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Are Your Employees Engaged or Indoctrinated? The 'Cult' of 'Culture'

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 8:09 AM

Why is it that in some companies, often with multiple locations or having formerly merged there's always just one that doesn't quite "get it" and definitely doesn't "fit"? Working with high growth companies, our job as HR consultants often involves assessing and recommending how a company can keep its culture...

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How to Clone Your DNA: A guide to Keeping Your Company Culture as Your SME Business Grows

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 1:51 PM

Wow - you've done it! At 2am, you completed that deal and now you're the proud owner of a five person complimentary business, allowing your own to continue its rapid expansion. Or you've opened that second branch in a different location and you're ready to rock and roll!

However your...

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How to Recruit for SME Jobs: The Hidden Gems and How to Sell Them

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 4:27 AM

Problems with recruitment: Part 2

SMEs are often the businesses struggling the most with recruitment as they don't have the mass brand appeal of the big players and also don't have the big budgets to throw at recruitment advertising campaigns.

Many are therefore using high pay...

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Why Are Businesses Struggling With Recruitment?

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 4:00 AM

Problems with Recruitment: Part 1

With almost 2.5m unemployed, why are businesses struggling with recruitment?

February is one of the busiest times of the year for recruitment. But I am hearing time and again at the moment that businesses are struggling to recruit the right people. With almost

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How to Achieve Business Success in 2013 With Better HR

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 8:13 AM

With New Year out of the way, it's back to business. And for most organisations, this means priority planning for the next financial year.

What are your priorities and goals for 2013?

At the end of last year, I informally surveyed a number of businesspeople about what they had...

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Christmas Party HR Hangovers: Advice for Employers

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Apparently a quarter of Brits will kiss at the Christmas party, with 55% of us cheeky HR professionals admitting to a festive clinch with a colleague!

These types of statistics don't surprise me. Many of our new business enquiries...

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12 Steps to a Superstar Workforce

(1) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 7:40 AM

This week is 'Cyber Week', the week after Thanksgiving, when online retailers see a large increase in their e-commerce website traffic. Coupled with Christmas parties and other festive frivolities, this time of year is notorious for wandering attention among your usually dedicated staff, as they sneak...

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The Corporate Christmas Party -- How to Avoid New Year HR Headaches!

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 1:00 PM

A snog, a punch up, a groping, and a black eye: a good night out, or a post-Christmas party human resources nightmare?

Unfortunately, the fear of such incidences occurring has led many employers to cancel their Christmas parties this year. I have heard every reason...

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Oh No! Have I GOT To Provide a Pension for All my Employees?

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 1:12 PM

Well, yes. Is the short answer!

You've probably heard that the government is now bringing in compulsory pensions for all employees. But just from the kinds of queries I am now getting since auto-enrolment media coverage started, it is clear that many SMEs aren't sure what their current...

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Women at the Top - What Can SMEs do to Make Sure They Keep Women on Board?

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 3:12 PM

Coming from a family where my mum has always the breadwinner, it is perhaps not surprising that I automatically see the role of women in the workplace as critical. I cringe in horror that she was once told she couldn't make a purchase without my Dad's authority and yet, in...

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SME Leaders: How to Inspire Your Team Olympics Style!

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 8:08 AM

Whilst we're all still in the Olympic spirit and celebrating the success of team GB's inspirational performance, now is a good time for Great British SME owners to think about how to inspire their teams.

Inspiration comes from example

Public confidence in the London 2012 Olympics and our Team GB...

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Recruiting and Retaining the Next Generation's Talent: How Can SMEs Create the Right Working Environment for Millennial Workers?

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 6:46 PM

At the recent launch of new guidance on mental health at work, Health Minister Earl Howe said: "A good working environment is crucial for our wellbeing."

But, with three or four generations of people in the workplace - all with different needs and working styles - how can employers create...

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Will Changes to Unfair Dismissal Legislation Create a 'Hire and Fire' Culture?

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 5:41 AM

Since 6 April 2012, employees can now only contest being struck off on the grounds of unfair dismissal after two years' continuous employment. It is part of a range of measures by the Government to help boost recruitment in tough times and get the jobs market moving.

Some are arguing...

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Government Work Experience Scheme - How Can it Work for SMEs?

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 9:24 AM

The debate about the government's work experience scheme has been raging for a couple of weeks now - and it has mainly been about the role of big corporates like Tesco.

My view on all of this is that the possibly unintended result of employment benefits is that someone is...

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Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 10:20 AM

Unfortunately, as much as the control freaks want to - you can't do everything on your own! Sometimes, no matter how much energy or talent you have, you reach a certain point where, in order to continue growth you need additional people. Mindset is an important part of this.


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Carrying out Witness Investigations - Guide for SMEs

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 1:24 PM

There are times when both we and our clients suspect that HR has turned into both a police force and social services at the same time! Unfortunately, whilst HR can often add a great deal of value strategically to a business, investigations are re-active instead of pro-active and usually come...

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