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Developing In-House Talent

Developing In-House Talent

Developing in-house talent is critical to an organisation’s future, with businesses often finding it difficult to fill key roles with external candidates, recognising in-house potential and nurturing it, massively supports organisations in having the most effective...

How to conduct HR investigations

How to conduct HR investigations

What is an HR investigation and when is it needed? Sometimes employees in the workplace can make accusations against fellow colleagues or an employee’s conduct may be deemed inappropriate by managers; in these instances,  as part of the process to resolve conduct...

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day - 10th September World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on the 10th of September, it started in 2003 and is held annually on the same day every year.  This day is recognised for businesses, government agencies, the media and others to be...

Is It Time To Outsource Your HR?

Is It Time To Outsource Your HR?

What is the HR department for? The Human Resources department deals with your most important resource: your people. This encompasses all your employees and potentially any workers, contractors or volunteers. With such a wide scope it helps to narrow this down and look...

What To Wear to an Interview: A Guide for Men

What To Wear to an Interview: A Guide for Men

Feeling confident, and doing well in an interview starts with preparation… and a great interview outfit that you feel comfortable in. When you receive that exciting invite, take note of the detail, paying particular attention to anything you need to do ready for the...

What Not To Wear To An Interview

What Not To Wear To An Interview

Dressing to make a great impression at an interview is so important, as we tend to hold onto our first impressions of people, which can be hard to change later. What you wear to an interview can demonstrate to interviewers how you may present your own personal brand,...

Lifting of Restrictions – 19th July 2021

Lifting of Restrictions – 19th July 2021

Boris Johnson has announced from Monday 19th July 2021 England will be moving to the fourth and final stage of the roadmap on lifting lockdown restrictions that we have be adhering to over the last 16 months. The Government have said that the pandemic is not over and...

What to Wear to an Informal Interview

What to Wear to an Informal Interview

What is an informal interview? An informal interview usually takes place in a more relaxed or casual setting – such as over coffee or lunch. They have less structure than a formal interview would and often, are more focused on getting to know you as a person, whether...

What is Hybrid Recruitment? Benefits & Models

What is Hybrid Recruitment? Benefits & Models

Amid a global pandemic, we have seen change after change to the way we live and work, we find ourselves in a constant state of flux within “the new normal” looking to an uncertain future. However, COVID-19 has shown us the importance of flexibility, reactivity and...

Body Language and How to Succeed at an Interview

Body Language and How to Succeed at an Interview

It’s vital candidates know and understand how to flourish and succeed during an interview, and to understand the important role body language can play in obtaining a new role. Researchers have established a rule that verbal communication is only 7% of what people take...

Supporting Menopausal Employees

Supporting Menopausal Employees

The menopause is a natural occurrence for women which happens usually in a woman’s late forties or early fifties, however for some it can occur earlier or later.  The first stage is what is known as the perimenopause which sometimes can be mistaken for early...

6 Handy Telephone Interview Tips

6 Handy Telephone Interview Tips

Face to Face interviews Vs Telephone Interviews Telephone interviews over the years have become more popular with employers recruiting. Many recruiters conduct their initial screening process and first interviews via a telephone call which can save employers time and...

Father’s Day 2021

Father’s Day 2021

Father’s Day in the UK, this year is celebrated Sunday 20th June. Father’s Day was inspired by the success and presence of Mother’s Day which began back in the early 20th Century. It is a day to honor fatherhood and parental bonds along with the influence of fathers...

8 Common Phone Interview Questions with Answers

8 Common Phone Interview Questions with Answers

Telephone interviews have become more popular over recent years with employers who are recruiting for roles. Using phone interviews helps recruiters to save time and lower the costs of the recruitment process, It also helps them to eliminate the weaker candidates that...

Taking Steps to Become a Sponsor Licence holder

Taking Steps to Become a Sponsor Licence holder

To hire non-UK resident workers, your organisation must hold a valid sponsorship licence. If your business has ever thought about submitting an application to the Home Office to become a sponsor licence holder, then read on for some of the key considerations. Why...

