The Dreaded Appraisal

This time of year, we find many of our clients want to take the opportunity to appraise staff. Of course there is no hard and fast rule as to when to do this and some companies will link appraisals to the financial year end, the end of the calendar year or the employee’s anniversary with […]

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Business Continuity – Plan for the Unplanned

Business continuity, disaster recovery, whatever you call it, it has to happen. 2011 saw many disruptions to businesses both here in the UK and abroad. How prepared were the businesses, how did they recover and could you do the same? Do you take the view that it will never happen to us and then bury […]

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Can I fire a poor performer?

I have had several calls recently from potential clients looking for help managing poor performers. One of my first questions is always “Do you have a documented policy”? “Have you ever told the person they are not performing to the standards you expect”? In most cases, managers deal with poor performance in one of two […]

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Does your sick pay policy have a purpose?

Do employers pay sick pay because: a) They have to b) They feel it is the right thing to do c) They want staff to feel supported and valued d) They want employees back to work quickly The answer is that each employer will make sick pay payments for different reasons depending on the culture […]

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BNI – 60 Seconds – New Year – New Goal

I am starting 2011 with some goals. I have a list of 100 accountancy practices who offer payroll services to their clients and therefore have clients who are employers. My goals are: • to have spoken to all 100 practices by the end of March • to have established a relationship with at least 50% […]

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BNI – 60 Seconds – 14th December

Christmas coming, are you listening Here’s a warning, snow is glistening A beautiful sight Office party tonight Working in a winter wonderland Annual leave is a coming Short staffed is a looming With holidays and winter colds Working in a winter wonderland If you plan ahead for the closedown Enable staff to work from home […]

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