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How do you celebrate Father's Day in your business?

How do you celebrate Father's Day in your business?

With Father's Day coming up this Sunday, we are reflecting on the changing attitude of men in society to taking time out to care for and nurture their families, yet the struggles they still face with getting the opportunity to do so. Some companies are taking the lead in the way they are giving fathers the opportunity to take a more proactive role at home. In this blog we share some thoughts on how you also can help those striving for this change.
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Lessons to be learnt from 5 years in business

Lessons to be learnt from 5 years in business

Today is Dakota Blue’s 5th Birthday, time to celebrate and reflect on the journey so far. Hear from our MD, Jackie Brooker about the challenges of growing a business, lessons learnt and insights that may help other business owners, managers and leaders to drive their business forward.
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Why you should invest in management development.

Why you should invest in management development.

Taking the time to invest in your managers is a key component for future growth which cannot be ignored, especially when one of the top reasons cited for employees leaving a company is due to a lack of poor management. Whether it is through mentoring, coaching or formal training, it is crucial to find the right solution to support your managers in developing critical skills required to engage and motivate the people within your business. Our blog explores the key reasons you should invest in your managers.
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External training: Is it worth it?

External training: Is it worth it?

In the current financial climate, making the decision to invest in external training can be tough. How can you be sure that you will select the right provider? How do you know if the training will really make a difference to your business? With such big decisions, it can be tempting to save your money and just deliver the training yourselves ‘in house’ or send your staff on free courses. Read on for information on how to ensure you are investing your money wisely.
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IT Security Checklist

IT Security Checklist

When employees leave an organisation, there is a tendancy to focus on the practical aspects of employment. For example, final pay, returning physical equipment, ensuring customers are informed, etc. but many times the IT security of a company during this process is overlooked if it is not built into the formal exit management process. Read our guest blog from LP Networks to find out what you should include in your employee exit checklist to protect your IT security.
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Building relationships with Freelance Staff

Building relationships with Freelance Staff

In these times of uncertainity, more and more business leaders are choosing to use consultants and freelancers on an "as needed basis" to support areas of the business that do no necessarily require full time attention and support. But how do you ensure that you get the right Freelancer on board and build effective relationships that work for both parties? Read our guest blog from Heather Scott of Kitchen Table Creative, C.I.C, to find out her top 5 tips.
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Why we are participating in RED January

Why we are participating in RED January

January can be a difficult month for employees so what can businesses do to ensure employees feel supported and continue to deliver great business performance?
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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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