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Our employment section contains a comprehensive list of business advice articles to help you choose and manage the right staff for your small and medium enterprise. Read on to ensure you create a productive and positive working environment.

Why Employee Mental Health Needs to be a Priority for Your Small Business

Why Employee Mental Health Needs to be a Priority for Your Small Business

Stress, depression and anxiety are some of the most common health problems in the workplace. In fact, they’re so common that together they affect one in four people every year. Whilst these illnesses aren’t physical – they can’t be identified by a bandage, crutches or a sling – they can be very serious and can lead to poor productivity, lowered morale and a rapid turnover of staff within your business. What’s more, mental ill health can affect anyone in any business (just like the common cold) yet many managers refuse to accept that these non-physical illnesses exist – “Out of sight, out of mind; these problems aren’t happening in my business; my employees love their jobs.” This attitude sounds shocking but, for many businesses, mental wellbeing remains a taboo subject. And it’s not just a... »

How Managers Can Help Employees With Debt Problems

How Managers Can Help Employees With Debt Problems

According to the Money Charity, in February 2016, the average total debt per UK household was £53,083.That’s an average debt of £29,126 per person. The average consumer credit card debt was £6,332, and the number of debt problems dealt with by Citizens Advice every working day remains at around 6,407. This highlights just how debt can impact our everyday lives, including our stress levels, relationships with people and ability to work. Debt stress has been shown to affect the mental health of a person. So, as an employer, you could be worried about your employees managing their debt stress – especially if this impacts their working life. Keep it open The first thing you should consider is the openness of the working relationship between you and your employees. Make sure that your office do... »

The Benefits of Diversity for a Small Business Owner

The Benefits of Diversity for a Small Business Owner

Hollywood came under criticism earlier in the year for the lack of diversity amongst its nominees with regard to gender and ethnicity. Such diversity issues continue to spark fiery debate in the workplace as do issues around disability, social class, pay gaps and age. Many large companies already have diversity policies in place to ensure taking a fair approach to their employees and other stakeholders – but diversity should be an essential part of policy for companies of any size. As a small growing company, you should take the time to take a long hard look at your diversity policy and you will reap the rewards. Diversity has been proven to foster new ways of thinking and help you engage with a wider range of customers. The benefits for your small business Companies that recruit a more di... »

5 Things Millennials Want From Today’s Workplace

5 Things Millennials Want From Today’s Workplace

By around 2020, it’s thought Millennials (born between 1980 and the mid-90s) will make up the bulk of the working population. So, as a business, how can you meet the demands and challenges of this demographic? Let’s look at what Millennials want – and how you can give it to them.  1. A long-term plan Unsurprisingly, the Millennial generation is set to live and work for longer than its predecessors. The Generation Debt interactive shows the average life expectancy for Millennials is 80 years of age and rising, compared to 73 years for the Baby Boomers. How will employers meet this change? Workplaces and working hours designed for the older employee could become a major part of corporate planning. 2. Goals, aims and development Unlike previous generations, Millennials intend to jump ar... »

A Quick Introduction to Recruitment and Interviewing

A Quick Introduction to Recruitment and Interviewing

As the owner of a small business, you will often have to deal with a huge initial volume of work, and you may have already decided the time is right to take on a new employee. Setting up a proper recruitment and selection process is a tricky and time-consuming process, but if you conduct the process in a structured way you maximise your chances of finding a truly excellent candidate. This article is a quick introduction to the process of recruitment from a small business’s point of view. For more in-depth guides on various aspects of the process, check out: Recruitment Graduate recruitment Interviewing Discrimination How do I work out whether I need an employee? As a small business, hiring an employee will represent an important and significant expense that you could be tied into for many ... »

How to Hire the Brightest Graduates for Your Business

How to Hire the Brightest Graduates for Your Business

With a high level of ambition and training in independent work and critical thinking, a graduate can give your business a bright, fresh approach recent university graduates are a good option for a business in any sector. This article will tell you: How to find the best graduates The benefits and risks of recruiting graduates How to train and keep graduates What are the considerations I should have in mind when deciding whether to employ a graduate? While employing a graduate will mostly be a positive experience there are certain pitfalls you need to be aware of. Advantages Their main benefits to a business are their drive and ambition – they’ll be keen to prove themselves and will probably work harder to do so. They’ll also develop a strong sense of loyalty, as it’ll most likely be their f... »

How to Manage Employees Who Work From Home

How to Manage Employees Who Work From Home

Because you don’t have to provide them with office space, home-working employees represent a flexible and highly cost-effectiveness option for your business. Some employees also have a legal right to request flexible working, something you have to look at seriously. This article will tell you everything you need to know about working from home including: Which industries and people suit it best The potential benefits The technology involved The potential risks What jobs particularly suit working from home? Some jobs are more suited to working from home than others, such as roles that don’t require constant face-to-face contact with colleagues or managers. Typically these would be positions in computer programming or web design, writing and editing, research or translation, administrative o... »

A Small Business Owner Guide to Managing Your Time Effectively

A Small Business Owner Guide to Managing Your Time Effectively

The most precious resource you have, it is crucial you manage your time smartly. Here’s how More than anything else, time is the most precious resource you will deal with as a business owner. Unlike money, you can only make so much of it in a day, so it is crucial you manage your time as effectively as possible. This article will provide you with invaluable tips on how to make time work for you, including how to prioritise and plan your time, which day-to-day tasks can be automated or delegated, and common pitfalls to avoid. How do I prioritise my time? You won’t have the time to deal with everything in your day, so prioritising is essential. Follow these steps to manage your time effectively: Work out your goals: Write down a list of all your goals. Try and spend time on activities that h... »

How to Implement an Incentive Pay Scheme

How to Implement an Incentive Pay Scheme

There is no better universal motivator for employees than extra pay, and with a smart incentive pay system you can reap the productivity rewards in your business. Put simply, money talks. This article explains how you can implement a well-thought-out incentive pay system in your own business, including whether you should use cash or shares, and how to implement such a scheme. Read on to find out more. How do I set objectives for an incentive pay scheme? You should always have a goal in mind when designing an incentive pay scheme. When setting objectives, ask yourself: What results do I want to achieve? As with any business objective, your goals should be ‘SMART’ (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-limited). Perhaps you might set a sales or revenue target, or try for improvem... »

A Small Business Guide to Recruitment

A Small Business Guide to Recruitment

It is a fact of working life that, more often than not, searching for a job is time-consuming and difficult. But for employers, the challenge of recruiting the right employee can seem even more so – the result of which can be a protracted and tiresome recruitment process. Finding an applicant who suits the role will always require a bit of good fortune, but by knowing what information to look for, and having a proper procedure in place, you can vastly improve your chances. This guide aims to help you with planning your recruitment, locating suitable candidates – and how to select the strongest candidate amongst them. When planning when to recruit, think hard about what needs your business has and what problems it is facing. Consult your business plan and consider what future your business ... »

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