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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.

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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.

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Sexual Harassment
How Can You Prevent Issues?

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.

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Difficult Employees
There’s Always One (At Least)!

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.

Settlement Agreements
Paying Someone to Go Away

There are times when an employee/employer relationship just can’t move forward. It’s not a position than anyone wants to find themselves in but it does happen and the business needs to understand what the options are in this scenario. A settlement agreement is something that can be considered and in this blog post we’ll look at some of the scenarios when such an agreement may be worth considering.

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