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Pay and Reward in 2012

Recent article in People Management magazine titled, Cutting pay is not the way to improve performance. Probably not, but many UK businesses have focussed on the pay bill as a somewhat essential survival tactic. The question is, how long term a solution can it be? Of course, in many cases, we’re not talking about actually reducing the amount on the payslip. More often, it’s a case of a pay freeze…

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De-Stressing At Work Using A Quiet Room

There was an article on quiet rooms in People Management magazine on the 29th November, explaining the benefits to be had from creating a little oasis of calm in the midst of your busy workplace; a space to which employees can retreat for a moment of peace. Now, some readers may be tempted to dismiss this as a nice bit of seasonal fluff or ‘slow month page-filling’ or – when viewing the slideshow…

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Keeping Ahead of Employment Law 2012 with Chorus HR

Definites and Maybes… It may not be tremendously exciting, but keeping up with the latest employment law can be vital to the health of any business – compliance isn’t optional and a lack of compliance can be expensive. So, here’s a look forward to what’s on the books over the next twelve months. Some of it is actually scheduled, much of it is currently in the form of proposals which may…

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Keeping Fit - A Review of Fit Notes

How is the New Note Working?   So-called fit notes have been in place for a while now, having replaced the traditional GPs sick note.   An employees doctor certifies them either fit, unfit or maybe fit for work, the intention being to focus on levels of wellness rather than sickness and encourage conversations between employer and employee on the return to work and, where helpful, agreeing arrangements…

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Hanging Onto Your Youth

Retaining young talent When it comes to recruitment, it might seem like an employer’s market at the moment, especially with regard to younger employees. After all, the latest UK figures show unemployment rising to 2.62 million in November. That’s a lot of people looking for work and as an employer you could be forgiven for thinking you hold all the cards. However, before you get too complacent…

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Protected Conversations

‘Protected Conversations’ - Whatever happened to trust? Autumn 2011 seems to be a busy time for employment law, what with proposed new legislation, impending consultations and the now-infamous leaked Beecroft Report (from which, incidentally, the Cabinet seems to be distancing itself – conspiracy theorists take note). One proposal which allegedly has worked well in France for years but which…

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Flexible Working

Small Business = Low Tech? Bending with the wind of change… First a caveat. Any research commissioned by a major telecommunications company that leads to a conclusion that small businesses should invest in more technology has to be viewed as a little biased. At the very least, there’s no getting away from the vested interest. However, so long as we keep that in mind, O2’s recent research into…

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Generation Y

The Generation Game - the four contestants in the workplace X, Y, …Z? Here’s a thought: successfully managing people is about knowing what you want from them, what they want from you, and then finding ways to make those two sets of needs as complementary as possible. Here’s another: “There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age –…

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Why SMEs Are Wary of Performance Management

Why SMEs Reject Performance Management A lot of small businesses feel no need for any sort of performance management system. In fact, if they give it a thought at all, many of them actively shy away from it. It involves a lot of conversations with staff, it creates expectations, it means identifying in concrete terms  what each job should contribute to the success of the business at the end of the…

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