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How to Employ Foreign Workers Abroad

Opinion Written by John Berry on 25th August 2014. Revised 15th December 2018. Reading time: 20 minutes.

Managers can find it extremely attractive to ‘employ’ foreign staff resident abroad. Engaging workers in foreign countries is complex. In many cases it is better to trade at arms length through business to business agreements, paying against invoice. But that won't suit many firms, particularly where they have constraining upstream contracts. They must employ workers locally. Here are all the issues.

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The Role of Competency in Staff Development

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 31st October 2017. Revised 13th December 2018. Reading time: 7 minutes.

This article explores effective staff development showcasing a simple but effective competency framework model that can be used by any firm of any size and complexity to explore their competence gap. To understand competence gap you need to know what competencies you have now, what you need for the future, and how you are going to develop your people to bridge the gap.

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The Business of Night Working

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 1st October 2017. Revised 13th December 2018. Reading time: 4 minutes.

Anyone working between 11pm and 6am on a regular basis is classed as a night worker. In the majority of cases their managers are day workers. So, how can this scenario ever work?

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Our Solutions in Human Resource Management

Article Written by John Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 13th December 2018. Reading time: 2 minutes.

To succeed, a firm must determine its strategy and follow its plans to fruition. Part of that strategy must define how the firm proposes to deal with the people it employs. Human resource management policies, practices and procedures embellish the employment contract between management and staff. This contract is framed by documents but made real by management action. This blog sets out what's needed.

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New roles in product-based software solutions

Opinion Written by John Berry on 27th June 2018. Revised 13th December 2018. Reading time: 3 minutes.

Many software development firms pride themselves in being able to tackle almost any software task. They elicit requirements, or build prototypes, and code databases, business logic, algorithms and user interfaces without any particular market or industry focus. Others productise. Over time they standardise and focus. But what new jobs are needed to make this happen?

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Inaction is costly! Return to Work Plans Are Free

Article Written by Sue Berry on 14th December 2016. Revised 13th December 2018. Reading time: 6 minutes.

It’s not always easy to know what to do when someone goes off sick. How long do you wait until you speak to them? Can you make decisions when they are off sick? Can you contact them? So many questions!

One thing that is certain – the longer you wait to deal with sickness absence , the harder it becomes. Find out what you should do, and when.

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Employing Foreign Workers in the UK

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 27th June 2018. Revised 13th December 2018. Reading time: 6 minutes.

The UK is suffering a massive skills and labour shortage. Whilst we hear a lot about the NHS, any manager in a technology-centric business will tell a similar story – we simply have too few engineers and scientists. Employing overseas workers can help. This article discusses how you apply for a visa sponsorship licence.

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