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 tob) They feel it is the right thing to doc) They want staff to feel supported and valuedd) 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 of the business, […]

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BNI – 60 Seconds – 14th December

Christmas coming, are you listeningHere’s a warning, snow is glisteningA beautiful sightOffice party tonightWorking in a winter wonderland Annual leave is a comingShort staffed is a loomingWith holidaysand winter coldsWorking in a winter wonderland If you plan ahead for the closedownEnable staff to work from homeThey’ll say: Can we have the day offWe’ll say: no […]

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