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Category: HR Best Practice

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 after the excesses of the festive season, 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 come February, but with veganism estimated to have had a 360% rise in the UK during the past decade, we have to consider whether many more people will become vegans in the future and this adds weight to the question of whether veganism should have a protected status in the workplace.

HR Audit – What ROI are you getting from your people?

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?

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.

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.

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.

Performance Appraisals – The Truth Behind the Headlines

You don’t need to do Performance Appraisals anymore as they are antiquated and no one else is doing them. Right? Not quite. Performance Appraisals as they used to be may be a thing of the past but that doesn’t mean you can stop appraising performance.
The headlines that you’ve read came as a big relief to so many of our clients. They really hadn’t ever seen what the business was getting in return for all of the time performance appraisals took up.

That may sound very cynical but it really has been the reality for so many people I’ve spoken to.