Working well together is essential for maintaining a successful and efficient company, but often this isn’t something that just naturally occurs. Like all working relationships, you need to get to know each other and learn how to work together well.
Posted on 19th August 2015 in HR.
The other week I held a conference call with one of my clients – nothing out of the ordinary, a regular weekly catch-up call. I could hear them laugh as I dialled in – a laughter that quickly subdued when they realised I was on the line.
Posted on 18th August 2015 in HR.
It’s summer. And that means businesses up and down the country, large and small, will be recruiting the latest graduates from schools and universities. The yearly intake of fresh talent is a time for businesses to embrace new ideas and perspectives and for new hires to show what they can do.
We are now reaching crunch time for the government’s pensions auto-enrolment scheme, with 97 per cent of businesses still to complete their enrolment. Most of these are small, owner-managed businesses with fewer than 50 employees, usually lacking HR departments or in-house payroll expertise, or with the owners having little time to deal with yet more administration.
Posted on 17th August 2015 in HR.
Christmas and the end of the year is an important and often challenging time for employers. For many with seasonal products or who operate calendar financial years, maximising sales and profits before year end is the biggest challenge particularly when employees are starting to wind down to enjoy the festive season.
Posted on 14th August 2015 in HR.
Your people have the potential to be your strongest brand ambassadors. The first step towards this is ensuring they feel engaged and understand the brand, fostering a real connection to the business. How can you achieve this as a business owner? Here, I will talk you through the practical steps to make your brand aspirations happen.
Auto-enrolment is sweeping the nation. By Summer 2017, every employer will need to have arranged and be contributing towards a workplace pension scheme — and to register their arrangements with the Pensions Regulator.
Posted on 13th August 2015 in HR.
There are many advantages of being self-employed: you get to be your own boss, you choose your working hours and ultimately you’re in control. That said, there are challenges which self-employed people can overlook.
Posted on 7th August 2015 in HR.
It’s been brilliant to see apprenticeships taking centre stage of late, with the government pledging to create 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020 — and more recently announcing that it is clamping down on lower quality apprenticeship programmes. It’s a testament to the genuine value of this career path, and further evidence of the shift in attitudes toward appren-ticeships which we’ve seen over the last few years.
The human resource function encompasses everything from recruitment, hiring and termination; through to performance monitoring, policy development and enforcement and managing payroll. The function is document-intensive and of a highly confidential nature as employee-related records, which often contain sensitive and classified information, have to be maintained and remain easily accessible.
Posted on 6th August 2015 in HR.