December 2017

Launching a bonus scheme can present an exciting and slightly daunting challenge. If you get it right, it can be a big attraction for new employees and a great motivational tool for your existing team. If you get it wrong, it can become frustrating for...

Picture credit: Flickr Commons, Tekniska Museet, Snorvaxel, telephone exchange taken circa 1955. If you’re working in any capacity in the 21st century, you’ll know that the number of homeworkers, off-site workers or telecommuters is growing. According to a recent study by the TUC, numbers avoiding the...

Image credit: Conde Nast Traveler ‘Vintage photos of the evolution of the flight attendant uniform’ 1956 www.cntraveler.com In many of today’s work environments, the idea of having a dress code is largely considered an ancient one. However, giving employees a bit of direction can help employees...

Image credit: Flickr Commons, Seattle Municipal Archives – City Light Employees 1973 Notwithstanding our exit from the EU, the UK will implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when it comes into force on 25 May 2018.  If it hasn’t hit your radar yet, here’s a...

Picture credit: Flickr Commons, Queensland State Archives, Bardon’s School Infant’s class reading 1951 This essential piece of HR kit is usually something that small businesses don’t really understand the benefit of having, until something goes wrong with an employee. With the recent scrapping of employee tribunal...

Growing Businesses Can Mean Growing HR Tasks While it may have been simple for your business to manage the HR admin tasks when there were only a handful of employees, significant growth can quickly bury your company under heaps of paperwork, bulky spreadsheets and monotonous, time-consuming...

Have you ever had a candidate turn up for an interview who was so nervous that the interview became excruciating? It was impossible to move forward, but you always wonder whether in a regular work situation they’d have been fantastic. The traditional interview has many barriers...

Image Credit: Flickr Commons - Bessie Hayward – Vintage Car Circa Mid 1930's We know we are at risk of becoming boring now, we’ve talked about this a lot lately, but the issue of holiday pay and overtime is still cropping up regularly with our clients...

Image credit: Flickr Commons, Seattle Municipal Archives: City Light Employees on coffee break 1960s (circa 1963) If this was suggested to you by a colleague, you may feel it sounds a little heavy-handed for your small and friendly business. However, be aware that it can be...