We would probably all agree that having regular ‘check ups’ is essential for ensuring smooth running of any machine, organism or an organisation. We go to see our doctor to check our state of health, we take our car for a regular MOT and we definitely ensure that our business finances receive a thorough annual audit but more often than not – we stop there.
Each business is made up of a number of function that all play vital roles in ensuring a smooth operation. Finance just happens to be the one that receives biggest scrutiny for operational efficiency and accuracy and the statutory requirements mean that this area can’t be ignored. But what about everything else? And what about HR in particular? Your business changes frequently and employment law changes frequently so how do you make sure that your HR function keeps up-to-date?
When I ask people managers what part of their role they enjoy the least, it is really common to hear them refer to performance management and more specifically dealing with any under-performance that needs to be addressed.
There is just something about needing to ‘point something out’ or ‘tell someone that they are not doing great’ that makes us uncomfortable. We all naturally want to be liked and have a well-functioning team where everyone is happy and so just the prospect of something getting in the way of this makes us want to avoid it at all cost.
The media has been filled with articles on sexual harassment scandals that have brought internal complaints policies and procedures to the attention of many HR professionals and business owners. The news stories have highlighted that having functioning and thorough internal complaints investigation procedures is very important in ensuring a healthy and harassment/discrimination free workplace.
Wouldn’t you just love to have a team of well-behaved fantastic performers who make your life a joy each day you are at work?
This could be called a ‘manager’s dream’ but the reality is often quite the opposite. You are busy with work, have targets to hit and objectives to achieve and then there is your team. Some are doing their job and doing it well, others might even be exceeding your expectations and then there are those that just always create issues or do not perform to the level that you’d like them to.
Just four years ago in July 2013, employment tribunal fees were introduced by the Coalition Government and we are now saying ‘goodbye’ to them due to a landmark decision by the Supreme Court on 26th July 2017.
This is a monumental development in that it re-establishes that the government in the UK cannot use its powers to block citizens’ access to justice.
Whilst the government did try by introducing the tribunal fees and it did take 4 years to finally get here through a long legal challenge – but nonetheless we are here.
A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the need to make sure your employment contracts are up-to-date. We wanted to follow that up with a more detailed post on the importance of employment contracts.
We regularly come across companies where employment contracts are not being issued to employees. Some businesses are able to get away with it for many years as long as their employees are happy with such arrangements although do remember that you are required by law to issue your employees with a Written Particulars of Employment document within 2 months of the start of employment. The change to having a formal contract usually takes place once there is a dispute or an employment relationship breakdown with any employee and a result of which the business finds itself in a situation where it is not well protected.
We are all familiar with the concept of giving or receiving notice whether as an employer or as an employee. The requirement for notice to be given is understood by everyone however, whilst this might seem like a rather straight forward process, there are circumstances that make even the most experienced managers hesitant about a way forward. So in this blog we decided to look at some of these circumstances and to clarify how notice provisions should apply.
Sickness is part of life for everyone and as such it is inevitably a part of the working life. Employers big or small have to deal with sickness absence and this is typically never easy or something that managers look forward to doing.
Whilst large businesses normally have established practices in place for managing sickness, SMEs are often dealing with sickness as and when it becomes a more significant issue and starts having a direct cost implication. A recent survey by payroll specialist Moorepay has revealed that UK SMEs are experiencing higher absence rates than normal and that 7 in 10 SMEs feel that high absence rates are impacting on their profitability.