Are you taking your holiday entitlement?

The TUC report that over 2 million of us take less than the legal minimum holiday entitlement. I suspect that business owners and the self employed are major “offenders”. Does it matter, yes it does, here’s why. The legal position Failure to allow a worker to take holiday, by accident or design, could lead to […]

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The possible consequences if you treat employees unfairly

When employers knowingly treat employees unfairly they are relying on inertia, employees’ fear of consequences and those employees wariness of legislative processes to keep them, the employer, safe. But when flying by the seat of your pants doesn’t work, and the employee or ex-employee fights back then the consequences can be devastating. It is very […]

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Tips for reducing conflict at work

Conflict at work is inevitable. The environment brings together many different attitudes, aspirations and even cultures. We can often conflict with others who see their desire to achieve compromised by our desire to achieve. Our tips for reducing conflict at work may be easier to preach than to practice but by giving attention to them […]

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Rise in the self-employed

Around 15% of the working population is now self-employed based on figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Against this background the CIPD reports that two-thirds of employers are reporting that their vacancies are proving hard to fill and the average number of applicants per vacancy has dropped across all skill levels What might […]

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Employee Holidays – Questions and Answers

Q: An employee has asked for holiday all next week. Do I have to allow it? A: No. First check the contract you made with your employee. This should specify the notice to be given. If not, the legal default position is two week’s notice for an holiday of one week. In the interests of […]

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Can I have your password? Password policy for employees

Fraud costs the UK economy £193 billion a year and SMEs are just as vulnerable as large enterprises. Security today relies heavily on passwords, but do you have a password policy, are you vulnerable, can you protect yourself from your own employees? Firstly be careful about whom you employ. I must assume you check employees […]

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HR policies waste time

So asserted a Senior Police Officer at a recent event. He might have a point. His argument was that neither managers nor employees read or understand HR policies, and, if it comes to a Tribunal, barristers trip the organisation up by finding points where the managers have “not followed their own procedures”. I’ve heard similar […]

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Why your company culture matters

Strong company cultures lead to substantial increases in profitability. Every day each employee makes hundreds of small decisions such as which piece of work they prioritise, how they phrase an email, or even deal with an angry customer. Unexpected events, to which they need to respond, can arise at any time. Essentially the culture of […]

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Careless words can lead to constructive dismissals

Most employers reading this saga of a disruptive employee would sympathise with the employer. But it is a clear reminder that following procedures is both challenging and necessary. The employee in question was considered by one line manager to “be disruptive and …upset colleagues on occasions” and, by another manager, “a bit aggressive and abrupt”. […]

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