirely plausible in the HR world), you’re bound to be familiar with the concept of ‘Agile’ project management. In this article, we outline how you can apply these concepts to HR operations. When was Agile introduced? Agile methodology was the brainchild of software engineers, developed as a way to speed up their development projects, and was formalised in 2001. It was founded on the principles of collaboration and iteration – breaking down large, complex projects…

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March 5, 2024

How to communicate brilliantly as a manager

Being a manager puts you in a difficult position: you've got to champion your reports, whilst keeping the business' goals in mind. Whether you're new to a managerial role, or want to refresh your communication skills, here are our recommendations. Balancing different needs One of the first things many new managers notice is the position that having authority puts them in. Now, they are privy to the business' wider ways of thinking including stances on certain areas, such as performance goals and salary tactics. For…

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March 5, 2024

Dealing with an employee who’s always late

Unforeseen roadworks, a missed alarm, or the elusive bus - we're all late from time to time; it just happens! But when lateness becomes persistent, it's time to address it. Join us as we run through the best approach to managing an employee who's always running against the clock. Being punctual isn't just a nicety - it's a necessity for productivity and business success. One of the most common challenges that impacts on the effectiveness of a company is employee lateness. Employers understand that occasional…

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March 1, 2024

Aligning your people with your talent strategy

How do you get your business, and your employees, on board with your talent management strategy? Here's how you align talent management with your business goals, and get buy-in from your internal stakeholders. Companies that align talent with business strategy outperform others by 16%, retain 30% more top performers, and see 34% higher employee performance. Bearing this in mind, as well as new technologies and ways of thinking being popularised in the industry (see our article on Agile HR), it's no wonder there is renewed…

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March 1, 2024

Complaints about pay: how to handle wage concerns

Whether it's office gossip at the water cooler or misleading information on the web, your employee thinks they're being short-changed. So what do you do? We've put together a step-by-step guide to help you handle the situation like a pro. Salary is an incredibly emotive topic in the workplace, and as soon as someone thinks they’re being underpaid, they’re likely to make a beeline for their manager. If that manager happens to be you, knowing how to spring into action will prevent the issue from…

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February 29, 2024

Recognising your employees – small gestures can have a big impact

It's essential employee's feel like their hard work is being acknowledged, and so we've put together our best tips and tricks for making your team feel appreciated. Lets dive in and say 'cheers!' to the unsung hero's! Employee recognition is a way to engage and motivate your employees showing that you appreciate them and all their hard work. We know employees are not all motivated by the same thing and it’s important to acknowledge that employee recognition strategies will also be received and valued in…

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February 28, 2024

Dealing with an employee with a negative attitude

Tired of the office grump? Fear not! In this guide, we’ll be covering all the do’s and don’ts for dealing with employees with a not-so-sunny disposition regarding the work place. It's not uncommon for a workplace to have one or two employees that are known for their negative attitude towards their jobs. Unfortunately, the negative attitude exuding from just a couple of members of staff can have a negative impact upon the entire workforce and even the success of the business. Given enough time, this…

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February 28, 2024

Top ten holiday tips to avoid April Fools’ trickery

April 1st has been a day of practical jokes and trickery for centuries. I’m sure most of us have been sent for a long stand in our time. Or given a phone number to speak to Mr Lyon which turned out to be the number for the local zoo or wildlife park. This year, April Fools’ Day is also the day some new holiday legislation takes effect. And it’s Easter Monday. So what is it that makes April 1st tricky for holidays this year? Here…

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February 27, 2024

GDPR: How long should you keep your HR records?

Keeping up with the ever changing landscape of GDPR is essential for business success. But in our venture to stay compliant, we might be holding onto data for longer than necessary. So, how long is too long? We've put together this simple guide to help you know where you stand. The law has always required you to keep HR records. The Data Protection Act (DPA), which governs this area, stipulates statutory retention periods for some records – for example, payroll data, P60s and P45s must be…

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