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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 ... »

Businesses with Too Many Rules Are Inhibiting Employee Productivity

Businesses with Too Many Rules Are Inhibiting Employee Productivity

Unnecessary rules and procedures, inefficient resources and office politics were named as the top three obstacles to productivity by UK employees, in a survey by Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The research, which featured over 2,000 employees, found that unnecessary rules and a lack of resources were the two biggest barriers to productivity – each named by 28% of respondents. Office politics was named as the third biggest productivity obstacle by 24% of UK workers. Conversely, the main productivity stimulators named by employees were “interesting work” (40%), the ability to use their initiative (39%) and being matched with tasks that complement their skill set (25%). According to the survey, employee engagement plays a big part in keeping a business’ productivity ... »

How to Use Training Effectively in Your Business

How to Use Training Effectively in Your Business

Training is essential if you are to get the most out of your employees; it can make an average or below-par worker much more effective, and can push high achievers to the limits of their potential. Ongoing training is also important in sustaining your business as a whole. Fail to implement training when it is needed and it can start to undermine your business. From getting employees to understand the ins and outs of an IT system to increasing sales, training is potentially useful in countless areas. This article will provide you with a thorough guide to maximise the effectiveness of training in your business; learn how to identify your needs, decide on objectives, create a specific programme and much more here. How do I figure out my business’ training needs? Focusing on the areas where tr... »

Motivating Employees: A Guide for Business Owners

Motivating Employees: A Guide for Business Owners

You may know from experience that most employees spend less than half their time at work genuinely working hard – for you as a business owner, this can be extremely frustrating, not to mention inefficient and expensive. However tempting it might be to assume that unproductive employees are congenitally lazy, often the problem is a lack of sufficient motivation. If you make your employees genuinely want to work well by aligning their goals with yours, they benefit from a more fulfilling job – and you benefit from a more productive workforce. This article explains how you can motivate your employees in order to achieve this win-win situation, including how to dish out praise and criticism, how to use pay and incentives effectively, and how to make the work more interesting in general. ... »

How to Motivate Your Staff and Boost Productivity

How to Motivate Your Staff and Boost Productivity

The success of your business lies with your workforce. If staff feel unmotivated and are lacking job satisfaction, the performance of your business will suffer. Employees help project your company’s image and are fundamental to its reputation and overall profitability. Motivated staff are also likely to work harder and for longer, and to contribute their ideas, which may help your business innovate and grow. Ways to motivate your business’ employees Different things motivate different people, but the most effective way of motivating staff is to recognise their achievements and reward them accordingly. This reward doesn’t need to be financial – a trophy, some time off or even a round of applause can all go a long way in making employees feel valued. Other common motivators include good trai... »

A Fifth of Small Businesses Plan to Hire this Year

Small firms’ improved economic outlook having positive impact on employees’ job security One in five owner-managed businesses plan to recruit this year, according to a business barometer commissioned by the Bank of Cyprus. The Owner Managed Business (OMB) Barometer Index suggested that businesses are growing in confidence with over half of employers stating current employees feel secure in their jobs and 21% planning to hire more staff. Although the majority (59%) of small businesses have no current plans to increase workforce, only 9% ruled out the possibility of recruiting more employees completely. The OMB’s results further emphasise a growing sense of security within the small business community; last month Hiscox’s DNA of an Entrepreneur study revealed that small companies’ confidence... »

New All-in-One HR Tool for Small Business Launched

Founder of Startups.co.uk announces release of citrusHR A new start-up has launched a cloud software package this week which claims to be a “one-stop shop” for small and medium sized firms’ HR administration. citrusHR, founded by serial entrepreneur David Lester, claims to eliminate the expense and bureaucracy involved with HR and employment law issues by offering a combination of software tools and practical advice to help small firms navigate all aspects of the process. Launched in conjunction with Keystone Law, which will provide the legal advice, and HR consultancy Reabur, citrusHR will also automate around 40 common HR tasks in areas such as payroll, hiring and firing staff, and holiday, sick pay and absence management. Subscribers can also access fully qualified CIPD consultants by t... »

Holiday Annual Leave

Long-term sick entitled to Holiday Pay

Employees on long–term sick leave are entitled to take the holiday pay they have accrued when they return to work, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled. In a decision that clarifies the law after years of uncertainty, the ECJ ruling states that employees must be compensated for annual leave not taken, and will be entitled to four weeks’ holiday pay for each year they are absent from work. Additionally, employees who have been sacked or have left an employer could be entitled to pay equal to any time they could not take as leave while off sick, on top of any redundancy or termination payment. The ruling comes as a result of a case brought by a group of HM Revenue & Customs employees who were denied holiday pay after returning from sick leave. According to employment... »

How to Dismiss Employees Safely

How to Dismiss Employees Safely

The vast majority of cases in the employment tribunal relate to dismissal; it is understandable to be nervous as a business owner if you are faced with dismissing an employee yourself. However, as long as you act fairly and reasonably in dismissing an employee, and comply with clearly set-out procedural rules, you have little to fear. This article covers what you need to know in order to dismiss an employee safely, including what the ‘fair’ reasons for dismissal are, how to avoid unfair and wrongful dismissal, and how to handle a complaint of unfair dismissal. How do I dismiss an employee for misconduct? When dismissing an employee for some form of misconduct, it is even more important than usual to get it right. Employees will often feel especially aggrieved when they are fired for miscon... »

Employees working from home

Introduction Allowing employees to work from home on either a full-time or part-time basis can bring a range of business benefits, from increased productivity and greater staff motivation to more effective use of your premises. It also widens the base from which you can recruit, boosting your chances of recruiting successfully. The spread of teleworking – using the Internet, videoconferencing, telephone, fax, scanners or text messaging for instance – has opened up a new range of possibilities for the way businesses can work and structure themselves. As well as opportunities, it also brings new responsibilities for the employer and employee. For example, flexible-working regulations mean you now have to seriously consider requests to working from home from employees with young o... »

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