How great HR Support can really make the difference in creating an ethical business.

I haven’t read any business books for a while but over the Christmas period I read two that helped me to see the important role that HR should be playing in business. “She Said“, by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, and “Super Pumped – The Battle for Uber” by Mike Isaac. Both books feature rather nasty bullies – Harvey Weinstein and Travis Kalanick. What was interesting for me was that in both books the HR professionals in the organisations being discussed didn’t play an important role. HR was noticeably absent…

How to make sure your business is fighting fit for 2021!

You probably started your own business because you’re passionate about bringing your product or service into the world, and providing a much-needed solution for your customers and clients. This people management malarkey though – it’s not necessarily what you signed up for is it? Call it the bit of the job you hate if you like, but the fact remains that if you want to grow a thriving business, you can’t get away from it. You need the best people practices, procedures, and policies in place that ensure you’re hitting…

Job Retention Scheme Extension 18th December 2020 – FAQ’s

For any of you that missed it, there was yet another extension to the Job Retention Scheme announced on the 18th December, so the scheme will now run until 30th April 2021. Just in case you missed this news or want a refresher on all the latest Furlough news and rules, here’s our latest update and FAQ’s courtesy of Crosslands Solicitors. Only those employees (widely defined) employed on 30 October 2020, provided that an RTI submission had been made in respect of them between 20 March 2020 and 30 October…

An employers’ guide to strategically managing employee wellbeing

If you take a look around at many businesses and their priorities in January, you’re likely to find that many leaders are finally identifying that improving wellbeing amongst their staff is high on their agenda this year – particularly with everything that has happened in the last 9 months! However, the cynic in me wonders whether these leaders are just paying lip service to the trend,  as the savvy business owners and leaders among you have already realised that looking after your people as a business owner is a human,…

Six ways to raise your leadership game this year . . .

The beginning of the year is often a really useful time to take stock of your business; your objectives and priorities, and how you’re going to achieve them. It’s very possible to raise your leadership game in 2021, by making just a few manageable changes. If you’re ready to step up to the challenge, then read on. We’re going to look at six practical game-changers that you can get to work with right away. 1.Leave some unplanned time in your diary   If you take a look back over your schedule…

Raising the Bar for HR

Ready to raise the bar on HR?  Growing a business without HR expertise is challenging at best, and a constant uphill struggle at worst. If you’ve ever had to tackle a people issue on your own, you’ll know just how stressful it can be. Between trying to manage your legal obligations, and meeting your operational requirements, firefighting can become part of your everyday routine if you’re not careful. The last few months have shown us, how valuable it can be to have your HR Expert on speed dial. There is…

What needs to be on your People Agenda for 2021?

HR’s role in Managing the Long-Term Impact of the Pandemic and Remote Working The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our way of working. But how will the big shift we are seeing within our clients to remote working, impact how we work in the future, and what role does HR have in managing the long-term impact on businesses? Remote Working Covid-19 forced many companies to switch to remote working literally overnight. Although some companies and employees alike have relished in their new working from home arrangements, to be successful in the…

Job Retention Scheme Extension 1st December 2020 – FAQ’s

Thank you once again to Beverley Sunderland at Crosslands Employment Lawyers for their excellent support and advice during these last 9 months! These FAQs deal with the mechanics of furloughing workers under the Job Retention Scheme (JRS) now in place until the 31st March 2021. The JRS was first put in place to provide employers whose operations had been affected by coronavirus with wage assistance from 1 March 2020. It was originally intended to close on 31 October 2020; however, was extended as a result of the Government’s decision to…

What does it take to succeed in HR?

Here’s what some of today’s HR Influencers  think you need to succeed in HR: “My perspective is relatively simple. You need to have extensive experience on the ground working in the field of HR – any functional area of HR but the more experience you have, the better. Those that have never dug the trenches CAN’T possibly have the perspective to truly influence an industry. They’ve never lived in the shoes they are trying to influence so in my humble opinion, their credibility is absolutely nil. This may be harsh…

Further Furlough updates

HMRC love a Friday night update! So here’s the latest roundup of updated guidance for you!  The updated guidance covers the 1st November to the 31st December 2020, as we are told that the scheme will be reviewed again in January. Be prepared for further changes, and I would predict a reduction in Government contribution levels being a key change. CJRS Bonus scheme that would have paid you £1000 for retaining furloughed employees in your business has been officially abandoned The  new Directive officially revokes this, because the extended furlough…