The (Post Pandemic) World of Work

The (Post Pandemic) World of Work

The world of work has been altered for millions of people over the last 18 months. For many the relationship with the office has been severed and we have developed a new paradigm that includes online meetings, less travel and lunches at home with the family. But for...

18 Second Interview Questions To Ask An Employer

18 Second Interview Questions To Ask An Employer

Another milestone and you have successfully completed your second interview.  Your task or presentation is complete and hopefully, you have had a chance to meet more members of the team, however briefly.  Current restrictions permitting, you will have been able to...

Deaf Awareness Week 2021

Deaf Awareness Week 2021

In the UK more than 11 million people are living with hearing loss, there are different causes of hearing loss, these include: Exposure to loud noises Genetics Ear conditions Being born with deafness If someone is deaf or has hearing loss then under the Equality Act...

Redundancy Selection Criteria

Redundancy Selection Criteria

It is important that employers can prove, if required in an employment tribunal, that any redundancy criteria they have used when making redundancies, has been applied and scored fairly for all employees. The most popular redundancy criteria that are used are:...

Sexual Harassment in a (virtual) Workplace

Sexual Harassment in a (virtual) Workplace

For a lot of individuals, due to the ongoing pandemic, their office environment has moved online, and whilst this has changed many things about how we conduct meetings and how we go about communicating with clients and colleagues, one thing it has not changed is the...

9 Best Questions To Ask At The End Of Your Interview

9 Best Questions To Ask At The End Of Your Interview

Understandably, when approaching an interview, the candidate focusses on how best to present themselves in terms of their skills, their experience, their behaviours and their competencies. Answering the questions put to you by the interviewer or panel is one way of...

13 Great Questions to Ask At An Interview

13 Great Questions to Ask At An Interview

A job interview is very much a two-way process and the interviewer will be looking for candidates to engage, and show curiosity about the organisation and the role.  The best way of doing this is for the candidate to ask the interviewer questions.  Generally, there is...

Long Covid

Long Covid

The recovery rate from coronavirus can differ from person to person. Some have felt better in a week or two, some unfortunately have had symptoms that have lasted longer. Long Covid is described as the long-term effects some people are experiencing following on from...

9 Fun and Interesting Interview Questions

9 Fun and Interesting Interview Questions

Questions at interview generally follow a familiar pattern.  The candidate will be asked questions about their career, their competencies, their behaviours and how much they know about the company.  But these questions often do not give an interviewer sufficient...

10 Tricky Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

10 Tricky Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Interviews can be like learning a new language, you prepare what you want to say, say it well and then comes the difficult bit – someone questions what you have just said – and they speak fast, and you are not too sure how to answer. You will have prepared well for...

12 Great Interview Tips to Get the Job

12 Great Interview Tips to Get the Job

Importance of Preparation: Interviews are generally stressful experiences, and there are ways of making them, if not enjoyable, at least more positive experiences. If you feel you do not interview strongly, think about your interview toolkit. What are you using to...

Returning to Work after Covid-19

Returning to Work after Covid-19

After being away from the workplace for a while, employees may have worries and concerns about returning to work. Some have been off for several weeks others it could be months. The Health and Safety of employees must be a priority for all employers. Employers need to...

The Budget – Impact on Employers

The Budget – Impact on Employers

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his budget on 3rd March 2021. The main eight points for employers from his budget are: Furlough Scheme to be extended until 30th September 2021 Increase to Apprentice Incentive Payments Trainees grants Business Rates holiday extension...

Unconscious Bias

Unconscious Bias

What is unconscious bias? Unconscious bias can be defined as judgements or prejudice that are considered unfair, either in favour of or against a person, group or action. Unconscious thoughts can be based on stereotypes or opinions that people do not realise they...

Job Sharing

Job Sharing

Job sharing is when two employees share one full-time position. Job sharing is a form of flexible working as job sharers are part-time employees, however they are different in that they do not have a part-time job each. Job sharing involves the following being shared...

Zero Hours Contract – Notice Period

Zero Hours Contract – Notice Period

Zero hours contracts have become increasingly popular in the UK, particularly with the growth of the gig economy, the Economics Online report 1.8 million workers in the UK are on zero hour contracts, and the Office for National Statistics has reported a 300% increase...

