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Employee Management

Having difficult conversations at work: how HR can help

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All managers will face conversations with their team members that they expect to be difficult at some stage in their career. These might include addressing poor performance with an employee, investigating reports of workplace bullying or inappropriate behaviour, discussing sensitive personal issues or informing an employee that their position is at risk of redundancy. In any walk of life, having a difficult conversation with someone can feel daunting and it is easy to think that not broaching the subject at all will make it ‘go away’ or resolve itself without the need for a frank conversation at all. When in…

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What is furlough

What is furlough and how does it work? A guide for employers

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A word that very rarely graced our daily office chatter before March 2020, but the concept of ‘furlough’ is now one that is very present in the minds of the UK’s workforce. Announced by the Chancellor as part of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was designed to minimise the threat of mass redundancies across the country and adversely affecting economic performance as business slows or comes to a grinding halt altogether. Employees may be furloughed due to a slowdown in operations or simply because there is no work for them to do due…

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6 ways to ensure cybersecurity for remote workers

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Large swathes of UK employees already work remotely; whether by design or by default, working away from the office is increasingly commonplace. Fuelled by improvements in technology and cloud-based software, remote workers are not only a new normal, but flexible working has come to be an expected perk for many. Research carried out in 2019 by the International Workplace Group, found that 80% of people said that when faced with two similar jobs, they would turn down the position that didn’t offer flexible working conditions. Furthermore, data from the Office of National Statistics found that the number of remote workers…

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Dealing with an employee who is always late

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We’re all late from time to time; it is part of life. From being delayed in traffic, broken down cars and even sleeping through an alarm, we’ve all been there! In a survey conducted by the Heathrow Express, employee lateness costs the UK economy around £9 billion a year. Traffic caused by road works (41%) was the leading cause of tardiness, closely followed by public transport delays (29%), unforeseen circumstances (25%), torrid weather (18%), sleeping through an alarm (14%) and leaving something behind (12%). But as an employer, punctual employees that are strong and passionate are critical to productivity as…

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Performance development review

What is the best structure for a Performance Development Review (PDR)?

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A Performance Development Review (or PDR for short) is not a new concept. In fact, many HR professionals are starting to discourage their organisations from implementing them, but they do still serve a purpose and are a long way off from becoming extinct. And rightly so, especially in growing businesses. A PDR will help your employees focus on the tasks that contribute towards the overall goal of the business and, they know exactly where they stand in terms of their expectations, performance and job security. PDRs will also provide line managers and HR teams with a paper trail of performance…

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