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The Employee Experience

“Take care of your employees and they will take care of your business. It’s as simple as that.” Richard Branson. We don’t hear many negative views of working for Virgin.  What can employers learn from Richard Branson’s ideas? What is it about an employee’s experience...

How to become a better leader

Recent surveys have shown that some business leaders in the UK are lacking key management skills essential for businesses to develop in the way they want to.  Whilst leaders appear competent in technical skills, budgeting and financial management, they can sometimes...

Can your business weather any disruption?

As Small Business Owners there are many things that can affect your business one of them being your staff not attending work, and this week this might be because of weather. It has been in the news and my inbox is full of emails from railways and the underground all...

6 Ways to Avoid Wasting Time and Money When Hiring

According to a study by the CIPD, it costs about £2000 to recruit a new member of staff, that is just recruitment, the overall cost is a lot higher. If your organization has a high turnover of staff, that can be very costly. It is possible to attract the best...

5 simple ways a Small Business can get GDPR ready

In the last week, the main topic of conversation has been about GDPR.  Now some of the conversations I have had have been very proactive but there are many that think that GDPR does not affect them.  This is because either because they are too smaller business or...

Small Business Venus Awards Hampshire

So after nearly 6 months, the final of the Venus Awards Hampshire took place on Saturday 11th November 2017 at the beautiful Spark Building at Southampton Solent University. As a small business owner, I have to wear many hats.  I was looking for a small business that...

Employment Status : Contractor or Worker?

Contractor or Worker? In the last couple of weeks, I have been completing a few HR Health Checks. As part of the health check, I determine if a small business has contracts not just for employed PAYE staff but also for contractors. I am often asked why do I need a...

How to stay productive in an ‘always on’ world

Productivity in Britain has recently been 16.6% below the average of other G7 economies, with hourly output falling by 0.5% in the first three months this year, making it 0.4% below the peak recorded at the end of 2007. Effect on Small Businesses SMEs, in particular,...

Semifinalist – Venus Awards – The Pink Room

So the final semifinalist for the Small Business Award in the Hampshire 2017 Venus Awards is Verity Evans from The Pink Room. Modern and Comforting Salon based in the Heart of Fair Oak Square.  Southampton Pamper Parties at the Pink Room Hair and Beauty offers parties...

Finalist – Venus Awards – Baby Paddlers

So the next finalist for the Small Business Award in the Hampshire 2017 Venus Awards is Laura Skilton from Baby Paddlers. I founded Baby Paddlers in 2012 out of the frustration of finding good quality swim classes for my own young children. I attended several swimming...

Finalist – Venus Awards – Happy Hounds

My first Finalist for the Small Business Award in the Hampshire 2017 Venus Awards is Emily Walden from Happy Hounds. Happy Hounds was founded by Emily Walden who grew up in Yorkshire and moved down to Winchester with her Jack Russell, Willow,  around a year ago....

Finalist -Venus Awards – Penton Park

The finalists for the small business award in the Hampshire 2017 Venus Awards so starting things off is Danielle Rolfe from Penton Park. 3 generations all living under the one roof at Penton Park, which is first and foremost our family home. Doug and Viv (“Granny and...

Paws for thought on Pets at Work Policy

We all know that the United Kingdom is known for its love of pets, What are the practicalities of having a Pets at Work Policy in your workplace? You might have seen a few pictures of my cat Jess every so often.  With days like National Dog/Cat Day or bring your pet...

Making those tough decisions – Redundancy

Working in HR is not always pink and fluffy and sometimes you have to be that confident to a CEO or MD and help them make those tough employee relations decisions.  Terminating a contract due to redundancy is one of those times.   Recently I have had to deal with one...

5 Ways to keep your employees cool

It might surprise you to learn that there is no maximum temperature that an employee can work at.  There is a minimum temperature that an employee can work at just picture some ice you can all use that image to cool down for a second. There is advice from the Health...

730 days and counting… my 2nd Birthday

Today is the 2nd Birthday of Kate Underwood HR, wow how did that happen.  Does that mean I am in my terrible 2's now 🙂  I spent a little time yesterday in the glorious sunshine reflecting on the past two years and what I have achieved.   Network Over the last two...

Hampshire Venus Awards 2017

As you will see from previous blog posts last year I was nominated for the Southampton Venus Awards and managed to get to Semi- Finalist for Influential Woman and Finalist for New Business. With the awards joining Hampshire and the Isle of Wight together for the first...

Statutory Payment Increases 2017

As of April 2017, there are various statutory payments that will be increased.  It has been a few years since Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Statutory Sick Pay has been increased so don't forget to double-check to make sure you are paying the correct rate.  Most...

How to get the most out of your probationary period?

Recruiting the right candidate can sometimes be a tricky task but you do have tools as an employer to make sure you have made the right decision.  Don't forget that if you have a constant churn of employees then your business is not going to have any constancy.  It...

3 ways to ensure you are paying the legal minimum

This week the news has highlighted some large brands not paying their employees the legal minimum let alone the National Living Wage. I have had many conversations over the last few days along the lines of 'if they can't get it right as SME's how do we stand the...

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