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HR news and issues.
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Vaping at work – Allowed or Not Allowed?

It’s been 10 years since the introduction of the ban on smoking in public places and indoor work places in the UK, and now the thought of someone ‘lighting up’ in a smoking room in your office building seems quite strange. However, whilst the smoking ban is quite straightforward, the relatively new concept of e-cigarettes, or ‘vaping’, is still causing confusion with employers. Find out what the rules are regarding vaping at work.

Employee Reward – Time to Look Beyond the Traditional?

It is typically quite straight forward when we think about a rewards package for our employees – it’s a salary and maybe some commission or bonus scheme. This is understandable. It’s the way that things have always been.

But isn’t it about time we rethink our reward practices? Employee motivation for coming to work has changed significantly and the working practices themselves keep transforming so why not also rethink how we reward our people?

In this post we’re going to look at what type of rewards are most common in workplaces and what perhaps businesses could consider to ensure that their reward practices achieve more than just employees showing up for work.

Employee Engagement Surveys – What Are Your Employees Thinking and Do You Really Care?

As an employer, you will no doubt want your employees to enjoy working in your organisation and not just turn up every day because they are paid to, but how do you know what they genuinely think about working for you if you don’t ask them?

There are lots of different ways to measure engagement but in this week’s blog we thought we would give you a quick overview of the pros and cons of two types of employee engagement survey.

Contractual Holiday – Some Issues to Avoid

We recently wrote about the potential mistakes that employers can make in calculating workers’ holidays entitlements especially when including the Bank Holidays. And whilst you may think this must be the only tricky area that businesses would need to worry about when considering holiday calculations and contractual holiday, we actually have a few more to draw your attention to.

So let’s look at contractual holiday entitlements and contract wording. Your standard contract of employment will have a clause that deals with the holidays and it will usually be pretty brief and will cover all the basics. Whilst the contractual holiday clause is rather short, the actual wording will be important.

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.

Management Training – Just-in-time Development

What do you think of when you think of management training? A nice day out, perhaps with some lunch and coffee, pleasantly listening to someone offering their wisdom on a particular subject? Or uncomfortable chairs, a room temperature that is either arctic or tropical and a few days spent listening to content of which 80% is irrelevant but you need to get through it so as to get to the 20% that is relevant. In this blog post we look at the concept of ‘just in time learning’.