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Culture Policies and Procedures
As Brits we are used to the occasional snow day, when children are sent home from school and train lines are suspended due to ‘the wrong kind of snow’. But what we are not so used is the scorching heat and soaring temperatures being recorded this summer. There are minimum working temperatures in the UK […]Read More… (Read more)
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The ‘working world’ post COVID-19 pandemic does not quite look the same as it did two years ago and although the rigour and pressures of working life have returned in full force for many, the impact of the pandemic looks like it will persist for the foreseeable future, particularly in the form of our working […]Read More… (Read more)
Culture Policies and Procedures
Can you bring a dog to work? This is a topic which I am being asked to talk about a lot recently. I was quoted in the i-paper and now I’ve been interviewed for Radio 4’s You and Yours programme. Although this is a topic I have been talking about for years, usually on ‘International […]Read More… (Read more)
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I’ve been away this weekend on business. It’s been the most incredible weekend, full of inspirational speakers, amazing people, catching up with friends who I haven’t seen for two years, and I was lucky enough to be manning an exhibition stand, where we were talking to people about our services. One of the things that […]Read More… (Read more)
Human Resources Legal Policies and Procedures
When an employee is off sick or is still at work but has confirmed they have a medical condition which impacts on their ability to work in some way, it is possible for HR, the line manager or the business owner to request medical information. In an ideal world, your contract of employment will make […]Read More… (Read more)
Human Resources Policies and Procedures
Whether an HR policy is contractual depends on the policy, the organisation, the law and the contract of employment. In all cases, it should be easy for both staff and managers to determine whether something is contractual or not. The first place to look for contractual clauses is the contract of employment. The contract of […]Read More… (Read more)
Culture Policies and Procedures Recruitment
In a business which wants to thrive, all your staff need to be pulling in the same direction. Most people assume that performance management is something which happens to an employee when they are failing to ‘perform’ at the required level. However, when performance is properly and pro-actively managed, there are a number of elements […]Read More… (Read more)
Legal Policies and Procedures
A written warning is a stage in a company’s formal disciplinary policy and procedure. There may only be one written warning stage, but there could be multiple stages of written warning. It is essential that a company clearly documents their disciplinary policy and communicates it to managers and employees. It may be a stand-alone policy, […]Read More… (Read more)
Policies and Procedures
With more information readily available than ever before, employees expect transparency around salary not just at the outset but throughout their employment. So it’s well worth thinking through the questions your employees might ask about their pay before you get caught off guard. By preparing in advance for some of the more awkward conversations, you […]Read More… (Read more)
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The recent furore over the proposed 1% pay rise for the NHS put salary reviews firmly under the spotlight. ‘It’s as much as we can afford to give’ was the excuse given by the Government for such a disappointing number, which caused an uproar, but the ability to secure a pay increase is always dependent […]Read More… (Read more)
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There are lots of reasons why an employee may want to have a confidential conversation with someone, and HR can be a great starting place. In some cases, HR will be part of an internal department or an individual in the business with responsibility for HR. In other cases, it may be an outsourced HR […]Read More… (Read more)
Human Resources Policies and Procedures
They should be able to do so, but it depends on several factors: what you ask them for whether you accept their recommendations how much they really understand your business how often the law and best practice changes how they keep themselves up to date with changes Then, like with many things, it may not […]Read More… (Read more)
Human Resources Policies and Procedures
Unless the employee is actually in the HR department, HR should not actually be the ones making the decision about whether or not to fire an employee. The documents you need to look at in your business are the contract of employment and the employee handbook. It is essential that, if you have these documents, […]Read More… (Read more)
Policies and Procedures Videos
– – so I’m recording this video for you on a Wednesday evening when there is huge amounts of snow forecast for the next 48 hours. We’re already having clients on the phone saying what do I do about my staff who can’t come into work. What do I do about my staff who have […]Read More… (Read more)
Legal Policies and Procedures Videos
  In this video, we’re going to be talking about annual leave, and very specifically about the ability to carry annual leave forward from one year to the next. Now, there are lots of reasons why people might want to do this, and there may be a business need for them to do it, or […]Read More… (Read more)
Policies and Procedures
Uniforms are an equaliser and can be used effectively in many different settings. It could be to help customers easily identify staff members in a shop. Or doing a bit of marketing by walking around a busy exhibition wearing a branded t-shirt. Or perhaps it’s for a gardening, cleaning or painting job, where employees would […]Read More… (Read more)
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Some companies have a combined dress code policy, that not only defines attire, but also looks at overall appearance and the way an individual represents the business. As part of this, employers may choose to include restrictions on the wearing of jewellery, but this needs to be carefully thought through and communicated to avoid complaints. […]Read More… (Read more)
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Every employer should have a comprehensive, legally-compliant dress code policy in place, and communicate it clearly so employees fully understand what their commitments are. The employment contract should include full details, and they should be reiterated in the handbook, plus management should be aware of expectations, and how to enforce them. Some organisations say a […]Read More… (Read more)