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How to Handle Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace

Although we most commonly associate bullying with the playground, the sad truth is that it’s prevalent in the workplace too. Likewise, harassment is a common problem, and business owners are often unsure how to address the matter. It’s vital to understand what constitutes bullying and harassment, and how to deal with them effectively. With that […]

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HR Advice – Preparing Yourself for the Office Christmas Party

For most members of staff, the Christmas party is an annual highlight; a chance to mingle with fellow colleagues and let their hair down. However, in HR terms, festive gatherings can result in major issues; particularly when alcohol is involved. Here’s more information about the common HR problems that arise from Christmas parties – and […]

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HR Advice: Reducing Absenteeism in the Workplace

Each year, UK companies lose approximately £554 per employee because of absenteeism, according to recent research. The average employee takes 6.9 days off sick, and this costs the economy around £100 billion. With winter fast approaching, absenteeism immediately becomes more of a likelihood. The question is – what measures can you take to reduce absence […]

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Mediation – The Most Effective Way to Avoid Tribunal?

The Supreme Court recently announced the termination of the fees regime for employment tribunal claims. This move is likely to result in increased numbers of claims, which has serious implications for businesses across the country. Here’s some more information about the decision, and how professional mediation can diffuse situations in the workplace before they result […]

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Why Workplace Mediation Makes a Big Difference

Workplace conflict is not only disruptive, it can be costly too. In fact, a recent study found that the average employee spends one day a month dealing with conflict, which translates to 370 million working days lost in the UK every year (1). Certain situations, such as harassment or discrimination, are likely to require more […]

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How to Handle Conflict in the Workplace

Conflict in the workplace can take a variety of different forms, such as an argument between two employees, or a staff dispute with a manager. Regardless of who’s involved, conflict tends to cause disruption – impacting productivity and staff morale. As such, it’s important to address it appropriately, with a view to creating a happier, […]

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Employment Law – Dealing with Theft in the Workplace

It’s never pleasant to discover that a member of staff has been stealing. Your natural instinct is to confront them immediately; however, it’s important to make sure you always act within the law and respect your employee’s statutory rights. Here’s a step-by-step guide, detailing what action to take if you suspect an employee is stealing. […]

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The Five Key Functions of an HR Expert

Human resource management is a fundamental part of any successful company. By hiring an HR expert to work with you, you’ll benefit from their expertise in a number of areas; from motivating staff to protecting your company from litigation. If you’re not sure how an HR professional will add value to your business, here’s a […]

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How to Engage Your Employees More Effectively

In recent years, businesses have placed increasing value on employee engagement. HR specialists recognise its importance – understanding how vital engagement is in terms of productivity, motivation and employee retention. But what exactly is employee engagement and how can you achieve it in the workplace? Here’s a guide to help you. What is Employee Engagement? […]

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Does Your Business Need a Staff Handbook?

A staff handbook serves many purposes – yet surprisingly, many businesses still choose to operate without one. However, most HR professionals recommend that you provide every member of staff with a copy, as it ensures employees are familiar with all company policies and procedures. In this article, you’ll find out what a staff handbook should […]

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