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In our recent survey, we learned that 69% of businesses find recruitment difficult and therefore, the loss of a member of staff can have serious implications. Conflict in the workplace is all too common and if left unchecked, increases turnover. Statistics show that the average person spends 92,120 hours at work in their lifetime. For many of us, this will mean we spend more time with colleagues throughout the week than with family and

First impressions are everything and your Job Description will be the first time many of your employees will encounter your fledgeling business. A basic Job Description usually contains the job title, duties, skills and competencies, a bit about the company and a salary. However, you’ll probably agree that ‘basic’ isn’t quite in line with your company vision. Your workforce is one of your most important assets and you want to attract the best. With this in

Recruiting talented individuals into your business is difficult enough, but did you realise that without a proper induction program for new employees, the struggle and cost could go to waste? The induction is the chance to explain more about the company structure and it gives you the opportunity to make sure the new employee is familiar with their new surroundings. There is no underestimating the importance of proper induction in making the new employee feel

When it comes to employee rights in the workplace, there is a general consensus that the law always swings in favour of the employee. But is that factually accurate? In a word, no. In fact, people are often surprised to learn just how few legal rights employees have (assuming that the employer follows due process). The confusion stems from the subtle differences between “rights” and more common policies which are created at the discretion of

Employment Law Advice for UK Employers

Posted on August 11, 2017
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What key pieces of knowledge should a small business owner be equipped with when it comes to employment law? It’s a good question because employment law can be confusing for all employers, but particularly for small businesses and start-up owners. The whole area consists of a mix of complex regulations in a landscape of ever-changing legislation that is challenging to keep up with. While business owners are not expected to be experts in legal matters,

Recruitment survey bring welcome news to recent graduates, especially those who may be struggling to find their ideal role.

Recently, we surveyed over 100 CEOs and Managers across small and large businesses, to find out what issues they faced when recruiting new staff. The results showed that 69% of businesses struggle to some extend when recruiting and there is a wide range of reasons why. While recruiters face challenges in filling empty roles, graduates

Previously referred to as Industrial Relations, Employee Relations is a practise which focusses on both the individual and collective relationships in the workplace. The practise focusses on managers, training and supporting them to nurture trust-based relationships with their teams. In doing so, the intention is to generate a positive work culture which improves the overall productivity and output of a business, as well as it benefits the employees personal well-being. As Employee relations specialists, our

Creating a Basic Employment Contract – Main Terms & Conditions Required

At its core, the employment relationship is a legal one and it is critical that it is properly defined. While legislation specifies certain requirements, each company will have requirements which need to be codified in a contract of employment whether it is protecting intellectual property, health and safety, management of commercial information at the end of an employment relationship, the terms of a trial/ probation period etc. A basic contract of employment is the legal foundation of the relationship

  When it comes to the list of challenges faced by businesses big or small, old or new; recruiting new staff is always up there at the top of that list. In order to best advise our customers, we wanted to know if the challenges in recruiting are the same as they always have been, and if they differ for large enterprises compared to SMEs. We conducted a survey simply asking 100 CEOs and

HR Policies for SMEs: Creating an Employee Handbook

It goes by many names: a staff handbook, an employee guide, a policies and procedures manual. But does your business really need one? And if so, what should a good one look like?

An employee handbook is made up of a range of HR Policies and Procedures, and a HR Policy:

  • Sets out how the Organisation intends to address issues related to employee relations;
  • Puts in place best practice procedures for compliance with the law
5 Tips On How to Help Your Employees Feel Happier at Work

Are your employees dragging their feet? Giving you less than you know they have got? If you think your employees are caught in a motivational slump, it is your job as their manager to inspire your employees, keep them happy and fuelled to be the best they can be in their job. Take a look at these five tips on how to help your employees feel happier at work.

1. Show Your Appreciation

Don’t automatically

How To Manage Staff Holidays

How To Manage Staff Holidays

Posted on May 1, 2016
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As spring approaches, people’s minds turn to planning their summer holidays. Managing holiday requests can be challenging for a business, especially if employees request the same week off. How do you plan ahead so that business is not disrupted? Here are some tips to help you to manage your staff leave and avoid common employee holiday related issues.

1. Develop a Holiday/Annual Leave Policy

In order to effectively manage staff holidays, the first port of

5 Ways To Make A New Employee Feel Confident

The first day of any new job can be very overwhelming and it is important that as an employer you put your best foot forward for new employees. Onboarding isn’t just about first impressions, it sets the foundations for your new hires and their ability to perform effectively in their new role. Here are five ways you can make a new employee feel confident on their first day.

1. Have Everything Ready

Welcome a new

3 Reasons Why Your Company Should Have A Social Media Policy

Social media is still a relatively new area of culture that a business needs to consider, but there is a growing concern amongst employers about how employees’ social media communications impact the company brand. With this in mind, take a look at three reasons why it is beneficial for your company to have a social media policy.

1. Protects Company Reputation

A social media policy is designed to protect company reputation; it is a company’s

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