A couple of members of staff have requested that we support a local charity by giving some staff time each month. What is the benefit to a company of allowing staff to volunteer to help with good causes and what are the main pitfalls?
Posted on 23rd October 2007 in HR.
(October 9th 2007) www.businesslink.gov.uk has launched a new tool in a bid to help employers implement the recent changes to employment regulation, which came into effect on 1st October 2007 (Common Commencement Date)
Posted on 22nd October 2007 in HR.
An Edinburgh University undergraduate was last night crowned the UK’s most enterprising student after he created a revenue stream worth an estimated £4.3 million during his summer work experience placement.
A year after age discrimination was outlawed in the workplace, one in five job advertisements still fails to comply with the rules, according to law firm DWF.
Its survey of 200 advertisements found that 21 per cent were potentially ‘ageist’, while 27 per cent could be viewed as containing some form of discrimination, whether on grounds of age, sex or disability.
Posted on 4th October 2007 in HR.
As new EU rules on statutory leave are introduced, research carried out on behalf of Abbey Business Banking shows over half the UK’s entrepreneurs are working more than the European recommended standard of a 48-hour week.
Actions speak louder than words — but are Gordon Brown’s plans to create half a million new jobs, feasible? In light of the Prime Minister’s goal to see available apprenticeships rise from 250,000 to 500,000 over the next 10 years, London’s entry level job site, Fuse Jobs say, “if this vision is to become a reality, it is vital that the country’s perception of vocational training being second rate to academic education is addressed.”
It is common nowadays for organisations to have policies for stress or employee well-being in place and to have provided training to managers on how to recognise stress and handle the situation in the workplace. As well as being a compassionate measure, there is also a sound business case for introducing procedures to reduce stress-related absence and improve employee morale, performance, and staff retention.
Posted on 25th September 2007 in HR.
I run a small manufacturing company. We’re always really busy and employees rarely seem to have time to stop and chat to each other. Whilst this is great for productivity and efficiency, during appraisals a couple of members of staff have mentioned that they feel the atmosphere isn’t that friendly. Without losing the strong work ethic, what could I do to help change the company culture?
Posted on 25th September 2007 in HR.
According to the Observer A fifth of British directors refuse to hire women of child-bearing age, a new report has found, provoking a furious response from the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC).
Nearly 1,000 UK directors across a range of firms were polled last month. The results show that 22 per cent of male directors avoid hiring potential mothers, the worst culprits being older directors. Some 29 per cent of directors over 55 block the hiring of younger women.
Let’s face it. Employees come with baggage. For example, the right to claim unfair dismissal if sacked!
If you are looking for staff then before you hire an employee you might think about whether you need an employee at all.
It might be tempting to try to avoid the burden of employee status. For example, by using an agency worker or self employed consultant.
However it is not easy to avoid employee status.
An agency worker can, in some circumstances, be your employee. If you have the bargaining power you can go some way to avoiding that problem by asking the agency to itself actually employ those staff it supplies to you.