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Dealing with a ‘Debbie Downer’ in the workplace In the workplace, negativity can spread like wildfire. So how exactly should you approach the situation if you have one employee who’s bringing down the rest of your workforce? Here, we share practical hints and considerations. Posted by Emma Wynne
16th August 2017
Should you be Facebook friends with your employees? Should you accept that friend request that you just received on Facebook from your team member? Posted by Emma Wynne
9th August 2017
How to handle hate in the workplace We’re living through some very uncertain times here in the UK, and you’ve no doubt seen the news stories detailing terrible acts of racism and xenophobia on our streets since the country voted to leave the EU. Posted by Emma Wynne
1st August 2017
Why haven’t you implemented flexible working? Though more than half of workers are aware of their right to request flexible working, less than a quarter have made a request with their employers, according to a recent study by ... Posted by Emma Wynne
26th July 2017
How to train up your staff while managing your own workload As a business owner, you will have many things on your plate. You will be out at networking events, meeting clients and potential clients, coping with the administration, sorting o... Posted by Emma Wynne
19th July 2017
How do I make my staff feel valued? A good question and one that is being increasingly asked in businesses large and small. As a small business owner, you may not have the resources of the bigger companies, but makin... Posted by Emma Wynne
12th July 2017
5 tips for managing the performance of new recruits Recruiting a new member of staff can be an exciting time for any business, big or small. It’s often a sign that you’re smashing through your goals and you’re ready to take th... Posted by Emma Wynne
5th July 2017
Stop lying to your employees Corporate jargon is something that plenty of us use each and every day without giving it too much thought. Maybe you encourage a lot of ‘blue-sky thinking’. Perhaps you s... Posted by Emma Wynne
28th June 2017
Dealing with office romances We spend a massive chunk of our lives at work, so it’s not surprising that many people have enjoyed an office romance at some point or another. Close friendships are often forme... Posted by Emma Wynne
21st June 2017
What do you do when an employee suddenly resigns? So, it’s Friday afternoon, you’ve had a decent week and you’re looking forward to the weekend. Just before home time, a member of your staff comes to see and requests a priv... Posted by Emma Wynne
14th June 2017
How to engage effectively with your employees Employee engagement is hugely important for all companies, but particularly for small independent businesses. In this blog I aim to give an introduction to this key topic and the ... Posted by Emma Wynne
7th June 2017
Should you let your staff work from home? According to recent research by ILM, more than half of workers feel trapped by the rigid structure of their workplace. A whopping 74% said that they wanted more freedom and flexib... Posted by Emma Wynne
31st May 2017
Is work-life balance ever really achievable for business owners? When you dip into an article from an HR consultant about work-life balance, you probably have a few preconceptions about what we’re going to say to you. You might imagine that w... Posted by Emma Wynne
24th May 2017
The ‘new’ problem of presenteeism and how business can stop it happening In October last year the CIPD reported that a third of the 600 employers it surveyed reported that they had seen an increase in the number of staff coming to work while they are i... Posted by Emma Wynne
17th May 2017
The Problem with Presenteeism As an HR Professional, in nearly every organisation I have worked in the topic of absenteeism and what to do about it is one that is often discussed and worked on. Many businesses... Posted by Emma Wynne
10th May 2017
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One of the directors of our company, Rob Buxton, suggested that we may benefit from an HR audit from a BNI member, Gateway HR. At first we were sceptical about this. Firstly, nothing in life is free – ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch’ and all that. Secondly, we’re a firm of accountants, dealing with businesses, staffing matters and so on all the time – what could Gateway possibly do for us? Firstly we can confirm that the HR audit was totally free. We were visited by one of their consultants, Lindsay Gibson, who was with us for about an hour. During this time we ran through the procedures and systems that we have in place for dealing with our staff. Shortly after the meeting we received a health check from Lindsay that clearly showed the areas in which we were good, and the areas where improvements were needed. It became apparent from the report that we didn’t know as much as we thought we did.

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