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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Are employee handbooks contractual?

This is a crucial question for employers. Failure to get this right can create difficulties for an employer. The short answer is: not necessarily. There are some distinct drawbacks to making Employee Handbooks contractual. In many cases, an employer can choose for themselves. The problem Working life gives rise to a huge variety of situations. […]

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Mental health at work

Mental Health First Aid England states that nearly a fifth of working age adults are experiencing anxiety, stress or depression at any one time. A quarter of us will experience mental ill health at some time in our lives. What does mental health at work mean for employers? The effects Anxious, depressed or stressed employees […]

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Why have an employee handbook

11 reasons and benefits for having an Employee Handbook – hear it straight from the experts.  1. To keep clear of employment tribunals You need to do this because a tribunal claim can seriously damage your health and your business prospects! So make sure you take the simple step of having an employee handbook. That […]

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