Salary benchmarking – an important practice for continued business success

2019 is fast approaching which no doubt means you are considering pay reviews and with that raises the question – have you thought about salary benchmarking? The way you pay, including how much and why, matters to your current and potential employees. Undertaking salary benchmarking will give you impartial and accurate pay information to help… Read More

Work-related stress – the most common questions employers ask

Written by SAM DOW

Mental health, stress and wellbeing are all words that we are hearing more frequently and they are finally beginning to receive the recognition that they deserve. For an employer, it can be daunting to know how to recognise and manage an employee who is suffering with work-related stress – be reassured; we’re here to guide… Read More

Social media at work – embrace it or ban it?


Social media is continuously evolving and so is our understanding of the benefits it could bring to your business. We believe there are huge advantages to letting employees engage with social media whilst at work, but on the flipside – what happens if they misuse it? We’ve teamed up with Herrington Carmichael – our trusted… Read More

Are you offering candidates a seat at the top table?

It’s no secret that we’re now recruiting in a candidate-driven market. The days of a one-sided recruitment process are well and truly over and it’s simply no longer just about what the candidate can offer you, but what you the employer are bringing to the table and also how you’re bringing it. To find out… Read More

Flexible working – is it worth it?

It was almost 38 years ago that Dolly Parton sang about how working 9-5 wasn’t a way to make a living – so why are there still so many employers reluctant to embrace flexible working? Employers say: “If I do it for one I’ll have to do it for everyone”, we say: “so, do it… Read More

How to create a strong employer brand

It’s time to ask yourself what you think your employees would say about working for you. Imagine, they’re talking to their friends and they’re asked that ever popular question – “how’s work?” It’s important as a business owner to consider how they would respond; would they roll their eyes and mutter “it pays the bills”,… Read More

How to be the manager your employees want to work for

It is now common knowledge that people don’t quit their job, they quit their managers and therefore having the most effective managers possible is a vital step in retaining and developing the talent in your business. Don’t be fooled by employees who have their head down and are working away – they could just be… Read More

Attracting and Retaining the Workforce of the Future

Now, let’s talk talent. What does the word ‘talent’ mean to you? Talent has become a word that lots of companies shy away from using as it can commonly be used to refer only to those performing above and beyond. We’ve highlighted some pointers that we feel will help change the way talented employees are… Read More

A guide to successfully managing staff holiday requests

You may have noticed that since the sun has made an appearance, those holiday requests are piling high as your staff are eager to get their leave signed off before they blink and miss the British summer, and who can blame them? Who knows how long it will last. Nice weather, school holidays, using up… Read More