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Jan28

Traineeships Support your Business

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

In England in 2014 (the latest figures on the government website) local authorities estimated that 82,320 16-18 year olds were not in employment, education or training. The government introduced the Traineeship programme to help support young people like this. It is aimed at 16-24 year olds and allows them to gain essential skills and experience to enable them to secure an Apprenticeship or employment, but how does this support your business? 

Jan28

How Important are Appraisals?

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Leadership & Management

Appraisals bring a mixed reaction from staff. Some love them, others dread them and some it seems never have them at all! According to recent research by Enterprise Study a fifth of new employees did not receive an appraisal in their first year. It also found that of those people who had had one, 43 per cent had to request one, of which 27 per cent had to wait 6 months for it. 

These figures would suggest that organisations do not feel the value of an appraisal, so do they really bring value to your business? Are they worth the effort?

 

Oct29

Chancellor Extends Shared Parental Leave to Working Grandparents

Categories // HR and Training

An announcement by the Chancellor George Osborne has opened up an interesting dilemma to businesses. His new policy for supporting working parents is to extend the shared parental leave to grandparents. This may send a few shivers down the backbone of some bosses but what will be the actual impact?

Oct27

Signs, Causes and Impact of Stress at Work

Categories // HR and Training

As we prepare for fireworks and bonfires give a thought to the 4 November which is National Stress Awareness Day. We all say we are ‘stressed’ from time to time, but in 2014-15 the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) report on stress stated that 45% of all working days lost to ill-health and that’s 9.9 million work days, were lost to stress.  So what is stress, how do we spot people with it and what can we do to help?

Aug17

Hire or Fire ‘Yes People’?

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

If you are looking for an easy life as a manager you might think that surrounding yourself with ‘Yes People’ is the answer. But as a manager or owner of a business do you want to surround yourself with people that only agree with you? Will this allow you to make the best business decisions and get the most out of your staff?

Jun18

Holiday pay, avoid expensive back dating

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

In a recent case, Lock v British Gas Trading, a tribunal awarded back dated holiday pay based on additional criteria other than standard hours of pay, in this case taking into account the employees commission. There have been a number of cases at tribunal about holiday pay. The main areas that are up for debate other than commission based pay are those on variable pay, shift premiums, overtime and discretionary bonuses.

Jun18

Exclusivity Ban Reaches Further Than Zero Hour Contracts

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

There has been a lot of talk in the news and on HR forums on zero hour contracts, but what are they? As it says in the name they are a contract between a worker and an employer that do not guarantee to provide any minimum working hours. It means that employees only work when the employer needs them, which is often at short notice and that their pay is dependant on the number of hours they work. A worker is not obliged to accept any work. There has been a lot of concern about such contracts as it is often the low paid that have them and with no guarantee of work,theycan make budgeting and paying bills difficult. This is especially true where some companies have had an exclusivity clause in their zero hour contract. On the 26 of May exclusivity clauses in zero hour contracts were banned. How does this affect the employer and the worker?

May14

New Government's Plans for Small Businesses

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Business Development

The recent general election campaign was fought over issues such as improving the economy and supporting businesses. Now that we have a government with outright control, what actually are their plans for SMEs over the next 5 years?

Apr14

Get the Best Apprentices

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // HR and Training

As lots of 16 year olds are getting their heads down to study for and sit their GCSEs as an employer it is a good time to think about whether you can offer an Apprenticeship. Come August when GCSE results are published there will be a lot of teenagers thinking about their next steps and what careers they want to follow.

Apr14

Economic Impact of Deflation

Categories // Business Development

Much of the Eurozone has deflation and with the UK inflation rate at zero per cent in March it is something that could be facing the UK, but what is it? Deflation is the reduction in price of goods, which on the face of it when buying in your weekly shop or filling up your car, seems a great thing. This is not a view taken by the Central European Bank. It is very concerned about deflation; let’s face it our economies are based on a model of having inflation, so what would a prolonged period of deflation mean to your business?

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