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Annualised Hours Yields Flexibility

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 3rd May 2017.5 min read

Working Flexibly

The press is full of stories about flexible working. Normally, flexible working is considered as moving to part-time hours, working from home or perhaps converting to job share. But there is one tool that gets overlooked. It’s one that can really benefit both employee and employer – the introduction of annualised hours. Annualised hours contracts have been around for a long time. This blog gives the pros and cons.

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SME Career Management

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017.4 min read

Career Management

Career management in the SME has huge benefits in engendering commitment to the firm and engagement with the job. But top management must first commit to the concept. There are many approaches. Here's how.

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National Minimum Wage Rates

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017.3 min read


National minimum wage figures for UK employers. This data is updated whenever legislation changes.

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The Business of Night Working

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 1st October 2017.6 min read

Nightshift Sewing

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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Inaction is costly! Return to Work Plans Are Free

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017.8 min read


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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Opportunity favours the prepared manager

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 16th June 2018.6 min read


Realising strategy is not planning exactly what to do – because beyond a few short sprints, you don’t know. It’s about developing a purpose, a broad strategy, a trajectory, and from this, a plan of the capability to be realised. Then you’re ready for almost anything.

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