Are you feeling any better today?

Many of us will have started the New Year with positive resolutions: lose weight; stop smoking; start exercising more and… find a new job! All too soon it gets round to THAT day again – Blue Monday. The most depressing day of the year, apparently – and, in case you missed it by any chance, Read more about Are you feeling any better today?[…]

Attend this webinar – How to manage disciplinary meetings

Do you have questions about managing a disciplinary process? Suzie Bogle, MD of Breathing Space HR and creator of up&up will be delivering a webinar on managing disciplinary meetings  and the disciplinary process.  Suzie will talk and take questions for an hour. On the 21st February at 10am. Register here   Do you have employees Read more about Attend this webinar – How to manage disciplinary meetings[…]

Everything you need to know about Millennials in the workplace…

The Millennial generation are transforming the workplace. They are currently entering the workplace in huge numbers, and by 2020 they will account for over 50% of the workforce. Their values, beliefs and lifestyle are significantly different from the Baby Boomer generation. Who are millennials? Millennials are the generation born between 1980 – 2000. The Millennial Read more about Everything you need to know about Millennials in the workplace…[…]

Merry seasonal greetings of the end of the year celebrations!

Bah humbug! The seasonal HR warning: The office Christmas party season is here… Are you prepared? As an employer, you have a duty of care towards your employees even when they are having fun at your office Christmas party, whether it is on your site or at another location like a hotel. Even at the most Read more about Merry seasonal greetings of the end of the year celebrations![…]

Termination Payments – Changes to PILON status

A recent government proposal is likely to make all pay in lieu of notice (PILON) payments taxable and NI deductible from April 2018. This change will make termination payments costlier for businesses if the proposal is accepted as legislation. Currently non-contractual termination payments up to £30,000.00 are paid tax and NI free to leavers. This Read more about Termination Payments – Changes to PILON status[…]

What’s on the horizon after the Autumn Statement 2016

There are only a couple of points we would like to raise for you for Mr Hammond’s announcement: National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rate changes: The government will increase the National Living Wage (NLW) by 4.2% from £7.20 to £7.50 from April 2017. The following increase will also apply for the NMW rates Read more about What’s on the horizon after the Autumn Statement 2016[…]

HR Opinion: Reward for failure???

Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots for Google X is quoted as follows: https://www.linkedin.com/in/astroteller “You must reward people for failing, he says. If not, they won’t take risks and make breakthroughs. If you don’t reward failure, people will hang on to a doomed idea for fear of the consequences. That wastes time and saps an organisation’s Read more about HR Opinion: Reward for failure???[…]

Autumn 2016 Employment Law update

There is not much information to give the SME business audience in terms of employment law updates for October 2016. So here are the basics and some upcoming changes which maybe of interest for early 2017 You might like to look at the blog on the Tribunal Statistics which have just been released as well Read more about Autumn 2016 Employment Law update[…]

6 Tips for 121 meetings with staff

121 meetings are a tool for employee management in ANY SIZE business – it can be vital to make sure that employees know what they are expected to do and are confident to do. Here are 6 tips to hold a 121 which works effectively for everyone: A 121 meeting can vary according to the Read more about 6 Tips for 121 meetings with staff[…]

What to do BEFORE you engage your staff

Over the past 20 or so years of my career in HR and HR consultancy, I have seen many changes to the focus of HR. However, I believe HR management strive to be forward thinking, focused on ‘Culture’ and ‘Employee Engagement’ we have forgotten the fundamentals… …OK, probably not forgotten but, shall we say, become Read more about What to do BEFORE you engage your staff[…]