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Implementing truly flexible benefits

Blog PostWritten by Sue Berry on 28th August 2018. Revised 26th March 2020.8 min read

The argument in favour of granting employees 'benefits' over and above salary is sound. But employee attitudes to benefits change with age - with life stages. As a result what's really needed is flexibility in granting those benefits. But traditionally, management overheads have determined that flexible benefits has been the preserve of the large firm. In fact, designing a flexible benefits systems is simply done by all.

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Select apprentices for their career decisiveness

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 25th October 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.6 min read

Hiring an apprentice can be more daunting that hiring an experienced worker. Get it wrong and you’ve the management costs and hassle to correct your mistake. But get it right and you’ve have engaged a future high performer. But on what basis do you select your apprentice? The career decisiveness of a young person predicts how well he or she will perform in a job after apprenticeship.

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How does society affect career development of young people?

White PaperWritten by John Berry on 4th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.16 min read

This paper is about how the wider society in which a young person lives, is educated and works affects their career options, decisions and subsequent development. It considers how young people make decisions and what influences those decisions. It then describes the context of the wider society, drawing on sociology. In drawing conclusion this essay suggests that one cannot separate the individual and society in careers management and coaching.

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Employed under whose jurisdiction?

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.5 min read

UK firms cannot employ workers in other countries under UK law. Employment law and regulations are very different abroad. Firms wanting to employ staff abroad need to get specialist help. Here are some of the issues.

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Every Person Under Contract

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.5 min read

Every person associated with a firm should be under some contract or other. Employees will have employment contracts. Sub-contractors will have sub-contract contracts. And self-employed must be under contract too. Even those working through agencies must have a relationship with the principal. Here's why and how.

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Settlement Agreements

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 25th March 2020.2 min read

Sometimes situations occur in the workplace where, despite using management effort to attempt to resolve issues, the organisation decides that ending the employment is the best way forward. Settlement agreements, previously referred to as compromise agreements, are used in this situation.

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