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Are you budgeting for training activities?

Are you budgeting for training activities?

Many organisations set a specific budget for learning and development activities. Whatever your budget is, training should play a vital part in your organisation. Organisations need to look for innovative training methods to keep up with dynamic working environments, and the needs of their business and their employees.
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New Year resolutions every leader should make

New Year resolutions every leader should make

2018 has come to an end and you may well have spent time reflecting on your successes and where needs improvement for 2019. What have you resolved to do over the next year? It’s a great time to plan ahead and create your business strategy for the year ahead. We all make New Year’s resolutions, but too often they fall by the wayside. Read on for our practical and achievable resolutions, to make this year your best yet in people management and to grow as a leader.
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Unauthorised holiday

Unauthorised holiday

If you've had to refuse holiday to an employee it can leave them feeling aggrieved, how you manage the refusal is really important. If you find yourself in a situation where an employee doesn't turn up to work on the dates that you refused holiday, how should you handle it?
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Eradicating human trafficking and modern slavery in the workplace. Is your organisation compliant?

Eradicating human trafficking and modern slavery in the workplace. Is your organisation compliant?

According to the Salvation Army cases of modern slavery in the UK has nearly doubled in the past year. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 means that businesses have to report on how they tackle slavery in their supply chains. Is your organisation doing everything it can to eradicate modern slavery?
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Keep calm, it's National Anger Awareness Week. Dealing with conflict in the workplace

Keep calm, it's National Anger Awareness Week. Dealing with conflict in the workplace

Did you know that this week is National Anger Awareness Week? The pressure of modern life and particularly in the run up to Christmas can be very stressful for people. Stress can cause anger and conflict in the workplace. How can employers effectively deal with conflict between employees?
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It's Cyber Monday! Are your staff using company equipment for personal use

It's Cyber Monday! Are your staff using company equipment for personal use

Since many people spend a large part of their week at work it is unsurprising that they will sometimes carry out personal tasks during working hours and most employers recognise this. With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the run up to Christmas many employers will notice a rise in the number of staff using work computers for shopping. As an employer how can ensure that the right balance is struck and that employees understand what your expectations are?
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Avoiding HR issues at the Christmas work party

Avoiding HR issues at the Christmas work party

How did your workplace celebrate the festive season last year and were there any HR disasters? Hopefully not, but a Christmas party can lead to all sorts of embarrassing indiscretions and emotional outbursts. These incidents are sometimes laughed off but can have a devastating impact, from informal warnings and disciplinaries to legal prosecutions because of drink driving and dismissals. Read our guide on avoiding an HR and PR disaster.
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The festive season can bring lots of distractions in to the workplace

The festive season can bring lots of distractions in to the workplace

Are you ready for the festive season? It is very much upon us and whilst for some it represents a time of good cheer and celebration for others it doesn’t. As an employer you are faced with challenges from poor weather conditions, increased staff absences and the associated distractions of the season. How can you support your staffs’ wellbeing and keep them focused on work during such a hectic time?
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Staff and social media - Dealing with the unexpected

Staff and social media - Dealing with the unexpected

At some point most of us have made a mistake on social media, whether that’s uploading the wrong image or accidentally posting a comment in the public domain that was meant to be private. Accidents happen, and, in most cases, they aren’t a problem. But what happens when something is on a large enough scale to reach thousands of people and the reputation of your company and brand is in jeopardy? This week’s blog is by our guest blogger Tabitha Fox, a highly experienced marketing expert and Managing Director of Social Brand Time, a marketing agency in Kent. She gives her advice on how employers should deal with the unexpected when it comes to staff and social media.
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Managing the expectations of your employees

Managing the expectations of your employees

Do you know what your employee’s expectations are? Do all of your employees, not just management, know what the company’s strategic objectives are? It is all too easy to get embroiled in the day-to-day running of a business, with people taking care of their individual tasks. With the new year fast approaching, many businesses will be carrying out their end of year performance reviews. This is a great opportunity to ensure that you are managing your employee’s expectations.
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