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How To Partner With Local Businesses To Promote Employee Wellbeing

It’s that time of year again. – Summer’s just on the horizon. Holiday’s are being penciled into the diary, and it’s pretty likely that health kicks and lifestyle overhauls have been the subject of many discussions in your workplace! Fad diets and beach bodies aside though, when was the last time that you took a moment to consider how you’re promoting health and wellbeing to your employees? It’s something that can have huge benefits for your business (from reduced staff absence to boosted morale and productivity), but it can also…

We Need To Talk About Mental Health

The recent Germanwings air disaster has highlighted the issue of mental health in the workplace, and the need for employers to ensure that such matters are right at the top of their agenda. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz is suspected of purposely crashing the plane in to the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. If one thing is for certain in light of these tragic circumstances, it’s that we can no longer view mental health problems as a taboo subject that can be pushed to one side. Owners and managers…

Four Tips for Managing Sickness Absence

It’s inevitable that from time to time, your members of staff will get sick. 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 turn, damaging your profits. So what’s the solution? Check out these four tips for ensuring that you’re covered.…

The REAL Reasons Why You Should Recruit

There comes a time in the working lives of many business owners when they think that recruitment is their only option. Orders are increasing, profit is looking extremely healthy, and they’re keen to expand and take things to the next level. Sound familiar? At this stage, it’s likely that your nearest and dearest are either urging you to take the plunge and bring on your first member of staff. Of course, it should go without saying that you should rarely turn to friends and family for business advice. They might…

Avoid These Shady Ways Of Holding On To Your Staff

Do you ever stop for a second to consider the consequences of your staff deciding to leave your business? You’ve no doubt put masses of time, effort, and money into finding and recruiting the very best people, so it makes good business sense to think about how you can continue to make a return on your investment by nurturing your employees, and doing all you can to hold on to them. Sure, sometimes people decide to move on, and it’s often just an inevitable part of running your own team.…

How To Handle The ‘Year Of The Candidate’

This year has been billed ‘The Year Of The Candidate’, due to skills shortages in the marketplace. Ever since the term was first coined in a Wall Street Journal article at the very beginning of January, the concept quickly gained momentum amongst HR circles and those who are passionate about matching the best people with the right roles. But as a business owner, how will this have an impact on the work you do? Basically, there aren’t enough white-collar professionals to go round. If you want to fill your higher-level…

Don’t accept mediocrity from your HR provider

Think that HR is just about making sure that you don’t break the law, and having all the right paperwork in order? You wouldn’t be alone in thinking that. It’s an approach that many business owners take, even in huge organisations that have the time and the resources readily available to do things differently. Here’s the thing though. If your HR practices are limited to firefighting problems – like dealing with disciplinary issues, or handling poor performing members of staff – then you’re missing out on one of the biggest…

Would you ignore Richard Branson’s business advice?

When you think of influential people from the world of business, Richard Branson is a name that’s likely to feature pretty high up on your list. With a multi-billion pound empire that has included transport, music, and even his own private island getaway retreat, he certainly knows a thing or two about creating and sustaining huge success. With that in mind, it might pay to carefully consider his latest comments on the value of mentoring. Speaking via a recorded message to an event on mentoring hosted by Purple Cubed, he…

Will you lose a third of your employees this year?

The figures are in, and research from the Institute of Leadership and Management suggests that 1 in 3 employees plan to change jobs this year. It’s double the proportion from last year, and it demonstrates that even if you think your staff are happy and fulfilled in their roles, there could be more going on beneath the surface. Will you have to deal with unexpected recruitment drives in 2015 to replace leavers? And are you doing everything you can to hold on to the very best people in your business?…

What to do when your staff resist technological change

Technology is moving at the speed of the light, and this is undoubtedly presenting a huge and unmissable opportunity for employers. Want to make your processes more effective? Need to ramp up productivity and improve output? With the right technological solution, just about anything is possible. The big question here though, is just how well received the changes will be when you introduce them to your staff. Through the years, change, in its many forms, has been the cause of many headaches for business owners and HR professionals alike. Even…