Avoiding Recruitment Bias

Recruiting best talent is critical to all organisations. But recruitment decisions can, and often are, influenced by unconscious recruitment biases. Such biases can be hard to identify, but they can lead to imbalances in the hiring process, which will ultimately create a less diverse workforce. The way we think is largely moulded by various unconscious […]

Staff Affairs at Work

Workplace romances are an inevitable consequence of the amount of time people spend at work. While most relationships at work won’t cause problems, it’s best for employers to be prepared and have provisions in place to ensure any workplace affairs or relationships don’t have a negative impact on the organisation. It’s also important that employees […]

Extra Bank Holiday Rules 2023

bank holiday rules 2023

Understanding how bank holidays work in the context of holiday entitlement, and your employee’s right to paid time off, is important when it comes to keeping your workforce happy. The following guide for employers looks at the bank holiday rules for 2023, including the extra bank holiday scheduled across the UK for King Charles’ coronation. […]

Performance Improvement Plan: HR Guide

When an employee is underperforming at work, it can be a tricky and sensitive situation for managers to deal with. Mishandling the issue can exacerbate the problems and can potentially lead to unfair dismissal claims if the result is a capability dismissal. Putting in place a performance improvement plan (PIP) is generally recommended to help […]

How Long Should You Keep Personnel Files?

Personnel records include the employee’s personal details, pay and tax information, working time, absences, training, career progression and any disciplinary or grievance matters. An employer’s duties to retain personnel records are governed by a combination of business and statutory requirements, as well as accepted best practice. Employers should bear in mind that they owe general […]

Phased Return to Work (HR Guide)

A phased return to work is where an employee who has absent from work due to illness, usually for some time, agrees with their employer a way to ‘stagger’ how they come back into the workplace, rather than resuming duties on a full-time basis straight away. Such employees may have had a serious physical or […]

Mental Health Days at Work

While employees may not think twice about calling in sick due to physical illness, the same probably can’t be said for emotional or mental illness. When employees feel stressed, overwhelmed or anxious, this can lead to disengagement from work, a decrease in productivity, and a rise in workplace absence, disputes and conflict. Likewise, employees suffering […]

AI in Recruitment

AI in recruitment is the application of artificial intelligence to the talent procurement process, where machine learning can learn to shortlist your ideal candidate and automate manual tasks.   How can AI help employers transform how they attract, hire and retain talent? AI technology is intended to streamline or automate a portion of the recruiting […]

Nepotism at Work: Hiring Family & Friends

Workplace nepotism is not in itself, against the law, unless other issues such as conflicts of interest arise. However, that’s not to say that it is always a good thing. When people are hired solely on the basis of their relationship or connection to someone already in the organisation, it can be highly demoralising for […]

Recruitment Methods (Best HR Techniques)

Knowing the right recruitment methods to use when hiring new staff can offer competitive advantage when searching and finding the best candidates for your business. We explore some practical advice for employers on the benefits and pitfalls of various different recruitment techniques, and how these can add value to your wider recruitment strategy.   What […]