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Recruit to keep and develop staff

Recruit to keep and develop staff

Recruiting excellent employees can be a difficult and long process. Whilst time constraints, job descriptions, person specs and ways to hire can pressurise you into making a hasty decision, don’t just have a view point of what skills and capabilities you feel you need for just ‘here and now’, but aim to plan ahead. Consider […]

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Enabling a Return On Investment of your most important asset – your team!

Enabling a Return On Investment of your most important asset – your team!

Ever thought that you are not really getting the best from your team? Ever wondered how you could improve the performance of your business by improving the performance of your staff? Here are some some practical ways of managing and improving performance. What are my staff doing? Look in detail at what your staff spend […]

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Staff holiday entitlement

Staff holiday entitlement

  There are often queries related to holiday entitlement, pay and accruals. On the internet you’ll find lots of guidance, but let’s cover the main areas here: Employees have a right to the legal minimum of at least 5.6 weeks’ paid annual leave, but could receive more than that, depending on what’s stated in the […]

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The importance of regular and effective employee reviews

The importance of regular and effective employee reviews

Have you ever had a review that was rushed, without meaning, clear purpose and outcome? Maybe it was also ‘pre-scripted’ without much room for discussion or dialog? Additionally, have performance reviews always been one a year, or at most twice? As a manager, alongside the regular yearly review, it’s essential to keep communication strong and […]

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Company culture – how can we get it right?

Company culture – how can we get it right?

There’s a lot to be said about the culture and environment a business defines and operates within; but how can the desired culture be created, be natural and be consistent? Does the type of business define the culture, or is it enforced and sculptured by the managers that have employee responsibility? I’d like to think […]

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Setting effective company objectives to deliver success

Setting effective company objectives to deliver success

Company objectives can initially be difficult to set or quantify. The best way to start creating an objective is to apply the SMART technique. So what is SMART? Well, applying SMART sets the parameters and scope of an objective, which increases the chance of it being successfully delivered and is also considered an effective way […]

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Is the ‘9 to 5’ staying alive?

Is the ‘9 to 5’ staying alive?

Back in the 80’s Dolly Parton famously sang ‘Working 9 to 5 – what a way to make a living’. The question we ask ourselves today though; is this still the best way to make a living thirty plus years on? Historically, traditional working environments have dictated a 9 to 5 week across most business […]

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How does effective ‘Engagement’ lead to great business success & performance?

How does effective ‘Engagement’ lead to great business success & performance?

The word ‘Engagement’ is thrown around and discussed a lot in the HR field as a truly fundamental element to driving business success, not just for the immediate time but for future growth and profitable results. But what does ‘Engagement’ actually mean in today’s businesses and what can be gained with investing in this topic? […]

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