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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Taking on self employed workers

Utilising self employed workers has many benefits, especially for well defined short term project work. We highlight a few of these here. We also point out what you need to watch for. The main benefits Employment rights are reduced, especially the right to claim unfair dismissal. This means you can finish the worker anytime. You […]

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How to deal with a difficult employee #4

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. The next step is a disciplinary hearing. You should always conduct a disciplinary hearing with another person present. This could be a fellow manager, […]

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Should employees have their own employee handbook copy?

Some employers keep the employee handbook to themselves, only available to an employee on request instead of issuing each employee with their own employee handbook copy . I suggest that is a bad idea. Here is why…. The law The Employment Rights Act 1996 requires certain information, such as disciplinary rules, to be “reasonably accessible” […]

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How to deal with difficult employees #3

You have spoken to this difficult employee countless times and you’ve established that there are no underlying personal problems. Now it is time for the next step. It is important to understand when a disciplinary route can help. There are behaviours and there are personalities. As an employer you can expect employees to change their […]

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Using Migrant workers? Concerned about Brexit?

It may be easier in the future to take in skills from migrant workers outside the European Union. The “Shortage Occupation List” records job titles where migrants are not required to meet a “Resident Labour Market Test”. Previously such job titles have been focussed on the high-end of the labour market. These titles are now […]

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Selecting the right people, beat the competition

The interview is a challenging process for employers as well as candidates. But our competitive edge depends heavily on selecting the right people in the right positions. Write a person specification You should already have a person specification in your head – that is a list of the essential and desirable qualities you want to […]

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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 #2

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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