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Our 2-Step Strategy to Help Combat Loneliness and Improve Mental Health

Our 2-Step Strategy to Help Combat Loneliness and Improve Mental Health

Did you know that the health risks loneliness has equates to the same risks as smoking 15 cigarettes per day? Aside from the impact loneliness has on your mental and physical health, studies suggest that severe loneliness costs businesses £9900 per person, every year...
Grants, Sick pay and more – December 21st 2021 Update

Grants, Sick pay and more – December 21st 2021 Update

Latest updates Coronavirus Support for Businesses  Rishi Sunak today announced today there will be three new measures to help businesses during this troubling time for many businesses with this new wave of COVID-19.   Cash Grants for Hospitality Eligible...
Introducing Toggl

Introducing Toggl

Tech Tuesday   We’ve got another #TechTuesday for you, and this week we want to talk about a great tool called Toggl. Have you heard of it? Do you know what it does? If you are yet to give it a go, it is about time you tried it!  Toggl is an extremely handy...
Breathe – New People Portal app

Breathe – New People Portal app

Breathe HR Software keeps on getting smarter and smarter! It’s been just over 2 months since Breathe launched their brand-new Rota, Time and Attendance module, and they now have even more useful new features. Let us introduce you to the Breathe – People Portal mobile...
Flexible Working

Flexible Working

There have been some recent employment tribunal cases with regards to employers, not allowing employees time off to go and deal with things such as going to pick up their child from nursery who was sick and not allowing an employee to amend their working hours. So, we...
Introducing Otter

Introducing Otter

Tech Tuesdays It is safe to say that when it comes to transcribing meetings, volunteers are often hard to come by. I am yet to find a person who loves writing up minutes or transcribing interviews. Let me introduce you to Otter, a mobile app and website that...
Introducing Loom

Introducing Loom

Tech Tuesday   Have you ever spent far too long writing out an email to someone to explain how they should go about completing a task, only to find that when you reach the end…the wording is probably not all that clear, there would still be room...
Introducing Pirkx

Introducing Pirkx

Tech Tuesdays So as a self-confessed geek most people that know me, know that I love tech and finding new apps and programs to help small business owners – or frankly just to turn the kettle on to make sure the water is boiled for tea when I walk in the door...
Empower don’t micromanage

Empower don’t micromanage

5 ways Employee Engagement will enable your small business to grow. To build the most effective team and to ensure long-standing employees it is important that your team members feel empowered rather than micromanaged. It is a fine balance between giving freedom to...
Does IR35 apply to Small Businesses?

Does IR35 apply to Small Businesses?

How does IR35 apply to Small Businesses? As you may remember IR35 was delayed for the private sector from being implemented due to COVID-19.  However, the legislation is going into force from 1st April.  Below are the 7 key steps that small business owners need to...
What are the new UK immigration rules?

What are the new UK immigration rules?

What are the New UK Immigration Rules? Welcome to our quick blog post about new UK Immigration rules. Now, due to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, new UK immigrations rules now apply. Free Movement for European nationals ended on 31st December 2020. This...
Steps to Success: Wellbeing Challenge

Steps to Success: Wellbeing Challenge

  Welcome to Steps to Success: Wellbeing Challenge!   So, boys and girls; how are you feeling about this lockdown? It sucks, doesn’t it?   Well, there’s good news, the Steps to Success: Wellbeing Challenge is here to rescue you from the...
COVID-19 UPDATE: Job Support Scheme Expansion

COVID-19 UPDATE: Job Support Scheme Expansion

Job Support Scheme Expanded (For Businesses Required to Close) As of the 26th October 2020, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak has announced on Friday 9th October 2020 that the Government’s Job Support Scheme will be expanded to firms required to close due...
Introducing Pocket HR

Introducing Pocket HR

HR in Your Pocket!  Before we introduce Pocket HR, a quick question: Have you ever wished you had help with HR? Starting out as a business owner – full of hope and expectations – human resources probably wasn’t that high on your priorities list. Perhaps you...
The Importance of Redundancy Process

The Importance of Redundancy Process

Following Proper Redundancy Process is Vital So, let’s start by looking at a few examples of how companies have made mistakes in the redundancy process: East London NHS Foundation Trust v O’Connor; Mr O’Connor was unfairly dismissed after accepting an...
Surviving, Survivor Bias

Surviving, Survivor Bias

What is Survivor Bias? During WWII, the United States Army wanted to protect their airplanes and needed to know where to put additional armour. They looked at their bombers, that were returning from the war riddled with bullet holes, and plotted points on a chart to...
6 Easy Ways To Reduce Presenteeism

