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MAD HR New Anglia Growth Hub Webinar

17th Aug 2017
Uncategorised

Our very own Charlotte Bate took part in a webinar for the New Anglia Growth Hub, entitled 'An Introduction to Employing People'. The webinar runs through various elements that businesses should consider when employing staff....

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Hiring Someone – What You Need to Know

17th Aug 2017
Uncategorised

You may have set up your business from your kitchen table last year, or jumped straight into premises with the intention of going global. Whatever your business plan, growth and success normally results in the...

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Leading by Example – Maintaining Your Edge

4th Aug 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership, Training

A growing, forward thinking company will have strong leadership to drive the organisation’s strategic programme forward and ensure their team have the skills and abilities to meet their challenges. You can read more about leadership...

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The Christmas Party – How to Keep it Professional

4th Aug 2017
Employee Engagement, Events, Human Resources

Whilst you may be thinking about staff scheduling to cover the peak summer holiday period, or dreaming of your own week away on the beach, August is the busiest month for the hospitality industry in...

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attract millennials to your business

How to attract millennials to your business

12th Jul 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Recruitment, Training

After the Baby Boomers came Generation X, and now it’s the Millennials who will soon be making up at least half the workforce and are inevitably the future of employment.  With a wealth of talent...

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HR software systems

How can HR software systems help your business?

12th Jul 2017
Absence Management, Change Management, Human Resources, Payroll, Recruitment, Training

Historically Human Resources has been seen as an administrative function,  often an add-on to the office manager or even secretary’s role, frequently neglected in start-ups until either growth or an issue demanded attention... Nowadays, growing...

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improve value you get from your meetings

5 ways to improve value you get from your meetings

12th Jul 2017
Employee Engagement, Leadership

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, meetings form a major part of work communication and management strategies.  Google currently reports results from recent surveys citing that on average 16 hours a week can be spent in...

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managing HR in small businesses

5 Top Tips on managing HR in a small business

12th Jul 2017
Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human Resources

If you ask a start-up business about their marketing plan, their pricing strategy or their social media approach, most will be able to give answers. However, if you ask about their HR strategic plan and...

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GDPR-Data-Protection

How to get ready for the GDPR data protection changes

1st Jul 2017
Employment Law, Human Resources

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is due to be implemented on 25 May 2018.  The UK's decision to leave the EU by the end of April 2019 does not mean that impending EU legislation...

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trust-and-authenticity

How to be a trusted and authentic leader

15th Jun 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership

Being a competent manager or having a senior position does not automatically make a leader.  A leader connects with those they seek to lead. They inspire, encourage and empower their team. Whilst there is certainly...

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How to effectively manage a team

How to Effectively Manage A Team

8th Jun 2017
Leadership

Knowing how to effectively manage a team is essential to being an effective leader. The people skills you need to manage a team, drive productivity and maintain motivation and vision are key leadership skills. In 2015...

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retaining talent

Here’s why you’re losing talent from your business

2nd Jun 2017
Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership, Recruitment

Finding, gaining and retaining talent is key for businesses to succeed, particularly in today's world. We share our top HR advice and insight into why you might be losing yours. Your recruitment process… A recruitment...

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value based recruitment

Recruiting for Values

2nd Jun 2017
Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership, Recruitment

Do you appoint a new recruit based on their skills to meet the job criteria alone, or do you look at the bigger picture and take into account the applicant’s attitude, views and values? Recruiting...

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what triggers the need for HR support

What triggers the need for HR support?

2nd Jun 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Recruitment

Often businesses start without expert HR support but even the most adept entrepreneur will need qualified support to effectively manage people issues before long. The frustration of spending time on non-revenue generating activities becomes too...

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not pulling their weight

How to deal with those not pulling their weight

26th May 2017
Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership, Training

As a busy line manager, just getting the day job done can be a challenge without the added distraction of deal with those not pulling their weight.  Wouldn’t it be great if your team took...

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mad-hr is 3

Happy 3rd Birthday MAD-HR!

12th May 2017
Human Resources

Three years ago Carole Burman set up MAD-HR to bring affordable HR support and advice to businesses of all shapes and sizes in East Anglia and beyond. Now with the sensational Charlotte Bate by her...

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visible new tattoo

How to manage an employee with a new tattoo

12th May 2017
Employee Engagement, Human Resources

Tattoos are becoming increasingly popular, particularly those that cover a large area. Whilst many display a high level of skill by the tattoo artist, body art isn’t always welcome in the workplace. Ink sleeves and...

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switch off the technology

France empowers employees to switch off the technology

11th May 2017
Absence Management, Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership

On the 1st January 2017, France took the radical step forward of establishing “the right to disconnect” for organisations of more than 50 employees, and whilst the UK have not yet followed suit, this proposed...

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effective team meetings

How to run effective team meetings

11th May 2017
Change Management, Leadership, Training, Uncategorised

A leader recognises the importance of an effective team meeting and focuses on the energy and benefits that it can bring.  A team meeting can result in problem resolution, idea generation, empowerment and increased staff...

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dress code discrimination

Make sure your dress code policy avoids discrimination

10th May 2017
Employment Law, Human Resources

In 2015, Nicola Thorp, an administrator temp was sent home from a job. Not because of her ability to perform her tasks but because of her refusal to wear 2 – 4 inch heels. Her...

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I found Carole to be the absolute source for all things HR. Requests for help were dealt with quickly, efficiently and with the utmost professionalism. Totally company focused and extremely confidential in her actions, practising modern thinking along the way.