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Have you done your mid-year performance reviews?

Have you done your mid-year performance reviews?

Do you perform regular monthly performance reviews? At Dakota Blue we have a regular sit down to check our targets and objectives. If you haven’t been holding regular reviews, it’s not too late though. Read our latest blog about how to perform a mid-year performance review.
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Delivering bad news about holidays and how to communicate it to your staff

Delivering bad news about holidays and how to communicate it to your staff

Summer is here, your team are packing their sunscreen and jetting off to foreign climates.So, what do you do if you have to break it to them that you’re going to have to cancel their annual leave? Our blog provides some tips on considersations when breaking bad news about holidays.
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Drugs and Alcohol in the workplace – what are your responsibilities?

Drugs and Alcohol in the workplace – what are your responsibilities?

Do you know that as an employer you can be prosecuted if you knowingly allow an employee to continue to work whilst under the influence of alcohol and drug misuse or their behaviour places the employee and others at risk? It is vital for employers and managers to know and understand their responsibilites when it comes to drugs and alcohol in the workplace. Read more to see what you should do to ensure that you save yourself at least one headache!
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LBGTQ plus and diversity and equality in the workplace

LBGTQ plus and diversity and equality in the workplace

This month is Pride, a celebration of LGBTQ+ rights, diversity, expression, and equality. With this in mind, employers need to begin to recognise that Pride should exist in workplaces for the other 11 months of the year, and that embracing the diversity of backgrounds and experiences within our workforces can provide real value. Read our blog to discover you what you can do to create a working environment that embraces diversity and equality.
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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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