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3 key leadership skills to develop the leaders of tomorrow

It is clear that for some people leadership abilities come naturally whereas for others they have learned and worked at developing them. Leadership skills are a good trait to have, or at least understand them especially for developing in the workplace. To lead our organisations effectively through financial uncertainty, especially with Brexit looming, we can […]

Are performance appraisals adding value?

A performance appraisal, also known as the performance review or evaluation is a method by which the overall job performance of an employee is evaluated and documented by their employers. It is a management tool that aims to ensure the employees’ performance contributes to the business objectives and is a tried and tested approach to […]

Absence – dealing with it fairly and lawfully

All businesses expect a certain level of absence because we are all human and all get sick at some point but absence can be extremely costly to small businesses and often, they aren’t fully aware of how to deal with sickness fairly and within the law. Firstly, have a clear Absence Policy that is easy […]

Employee retention – the importance to businesses

Retention of productive employees is a major concern for all businesses. It is more efficient and cost-effective to retain a quality member of staff than to recruit, train and orient a replacement employee of the same high quality. According to latest research findings, the majority of employees find the relationship with their senior management or […]

How to: taking notes during disciplinary hearings

Disciplinary hearings can be complex and it can be difficult to keep track of what is being said, think about your next question and keep an accurate record of it all.  Having an experienced note taker present at the hearing to take notes means that the individual leading the hearing is able to concentrate solely on […]

Why outsource your HR?

It comes as no surprise that admin tasks take up the majority of a business owners  time and this can make them feel like they are drowning in paperwork.  Battling with red tape and regulations can feel daunting, especially if you are not up to date with the latest changes in HR and employment law. […]

Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is a workplace approach resulting in the right conditions for all members of an organisation to give of their best each day, committed to their organisation’s goals and values, motivated to contribute to organisational success, with an enhanced sense of their own well-being. If an employee is disengaged, then this leads to poor work […]

2017 employment law changes – what you need to know

The new year brings about changes to employment law that all HR professionals and employers need to be aware of. With the ongoing uncertainty following the Brexit referendum, significant changes to employment law will be rolled out this year. In 2017 the HR agenda will be dominated by large compliance projects for data protection and […]

What is a Millennial?

The word ‘millennial’ has been bounced around for years when referring to a generation of people. Years have passed since the birth of the term, so does the concept of a millennial still apply and who to? When searching for the meaning, a millennial is described as: Noun a person reaching young adulthood around the […]

Apprenticeship Levy – How it works

What is the Apprenticeship Levy? In layman’s terms, the Apprenticeships Levy is a Government initiative announced in the 2015 Summer Budget. The Government proposed to apply the Levy to large employers across all industries. The initial announcement raised concerns by some employers and asked the question of how big businesses will be hit by this […]

5 ways to help your employees accept change

Change is inevitable despite the size of any company or organisation. This is true now more so than ever. The reasons for change can be due to several factors including economic cycles, new technologies and cultural shifts to name a few. Leading companies through a period of change isn’t easy. As a leader in this […]

The Stay Interview – is it just a fancy title for a meaningful one to one?

There has been much discussion on HR forums and blogs about the ‘Stay Interview’.  All of these forums/blogs are saying that waiting until the Exit Interview to find out why someone is leaving and what you could have done differently to keep them is like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted and […]

All we want for Christmas is…no claim!

Who can believe that in only a few weeks it’s Christmas?  Doesn’t it seem like only yesterday that we were thinking about parties, presents and all things joyful in 2015?  Well it’s here and occasionally the fun and frivolity can get the better of some people and professionalism goes out of the window!  So what […]

How to retain staff following the Summer months

We are approaching that time of year when Summer holidays seem like a lifetime ago and the Christmas season is yet to fill us with festive joy. This is the time when employees need the most attention as well as motivation. The Summer blues create the urge for some to quit their jobs and run […]

Is your company handbook a missed opportunity?

We love this article, it really speaks volumes about the importance of making sure your Employee Handbook reflects the organisational culture and how you do things on a day to day basis. Article from CIPD by Darren Maw, Managing Director of Vista,  26 July 2016 The handbook is more than just a legal document, writes […]

Dress codes at work – is there a place for them?

With the recent publicity of a temporary receptionist who was sent home after refusing to wear high heals at work, it raises the question about suitable Dress Code policies in the work place. Ms Thorp was sent to PwC by the outsourcing firm, Portico and it was their policy that their front of house employees […]