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 […]

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 […]