4 things to consider before taking on your first employee

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When I first became an employer I didn’t have a clue what steps I needed to take, which meant lots of searching online as a reactive measure or learning the hard way. On looking back I can think of four key points I wish I had better knowledge of prior to taking on my first employee. That would have meant my focus was more on the individual rather than the process as an employer. 1. The costs of employment Make sure your business can afford to take on its first employee. If you are thinking of providing someone with an…

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How good is your HR software provider’s support?

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At Natural HR, we have always prided ourselves on customer service – right from the outset we have striven to make sure we offer the best product with the best service bar none in the industry. Of course, you can decide by looking at our feature list if our product is right for you but what about service? We can tell you our service is great but then everyone says that so we have decided to share data from our main customer support platform, Zendesk. Zendesk offers stats on three key areas: Channels (how are our customers contacting us), First,…

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Total Rewards Statements

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What are Total Rewards? The reward is typically connected with financial rewards such as pay and benefits as opposed to non-financial rewards. When financial and non-financial rewards are used in conjunction with each other this is referred to as total rewards. The Total Rewards principle takes into account everything an employee values from their employment relationship. This not only includes monetary benefits but also rewards such as achievement, growth and the work environment. What are Total Rewards Statements? Put simply, a brief report of an employee’s complete benefits package provided by their employer. What to include in Total Rewards Statement?…

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Is security ever anything but inconvenient?

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A real dilemma our team faces day after day is how to ensure the security and integrity of clients data whilst also trying to find a balance with making the system easy to use. For example, we used to insist on system access requiring a PIN number as well as a password – we now make that optional for the company to decide whether to use or not. It means the system is quicker and easier to access but it also means if an employee uses the same password on multiple sites and those other sites get compromised then someone…

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What makes a secure password?

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In the UK at the moment there is a lot of media focus on secure passwords coming from a Government campaign around the general area of online protection (https://www.cyberstreetwise.com/) – whilst in London last week passing through the Underground I saw a number of billboard posters which gave examples of weak and secure passwords and they offered some great advice which I wanted to share but also look at some of the reasoning behind this. The general advice around passwords is: Use upper and lowercase letters Include numbers Include “symbols” (things like !, @, # etc) Make it at least…

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