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Contractor, Worker, Employee? What Does the Pimlico Case Mean?

3rd Jul 2018
Business, Change Management, Employment Law, Human ResourcesRecruitment

Every so often, a case hits the media which immediately sets the phone ringing and the emails hitting the MAD inbox. The latest? Pimlico Plumbers. In case you’ve not followed the headlines and the ruling, it centred on the decision by the Supreme Court to conclude in favour of contractor Gary Smith. Whilst Mr Smith was paying self employed tax, and was also VAT registered, he was effectively a ‘worker’,...

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What’s the Solution to Finding and Keeping the Best Talent?

10th Jun 2018
Business, Change Management, Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human Resources, Leadership, RecruitmentTraining

If I could name one question which gets asked of me most among new and existing clients, it’s along the lines of ‘how do I find and keep the best talent?’ As consultants in the HR world, there’s not a week goes by where we’re not asked to help a company who are losing a key member of staff, wanting to recruit that ‘Superstar Employee’, or once again battling their...

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How To Effectively Manage Probationary Periods

19th Oct 2017
Business, Change Management, Human Resources, Leadership, RecruitmentTraining

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 period should be.   The main purpose is to assess performance, and suitability for the role and organisation, in a set timeframe, with the ability to not continue employment if the employer is not satisfied....

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Leading by Example – Maintaining Your Edge

4th Aug 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, LeadershipTraining

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 skills here. To continue to grow and be successful it is vital that your leadership team maintains their edge through continual development. The business world is constantly evolving and the leadership team needs to evolve...

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How to attract millennials to your business

12th Jul 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, RecruitmentTraining

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 and high education standards, how do you ensure you attract millennials to your business? A Millennial is deemed to be roughly 20 – mid 30 years old (definitions tend to count birth years from early...

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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, RecruitmentTraining

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 and innovative organisations recognise that an organisation’s greatest asset is its people and that the management of the human capital needs to be specialist lead to ensure compliance with statutory requirements, good practice and to...

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How to be a trusted and authentic leader

15th Jun 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

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 an overlap in skills needed for a senior manager and leader, it can be considered that true leaders are successful due to their characteristics, not just their skills. Authentic leadership is about the being, not...

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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 ResourcesRecruitment

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 time-consuming and a distraction from the main aim of the business and employing staff comes at a risk: most business leaders do not have the time or expertise to manage that risk long term. Here's...

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effective team meetings

How to run effective team meetings

11th May 2017
Change Management, Leadership, TrainingUncategorised

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 engagement. It is just one tool you can use to develop and grow a better team . You can read more on the benefit of having a strong team here >> Ensure your meetings are...

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What does employee engagement actually mean?

20th Apr 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

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 mean and how can you achieve it? A thriving environment A study in 2015 from Aon Hewitt highlighted that those organisations reporting the highest levels of employee engagement demonstrated a 58% higher return for their...

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Employment Law changes you need to act on now

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

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 to work in. Regardless of your industry or organisation size, this year will demand you have up to date information and a strong lead from HR to ensure that your workforce policies are compliant, forward...

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How to deal with change management effectively

2nd Feb 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

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 tough times. Yet we still fight against it. The Change Cycle® Model illustrates the six predictive stages of reaction to change: Loss, Doubt, Discomfort, Discovery, Understanding, and Integration. Within each of those reactive stages, the...

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interim-director

What can an Interim HR Director do for you?

1st Feb 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

Many of our clients don't need a full time HR Director, it's that simple and to have somebody that they can call on as and when they need HR support works very well. It’s a progressive way to help organisations manage change - from disposals and downsizing, mergers and acquisitions, to renegotiation of contracts or reappraisal of employee benefits, an interim HR Director can bring experience, objectivity and a determination...

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4 things to know about strategic HR

27th Jan 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human ResourcesLeadership

A Strategic HR consultancy service can come on board on an ad-hoc basis to completely take the leg work out of taking an in-depth look at your business. They can go on to map out and implement a change programme to give your business the best opportunity to achieve your brand and growth goals, all while working in complete partnership with you. A business plan without an overt people plan...

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Strategic Change Case Study: MAD-HR and Ipswich Building Society

27th Jan 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

Ipswich Building Society has achieved successful growth during the tenure of Chief Executive Paul Winter. Their heritage as a mutual business naturally drove a family style culture with high employee and member satisfaction rates. However, in 2015 Paul could see that the market was becoming increasingly more competitive and that the Society would need a step change to ensure future success and counteract the effects of new competition. Paul recognised...

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How to achieve your workplace New Year resolutions

18th Jan 2017
Change ManagementLeadership

The chocolates have gone, that lurking brandy butter is binned, the turkey is finally finished, the children are back at school and New Year resolutions have been made – and possibly even broken... A survey by Bupa in December 2015 highlighted that over 50% of New Year resolutions are broken, or indeed forgotten, within a month, although there is probably a correlation between the dismal weather and the fact that the...

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