Employing an apprentice

Employing an apprentice

These days, many more young people are looking into apprenticeships rather than further or higher education. The chance to start work sooner, begin taking a regular salary and not rack up thousands of pounds of student debt is quite appealing. It should be appealing to an employer too, for a number of reasons, but it’s […]

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Disciplinary and grievance procedures

Disciplinary and grievance procedures

With all the best intentions in the world, it is inevitable that any business with employees will need to refer to their disciplinary or grievance procedures at some point. Whether an employee has a problem with you or a colleague, their performance is extremely unsatisfactory, or their behaviour is unprofessional, you will need the help […]

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Redundancy

Redundancy

Redundancy is a form of dismissal for an employee. It happens when an employer needs to remove some job roles from the business. It is a difficult time for both employer and employee with strict redundancy law that needs to be followed. There are two types of redundancy – compulsory, where an employee’s role is […]

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Time off in lieu

Time off in lieu

Often shortened to TOIL, which is an unfortunate acronym for something related to overtime, time off in lieu is an alternative to overtime payment. Instead of paying employees for the extra hours that they’ve put in to get things done, an employer can offer those hours as paid holiday further down the line. Essentially, they’re […]

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How to manage difficult employees

How to manage difficult employees

No recruitment strategy, however robust, is absolutely foolproof. There is always a risk that a member of staff could become very difficult to manage. Perhaps what seemed to be an impressive trait during the interview stage has proven to be negative as the months have gone by? Maybe an experience in your employee’s personal life […]

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Do employees have the right to time off for doctors and dentists?

Do employees have the right to time off for doctors and dentists?

We all know that it can be hard to find time to visit the GP or the dentist. How many times have you heard something like “We’ve got a Monday morning appointment available. 9 o’clock? Two weeks from now.”  So, if the only available appointments are during scheduled working hours, does your employer have to […]

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Accruing holiday

Accruing holiday

Holidays might be exciting for employees, but they can be a headache for HR. How do you make sure that each employee is using their holiday allowance? How do you stop people from taking too much paid time off? What about new employees that haven’t yet done a full year in the business? How is […]

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First aid at work regulations

First aid at work regulations

All employers are required, by the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981, to be equipped for first aid at work. This means that it is essential to have the right: equipment people space and facilities Employers should be prepared for emergency first aid at work, which could potentially be life-saving if someone is injured or […]

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The benefits of Employee Self Service

The benefits of Employee Self Service

If you were asked about Employee Self Service, you might answer by saying that it’s simply common sense. Why wouldn’t you give your employees access to the data that you hold about them Or, you might say that it’s a disaster waiting to happen. Maybe some things should be kept private, to avoid confidentiality breaches? […]

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Why employee engagement surveys can be helpful

Why employee engagement surveys can be helpful

With the right wording, employee engagement surveys become an unbelievably valuable tool. These surveys can ensure that your employees are motivated. They can help you to maximise efficiency (and profit!). They can reduce the risk of people handing in their notice and going to work elsewhere. They’ll save you money that would otherwise be spent […]

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