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Are the Quality of Your Line Managers Holding Your Business Back?

7th Dec 2017
Business, Employment Law, Human Resources, Training

Line Managers and Supervisors are those responsible for motivating the workforce, maintaining morale and developing the culture you desire for your organisation. Once you have established your targets, formulated your strategic direction and cascaded that...

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How To Get The Best Out of Your Appraisal Process

21st Nov 2017
Business, Employee Engagement, Human Resources

Appraisals are like marmite: employees and employers alike either love them or hate them. But like Marmite, performance appraisals are here to stay. If managed in the correct way they can be a fantastic tool...

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How Effective Is Your HR Department?

15th Nov 2017
Business, Employment Law, Human Resources, Recruitment

Whether you have an HR department of twenty or two or even one person with a split role, it is impossible to run a business and employ staff without having some form of HR support....

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Why Now Is The Time to Review Your HR Strategy

6th Nov 2017
Business, Human Resources, Recruitment

An HR Strategy is critical to ensure the success of your business plan.  It ensures that you have your most important asset - your people – in place to achieve the goals you desire. Without...

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How To Create a Great Culture and How Can You Measure It

31st Oct 2017
Business, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership

If you can create a great culture in your organisation, everything else will fall into place. Great culture results in a happy and stable workforce, reliable teamwork, high productivity, increased profits and the realisation of...

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How To Effectively Manage Probationary Periods

19th Oct 2017
Business, Change Management, Human Resources, Leadership, Recruitment, Training

Probationary periods for a new recruit are now commonplace. The use of a Probationary period is at the discretion of the employer in terms of whether to have one and if so, how long the...

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Growing Your Business with a Winning Team

16th Oct 2017
Business, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership

Your business will only be as successful as your team. A simple fact and possibly the biggest challenge facing entrepreneurs. The market can be open, your product or service optimally priced and of the desired...

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Business Networking – Rapport and Relationship Building

10th Oct 2017
Business, Networking

Networking is a vital part of any successful business. Whether you choose to network formally through attending networking meetings, or whether you take the informal route, you still need to know what you are doing...

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Why Should Every Employer Care About The Culture of Their Business?

26th Sep 2017
Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human Resources

Culture can be hard to define. It can be considered how organisation’s conduct their business – “how we do things around here”.  It is the system of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs, which have a...

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What is the first thing you should do when your star performer resigns?

20th Sep 2017
Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human Resources, Recruitment

There is no longer an expectation of a job for life with the average Briton having six different employers during their career.  It can be an upheaval in the largest of organisations, but for an...

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Training and Development – How to Maximise Delegate Buy-in?

15th Sep 2017
Human Resources, Leadership, Training

As a manager, or the lead for training and development in your organisation, you may have identified a skill gap, and feel you have a bonafide case for investing in training whether for an individual...

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Do You Have The HR Professional Support You Need To Take Your Business Forward?

5th Sep 2017
Employment Law, Human Resources, Leadership, Recruitment, Training

The past 24 months have certainly seen a dramatic change in the economy. Brexit, the unexpected General Election, indeed the unexpected General Election result, and shifts in earnings, employment and inflation, have all impacted on...

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MAD HR New Anglia Growth Hub Webinar

17th Aug 2017
Employment Law, Human Resources, Leadership, Recruitment

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
Employment Law, Human Resources, Leadership, Recruitment

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, 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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