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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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How to Deal with Employee Resignation

Unfortunately, even the most loyal employees resign from time to time. In some instances, their resignation is unforeseen; and can leave you feeling bewildered and unsure how to proceed. It’s important to be prepared for staff resignation; and to know the steps you need to take to manage their departure successfully. Here’s a quick guide […]

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Understanding Contracts of Employment – And How to Get Them Right

You’ve gone through the recruitment process and found the ideal candidate. You’ve sent them a contract of employment. What could possibly go wrong? Regrettably, this is a complex area of employment law, and if your contract of employment isn’t appropriately worded, it could cause problems in the future. Here’s a guide, detailing the key things […]

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Employment Law – Dealing with Unauthorised Absence

The average UK employee is absent from work for 6.9 days of the year. For the most part, these absences are authorised, which means they’re considered ‘valid’ in the eyes of the law. There are plenty of legitimate reasons why your employee might need time off – for example; maternity leave, jury service or illness […]

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Employment Law – How Can You Avoid Discrimination When Hiring?

When hiring staff, your priority is to find the right person for the job. However, without a human resources team, it’s solely your responsibility to identify candidates with the right credentials and qualifications – and also someone who’s the ‘right fit’ for your organisation. Sounds simple, right? Actually, recruiting can be a surprisingly emotive experience. […]

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Exit Interviews – Why Bother?

If as a business, you struggle with a high staff turnover and are wondering why, then you should conduct an exit survey or exit interview.  After a few of these a pattern should begin to emerge that will highlight where you may need to make some changes in the workplace. Once you receive notice that […]

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Improve Your Workplace Productivity

Improving your Company Culture Company culture, by definition, is something that determines how an organisation’s employees and management interact with each other. It is something that naturally develops over time, making it extremely difficult to reform. Company culture is directly linked to employee engagement, so the benefits of a successful reform can be huge. It […]

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