The pros and cons of using timesheets

The pros and cons of using timesheets

Regardless of the size of your business, it can be tricky to keep track of your employees’ work and the hours that they spend in the office. With a smaller business, your time is too important to be spending it monitoring what your team is up to, and even if your business is large enough […]

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Requesting a reference

Requesting a reference

So you’ve got your vacancies out there into the wider world, sifted through a pile of CVs and interviewed some of the more interesting candidates. You think you’ve found the right person for the role, but there’s one last step to take, and that’s getting a reference to make sure there’s nothing you should be […]

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Hiring young workers

Hiring young workers

Hiring young workers can have many benefits. From the energy and enthusiasm they can bring to a role, to the financial benefits of being able to offer lower salaries, it can be attractive to recruit younger job seekers to your workforce, especially if you’re looking to mould the ideal employee over a long career. Yet […]

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Managing absence in small businesses

Managing absence in small businesses

When you run a small business with a limited team, absence can be at best frustrating, and at worst catastrophic. From the cost of providing care to the employee through sick pay, to lost hours or the expense of hiring temporary cover, it can make for a tricky time financially. That’s why it’s so important […]

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Addressing the gender pay gap

Addressing the gender pay gap

The gender pay gap has once again come into focus, following the reveal of the salaries paid to employees of the BBC. However, while the story certainly caught the attention of the wider public, business owners should already be switched on to the issue of the gender pay gap. New legislation came into effect in […]

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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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