How To Identify and Support Stressed Employees

Stress is something that we all face from time to time and it can be brought on by a number of things, both inside and outside of work. A recent survey by employee benefits platform Perkbox found that 59% of employees feel stressed because of their work, which was the biggest cause of stress, followed […]

How Often Should You Give Your Employees a Pay Rise?

It’s the workplace HR issue that can make or break your staff retention rates, but does anyone really know the best way to handle staff pay? The legal position is that there is no legal right to a pay rise unless you stipulate it in the contract. Common business practice is to carry out a […]

When Is It OK To Refuse Annual Leave?

With summer just around the corner, you’ll find that most of your workforce will start requesting annual leave for holidays, childcare or just some fun and relaxation in the sun. This can be a bit of a stress on some businesses especially when departments are small and at least one member of every team needs […]

Ten Things You Should Never Ask In A Job Interview

Job interviews are an essential part of the recruitment process and, for many, the final stage before deciding on who you should hire. This means that every question you ask must be well thought out, relevant and enable you to develop a strong understanding of the candidate and whether they would fit in with the […]

How To Write A Drug and Alcohol Policy

Every workplace should have a drug and alcohol policy in place that is included in employee handbooks and clearly communicated to all staff. The use or supply of drugs and alcohol in the workplace puts not only the user at risk, but also your other employees and it is your duty, as an employer, to […]

Do I Have To Pay My Employees For Working Overtime?

The short answer, it depends. In some cases, contracts provide for a reasonable amount of additional work to complete tasks; some may allow accrual of lieu time. However, the overall average pay for hours worked must not fall below minimum wage so, if your employee has worked a significant number of extra hours or they […]

The Most Effective Ways To Communicate With Your Team

Communication is the key to any strong relationship, including those in the workplace. But it can be somewhat difficult to start, or keep, a consistent line of communication between you and your employees, both individually and as a team.

How To Best Implement A Homeworking Policy

Working from home, or working remotely, is becoming more and more popular as technology advances and workers aren’t required to be present in the office as much. The benefits for employees are obvious. No more treacherous commutes or office politics, access to home comforts throughout the day and flexibility to work hours that are more […]