Hi, I’m Kate, Welcome To My Blog!
I love using my Human Resource experience to help small businesses grow and improve. The intention of this blog is to provide a great, cost-free learning resource for all your HR practices. On this main blog page, you’ll find blogs a wide range of helpful topics; from compliance and people management to health advice to increase your staff’s happiness and wellbeing. Finally, because I love my gadgets, I hope to introduce you to handy, productivity apps and technologies. Nothing would make me happier than knowing this blog will help your company change for the better.
Food Safety: Making sure your staff are trained correctly is as basic as making sure they get paid. If you are in the food industry it is a no-brainer
I believe a cloud based HR system is an absolute must for all of my clients, and indeed all small businesses with employees. They save time and are 100% secure.
Improvements to Breathe HR make the system even easier and simpler to use. So why not take a look, because Breathe HR can definitely help your small business
It can seem easier to ignore poor performance from an employee. Dealing with the situation can seem daunting to managers but here are five top tips to help you
Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently reviewed Working Time Regulations so you must make sure you are giving your staff enough rest periods and days off
Employee experience means more than just giving them a contract and paying employees; they want to feel valued. This means employee engagement is key to success
Is there any benefit in conducting exit interviews or, by the time an employee has decided to leave, is it too late to try and find out where it all went wrong?
Flexible working can be a great benefit to a small business as long but it is necessary to ensure that if you do get a request, it is handled in the correct way
Recent surveys suggest that managers are lacking key leadership skills. Becoming a better leader isn’t as hard as it sounds and begins with better communication
Do you have a Plan B should weather disruptions affect public transport or stop employees getting to work? Do you know your legal obligations as an employer?
Hiring employees is probably the most important and costly decision a small business owner will make – so it is important you read this guide to get it right!
2017 was another turbulent year with Brexit and new technology creating interesting cases in employment law, so here are my workplace trend predictions for 2018
Whether we like it or not, small businesses must prepare for GDPR. It is no good burying your head in the sand, you need to be proactive now before its too late
The winner of the prestigious 2017 Venus Awards Small Business, sponsored by Kate Underwood HR, has been revealed at a glittering Awards Ceremony in Hampshire.
Determining the status of your team has never been so important. Make sure you can pass these three tests to determine employment status contractor or worker.
How to stay productive at work in an always-on world? Could Employee Wellbeing be the magic formula for productivity? Find out from the experts by reading on…
Are you confused about how to calculate Annual Leave for Part-Time Employees? Don’t be; read this blog to help you ensure you are staying legal and above board!
The last of my semifinalists for The Small Business Award in this years Hampshire Venus Awards is Verity Evans from The Pink Room salon, based in Fair Oak…
The fourth of my semifinalists for Small Business Award in this years Hampshire Venus Awards Sarah Lowe from the aptly titled Sarah Lowe Credit Management…
The penultimate of my semifinalists for The Small Business Award in this year’s Hampshire Venus Awards is Baby Paddlers, run by the multi-talented Laura Skilton
The second of my semifinalists for Small Business Award in this years Hampshire Venus Awards Happy Hounds run by always effervescent Emily Walden and Lola…
A blog a day about the finalists for the Small Business Award for the Hampshire 2017 Venus Awards, kicking things off with Danielle Rolfe, from Penton Park…
If you love the idea of being able to bring your dog or cat to work, let’s look at the practicalities of introducing a Pets at Work Policy in your workplace…
The abolishment of Employment Tribunal Fees will impact small businesses forever. So let’s take a look at the actions you need to take to protect your business
One of the hardest decisions a business owner has to face is when costs have to be cut. Whether you’re the victim or the messenger, redundancy is never easy…
English weather is a joke but during a heatwave, business owners need to think about their workers. Read on to find 5 cool ways to keep your employees cool…
Two years ago, I took the plunge and started my own business. Today, on my 2nd Business Birthday, I share what I’ve learned from my clients and support network.
“I’m pregnant” are two words employers hate, so here’s some guidance on maternity leave and what to do when your employee tells you they are expecting a baby…
Since becoming a Finalist in last year’s Southampton Awards, I am thrilled and excited to announce I am sponsoring this year’s Hampshire Venus Awards 2017…
As a small business, ensuring you are on top of compliance training is no mean feat. These 4 benefits of E-Learning will keep you compliant and let you have fun
In April, Statutory Payment Increases 2017 will improve National Minimum Wages. You must make the following payroll changes to stay in line with regulations…
Your employees are your most significant asset. A Virtual HR Director will help you use them wisely, keep your business compliant and provide a growth strategy.
A probationary period is designed so employer and new employee get the best from each other, but it doesn’t always work out. Find out how to make probation work
This week the news has been full of businesses who haven’t been paying The National Living Wage. Make sure you use these simple tips to make sure you stay legal
Human Resources entails the wellbeing of employees at work and at home. Divorce can be complicated but remember – a happy employee is a productive employee…
Getting the right work life balance can be hard for a small business owner
Employees are your greatest asset so let’s make sure that when they start you make a great first impression to your first-ever employee
Christmas is supposed to be a fun time of year but for some employees, it is a time that they dread. Make sure your employees survive Christmas at the office…
Divorce, separation and family law cases are usually settled by lawyers and judges but Sarah French has come up with a refreshing alternative to going to court.
How to survive employee holidays and ways to make it work for your business
Many employers believe verbal offers of employment are not legally binding. But what does the law say? Let’s take a look at the truth behind verbal contracts…
The Childcare Voucher Scheme will soon change. That’s really good news because 2017’s legislation update will allow more diverse families with childcare costs
When you set up a workplace pension scheme, there are other documents that you need to update to stay legal. This quick guide will walk you through the process.
Cost effective ideas to increase benefits not pay
Keeping on the right side of employment law does not have to be difficult. What makes things difficult is if you don’t have fair process and procedures in place
Can you prove the right to work for all your employees?
My first 365 days running my own business have literally flown past and I have loved every minute. There have been some ups and downs, and a lot of learning…
What could you do with the time you save with a Free HR system?
The 9-month journey for the Small Business Awards has been an amazing one. I can hardly express how proud I was to be a finalist and make life long friends…
The Venus Awards 2016 are nearly upon us. So, as the finalist’s nerves set in, so there’s only one thing that can be done – see how we women can help each other
Getting involved with The Entrepreneur, I had no idea I’d bake hundreds upon hundreds of cupcakes, have a partner dressed as a cupcake and become a centre-fold!
Is CSR just for Corporates or can SME’s also benefit from giving back? Well, when I started my own company, giving back to society was on my agenda. Here’s how:
Do you need to issue a contract of employment or are you employing a genuine subcontractor? Making sure you know your legal obligations keeps you out of trouble
Important news about the 2016 Southampton Venus Awards has arrived! If you’re half as excited as me about this Finalist announcement, you better read this blog!
Utilising social media for marketing can increase business ten-fold but if you decide to, you must provide your employees with Social Media Policy guidelines
Do you know how much those one-day absences are costing your business? To help, here are six of the right (and wrong) way to deal with employee sickness absence