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Jan28

How Important are Appraisals?

Written by // Liz Kirman Categories // Leadership & Management

Appraisals bring a mixed reaction from staff. Some love them, others dread them and some it seems never have them at all! According to recent research by Enterprise Study a fifth of new employees did not receive an appraisal in their first year. It also found that of those people who had had one, 43 per cent had to request one, of which 27 per cent had to wait 6 months for it. 

These figures would suggest that organisations do not feel the value of an appraisal, so do they really bring value to your business? Are they worth the effort?

 

Oct27

Signs, Causes and Impact of Stress at Work

Categories // HR and Training

As we prepare for fireworks and bonfires give a thought to the 4 November which is National Stress Awareness Day. We all say we are ‘stressed’ from time to time, but in 2014-15 the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) report on stress stated that 45% of all working days lost to ill-health and that’s 9.9 million work days, were lost to stress.  So what is stress, how do we spot people with it and what can we do to help?

Mar28

Apprenticeships for Employers

Categories // HR and Training

Apprenticeships have been hugely successful since they were made part of government policy in 1997. In the last year, over one and a quarter million apprenticeship applications were submitted online and over one hundred thousand vacancies have been advertised.

The traditional view of apprenticeships as something distinctly working class, only applicable to certain industries and supporting young people into trade or manual work is being overturned as the government and many large companies are changing this perception, and schools are following suit.

Mar21

Changes to Employment Law

Categories // Business Operations, Finance

As the new tax year is approaching, there are a number of changes to employment law which you should be made aware of if you are not already.

Statutory Redundancy Changes

If you are unfortunately in the position where you may have to be making staff redundant, or if this could be a possibility in the future, then you need to be aware of the changes to statutory redundancy compensation this month.

Dec08

Solving the skills crisis

Written by // Vega Sims Categories // HR and Training

The FSB ‘Voice of Small Business’ survey revealed that small businesses still have difficulties finding suitably skilled staff despite a steep rise in unemployment. In order to solve this global crisis, businesses will have to look at new flexible approaches as a knowledge driven work environment makes it much harder to find the right person for the job, regardless of geographical location or business size.

Nov29

New pension rules to affect businesses

Written by // Vega Sims Categories // HR and Training

Quite some time ago the Government announced that it will introduce new legislation that will persuade individuals to build a private pension. The legislation will start to take effect next year with the largest employers. Smaller businesses will have up to four years to implement the change.

Jun29

Does your organisation have the talent to secure growth?

Written by // Vega Sims Categories // HR and Training

Globally 63% of organisations have gone through, or in some cases are still going through, significant reductions in their workforce. Many of these organisations did not base their workforce cuts on individual performance or careful planning, but rather on those who responded to voluntary redundancy options and retirement offers. This means many organisations unfortunately have a situation where they are no longer ideally suited to assemble a team of top performers who are able to drive growth.

Jan27

Is it Fair to Change the Paternity Leave Rules?

Written by // Joseph Marren Categories // HR and Training

The recent Government proposals regarding parental leave from the workplace have been met with a mixture of appraisal and anger in almost equal parts. Parenting organisations have welcomed the changes, insisting that a rethink was long overdue but small businesses who already struggle to cope under the present parental leave rules, have been left feeling aggrieved and overlooked.

Jan21

Leading for Growth

Written by // Vega Sims Categories // HR and Training

More often than not growth is driven by leaders who inspire their teams to be more effective and to contribute to the overall goal of a business. On the other hand it is quite easy for leaders to get caught up in the business instead of focussing on leadership and growth.

If your business is doing just ok, but you’d like it to do more than just ok, it’s often more productive to take a step back and look at things from a different angle.

Nov19

Why Employ a Graduate?

Written by // Joseph Marren Categories // HR and Training

The benefits of a University education have long been established. It is generally assumed that intellectually gifted students with lots of potential will go to University and come out with a degree that demonstrates that they are a versatile and reliable worker, no questions asked.

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