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GDPR: How long must you keep your HR records?

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The law has always required you to keep HR records. The Data Protection Act (DPA), which governs this area, stipulates statutory retention periods for some records – for example, P60s and P45s must be retained for at least six years. But for other areas, such as CVs and interview notes, the DPA lays down no fixed regulation and instead advises that employee data should ‘not be kept longer than necessary for the purpose for which it was processed’. So, in many cases, you must use your discretion. There is slightly conflicting guidance on the exact length of data retention, and…

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The biggest HR challenges faced by growing companies

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There is no universal threshold a small business needs to reach before starting to build an in-house HR team, but 50 employees is a typical benchmark. At this point, it becomes clear that standardised, formal HR processes are necessary to avoid the chaos that can ensue as more new people join the business. Whereas previously an organisation may have hired a part-time HR practitioner or consultancy, a permanent HR professional is now needed to build an internal HR operation that can support the next phase of the company’s growth. When the business reaches between 150 to 200 employees it’s likely…

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What is an HR Business Partner?

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Before we get stuck in, it’s important to note that different organisations and individuals see the HR business partner role slightly differently. There is no definition set in stone. However, there are some central tenets, and as the concept of HR business partnerships gain momentum and popularity we are beginning to see a more cohesive understanding. In order to address the question ‘What is an HR business partner?’ we need to look at the function and role of HR and how organisations meet their HR needs. The Fundamentals of an HR Business Partnership Fundamentally, HR business partnering is a model…

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7 tips for making the most of networking events

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For some, it’s an exciting word – one that represents a chance to make new connections and further one’s personal brand. For others, it can be a bit stressful. The word? Networking. Even in the age of social media, instant messaging and connections that can be made via a huge number of means, networking in person remains a brilliant way to meet new people and further one’s horizons. However, it requires a fair degree of confidence if you’re to approach such an event without it simply becoming nothing more than an uneventful day out of the office where you spend…

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Why is Emotional Intelligence Important?

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Emotional intelligence (EQ) has actually been a ‘known fact’ for more than the last few decades. In fact, our perception of its importance predates the coining of the phrase in the 1964 paper by Michael Beldoch. It has had different names – from ‘social intelligence’ to ‘emotional strength’ – but its importance has always been undeniable. In fact, some research states that Emotional Intelligence is responsible for 58% of your job performance and that 90% of top performers have high EQ. So what is it? And why is Emotional Intelligence important in the workplace? What is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional Intelligence…

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