What is the future of retail?

  It’s a sorry sight looking around some of the UK’s towns and cities. ‘To Let’ signs everywhere following the collapse of not only independent shops, but also some of the biggest names in retail. This year has seen high street chains including House of Fraser, Homebase and Poundworld go into administration, as well as Read more about What is the future of retail?[…]

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Isn’t paying them enough?

When it comes to motivating your workforce, it’s not all about the carrot and the stick mentality. In order for your employees to be engaged with your company, it has to be about more than the money. OK, so nobody goes to work for free. Firstly, there’s the NMW to think about; secondly, there are Read more about Isn’t paying them enough?[…]

The Stress of Commuting

Ah, commuting… The joys of standing on a freezing cold railway platform, where everyone looks really miserable for some reason, waiting for your train to arrive. Usually late. Usually with not enough carriages for the number of people wanting to squeeze on. Usually with those carriages already full anyway after calling at stations along the Read more about The Stress of Commuting[…]

How to reduce stress at work

As November 2nd, 2016, was National Stress Awareness Day! To show our support at Up&Up HR we have put together a list of top tips that we believe will help reduce unnecessary stress in your workplace. What is Stress? Stress can be described as: “A primary physical response. When stressed, the body thinks it is Read more about How to reduce stress at work[…]

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???[…]

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[…]

How to be kind in HR

Being Kind in HR Management In HR we are not generally known for our kindness.  The work we carry out is usually along a negative theme: Creating Rules Regulating the rules Re-organising and sacking people Giving bad news Crisis management And the list can go on and on… None of the above exclude kindness.   Read more about How to be kind in HR[…]

CIPD Survey on Brexit

Here are enlightening facts from a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The key findings reflect the concerns of our clients and employees.  As HR Consultants, who work very closely with our clients people, we have had to counsel employers who have large numbers of European workers and experienced the tears of Read more about CIPD Survey on Brexit[…]