Vital Statistics …. for your business

Last week there were some interesting stats announced by the ONS (Office for National Statistics): The number of people in work increased The number of unemployed people decreased The number of people aged from 16 to 64 years not working and not seeking or available to work (economically inactive) also decreased The employment rate was […]

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It appears you can have your cake AND eat it

So this is a very quick video to tell you that today, finally, the Supreme Court have ruled on the case of Gary Smith versus Pimlico Plumbers and Charlie Mullins. Charlie Mullins famously said that his workers, the people that work for him, the plumbers, “couldn’t have their cake and eat it”. But it appears […]

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Is the workplace really changing that much?

I’ve been asked to comment on a recent article[1] written by George Zarkadakis from Willis Towers Watson’s Talent and Rewards Practice; and that has led to this response. It’s an interesting article in which the Global Future of Work Survey[2] is cited as finding that companies expect automation, robotics and artificial intelligence to take an […]

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121 Review meetings

These can be held as frequently as the manager and employee feel necessary, often weekly or bi-weekly. They can all be formal, or a mixture of formal (structured with forms and notes) and informal (verbal, no notes). At some points notes should be kept on file reflecting discussions, concerns, action plans, commitments and support required. […]

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Probation Reviews

The Employee should recieve regular feedback during their probation period. This can be done informally, but if there are any concerns, these should be documented with an action plan. At a minimum, the employee should recieve a formal written review after 3 months and again at about 5 1/2 months. Failing someone in their final […]

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Probation Period

This is a trial period at the start of someone’s employment. A 6 month probation period is ideal as it gives the employee time to learn the role and the employer time to assess performance and to provide feedback, making corrections to performance or attitude if required. If the new member of staff does not […]

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Family Friendly Policies

A full set of policies around maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay need to be developed so that employees feel valued and their skills are not lost from the business, but so that they business is able to function effectively with short and long term absences as a result of the prospective and actual […]

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Social Media

Companies need to think about what they will and will not allow their staff to do in terms of social media. Do employees have access to company accounts and if so, what are the rules around the use of that account? If employees comment on ‘a day at the office’ what might the implications be […]

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Bullying & Harassment In The Workplace

  Employers are obliged to protect staff from bullying and harassment. Generally, this is in terms of discrimination, but may include anything from their favourite football team, what a person wears, their hobbies or their mannerisms. Employers are obliged to ensure that the work environment is mentally safe for everyone and therefore free from bullying […]

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Discrimination

  Well written policies and procedures which are communicated and applied consistently are the key to ensuring that the risk  of discrimination is reduced as much as possible. Employees (as well as workers and job applicants) could bring claims for discrimination on the basis of Age, Gender, Race, Beliefs, Marital Status, Disability and Sexual Orientation. […]

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