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The rise of flexible working On 16th July 2019, the BBC reported on conservative MP Helen Whately who introduced a flexible working bill in Parliament. I was a little surprised to read this as there is already the right to request flexible working within the UK. Currently employees with continuous 26 weeks service, who have not previously made a request in the preceding 12 months, have the right to request to work flexibly. Employers must consider the request but there is no statutory obligation to grant the request. Posted by Gwyneth Hodgkinson
2nd October 2019
The personalisation of HR again and stepping away from AI I’m going to jump in with both feet and just give a personal view in this blog, because it interests me but also because AI both amazes me and scares me at the same time! After a long winding road of thoughts about the subject I came to the conclusion that AI technology is slightly trying to steal our shine. AI is in fact described as the simulation of human intelligence, but ask yourself, if it’s based on human intelligence, it will only be as intelligent as the person/s feeding in information and teaching it. So how intelligent is it really? Basically, AI is trying to be the copycat of us amazing human beings but in my opinion it’s not quite there yet. Posted by Charlotte Batchelor
18th September 2019
Are you supporting your employees with non-visible disabilities? I am currently sat outside the British Library in the sunshine using my time before my meeting to put this blog together for you.  The reason I mention my location (other than to ... Posted by Lindsay Baker
10th July 2019
Should employers monitor rest time and tiredness at work? As an employer it is important to remember that hard work doesn’t start and end only at work. We all have extremely busy lives. A piece of research conducted in September 2018, found that 46% of employees regularly turned up to their jobs feeling too tired to work. Posted by Charlotte Batchelor
12th June 2019
LGBT+ acceptance - Are we there yet? I read a blog a couple of days ago written by a gentleman who believed that gay employees don’t have to be ‘out’ at work. Initially I understood the message of the blog completely, in that whatever sexual orientation you have you shouldn’t have to disclose it if you do not wish to. Freedom of choice is important and sometimes we would prefer to keep ourselves a little mysterious! Posted by Charlotte Batchelor
5th June 2019
Should I offer rewards and benefits? You’ll be pleased to know that the quick answer to this is yes!  Followers of our blogs will know that this bit is coming, but what rewards and benefits you do offer ‘depend’ on what fits your organisation. Posted by Lindsay Baker
29th May 2019
Mental Health Awareness Week You would have to be hiding on a desert island somewhere with no links to the rest of the world to not have noticed that this week is Mental Health Awareness week.  Having said that it may be that being on the desert island is a conscious thought to protect your mental health, and it sounds like a good strategy! Posted by Emma Wynne
15th May 2019
What’s the true cost of absence in your Business? When we think of absence, we think of employees calling us and giving a reason as to why they won’t be working for the day or for a specific duration. There is no doubt their welfare is extremely important, but what does this mean to the business? Posted by Emma Wynne
1st May 2019
2019 HR Trends The world of HR is ever evolving, which is a good thing of course because the world of employment is forever changing ... Posted by Charlotte Batchelor
27th February 2019
Managing an Employee with a Drink or Drug Problem This week Lindsay talks about managing employees who may possibly have a drink or drug issue. Posted by Lindsay Baker
23rd January 2019
Stress awareness at work - what's the cost? Graham looks at the real cost of not placing importance on stress awareness in the workplace Posted by Graham Ravenscroft
28th November 2018
Mental Health – creating an open environment Charlotte discussed how to look for the signs of mental health issues and when to step in as an employer. Posted by Charlotte Batchelor
10th October 2018
What’s the true cost of absence in your business? The cost of absence to the UK economy rose in 2017 to £18 billion Posted by Charlotte Batchelor
20th June 2018
Do businesses pay enough attention to mental health? Should they? Do we have a problem? Posted by Graham Ravenscroft
30th May 2018
Does your working environment affect your staff? Lindsay's thoughts and considerations will provide you with a bit of pragmatic advice to help you support your employees and in turn improve your business in some subtle ways. Posted by Lindsay Baker
2nd May 2018
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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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