Three ways to rocket your team’s performance

So when you take a look at how your business is performing, are you satisfied with what’s being achieved? A little reflection is always useful, but now’s the time to start thinking about end of year results. You’ve got targets to meet and goals to smash, and if you want to ensure that your plans become a reality, then you’re going to have to give some serious consideration to how you’ll make sure you get the most out of your staff. Sometimes though, this can be much easier said than…

How to be a Great Employer

Your culture is defined as “the way we do things around here” and will be created in part by your people policies and practices. Anyone that knows me well, will know that I am always wittering on to my clients about the importance of developing the right people policies and practices. There are many benefits to having suitable employment policies in place. Setting standards is the key to healthy workplace relations. It can reduce the need for disciplinary and legal action. It may also increase productivity and morale, as well…

Winning People!

Would you like to win half of day of my time? Simply answer the question below and email me your answer to; emma@emmacbrowning.com with COMPETITION in the Subject Line by Friday 17th June. Q: What key piece of employment legislation came into force in April this year? Just think what you could use my time for! Maybe you need to; Make sure you are legally compliant and get some good ideas about bringing your people practices up to date? Then an HR Health Check could be what you need! Need…

Bad HR Habits That Could End Your Business

We all know that bad habits in our personal lives can lead to serious problems. From trying to adopt a healthier diet through to kicking cigarettes, most of us have experienced a time when we recognised that changes had to be made. But have you ever stopped to think about the HR bad habits that could be having a seriously negative impact on your business? Like many less than favourable behaviours, we sometimes don’t realise that they’re a problem until they’ve spiraled out of control. Here, we identify some bad…

Five Mistakes That Business Owners Make with Employee Handbooks

According to a recent study by XpertHR, 92% of companies have created employee handbooks to share with their staff. But the finished document is about so much more than just listing your policies and sharing some mission statements that you’ve cobbled together over a cup of tea with your managers. Based on the statistics, you’ve probably made a token attempt at creating an employee handbook for your business – but are you missing the mark? Here, we uncover the mistakes that too many leaders are making, and explain how you…

Six Ways to Raise Your Leadership Game This Week

Think that becoming a better leader involves attending intensive courses, gaining years and years of experience, or getting your head stuck into a textbook? Well, not necessarily. These things can all have their place, but it’s very possible to raise your game this week, 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. Leave some unplanned time in your diary If you take…

How To Welcome New Staff Into Existing Teams and save yourself over £30,000 in the process!

Recruiting a new member of staff for your growing business can be a really exciting time, but it’s something that you should definitely consider carefully before you rush into taking action. Getting it wrong costs over £30,000 per new employee, according to the Oxford Economics group when they recently conducted a study with SME’s about new employees joining their businesses. One of the key challenges that you’re going to face is ensuring your new recruit is welcomed into your existing team without any significant teething problems. Now of course, some…

Four Tips for Managing Sickness Absence

It’s inevitable that from time to time, your members of staff will get sick. It’s that time of year now when flu, coughs and colds and viruses start making the rounds, and it’s to be expected, and it’s something that you can’t really avoid as you grow your business and your workforce. As an employer though, you need to be sure that you’re managing your sickness policies and procedures in the right way. Without a robust approach, you could quickly find that sickness absence is seriously damaging productivity, and in…

How to Get Yourself Out of an HR Pickle

In an ideal world, we’d never have to worry about firefighting people issues within our businesses. We’d have perfectly crafted policies, highly skilled line managers, and an engaged workforce with individuals who are passionate about helping our operations to reach their full potential. Of course though, things don’t always quite work out this way. Pretty much every business owner has experienced some tricky HR issues during their career, and most would agree that they can sometimes come out of nowhere. Now’s not the time to point the finger though. If…

Five Questions to Ask Your Employees This Week

If you speak to most employers, they’ll probably tell you that they have a pretty good grasp on what’s going on in their workplace. There’s small talk over sandwiches in the canteen, and important discussions in the meeting rooms. You probably feel like you have your finger on the pulse, and know exactly what’s going on beneath the surface. Here’s the thing though. If you want to excel, you need to go a little deeper. Want to have some more meaningful conversations this week? Ask the following questions: 1.How do…