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How to Set Up Everyday Workplace Policies in your Small Business

How to Set Up Everyday Workplace Policies in your Small Business

As a business owner, you may find yourself getting caught up in micro-management of employees, seemingly dealing with the same issues over and over again. You can save yourself a lot of time, stress and effort just by developing a clear policy on some everyday issues people face in their business. It might seem like a lot of work now, but putting in place procedures on even small aspects of business life can save you time and money in the long run. This article will provide you with the essential info you need to set up some common workplace policies (excluding employment law). Read on to find out more. How do I set up new employees? Taking on a new employee provides you with the best opportunity to coach them in your policies and put the groundwork in place to make them a successful membe... »

What Rights do Employers Have During Notice Periods?

What Rights do Employers Have During Notice Periods?

What are employers’ rights during notice periods? It can be a difficult question for smaller employers, with notice periods often feeling like employment ‘limbo’ for employers and employees alike. Here we identify some of the key rights you are entitled to as the employer once a notice period has been issued, either by you or the member of staff… When giving notice of dismissal or redundancy to staff First off, can an employer fire someone when they’ve already given notice? Or if the employer has already served them notice? It’s a question that many small business owners ask, as they are without the flexibility to manage or afford long notice periods. For example, if an employee has worked for five years they are entitled to statutory notice of five week... »

How to Attract the Best Talent to Your Start-up

Discover how to compete with the big corporations to win top employees who will help your business grow Business is booming, your little start-up is growing into an empire and to move it forward you need to employ new talent. But how do you attract this talent to join your team in such a competitive market? What can you offer that sets your start-up apart from other businesses to ensure you get the best and brightest recruits? The obvious answer might be a big salary, although this is something not necessarily achievable for smaller businesses. While the wages have to be fair, there are other and often more important elements that will make your company a desirable place to work. A business that offers career progression The best new talent will have their eyes on career progression, so de... »

Remind Staff of Acceptable Christmas Party Behaviour, warn Business Groups

Businesses can reduce the risk of tribunal claims in the New Year by reminding staff about acceptable behaviour ahead of workplace Christmas parties, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said. FPB spokesman, Chris Gorman, said that small business owners should lay down ground rules now to prevent disputes and potential tribunal cases. “Many owner-managers don’t realise, but a lot of the legislation which they have to adhere to during the working day applies just as equally to Christmas parties, and ignoring it could lead to costly and time-consuming legal issues.” “Suggestive gifts and party games could easily lead down the dangerous path to a tribunal, while hard drinking could spark arguments and fights, leaving employers with tricky disciplinary issues to deal with ... »

SME Decision Makers Don’t Trust Staff to Work from Home

Some SME decision makers don’t allow their workforce to work from home despite obvious business benefits, according to research carried out online by YouGov, on behalf of NewVoiceMedia. Only 23% of the senior decision makers in SMEs allow all their staff to work from home all the time. Of the respondents who don’t allow their employees to work remotely, the main reason cited (85%) was the need for staff to be physically onsite, while 12% simply don’t have the technology required to allow home working. Disappointingly, 11% of senior decision makers who don’t allow home working stated that it was because they believed their employees would be less productive with five per cent suggesting their staff couldn’t be trusted to do a full day’s work at home. Jonathan Grant, CEO at NewVoiceMedia, sa... »

Most Staff Unclear on Company Objectives

Most Staff Unclear on Company Objectives

Employers have been warned they are not doing enough to communicate their strategy to staff, after a Government survey found that only a quarter of employees understand their firm’s goals for next year. The survey commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) also found that a further third of employees had no idea whether a vision for their business’s future existed. The report suggested this is having a negative impact on employee motivation levels, as only 27% felt positive about the year ahead. BIS adviser, David McLeod, warned employers that poor employee engagement could “put the brakes” on performance and urged bosses to inspire staff. “If leaders don’t explain where the business is going and what it’s seeking to a... »

Presenteeism Culture

The New “presenteeism” Culture

Employees are spending more time at work to impress their managers during the recession, but productivity levels are falling, research by management software firm OfficeMetrics has found. The survey of more than 7,000 UK employees found that staff are now spending an average of an extra 15 minutes each day at work compared to nine months ago, in order to prove their commitment and worth to managers. However, the poll revealed that the amount of time spent on job related activities has dropped by 3%, with many staff using extra time for personal pursuits such as surfing the Internet. OfficeMetrics managing director, Jon Mulligan, warned that employers could be “misled” if they judged staff performance solely on the time that they spent in the office. “Many of those who see... »