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MAD HR New Anglia Growth Hub Webinar

17th Aug 2017
Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

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. Our recent blog Hiring Someone – What You Need to Know gives a complete guide to the factors you need to consider when you expand your team. Have a read or sit back and relax and listen...

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Hiring Someone – What You Need to Know

17th Aug 2017
Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

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 need for support which introduces EMPLOYEES! A daunting and terrifying thought for the uninitiated but never fear – the team at MAD-HR are here to support you and help you realise that hiring someone needn’t...

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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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The Christmas Party – How to Keep it Professional

4th Aug 2017
Employee EngagementHuman 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 relation to Christmas bookings. If you haven’t confirmed your Christmas celebration by August Bank Holiday weekend you may miss out on the location or date that you want. Ridiculous when we are (hopefully) enjoying the...

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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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managing HR in small businesses

5 Top Tips on managing HR in a small business

12th Jul 2017
Employee Benefits, Employment LawHuman 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 how they will be managing their human resources, the answer is often a dismissive “Oh I’ll worry about that at the time"... Few entrepreneurs start their own business because they want responsibility for managing people...

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GDPR-Data-Protection

How to get ready for the GDPR data protection changes

1st Jul 2017
Employment LawHuman 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 will not be implemented by the UK. The GDPR will replace the existing EU Data Protection Directive on which the Data Protection Act 1998 is based and is directly applicable in each member state. The...

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trust-and-authenticity

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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retaining talent

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

2nd Jun 2017
Employee Benefits, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

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 process that makes applicants want to work with you will not only attract the right candidate, it will also attract someone looking to develop, grow and stay with you. Make your organisation THE place to...

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value based recruitment

Recruiting for Values

2nd Jun 2017
Employee Engagement, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

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 for Values Back in 2013, the NHS introduced Value Based Recruitment (VBR) as a way of improving culture and behaviour and increase the level of care and compassion in the NHS. The message was that...

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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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not pulling their weight

How to deal with those not pulling their weight

26th May 2017
Employee Engagement, Human Resources, LeadershipTraining

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 the initiative and sought to resolve some of these issues themselves? Top Tips We have created some top tips for you to pass on to your team, which will prove useful in tackling these troublesome...

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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 side, MAD-HR has grown to offer a range of training and coaching – on and offline, as well as the strategic HR planning for business growth and change that Carole has established since day one....

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visible new tattoo

How to manage an employee with a new tattoo

12th May 2017
Employee EngagementHuman 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 large tattoos are so popular it is fairly standard for organisations to have dress and appearance policies which state that for those employees whose job duties bring them into contact with the public, clients, customers...

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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 ResourcesLeadership

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 human right is an issue that all employers should be aware of. Work/life balance Modern day business, and life in general has a focus on technology, and specifically the ability to contact employees, and clients,...

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dress code discrimination

Make sure your dress code policy avoids discrimination

10th May 2017
Employment LawHuman 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 response was to campaign for legislation to be tightened in relation to “sexist” dress codes: a campaign which gained considerable public support and a petition with 152,400 signatures. Numerous examples During the hearings that followed,...

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social media posts be used in disciplinaries

Can social media posts be used in disciplinaries?

10th May 2017
Employment LawHuman Resources

You are approached by an employee who has seen some posts on a colleague’s private Facebook page which are clearly derogatory towards your business.  You decide to commence disciplinary proceedings but can you use this evidence? Firstly, we recommend that all organisations have a Use of Social Media Policy and our blog "Where’s the line with social media use by employees?" explains why – click here to read more. Key policy...

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what does engagement mean

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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Social Media Use by Employees

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

6th Apr 2017
Employment LawHuman 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. Held responsible for divorce, affairs, marriage, bullying, intimidation, social unrest, charity fundraising, social awareness and news sharing, it is a powerful influence in our personal life. For business, it has radically opened up targeted marketing,...

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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, RecruitmentTraining

"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 key reforms under the Government’s programme; the introduction of the Institute of Apprenticeships and the start of the apprenticeship levy. Development Apprenticeships have undergone various changes over the years, moving from what many would class...

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