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Is being vegan a protected characteristic - Lighter HR

Veganuary
A Fad or a Protected Characteristic?

Many of us, in time-honoured fashion, will be thinking about how we can be healthier and fitter in 2019, and some of us may be taking part in Veganuary to help us kick start this new healthy way of life.
Of those who try it, many will declare it not for them, but with a 360% rise in UK veganism during the past decade, we have to consider whether veganism should have a protected status in the workplace.

managing performance difficult conversations - Lighter HR

Managing Performance:
Are Difficult Conversations Really That Difficult?

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.

UK Skills Gap - The Need to Invest in Management Skills

UK Skills Gap:
The Need to Invest in Management Skills

Articles are appearing in the press with increasing frequency and sense of urgency around the UK skills gap. Much of this is due to Brexit and the fact that the UK has had access to a diverse workforce, pulled from across the EU and it’s possible that our exit from the EU will put an end to this. We’ll need to be more self-sufficient and we need to be thinking now about how we start to make sure that we have the right talent to move us forward. In this blog post we look at this topic in more detail.

Just-in-time Development of Managers:
An alternative approach to Management Training

What do you think of when you think of management training? A nice day out listening to someone offering their wisdom on a particular subject / spending days listening to someone drone on about something that you have very little interest in? ‘Just in time’ development is starting to rise in popularity as it’s less expensive, less time consuming, and, if timed correctly, allows the individual to leave with practical skills to tackle live issues.

Hours or Output
What’s More Important?

How do you get the best results from your staff? What is the key to improved performance and productivity? These are the constant questions that business owners ask themselves and whilst it might seem surprising, numerous studies have shown that there are a few key strategies that help businesses achieve improved performance. One of these strategies is to focus on employee outputs – the actual results of the work that the employees do.

Performance Appraisals
Preparation is Key

Once you’re happy that you know why you’re doing the appraisal, it’s time to think about how you’re going to do it. In this blog post we’ll give you some practical guidance on the things you need to think about when preparing for and delivering an appraisal. This should help you ensure both you and your employees benefit from the time you are investing.

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