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Being Cruel to be Kind in Performance Management

When it comes to performance management, there’s a powerful link between productivity and what is commonly known as “compassionate leadership”.  The single greatest influence on profitability and productivity within an organisation is the ability of leaders to spend more time and effort developing and recognising their people, welcoming feedback, including criticism, and fostering co-operation among staff. But what does it …

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Gender Identity & Transgender in the Workplace

In 2014, Laverne Cox made history when she became the first transgender actor to be nominated for an Emmy. Cox plays Sophia Burset on the Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black.” In 2015, Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) made headlines after making her public debut on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Facebook now offer custom gender identities to include a variety …

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Getting employee suspension right

Following the news that Welsh councils have paid more than £9m to staff while they have suspended over the last four years (read more here), the issue of suspending employees has certainly been brought into question this weekend. When a business is considering suspending an employee pending investigation, it is imperative that they get it right. Although suspension is regularly …

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Employee rights during hot weather

What does the law say on employee rights during hot weather? Although the Great British Summer often doesn’t result in hot temperatures, the hottest day of the decade could be on its way to the UK, with the mercury set to climb to highs of 34 degrees this week, according to the Met Office. But, for some employees, the sun’s …

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Top Tips on GDPR Guidance for Employees

If you run a small business, you should by now have reviewed your data protection in line with the new GDPR rules which came into effect on 28 May 2018.   However, it’s not enough just to have all the right processes and procedures in place. If your employees don’t understand their roles and responsibilities when it comes to GDPR, you’re …

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Is Sleeping Working?

Last Friday, the Court of Appeal handed down their much-anticipated judgments on two cases: Royal Mencap Society v Claire Tomlinson Blake and John Shannon v Jaikisham and Prithee Rampersad (trading as Clifton House Residential Home). The cases dealt with whether employees who are in the workplace, but are sleeping, should be entitled to be paid in accordance with the National …

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Facebook Fined Under New GDPR Rules

It seemed for many businesses that, though the build up to the GDPR Regulations was very intense with hundreds of emails inviting us to update our settings or give consent, the event went out with a short puff of smoke. Well, that’s not the case.  GDPR is well and truly with us.  In fact, the Business Advice website has today …

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My Hips Don’t Lie

Forget office slides and ping pong tables, employee engagement should be about relationships and long-term enrichment… Employers are doing all kinds of weird and wonderful things in the name of employee engagement. US tech giant Google with its “chief happiness officer” and slides installed between office floors to make moving around more “fun” is a case in point. In a bid …

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Switch Off to Switch Back On

It always makes me laugh when you’re in the midst of an IT crisis and the first thing that you’re asked is “have you tried switching the device off and back on…” And, as if by magic, things reboot and start working. If only there were life reboots and updates (I for one wouldn’t mind one). However, returning after a …

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Tips for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace

As controversial “gay conversion therapies” are to be banned as part of a government plan to improve the lives of gay and transgender people, diversity is a topic that has continues to be a major talking point when it comes to equality in the workplace. Yet some companies are still grappling with defining what this means to their organisation in …

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