Z is for...

Z is for...

Zigzaggedness, defined as ‘the quality or state of being zigzag.’ Take a moment to reflect over the last week. How’s it been? Top of the world some days? Not knowing if you’re coming or going on others? Of course! The human condition isn’t linear...

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Y is for...

Y is for...

Young workers, which really means anyone under the age of 18, have extra rights to protect them when they work. These additional rights affect their working hours and rest hours, and it’s important to note that in England, until they’re 18 years old, school leavers should also be in some kind of education too...

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X is for...

X is for...

Well apparently lots of things, but not much to do with HR if truth be told! There is not much we can do with xylophone or x-ray (we tried), so we’re going out on a tenuous limb with this one and going for Xenophobia...

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W is for...

W is for...

Working remotely Could this BE any more relevant right now? (Extra points if you read this in a Chandler-esque voice). Essentially this is working anywhere outside of the traditional office environment and in many ways this has been key to the survival of many businesses during the COVID crisis...

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V is for...

V is for...

Vicarious liability. Sounds a bit fancy doesn’t it, but it’s really not. This is when an employer can be held liable for something an employee does if it’s linked to their work...

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U is for...

U is for...

Unfair dismissal This is like the Voldemort of the HR world, shrouded in mystery and fear, leaving employers worried about what they can and can’t do when it comes to parting company with someone...

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T is for...

T is for...

Trust. Going in with a big hitter here! You just can’t underestimate the importance of trust in the employment relationship. It’s inherently an implied term in any contract, and just like in any relationship, once it’s broken it’s very hard to get back...

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S is for...

S is for...

Suspension   There are times that you need to consider suspension and consider is the key word in that sentence. Just because somebody does something wrong (even if it is pretty bad and may be considered gross misconduct) it still doesn’t mean that you should automatically suspend someone...

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R is for...

R is for...

Wowzers!! Where do I even start with R in my HR A-Z. So many big hitters….   Let’s start with the obvious one – redundancy...

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Chat with Lucinda Carney from HR Uprising

Chat with Lucinda Carney from HR Uprising

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Q is for...

Q is for...

I’m going to cheat a little bit and go with Learning and Development quick wins.    Training budgets are usually the first to go but here are some top tips if you want to make an impact with L&D quickly (without breaking the bank):    1) Give everyone a small learning allowance to spend on books, conferences, memberships or any learning of their choice...

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P is for...

P is for...

Performance Management   It is that time of year that everyone dreads because managers everywhere are suffering from PMT – Performance Management Tension...

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O is for...

O is for...

Offer Letter    I’ve mentioned before that as a HR Manager, I love offering people jobs. It is one of the nice things that we get to do in HR...

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Chat with Luke Quilter at Sleeping Giant Media

Chat with Luke Quilter at Sleeping Giant Media

Well that was something different on a Wednesday afternoon!!   I had a lovely chat this afternoon with Luke Quilter from Sleeping Giant Media about all things HR...

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N is for...

N is for...

New Starters   Whilst I don’t get to do it that often, one of the things I love most about being a HR Manager is offering someone a job...

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M is for...

M is for...

Question for you. What has everyone been doing during lockdown?   Buying puppies and making babies of course!!   With that in mind there is a good possibility that you may have some maternity, paternity or shared parental leave coming up in the next few months...

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L is for...

L is for...

Lays Offs and Short Term working   Are your employee contracts LOST?   As I move onto L in my HR A-Z, today I am focusing on Lay Offs and Short Term working clauses in a contract...

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K is for...

K is for...

K is another one with not many options. I didn’t really want to write about maternity keeping in touch days as I will cover that under ‘M’ so instead in my next HR A-Z I’m doing ‘Keep Calm and Call HR’...

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J is for...

J is for...

Job Share (and other flexible working options).   Unfortunately J isn’t the most exciting letter in the HR alphabet (unless you include J for Julia that is!!) Today I am therefore going to focus on Job Share (and other flexible working options)...

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I is for...

I is for...

Investigations   Did you know that you could have a watertight, bang to rights Guv employee dismissal and still lose at an Employment Tribunal?   This usually happens because you didn’t follow your processes properly such as failing to investigate properly...

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H is for...

H is for...

Many moons ago in my first HR Admin role, I was rubbish at it. When I left I had spent my last few days putting a load of employee paperwork into alphabetical order ready for filing but ‘unfortunately’ I didn’t get round to doing it before I left...

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G is for...

G is for...

Grievances   I genuinely believe most gripes within the workplace can be sorted out informally. Whilst you might like to bang heads together and tell people to stop acting like children, the better approach is to try and talk things through over a cuppa...

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F is for...

F is for...

I’m now onto the Fs at a time when the abbreviation FFS took on a whole new meaning with the Flexible Furlough Scheme.   The obvious one to discuss is furlough, a term which appeared out of nowhere, and has completely taken over the business world for the last 5 months...

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E is for...

E is for...

Employment Tribunals   As a HR Consultant I may occasionally bring out a scary monster.  Say hello to the Employment Tribunal (ET).     As a general rule of thumb, you don’t want to go to a Tribunal...

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D is for...

D is for...

The D category is full of big hitters – Disciplinary, Dismissal, Dignity at Work, Difficult Conversations and Drugs and Alcohol. Eeeek!!   D is for...

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C is for...

C is for...

There are lots under the letter ‘C’ to choose from but I’m going to focus on Capability vs Conduct, Consultation and Contracts of employment (statement of employment particulars)...

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B is for...

B is for...

Balance of Probability A bit of employment law for you. Most people have heard of the phrase ‘beyond all reasonable doubt’ (usually in TV crime dramas) to determine if someone is guilty or not...

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A is for...

A is for...

Every profession likes an acronym and HR is no different – even the profession has been shorted to HR!! Over the coming weeks, I am planning on demystifying some of the HR terms out there with my HR A-Z...

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Top 5 reasons why you need People Pillar

Top 5 reasons why you need People Pillar

I launched my business two weeks ago today and have had a great response so far.  However, I thought it would be useful to set out the top 5 reasons why your SME needs People Pillar!! Reason #1 I’m not going to tell you how to run your business...

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Managing Flexible Working Requests

Managing Flexible Working Requests

There are many articles around at the moment which strongly suggest that employees are going to want to work more flexibly when lockdown ends.  Flexible working can be extremely beneficial to a workforce, allowing employees to create a strong work/life balance that can assist with personal commitments such as caring responsibilities...

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Are your employees suffering from FoMU?

Are your employees suffering from FoMU?

FoMU or Fear of Meeting Up As lockdown starts to be eased, there is a new phrase being bandied about - FoMU or ‘Fear of Meeting Up’.  The phrase was originally coined by a dating app and basically means that people are nervous about resuming normal life again...

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5 important HR issues employers need to consider

5 important HR issues employers need to consider

As we move closer towards the 4th July where more businesses are set to re-open, there are 5 important HR issues that employers need to consider: Mental health – COVID has helped raise awareness of mental health issues as a result of lockdown and research is indicating that long-term absence due to mental health related issues are likely to increase...

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The better normal

The better normal

Everywhere you turn someone is using the phrase ‘the new normal’. But how about using ‘the better normal’ instead.   A normal where employees are trusted to do the job they are employed to do...

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