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The Queen’s Speech: what impact for employers?

The dust is settling over a turbulent Westminster following the snap election and hung Parliament result. When The Queen formally opened Parliament in June, Theresa May’s grand promise of the ‘greatest expansion of workers’ rights in history’ was put in doubt.   A number of the Conservative manifesto pledges were excluded; new leave rights, worker… Read More

One hour contracts. An answer to the gig economy?

The gig economy, specifically zero-hours contracts, have seen a lot of news coverage recently and most of it is negative. Despite this, there has been a 13% rise in the use of zero-hours contracts in the UK in the last year. According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics: 8% of those in… Read More

Making better use of email – improving productivity

On the 1st of January 2017, France brought in some new legislation to improve productivity and work-life balance. Any worker in a business with over 50 employees has the right to completely ignore work emails outside of their working hours. There are a number of reasons for this. One is that the number of tribunals… Read More

The best process for managing out employees

Sometimes we are faced with the difficult situation of having an employee that is having performance management issues and just isn’t working out for the business. If the performance issues are severe it is easy to get impatient and want to exit them from the company as quickly as possible. In these sorts of situations,… Read More

How to manage your team without micromanaging them

Good leaders have teams that can be held accountable. They will focus on the positive ways that accountability can motivate their team by giving them purpose and a sense of accomplishment. The all-around opinion is that Micromanaging, on the other hand, is bad. Before we go into that in more depth, let’s set out the… Read More

73% of today’s candidates are passive

What does the perfect candidate for your role look like? Finding candidates is a completely different ballgame compared to just 5 years ago. According to a Talent Trends study by Linkedin, 73% of the employed workforce is open to exploring new opportunities and just 12% are actively looking. The other 15% are quite happy where… Read More

What do your employees desire part 2

Last month we talked about a study that showed that what your employees desire in their company perks are actually a lot less costly than you might think. Read what do your employees desire part 1 here  We continued this discussion last week, when we looked into engagement and productivity and how the recession has… Read More

Employee engagement and productivity

We hear a lot about the companies that are making a huge impact on their employees with fancy and expensive engagement schemes. Normally it’s businesses like Google or Facebook for example, who offer amazing perks and team building activities, thanks to a large budget to draw from. So what can you do if you don’t… Read More

The problems with one-to-ones

Last week we talked about what questions you should be asking during your one-to-ones You can recap here: Example questions for your one-to-ones But other than making sure you’re asking the right questions, there are some other core problems that a lot of managers face: You can easily lose focus – You can easily end up… Read More

Example questions for your one-to-ones

Having a continuous feedback loop through regular one-to-one meetings between managers and your team is an invaluable tool. It allows you to build relationships, identify and address problems straight away, and keep on top of objectives and progress. These three categories are a good mix for balanced one-to-one questions. Here are ten example questions you… Read More

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