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Are you ready for employment law changes in 2020?

Are you ready for employment law changes in 2020?

When did you last review your contracts? Are they ready to go as soon as someone starts? If not, you need to get ready now as from 6th April you will be breaking the law by not providing it on day one of employment!
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It's time to embrace neurodiversity

It's time to embrace neurodiversity

This week is Dyslexia Awareness Week. More than one in ten people in the UK are dyslexic and many more of us live with other neurodiverse conditions, so how do employers deal with these hidden impairments and what are the benefits to embracing them?
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Is it time to get ready for Brexit?

Is it time to get ready for Brexit?

In this week’s blog we’re going to address the B Word. Whether you agree that the UK should leave the EU or not, employers across Kent should be preparing their staff for potential Brexit related disruption. Read our suggestions of how to keep your business on track.
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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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