The Elephant in the Room: The Smelly Employee – Weed

Some people will recognise the smell of weed a mile off. Others will never have come into contact with people smoking weed, but they are aware of a strange smell. Weed is cannabis. It is a drug. Also known as marijuana, pot, grass and dope, weed is illegal in the UK. As an employer, you […]

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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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Mediocre Staff…

As a business owner do you ever think about how good your team are? Would you consider them to be : Excellent at what they do. An asset to your business. Consistently meeting or exceeding goals and targets. Providing excellent customer service. Good timekeepers – always on time for work or meetings. Great team players. […]

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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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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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Why Corporate Jargon And Nonsense Stops Businesses Taking HR Seriously

(And The Four Processes That Most Business Owners  Need To Go Through When Dealing With Staff) I’ve been studying and practicing HR for over 25 years.  Which means that I ‘get it’.  I ‘understand’ it.  However ludicrously worded something is, or however jargonny a contract sounds, I can usually root out the genuine meaning, and […]

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British Jobs for British Workers?

When recruiting for your business, who do you prefer to hire and why? British workers European workers Non EU workers What is your experience? While working for an organisation a few years back, we needed to 20 year background check staff. Some of the applicants came from Darfur and Baghdad. It was impossible to background […]

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