Paying employees – why pay more?

Recent research suggests getting richer doesn’t make us happier. And in my experience it is the unhappy employees who are most likely to ask for a pay rise. Here are some thoughts to make your workforce happier without paying employees any more!! Provide rewarding work Seeing others benefit from their contribution makes for happiness in […]

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Presenteeism

86% of over 1,000 respondents in a 2018 survey by the CIPD said they had observed presenteeism in their organisation over the last 12 months. What is it and does it matter? What is it? There is no universal definition. It includes, in my view: Continuing to work while ill. Working hours that are not […]

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Beware the glowing performance review

Glowing performance reviews can be a warning to employees and a “bear trap” for employers. Here is why… I have lost count of the number of times I’ve sat in an Employment Tribunal and witnessed something along these lines: The (ex)employee has been dismissed for poor performance. The employer lays out all the compelling evidence. […]

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Brexit for employers – good or bad?

Here is our “take” on Brexit for employers… Much of the problematic legislation, over the past decade or two, has originated from Europe. The Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment Regulations (TUPE), can make the most experienced HR professional take breath. And who, among us, has not been confused at some point, by holiday entitlement? […]

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Pay increase in 2019

The CIPD reports that the private sector will see pay increase growth of 2.5% in basic pay expectations this year. Driving this prediction is the labour market outlook where nearly three quarters (71%) of employers are finding vacancies harder to fill and a third (32%) report that it is becoming more difficult to retain staff […]

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ACAS issues new guidance on avoiding age discrimination

With the average award for age discrimination at over £15,000* employers need to take note. ACAS advises you take care over: Years of experience now count for much less, when recruiting staff. Though the guidance does not say so specifically, depth of experience is more critical. Guidance states that matching the type of experience to […]

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New self-employed plus gets Hermes out of the woods – how about you?

Hermes new “self-employed plus” for its gig workers is being hailed as a landmark. A new form of employment status perhaps? But would it work for you? Self-employed status carries significant benefits for “employers” – no holiday pay, no sick pay, no maternity rights, no national minimum wage,no unfair dismissal rights. Individuals can benefit from […]

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How to deal with a difficult employee #5

Make and advise of the decision This is a difficult employee to whom you have spoken countless times. You’ve established that there are no underlying personal problems. He or she has been formally invited to a meeting, which has been held. Now you need to make a decision. In the light of all the information, […]

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New Year HR Resolutions for employers

Here are a few HR resolutions you might still make for the year ahead… Clear out the deadwood Now is a good time to take a long cool look at those who may be holding your business back. Is the resistance due to their shortcomings or yours? What are you going to do about it? […]

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