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Top 7 Things You Should Consider When An Employee Resigns

Published: August 19, 2014

As we start to experience an upturn in the job market, employers are at greater risk of having staff leave them to join other organisations. This can often have a significant impact for the company, particularly small businesses where there is greater dependency on staff.  The consequences of a resignation could include:   ·         Loss […]

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Right to request flexible working, what does it mean for your small business?

Published: August 8, 2014

  From 1st July 2014, the government extended the right to request flexible working arrangements to all employees.  Given that there are currently over 1.3 million small businesses in the UK, most of which employ between 5 – 250 staff, this will have a significant impact on the small business owner.  What is flexible working? […]


Using recruitment agencies – is this always a good thing?

Published: April 21, 2014

When recruiting for new staff it is always important to look closely at the position that you are recruiting for and how skilled or detailed in experience you need this person to be. The costs of recruiting can be high whatever method you use but whereas when using a recruitment agency they are able to […]

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Should you grant time off for religious holidays?

Published: April 14, 2014

Should you grant time off for religious holidays? As we approach the  Easter break, most of us take for granted the fact that we will be granted time off to celebrate the holiday, regardless of our religious beliefs. It is sometimes easy to forget that we are now a country  of very diverse cultures and […]


The bonus round – Paying a bonus, is it contractual?

Published: April 2, 2014

  As we get towards the start of a new financial year, companies take this time to look back over the last years performance at company and individual level. For many, this marks the start of discussions about what payments, if any can be awarded to staff. At a time when the matter of bonus […]

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5 Cost effective ways to recruit new staff

Published: March 3, 2014

Most small companies cannot afford the time or money involved  when they have a need to recruit staff. Yet this is one of the single most important decisions any business owner will face as the cost of getting it wrong could far outweigh any benefits of rushing through the process.  Here some of the things you can […]


Managing Sickness Absence in the workplace

Published: January 17, 2014


Setting the rules – why you need to have an employee handbook

Published: January 6, 2014

Many organisations, especially small companies operate in an environment based on informality and rules. In some cases, this could be because the company has taken on a life of its own and grown from a one man band to a company employing several staff. Despite the growth, most companies with less than 50 staff do […]


The Office Christmas party

Published: November 22, 2013

Harassment and Bullying- Crossing the line what does the law say? It’s that time of year when we all like to let our hair down and companies organise and host a series of Christmas parties on and off site. The last thing of anyone’s mind is dealing with potential claims of harassment or bullying. Yet […]


Zero hour contracts – what are they and when might you use them?

Published: November 22, 2013

Zero Hours contracts have had a lot of bad press of late with some senior government    officials and the press branding them ‘abusive’. But is there ever a place for them and why would an organisation chose to use such a contract?  Zero hours contract was designed to help organizations manage their workflow in times […]