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Free food for employees?

When it comes to employee perks, high on the list is free food and drink! Over the past few years, surveys have revealed that companies that provide free food have a happier workforce than those that don’t. While the majority (over 50%) of full-time employees are “extremely” or “very” happy with their current job, that […]

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What can you ask a candidate during the job interview?

  We are often asked by clients and business owners what questions they are allowed to ask candidates during an interview, and more pertinent, what can’t they ask! We suggest refraining from asking the following and suggest using these alternatives: How old are you? Apart from ascertaining whether a candidate is of a legal age […]

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Are your workers stressed out?

HR news have published this article today about how small businesses are least likely to have stressed out workers. Why not read up on our top tips for keeping your employees from getting stressed! Add some green to the work place, this can have an amazing impact on stress levels and even increase productivity! Switch […]

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Should you pay your employees if they work during their journey to and from work?

You might have seen on BBC News this morning that a study by the West of England University suggests the time that commuters use to deal with work emails, make calls and work on reports for instance, should constitute as part of their working day, or deemed as working additional hours According to the study, […]

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Why do your employees leave and how to retain them.

As a Business Owner that relies on good staff, one of your worries maybe losing a valued member of staff who you consider an asset to your company. It’s important as an employer to recognise what might cause an employee to leave and to ensure that you do your best to keep hold of them. […]

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Reference checking is good practice but be mindful of employees’ rights

Although not compulsory, it is advisable to check a potential employee’s references before either offering them a position or before their probationary period ends. You can do this in writing or by telephone at any point during the recruitment process. Some candidates will prefer you not to check their references until they have been offered […]

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Can a job seeker’s digital foot print hinder their application?

Back in April we talked about your company having a social media policy, outlining what’s allowed for employees using social media from both a business and a personal stand point. In a similar vein, when recruiting, should you be checking candidates’ social media accounts when deciding whether or not to progress with their application? Recent […]

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Cancellation of Staff Holidays??

As Ryan Air threaten more strike action, putting more holiday maker’s trips at risk: What happens if one of your employees wants to cancel or reschedule their annual leave? As an employer you are not legally obliged to agree to this, however in the interests of fairness and maintaining good employee relations, you should be […]

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Careers Fairs – are they worth it?

Careers Fairs – are they worth it and will they find you your dream employee? Careers Fairs are an exciting way of meeting with up and coming talent, yet many smaller companies don’t make full use of them. We understand why; they can be expensive, hard work and a pain to organise. However, the benefits […]

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Covering your staff holidays

Covering holidays within a small business can be tight and tricky and something many employers struggle with.  And it gets even trickier during peak holiday times like school summer holidays and the festive period!   Many of our clients ask us to advise on the best way to manage this and we generally offer the […]

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