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 […]

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 […]

Improve Your Talent Management Process

Your workforce is your organisation’s greatest asset. An effective talent management process will allow your company to attract and retain talented individuals, while supporting and nurturing talent in your existing workforce. In doing so, you can enrich every aspect of the businesses operations and significantly cut costs in training and recruitment.   Why is a […]

GDPR for HR: 7 Steps to Compliance

10 minute read Last updated: 12th November 2019   Any organisation which fails to comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules risks substantial fines and reputational harm. HR departments, in particular, operate under substantial responsibilities to ensure organisational data protection obligations are met. In this guide, we discuss seven key steps for HR functions […]

Return to Work Interview (Questions to Ask)

Conducting a return to work interview is an essential part of an organisation’s absence management strategy. Having a focused discussion with an employee who returns to work is shown to help reduce unnecessary sickness absence and helps the returning employee transition back into the workplace environment with greater ease. Return to work interviews also offer […]

Subcontractor Rights (Employers’ Guide)

subcontractor rights

8 minute read Last updated: 25th October 2019   A person’s employment status determines their workplace rights and responsibilities. As an employer, it is important to be aware of the employment status of the people working for you, to ensure your obligations towards them are met. This guide will focus on the employment status of […]

Shared Parental Leave (HR Guide)

9 minute read Last updated: 31st October 2019   With Shared Parental Leave (SPL), parents can opt to share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay between them in the 12 months after their child is born or, if adopted, placed with the family. In this guide, we summarise […]

Types of Disability Discrimination

8 minute read Last updated: 25th October 2019   It is unlawful to discriminate against an individual in the workplace by reason of disability. Discrimination issues typically relate to flawed or inconsistent organisational policies, procedures or practices that have failed to accommodate people’s physical or mental impairments as required by law. Understanding and recognising different […]

Dismiss For Poor Performance (Steps To Take)

8 minute read Last updated: 21st October 2019   Before an employer can lawfully dismiss an employee for poor performance, they must first show they have followed a process to allow the employee the opportunity to improve and meet the standards required in their role. Failure to manage poor f   This article covers: Knowing […]