The Elephant in the Room: Smelly Employees – Alcohol

Most companies have a policy which states that you must not attend work under the influence of alcohol, and some will clearly state that alcohol is not permitted during working hours, including business lunches, networking events and formal dinners. However, in some sectors, drinking (alcohol) at work is part of the job, it’s expected. The […]

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The Elephant in the Room: The Smelly Employee – Cigarettes

In my opinion, there is nothing worse than a colleague who comes into a meeting stinking of cigarettes! I remember a time when people used to smoke in offices, it was completely normal. Just like smoking on an aeroplane – smokers on the left, non-smokers on the right‼! Something my kids cannot believe was ever […]

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The Elephant in the Room

This is the first in a series of blogs to mark our 14th birthday on 1st May 2021. The background to my thinking here is a little odd, but the theme of these blogs is based on ‘The Elephant in the Room’. All the things which employers do not want to talk about or deal […]

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What are the Pros and Cons of a Zero Hours Contract

A zero-hour contract is where you have no guaranteed hours or fixed income, instead work is offered as and when an employer needs you. Zero-hour workers account for less than 3 percent of total employment in the UK, and they’re most often used by sectors that require a flexible workforce due to changeable staffing needs, […]

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Business Continuity Plan

There are lots of reasons why a business will write their business continuity plan (BCP). Very often, it’s triggered by a particular event, either something that’s happened within the company or something which the business owner has heard about happening to family or friends. Business continuity plans are sometimes written to enable an organisation to […]

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Dyslexia in the Workplace

An employee who has been struggling with his work has recently told me he has dyslexia. Does the organisation have any obligations to the employee in this respect?  Dyslexia is predicted to affect approximately 10% of the British population, according to the British Dyslexia Association meaning it is incredibly likely that a current or future […]

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Walking The Plank

There may well come a time in your business life when you REALLY need a member of staff to walk the plank (leave). There are many reasons why this may be the case, but you must be aware of the ‘legal’ reasons for dismissal which are limited to: capability, behaviour, redundancy or some other substantial […]

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Why are my staff leaving?

There are three main reasons why staff don’t stay in a business… The first is to do with not actually having the right person doing the role that needs doing. This normally comes down to the recruitment process where the job either wasn’t properly defined, or the criteria weren’t properly set, or the person being […]

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Equal Pay

Avoiding Pay Differences The Equal Pay Act came into effect in 1970. It prohibits less favourable treatment between men and women in terms of pay and conditions. What does this mean? What it doesn’t mean is that men and women have to be paid exactly the same exact amounts of money. But, if you’ve got […]

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