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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 team members who just aren’t pulling their weight.  Wouldn’t it be great if your team...

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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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what does engagement mean

What does employee engagement actually mean?

20th Apr 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership

Much more than a catch phrase, the focus on employee engagement is here to stay, and cannot be ignored. Employee engagement is vital to a successful business seeking growth and prosperity but what does it...

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Social Media Use by Employees

Where’s the line with social media use by employees?

6th Apr 2017
Employment Law, Human Resources

"Most gain social media awareness in their personal lives and that is where the danger lurks: the cross over from private lives to business lives." Social Media has radically changed all aspects of our lives....

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Apprenticeships Suffolk

The Apprenticeship Levy – are you ‘in the know’?

6th Apr 2017
Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human Resources, Recruitment, Training

"The Government’s vision is to create a world class sustainable apprenticeships system that is of high quality and employer led." April 2017 is an auspicious month for Apprenticeships with the implementation of two of the...

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7 tips for recruiting successfully

7 Top Tips for recruiting successfully

22nd Mar 2017
Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human Resources, Recruitment

Here they are...our 7 top tips for recruiting successfully. Make the most of our free HR advice and elevate your business. 1 - Know what you want If you are looking to take on your...

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how to manage and hire people jpeg

Training: How to hire and manage people

22nd Mar 2017
Human Resources, Recruitment, Training

This one-day course 'How to hire and manage people' will tell you everything you need to know about making your first (or first hundred) hires. The course will set you up to successfully grow your...

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benefits of face-to-face training

What are the benefits of face-to-face training in a digital age?

22nd Mar 2017
Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Training

In this digital age, if you need to know how to change a plug, fix a toilet, braid your child’s hair in a French plait then Youtube is usually your first port of call and...

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Carole Burman MAD HR

Carole talks to Nic Pandolfi: Some advice for SMEs employing family & friends

20th Mar 2017
Employment Law, Human Resources, Recruitment

It's common for SME's to employ friends and family when they expand their business and their teams. Carole talks to Nic Pandolfi for Menta Suffolk on how to overcome the pitfalls of doing so -...

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selecting outsourced HR providers

Things to look for when selecting an outsourced HR provider

14th Mar 2017
Human Resources

With the significant Employment Law changes taking place in 2017, and the fiercely competitive economy, it is an ideal time to look at strengthening your HR input.  Using an outsourced HR provider may be the...

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business growth

How an HR consultancy can drive business growth

14th Mar 2017
Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership, Recruitment

When you think of driving sales and focusing on business growth, which area do you think of? Marketing? Sales? Finance? R&D? How about HR? The overarching component affecting all areas within the business is HR –...

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smile happiness

How to encourage your employees to be happy

14th Mar 2017
Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership

International Day of Happiness, on 20th March, has been recognising the importance of happiness around the world since 2013. To be happy we need to be both physically and emotionally healthy. Our physical health is...

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Budget Briefcase

What the Budget means for you as a business

8th Mar 2017
Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human Resources, Payroll

Philip Hammond delivered the Budget – his first full Budget as Chancellor - with little surprise. In fact the word “dull” has been seen on Twitter more than once. The Autumn Statement had the majority...

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assistance dog

What you need to know about dogs in the workplace

5th Feb 2017
Employment Law, Human Resources, Recruitment

When people hear the phrase “assistance dog” their initial thought is usually of a guide dog, however, there are an increasing number of dogs being trained to help people with various medical conditions. As well...

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time off to give evidence

Employment Law changes you need to act on now

2nd Feb 2017
Change Management, Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human Resources, Payroll

Whilst business owners are still struggling to understand the impact of Brexit, followed by the shock of Trump, 2017 is also bringing significant changes in employment law which is certainly making HR an exciting area...

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deal-with-change

How to deal with change management effectively

2nd Feb 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, Leadership

Just the word “change” can result in unease and stress yet, much like death and taxes, change is inevitable and unavoidable. Within business it is a vital element to allow growth and indeed survival during...

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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.