Ask me to review your employment contracts, for free. No catch.

In December, you might have noticed that the Government introduced its biggest package of workplace reforms for 20 years, the Good Work Plan and you will see the accompanying advertising campaign during your TV ad breaks this month. And front of centre of this package was employment contracts. Chances are, if you haven’t reviewed your employment contracts in the last 5 years then they are probably seriously out of date, uncompliant, out of sync with your company values and not going to stand up to too much scrutiny if you…

Myth busting

Do you want flexible HR Support on a regular basis, but don’t think you can afford quality HR support? You’d be surprised at how affordable it actually is……………… You can access our HR Director Services once a week, once a month or once a quarter – the choice is yours. You will be getting expert advice without the hassle or costs of employing a highly experienced HR Director. Our tailored advice will remove all your people worries and enable you to see real results, fast. We can: Complete an HR…

Five things to remember when disciplining employees…….

Five things to remember when disciplining employees…….     A clear and concise disciplinary policy and procedure is an absolutely must-have when running your own business, and it’s a LEGAL requirement to have one! “Why,” you may ask, “do I need these policies and procedures for my business?” The simple answer is…because you have people working for you! With human nature being what it is, employees will test limits and act “creatively” in workplace situations, so you need a strategy for developing, communicating and enforcing a set of policies and practices that…

Absence doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder!

My top tips for managing sickness absence, effectively Did you know that the average UK employee takes 6.6 days off sick in any 12 month period? Sickness absence still accounts for around 6 days a year per employee in the private sector, which in a small business, will significantly impact production and customer service levels as well as result in missed business opportunities as well as the additional cost of replacement cover – all of which directly hits your bottom line.   Multiply this all up by your number of staff…

Why You Should Never Download Your People Policies Online.

If you’re like most employers, then the very first time that you realised that you were going to need some people policies, to make sure that you were compliant with the law and doing everything you can to drive performance and engagement, you probably carried out a quick Google search to grab what you needed? It seems like the obvious place to start. You’ve no doubt picked up a ton of valuable business advice online during your time as an entrepreneur, so search engines often become your trusty advisor when…

Is Your Next Business Disaster Looming On The Horizon?

You might not be surprised to learn that a high percentage of the enquiries that we get are from business owners who are experiencing what they consider to be ‘a bit of a disaster’, to say the least. Sometimes, it’s that productivity levels have slumped to the extent that they can’t fulfill their agreements with customers and clients.  Occasionally, it’s because they’re facing a tribunal and often, relations with staff have spiraled out of control and they’re not quite sure what to do for the best. They recognise that they…

Ten Ridiculous (but Completely Real) Excuses for not Paying Minimum Wage

Sometimes, you read something online, and you can’t possibly believe that it’s true.  Sure, it might make for a funny or thought-provoking story, but you don’t actually think for one minute that it really happened. It’s there to prove a point, or start a conversation, or even just provide a little bit of light-hearted entertainment. If you’ve already seen the list of the worst excuses that employers have made for not paying minimum wage, then you’d be forgiven for thinking that SURELY, these aren’t things that real employers have said.…