Working From Home Policy (HR Guidelines)

Permitting employees to work from home is by no means a new concept for many companies and organisations, but the number of employees working from home in consequence of the coronavirus outbreak is unprecedented. For employers where homeworking has not previously been used, or at least not on such a large scale, it has become […]

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 […]

Home Working (Employer Guidance)

Given the current work from home requirements due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the phased return to work post-lockdown, home working is expected to become more widely adopted. For employers, this means giving full consideration as to how home working will work on a longer term basis, and what this means in terms of assessing […]

How Long Should You Keep Personnel Files?

What are an employer’s duties to retain personnel records? An employer’s duties to retain personnel records are governed by a combination of business and statutory requirements, along with professional recommendations. Personnel records include the employee’s personal details, pay and tax information, working time, absences, training, career progression and any disciplinary or grievance matters. Employers should […]

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 […]

What is Employee Value Proposition (EVP)?

An employee value proposition (EVP) is the sum total of the benefits an employee gets in exchange for dedicating their time, skills and experience to your company. Your employee value proposition should go beyond simple financial gain, should appeal to a prospective employee’s personal values and be unique to your organisation. A strong EVP will […]

How to Reduce Absenteeism in the Workplace

Employee absenteeism costs UK employers billions of pounds each year in lost working days, temporary replacement staff and sick pay. There are a number of measures employers can take to reduce absenteeism due to illness, by safeguarding workforce wellbeing and creating a positive and productive workplace culture. Below we provide practical guidance for employers and […]

Staff Handbook Template (What To Include?)

An effective staff handbook plays an important role for employers. Its contents are usually binding, unless the handbook specifically says otherwise, which makes it important for employers to get the information right. The handbook should act as a helpful and reliable resource for employees, alleviating the pressure on HR to deal with everyday queries from […]

HR Transformation (5 Steps to Success!)

In today’s constantly changing workplace environment, HR faces increasing pressure to add value to business operations and contribute to the organisation’s strategic objectives. As HR is responsible for managing a company’s most valuable and diverse asset – the workforce – HR operations affect business outcomes at every level. But as human resources departments move away […]

Objective Setting (Is SMART Best?)

Many employers rely on objective setting frameworks such as the SMART system as part of their performance management process. While such frameworks can be useful tools – they have to be used effectively.   Focus on the purpose of performance management The purpose of performance management is to help individual employees perform to the required […]