Agile Working: The Complete Guide to Employers

Agile Working: The Complete Guide to Employers

What is Agile Working? The first question here is to define what we mean by agile working and how that differs from other types of working practices, such as flexible working. Put simply agile working can be described as a Company’s responsiveness to change, with work...

What Does the Covid Vaccine Mean for Employers?

What Does the Covid Vaccine Mean for Employers?

With the current roll out of the coronavirus vaccine, employers may be looking at whether they can insist on employees having the vaccine. The government have previously stated that they will not be making the vaccine compulsory for all, but that they wish to do it by...

Garden Leave – Guide to How it Works

Garden Leave – Guide to How it Works

What is Garden Leave? There are times when either an employee has resigned from their position, or they have been dismissed by the company, with notice, that the company do not require the employee to work their notice of employment, as per their contract of...

Employment Law Changes 2021

Employment Law Changes 2021

There are several changes to UK Employment Law occurring in 2021, these include the following: End to the Furlough Scheme As announced prior to Christmas, the furlough scheme that was due to end on 31st March 2021, was extended for one month, so it is now expected to...

January 2021 Lockdown for England

January 2021 Lockdown for England

Boris Johnson announced tonight (4th January) that England will enter into another national lockdown. The same as the March 2020 lockdown, we are told that we must stay at home except for permitted reasons. Schools, colleges and universities will close to pupils from...

Unlawful Deduction of Wages

Unlawful Deduction of Wages

An unlawful deduction of wages occurs when an employee has either been unpaid or has been underpaid their wages by their employer for some reason. There must have been an actual deduction of wages, not just a threat or proposal to deduct money, for it to be classed as...

Brexit – What Employers Need To Know

Brexit – What Employers Need To Know

With the coronavirus pandemic we’ve all been a bit distracted recently from the fact the UK is currently in an implementation (or transition) period of leaving the EU, which is due to end on 31st December 2020. Key facts; The freedom of movement between the UK and EU...

Furlough Claims Time Limits

Furlough Claims Time Limits

The government have announced new timescales for employers to lodge a furlough claim with the HMRC. All claims must be submitted within two weeks of the end of the previous calendar month, unless there is a reasonable excuse for not making a claim in this time frame....

How Has Covid-19 Effected Dentistry

How Has Covid-19 Effected Dentistry

The coronavirus 19 pandemic has without a doubt affected the lives of everyone around the world in one way or another. Dentistry is no exception. With new procedures, mental health concerns and a loss of earnings for almost everyone within the sector, adapting to the...

Responsibilities of Handling Customer Information

Responsibilities of Handling Customer Information

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is now a legal requirement for some organisations to collect customer, visitor and staff contact details for contact tracing purposes. These businesses have had to adhere to strict measures to ensure they are keeping customers and...

Factsheet on the Job Support Scheme

Factsheet on the Job Support Scheme

The job support scheme opens on 1st November 2020 and will run for 6 months until April 2021. Any employers using the Job Support Scheme will also be able to claim the Job Retention Bonus if they meet the eligible criteria for the JRB. The scheme is designed to...

Garden Leave and Pay In Lieu of Notice (PILON)

Garden Leave and Pay In Lieu of Notice (PILON)

There are times when either an employee has resigned from their position, or they have been dismissed by the company that the company do not require the employee to work their notice of employment. There are two options available to employers to enable the employee to...

Update On The New Job Support Scheme

Update On The New Job Support Scheme

Update on the new job support scheme Since the announcement about the New Job Support Scheme starting from the 1st November 2020 the HM Treasury has clarified certain parts that were causing confusion. Job Support Scheme rules Employees and employers do not have to...

New Job Support Scheme

New Job Support Scheme

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has announced a new Job Support Scheme today (24th September 2020) to replace the Job Retention Scheme which ends at the end of October 2020. This will directly support the wages of people in work, giving businesses the option of keeping...

EU Settlement Scheme

EU Settlement Scheme

The EU settlement scheme enables citizens of EU member states, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, who have lived in the UK continuously for a period of five years, to apply for settled status to remain in the UK. Those arriving in Britain prior to the...

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