Don’t allow #MeToo to trap you too

In a world where reputations, careers, and even jail, can rest on “he said; she said” no-one is safe from #MeToo. Here are some tips for keeping as secure as possible. Recognise power From Rolf Harris to Harvey Weinstein it is power that has landed these men in trouble; rightly or wrongly. Even the smallest […]

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How to deal with a difficult employee

Our first strategy was to understand the difficult employee. Nonetheless there can come a time when a more proactive approach is appropriate. Tackling a troublesome employee can make a big difference to competitiveness, here we look at strategy two….. Strategy two – the 9 month rule When I was tutoring HR professionals we formulated a […]

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Tackle stress head-on for a happier workforce

In a recent stress study, one in five employees  said that they found their work either very stressful or extremely stressful – what steps can you take to tackle stress and make a difference in your organisation? UNDERSTANDING STRESS Stress is the adverse physiological reaction people have to excessive pressures or demands placed on them. […]

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How to deal with a difficult employee

Whether they are inherited (via a business transfer for example), result from a recruitment mistake or just an employment relationship gone sour we all get these employees from time to time. Tackling a difficult employee can make a big difference to competitiveness. Strategy One – understand the employee Serious misconduct would be an exception but […]

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Do you employ criminals?

Sir Robert Mark Commissioner for the Metropolitan police in the 1970s, famously announced that that he wanted the Met to catch more criminals than they employed. So where do unemployed criminals go? An unhealthy proportion of those imprisoned (43%) go on to re-offend. But wait, that is only unemployed criminals Of those who are employed […]

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How to recruit the best workers and the top talent

From accountants PwC to the fast food outlet McDonalds there is one ingredient that any big firm can use to steal a march on their competitors. But it is also open to the smallest of employers. Competitive advantage in the recruitment marketplace With the unemployment level being the lowest since 1975 jobs are becoming harder […]

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Are you benefitting from apprenticeships?

We’ve come full circle as the time honoured tradition of learning on the job returns with the added benefit of government funding towards apprenticeships. Today’s apprenticeship schemes An apprenticeship in the new millennium is a government funded work placed training programme for people aged 16+ to gain a qualification while earning. It’s a great way […]

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Can I ask employees to handle emails out of hours?

The answer, of course, is yes. One can always ask! The bigger question is whether the employee can refuse to handle emails out of hours. Get it wrong and you could face a claim in court, as happened in Ireland. The regulations in the UK are equivalent. The right to refuse: 1. The employment contract […]

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Monitoring employees

From preventing employees working for others in the employer’s time, to checking if someone is having an affair with your partner; employers feel they have legitimate reasons for monitoring employees. But what is it lawful to do? To understand what is lawful we need to look at some details: are there legitimate reasons for the […]

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