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  • 2016-08-16 - Summer Employee Absenteeism - Lighter HR

    Tips on Managing Summertime Employee Absenteeism

    At this time of year employee absenteeism can be on the rise. It’s not the coughs and colds that lead to the “I’m too ill to work” telephone calls, it tends to be more related to sunburn and Pimms! Obviously, it can be very difficult to prove that someone isn’t genuinely ill but there are some situations that can arise that need careful handling.

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  • 2021-05-04 - What To Do If An Employee Requests Flexible Working - Lighter HR

    The Right to Request Flexible Working

    Any employee who has more than 26 weeks’ service has a legal right to request flexible working which covers not just the hours that they work, but also where they work them. This post gives insight into the rules and what as an employer you should do when you receive a flexible working request.

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  • Guidance for Managers: Tips on Managing a Remote Workforce

    As a result of Covid-19, most employers will have now implemented widespread remote working for their employees. While working from home may be convenient for some, there will be evolving challenges employers will need to meet to sustain business productivity. We explore some of the good practices that employers can operate to make this period of remote working as successful as it can be.

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  • 2018-02-07 - Sexual Harassment - How Can You Prevent Issues - Lighter HR

    Sexual Harassment:
    How Can You Prevent Issues?

    The media has been filled with articles on sexual harassment scandals that have brought internal complaints policies to the attention of HR professionals and business owners. Having functioning and thorough internal complaints investigation procedures is very important in ensuring a harassment/discrimination free workplace.

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  • 2018-01-11 - Difficult Employees Poor Performance - Lighter HR

    Difficult Employees:
    There’s Always One!

    As a manager, you are constantly faced with a decision of whether to deal with difficult employees or not as long as overall the team is achieving. Here’s a quick list of just 4 top tips that you should incorporate into your management practice that will help you start eliminating unacceptable behaviour and performance from your teams.

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  • 2017-09-22 - Performance Appraisals - Are They a Thing of the Past - Lighter HR

    Performance Appraisals:
    Are They a Thing of the Past?

    Good news! 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.

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  • 2017-06-13 - Alternatives to People Management - Lighter HR

    Alternatives to People Management

    You have a great technical employee who is fantastic at what they do. You promote them to a position where they need to manage others and it all starts to go wrong. You end up losing a technical genius and gaining a pretty incompetent people manager. How can this problem be addressed?

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  • 2017-05-16 - Employee Engagement Surveys - Lighter HR

    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?

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  • 2017-04-06 - Does Company Culture Really Matter - Lighter HR

    Does Company Culture Really Matter?

    Establishing a company culture may sound like a very broad statement but in most cases it’s something that already exists and just needs nurturing. Here is some simple guidance on how to establish and develop the company culture you want.

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  • 2017-03-02 - Tips on Addressing Employee Negativity - Lighter HR

    Tips on Addressing Employee Negativity

    Employee negativity is probably something that we have all come across at some point in our careers. No business is immune! It happens in every business and every industry. So what should you do to prevent, manage and get rid of negativity in the workplace?

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  • 2016-09-08 - How to Deal with Troublesome Employees - Lighter HR

    Tips on How to Deal with Troublesome Employees

    There are very few businesses who don’t have that one difficult employee who just seems to be more trouble than they are worth. They don’t do anything that’s so wrong as to warrant disciplinary action but just make everything so much harder than it needs to be. So here are some simple tips on dealing with troublesome employees.

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  • 2013-08-19 - What Do You Do When Employee Use of Social Media Turns Nasty - Lighter HR

    What Do You Do When Employee Use of Social Media Turns Nasty?

    There are some forms of social media use, however, that step over the line to become harassment and bullying (both direct and anonymous) which are potentially damaging to your employees and puts your company’s good reputation at risk. What can and should you do when things turn nasty?

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  • 2013-01-21 - Tips on Managing Long-term Employee Absence - Lighter HR

    Tips on Managing Long-Term Employee Absence

    Managing long-term employee absence can present a real challenge to all businesses but particularly to small and medium sized companies. Whilst the financial burden of long-term absence can be managed through insurance schemes and statutory sick pay, the practical issue of “who performs this work?” presents a far larger challenge.

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  • 2012-07-29 - Tips of Managing Difficult Employees - Lighter HR

    Tips on Managing Difficult Employees

    From the moment you hire your first employee, you know it’s just a matter of time before you are going to find yourself dealing with a difficult employee issue. Here are some tips around what to do when you sense it all beginning to go wrong.

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