6 Easy Ways To Reduce Presenteeism

Presenteeism Is Already Negatively Affecting Your Business Happy New Year! We all made it through Christmas and New Year unscathed but now midwinter; the season of presenteeism is upon us. Today, we’ll be learning what the term means and making a New Year’s resolution...
The Amazing Benefits Of Napping At Work

The Amazing Benefits Of Napping At Work

The Rise of Napping at Work Did you know that 85% of mammal species are polyphasic sleepers? Humans are part of the minority that have just one period of sleep and one period of wakefulness during the day. Interestingly, it’s also disputable whether this is our...
How To Offer Employee Benefits On A Budget

How To Offer Employee Benefits On A Budget

How To Offer Employee Benefits On A Budget Running a business of any size is hard work. If you’re running a reasonably small business, it can be even harder because very often everything is down to you – the owner. You need a team behind you to lighten the load and...
Your FREE Guide To Occupational Health

Your FREE Guide To Occupational Health

A Quick Guide To Occupational Health First things first. Occupational Health Physicians are doctors – let’s get that out of the way for starters! I admit, the fact that I have to say that may just be me showing my naivety. However, I remember when I was first...
Why Return To Work Interviews Are Vital

Why Return To Work Interviews Are Vital

Do You Always Carry Out Return To Work Interviews? Cards on the table time. Do you ALWAYS carry out a Return to Work Interview when an employee comes back from a period of sickness? Or, like many business leaders, are you too busy? Maybe you see it as just another...
Is Your Business At Risk From Presenteeism?

Is Your Business At Risk From Presenteeism?

Is Your Business At Risk From Presenteeism? Mental Health in the workplace is big news right now – and rightly so. As a responsible employer, you care about the physical and mental wellbeing of your staff, right? For example, if you were asked ‘How are your company...
4 Awesome Tips For National Relaxation Day

4 Awesome Tips For National Relaxation Day

Chillax! It’s National Relaxation Day I know, I know – there’s a ‘National Day’ for everything these days! Though National Donut Day may sound heaven-sent, thank goodness all these celebrations are not all Bank Holidays or nothing would get done! The History Of...
The Pros And Cons Of Exit Interviews

The Pros And Cons Of Exit Interviews

Exit Interviews: Useful Information Or Too Little, Too Late? To say the HR world is divided over the value of exit interviews is an understatement. A quick internet search soon returns countless articles both extolling the benefits of gathering constructive feedback...
Can You Weather Disruptions To Your Business?

Can You Weather Disruptions To Your Business?

How To Overcome Weather Disruptions To Your Business As Small Business owners, many unplanned events can affect your business. One of them being your staff not attending work, and this week, this might be because of adverse weather disruptions. My inbox is full of...
The 5 Best Tips To Prepare For GDPR

The 5 Best Tips To Prepare For GDPR

5 Simple Ways Small Businesses Should Prepare For GDPR Over the last week, the main topic of HR conversation has been about how small businesses need to prepare for GDPR. Some discussions have been very proactive, but there are many that believe they do not need to...
How Should You Make Redundancy Decisions?

How Should You Make Redundancy Decisions?

Making Tough Redundancy Decisions In today’s working life as an employee, people will have an average of 10 jobs in their lifetime. Therefore, working in HR is not always pink and fluffy. Unfortunately, sometimes, you have to be confident and ruthless enough to...
5 Ways To Keep Your Employees Cool

5 Ways To Keep Your Employees Cool

What Steps Should You Take To Keep Your Employees Cool? English weather is joked about all around the world and perhaps deservedly so. However, we do experience the occasional heatwave, and with climate change, just like sea-levels, their frequency is on the rise. So,...
4 Ways To Achieve Perfect Work-Life Balance

4 Ways To Achieve Perfect Work-Life Balance

How Do You Achieve Perfect Work-Life Balance? How to achieve the best work-life balance is, of course, one of the eternal questions and one that may remain elusive for decades to come. As 2016 draws to a close, I started to consider starting my own business and found...
4 Simple Ways To Manage Employee Holidays

4 Simple Ways To Manage Employee Holidays

4 Ways Small Businesses Can Manage Employee Holidays Over the last few years, new events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become popular in the UK as employee holidays. From a business perspective, you need to make sure you can deal with holiday requests on...
The Importance Of Fair Process

The Importance Of Fair Process

Do You Have Fair Process & Procedures? When it comes to fair process and procedures, I’m quite often asked: “Is that really necessary?” My response is always something along the lines of “Well, if you were in that situation, how would you...
6 Top Tips To Crush Employee Sickness

6 Top Tips To Crush Employee Sickness

How To Deal With Employee Sickness I have just spent some time reading a few great articles around employee sickness and how much it costs small businesses. During my time, I have heard a multitude of excuses as for why someone cannot come into work, some obviously...