Phased Retirement Guide for Employers

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Phased retirement is an approach taken by some employers that gives employees more flexibility in how they manage the transition from full-time employment to retirement. This could be in the form of fewer working hours or responsibilities, or even a different role. In this guide for employers, we share practical tips on how to implement […]

Person Specification: Key Considerations for Employers

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Each stage of your recruitment process should be designed to help you find the ideal candidate for the role and your organisation. One of the first things an employer should do when recruiting is to write a person specification. A person specification is a written description of the ideal candidate for the role. It should […]

Workplace Investigation Process Steps

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Workplace investigations play an important role in resolving disputes at work. If conducted properly, investigations can help to protect the interests of the organisation by identifying wrongdoings and to support the employer with fair, objective and informed decision-making. Handled poorly, however, workplace investigations have the potential to create legal risk and serious reputational harm. While […]

Extending a Probation Period

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Probation periods allow employers the opportunity to gauge whether or not they have the right person for a role. In practice, however, the initial probation period may not prove to be long enough for the manager to formally sign off the new employee as passing their probation, perhaps due to performance issues. Extending the probation […]

DBS Check Renewal Employer Guide

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Having recruited a new member of staff, and undertaken the relevant DBS checks before taking them on, many employers will want to renew this check at regular intervals. In this way, you can ensure that any existing employee continues to meet the required standards, and hasn’t for example, been convicted a criminal record in the […]

How to Respond to a Flexible Working Request

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Under the current law in the UK, flexible working is not an automatic right for all employees. However, imminent changes under the new Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 will soon mean that employees will have far more flexibility over when and where they work, or at the very least, more access to request flexible working […]

Undermined at Work? Advice for Managers

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Undermining behaviour is any action intended to make another person feel less significant than oneself, such as gossip, passive-aggressive remarks, or even direct criticism. In some cases, undermining management can constitute insubordination, which may result in a disciplinary procedure being pursued. For managers, it is vital to recognise these behaviours and learn how to deal […]

Split Shifts: Guide for Employers

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Adopting split shifts in the workplace can provide a business with many benefits, not least in helping to meet its daily operational needs and optimising productivity, provided the rules relating to minimum breaks and maximum working hours are being met. In this guide for employers, we set out how split shifts work in practice and […]

Shift Patterns At Work

At one time, shift-working was mainly a feature of essential services which needed to run around the clock, such as health, transport and communications. But the demands of continuous production and increasing customer expectations of unlimited access to services means that workers in a growing number of sectors and occupations are working shifts. Added to […]

5 Steps to Reduce Absenteeism at Work

Employee absenteeism costs UK employers billions of pounds each year in lost working days, temporary replacement staff and sick pay. In this guide, we look at strategies and approaches employers can take to reduce absenteeism due to illness, by safeguarding workforce wellbeing and creating a positive and productive workplace culture.   A proactive approach to reducing absenteeism  […]