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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.

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 ... »

Teambuilding: A Guide for Business

Teambuilding: A Guide for Business

Effective teamwork is the lifeblood of any business. Whether it is developing policies, a new product, or working towards a sales goal, people working together in harmony can produce results much greater than the sum of their individual inputs. Luckily, there is a skill to forming a good team, and by following a few simple rules you can create genuinely productive teams time and time again. Which people should I choose to form my team? When assembling a team to deliver a project, there are a few important things to remember. Firstly, size does matter. Keep the number of team mates between five and 12 people. Larger than this and the process loses efficiency as people will constantly need to be brought up to speed. If your goals necessitate a larger team than this, consider redefining your ... »

Modern-Day Mentorship: How it Can Help Your Small Business

Modern-Day Mentorship: How it Can Help Your Small Business

Once deemed as necessary to achieve successful career growth, the concept of a mentoring programme hasn’t really changed over the years; yet still we find many businesses no longer using them. In the past, a hierarchy system was the norm; however, in this day and age, our approach to forming new relationships with other business professionals has changed. Be that as it may, at CV-Library, our recent survey revealed that 94.1% of UK workers still believe that having someone they can receive guidance from is beneficial to career progression. Yet, less than a quarter of employees have actually been offered any form of mentoring by their employer, indicating this is no longer a priority to businesses. So if mentorships aren’t what they used to be, why are they still relevant in today’s world? ... »

A Guide to the Law on Flexible Working

A Guide to the Law on Flexible Working

Flexible working is a term you need to be well aware of as an employer. Employment law now currently stipulates that you must ‘consider seriously’ a request from any employee. This is regardless of whether they have a dependent or not. It is worth noting, however, that the rule diffes in Northern Ireland. What is flexible working? Flexible working has a wide definition; it essentially refers to any working pattern other than the employee’s regular working pattern. There are many common kinds of flexible working such as: Flexitime arrangement Flexitime requires an employee to be at work during a specified ‘core period’ but lets them arrange their other hours around their own commitments. Compressed hours Compressed hours allow employees to work the same number of hours they normally do but ... »

A Small Business Guide to Remuneration

A Small Business Guide to Remuneration

The remuneration package is what binds you and your employees together – fail to pitch and fine-tune it correctly, and you will find yourself unable to attract or keep the standard of workers you want and need (no matter how rewarding you think the job is in itself). If you want to employ and maintain the best possible workforce, you must be able to sell the package properly and tailor the rewards to ensure employees stay with you. This guide will help you to calculate what wage to offer, keep in line with minimum wage regulations, organise pay reviews and rewards, and more. How do I know what to pay? Any remuneration package needs to comply with the basic levels of pay set by law – national minimum wage (NMW). NMW currently stands at £3.87 for workers aged 16-17, £5.30 for workers aged 18... »

A Small Business Owners Guide to Using a Consultant

A Small Business Owners Guide to Using a Consultant

Whether for marketing, efficiency or another purpose, bringing a consultant is a necessary part of running any business. Choosing the right consultant is of course crucial, but it is only half the skill of maximising the return on your investment. This article covers how to manage a consultant effectively in order to get the best possible results. What should my objectives be when bringing in a consultant? Clarity is the key word here. If you are not entirely clear about what you want to achieve, it will be difficult to use a consultant effectively. There are many ways you can narrow down your objectives but first start by working out the end goal. Thinking in broad terms, what is it you want? Are you expecting a concrete, tangible output such as an increase in sales, or more ephemeral obj... »

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