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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 ResourcesRecruitment

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 first person, it is usually because you need them to bring in more revenue or you need them to take on some of your duties to free up your time to bring in more business....

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Training: How to hire and manage people

22nd Mar 2017
Human Resources, RecruitmentTraining

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 team while minimising the risk to you and your business. We’ll show you how to recruit the right people in the right way. You will come away from this course confident and clear about the...

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

22nd Mar 2017
Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesTraining

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 there will no doubt be someone there who is more than happy to show you just how to do it. With everything now going online, has the time for face-to-face training passed? Online training certainly...

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

20th Mar 2017
Employment Law, Human ResourcesRecruitment

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 - and the advice is true for all businesses and all employees so well worth a listen. [embed]https://audioboom.com/posts/5726882-suffolk-hr-advice-for-sme-from-carole-burman-menta-patron[/embed]

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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 answer but how to select the right one? Flexible to suit YOUR needs – if you already have an HR Officer or department, look for an outsourced provider who can complement and support, not railroad...

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How an HR consultancy can drive business growth

14th Mar 2017
Employee Engagement, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

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 – and a great HR consultancy can help you drive business growth in the following ways: Reducing Costs - Recruitment – think slicker, smarter, more focused, more targeted and indeed, more successful. In 2014 a report...

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How to encourage your employees to be happy

14th Mar 2017
Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

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 relatively easy to at least be aware of and manage - even if we may choose to ignore it. Hunger, thirst, tiredness are all physical prompts telling us to eat, drink, sleep to be physically...

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Budget Briefcase

What the Budget means for you as a business

8th Mar 2017
Employee Benefits, Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

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 of detail and changes already included with the announcement on 8th March providing the final clarification. We have however included details of the significant u-turn on National Insurance. Here are the headline issues directly impacting...

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What you need to know about dogs in the workplace

5th Feb 2017
Employment Law, Human ResourcesRecruitment

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 as guide dogs for those individuals with visual and/or hearing impairments, there are assistance dogs able to carry out certain practical tasks and others that can detect when their master’s medical condition, e.g. diabetes or...

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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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4 Time Management Tips for Senior Managers

2nd Feb 2017
Employee Engagement, Human ResourcesLeadership

As a Senior Manager how you spend your time is ever more important as often your team will be relying on you to give them direction and be on hand to ask questions and provide feedback.  Being at the mercy of your team can be challenging as you also have work too, so here are some simple tips to help you: Remember the simple approach – a list Having a...

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How to manage long term absence

2nd Feb 2017
Absence Management, Employee BenefitsHuman Resources

Dealing with long term health absences can be costly, complex, time consuming, emotionally draining and confusing and if not managed effectively, can pose significant risks to a business. A report from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR)1 estimates the cost of long-term sickness absence – absences of six months or more – at £4.17 billion to private sector businesses in the UK. Where to start? There are two...

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10 bizarre excuses for not paying national minimum wage

1st Feb 2017
Employment Law, Human ResourcesPayroll

10 of the most bizarre excuses used by unscrupulous bosses found to have underpaid workers the National Minimum Wage have been revealed by the Government. The list has been published to coincide with a new awareness campaign to encourage workers to check their pay to ensure they are receiving at least the statutory minimum ahead of the national minimum and national living wages rising on 1 April 2017. The £1.7 million...

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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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Coming Soon – Tax Free Childcare

1st Feb 2017
Employee Benefits, Human ResourcesPayroll

Plans for the introduction of a new scheme called 'tax-free childcare' were initially announced way back in the 2013 Budget. The original proposals have since been amended and the scheme is now set to be implemented during 2017. Broadly, the new scheme, which aims to help working parents with the cost of childcare, will replace the current system of employer-supported childcare (ESC) which is offered by less than 5% of...

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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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Why MAD-HR was the right business to extend our HR team

27th Jan 2017
Employee Engagement, Employment Law, Human Resources, LeadershipRecruitment

"It’s an exciting time for us here at Montage, being on the Growth Accelerator Programme, which helps ambitious businesses achieve rapid and sustainable growth, means that our need for solid HR support for our ever growing team is key. As a Patron of one of our clients Menta, we were aware of the outstanding service and reputation of the team at MAD-HR, so it was a natural choice for us...

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How to treat your employees and get them to thrive

18th Jan 2017
Human ResourcesLeadership

“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers” Stephen Covey (Author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) Successful organisations are clear on how their customers should be treated, spending time on forming strategies, training their teams and developing customer relationships. By treating their customers well, organisations experience growth in revenue and a loyal customer base, so it stands to reason that if...

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