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Employee Relations: What Does it Mean & Why Does it Matter?

By Employee Relations, Management

Last updated 06/09/21 Employee relations is a multifaceted yet straightforward concept. Many of the people who come to us asking what this term means often realise that it’s something they’ve been doing all along. They can then optimise their practices for even more success. Employee Relations Defined Employee Relations (ER) refers to a company’s structure and how they manage the rapport between leadership and staff. The goal of employee relations is to build and maintain positive relationships for a better working environment, reduced churn and increased productivity. Your staff should look forward to starting their working day, and positive employee…

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Healthy Food

8 foods proven to reduce stress levels

By Health, HR News

It’s been scientifically proven that what you eat has a direct effect on how you can deal with stress. Straight away, we know what you’re thinking and don’t worry, this isn’t one of those articles telling you what you should and shouldn’t eat. There are already thousands of those elsewhere on the Internet. All this is, are a few pointers about foods you might want to try and include in your lunchbreaks at work to help your body cope with stress. Spinach   As a famous sea explorer once said: “I eat me spinach because it keeps me strong (toot…

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dealing with stress

Why cavemen caused anxiety in the office and how to deal with stress

By Health, Management

Why do we become stressed? Did you know that stress is an evolutionary function which was vital for our ancestors thousands of years ago? It was to protect themselves and their children from creatures like wolves and large wild cats such as pumas or cougars. See, stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of threat or danger. When something triggers you into feeling threatened, your nervous system responds by releasing hormones like adrenaline and cortisol for crisis situations. Fast forward to 2016 and stress is seen as a burden and quite frankly, it should be. In 2012…

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How to Benchmark Employee Benefits

By Employee Benefits

Your boss has set you the task of reviewing your organisation’s employee benefits package and benchmarking it externally to see how you compare against the market. If you haven’t undertaken an exercise like this before it might seem a little daunting, but in this post, I am going to share a few ideas on how you can obtain some external data for use in benefits benchmarking. What is Employee Benchmarking? Employee benchmarking is the process of setting standards and expectations for an employee’s work.  These benchmarks are then often used during performance evaluations, pay reviews and can be used to…

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how is asset management relevant to hr

How is Asset Management Relevant to HR?

By Technology

In the Enterprise version of Natural HR we offer asset management – you may be thinking, what does asset management have to do with HR? It is a fair question! Often asset management is the responsibility of Facilities for example and not HR. Natural HR offers a complete HR system that takes the employee lifecycle right from recruitment through to offboarding – for many companies, part of onboarding (and conversely offboarding) is assigning equipment to employees. It could be IT equipment like a laptop or a phone right through to something more significant like a car but, either way, the…

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