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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 the East of England 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...

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manage an employee with a 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, so we take a look at your options on how to manage an employee with a new tattoo. Ink sleeves and large tattoos are so popular it is fairly standard for organisations to have dress and appearance policies...

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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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effective team meetings

How to Run Effective Team Meetings

11th May 2017
Change Management, Employee Engagement, Human Resources, LeadershipTraining

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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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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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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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 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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Making a difference - Carole Burman MD of MAD-HR

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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HR Expert - Online HR Toolkit

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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Brilliant service and advice from MAD-HR.   Thank you so much, you’ve made the process of taking on our first employee an absolute breeze! Highly recommended.