Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party

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Christmas party“Tis the season! Holiday party invitations are probably flooding your inbox faster than Father Christmas invading shopping centres.  Love it or hate it, there’s no avoiding the fact that Christmas is well upon us and somewhere in all those invitations is probably one for the annual work Christmas party. This is a gathering that’s meant to celebrate the season and a year of hard work and commitment, but can be daunting, even for the most extrovert employee. Read More

Retaining Key Employees

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Retaining key employeesMost business owners have been there!  A key employee whom you thought was happy in the job resigns (for whatever reason) and you’re left with a gap in your organisation which is going to be tough to replace.  Losing this key employee can also expose your business to certain risks which is why it’s so important to have a strategy in place to reduce this risk. Read More

Data Breach ‘Wake-up Call’ for Small Businesses

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Data breachYou may or may not have heard of the Morrison’s data breach case that’s been reported in the media.

In January 2014, Andrew Skelton, an apparently disgruntled employee of Morrisons Supermarket posted a file containing the personal data (including salaries, bank details, and National Insurance numbers) of 99,998 Morrison’s’ employees on a file-sharing website.  It seems his intention was to cause mass-scale damage to the supermarket. The chain acted quickly to get the file removed from the Internet within a matter of hours. At his criminal trial, Mr Skelton was jailed for eight years. Read More

The Impact of Gender Pay Reporting on Transgender Employees

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Gender Pay ReportingFrom 6 April 2017 employers in the UK with more than 250 staff are required by law to publish the following four types of figures annually on their own website and on a government website:

  • Gender pay gap (mean and median averages)
  • Gender bonus gap (mean and median averages)
  • Proportion of men and women receiving bonuses
  • Proportion of men and women in each quartile of the organisation’s pay structure

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Employers Face Additional Reporting on Ethnicity Pay Gap

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It has been revealed in the media today that the Prime Minister is launching a consultation regarding the possibility of forcing employers to report on the pay structures of ethnic employees compared to non-ethnic ones.

This follows much discussion by many politicians and government offices on the discrepancies in pay structures for ethnic groups who state that generally they have to submit twice as many cv’s for job applications compared to their non-ethnic peers. Read More

Filling Your Team with Top Talent

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 Recruit in haste, repent at leisure

As a professional business owner, you understand that filling your team with top talent is critical.

However, you also know that open positions and mis-hires result in lost revenue but you don’t have the time to source and develop talent yourself. Read More

Life in the Fast Lane

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Fast laneA wise man once said “Schumacher’s success was when everyone else was braking he was accelerating.”

This started me thinking about success and how we individually measure and define success.  Read More

Practising mindfulness in the workplace to boost productivity

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MindfulnessKabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as “paying attention in the present moment, non-judgmentally”.

Mindfulness is a proven methodology for enabling this balance. It has already had a big impact on the modern workplace; implemented by some of the most successful companies around, it is increasingly seen as an antidote to modern workplace issues and a way to promote positive wellbeing. Read More

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