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Solutions for career management in SMEs

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 23rd November 2017. Revised 28th June 2020.5 min read

People believe that they must move up to progress. But in an SME, that’s rarely possible. Modern SMEs have flat structures and opportunities to move ‘up’ are few. So it’s often assumed that ambitious staff in SMEs have to leave to advance. To give careers in SMEs management and staff must e re-defined 'progress' on a personal level. It’s the taking on of greater responsibility, making greater contribution to the business and gaining greater personal achievement. Here's how progress becomes career.

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How will the Supreme Court ruling on tribunals affect employers?

Blog PostWritten by Sue Berry on 23rd August 2017. Revised 28th June 2020.4 min read

Employment tribunals in England and Wales and Scotland deal with disputes between employer and employee. Fees are no longer payable. Just because there are no fees does not mean access to informal and speedy justice. Employment tribunals are neither informal, nor are they speedy. In principle, all grievance could move from tribunal to company procedures. This needs high trust by employees on management. There’s significant benefit for management striving to be a high trust firm. Here's how..

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Bringing all employees back to work

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 31st May 2020. Revised 17th June 2020.6 min read

There will be a small proportion of vulnerable employees who won’t feel safe whatever you do. In the end, when you have done all that you can some employees will have to be dismissed by reasons of capability. You may have to discuss with them that, in the new normal that is coronavirus, it may simply be that they will never feel safe in your firm.

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Coronavirus Questions

Blog PostWritten by Sue Berry on 26th March 2020. Revised 3rd June 2020.13 min read

The Government is presently making up policy day by day to help firms avoid having to layoff or make employees redundant. As a result, there are many ambiguities and issues with its schemes. This information represents our best interpretation. We will continue to update this blog as more information becomes available.

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Basic steps in closing an office

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 31st May 2020.04 min read

Regretfully there are many firms now considering closing an office, factory or other facility. First the closure must be necessary, and this can be proven using a business plan. Second, the whole process of redundancy must be done fairly. Critically, this involves determining redundant jobs and assessing all jobholders for dismissal using a fair criteria

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Has your psychological contract taken a nose-dive?

Blog PostWritten by John Berry on 31st May 2020.02 min read

The psychological contract defines how the employee feels about their employer. How an employee feels dictates their commitment. Commitment makes motivation and engagement possible. Commitment makes management possible. Has your employee psychological contracts taken a nose-dive recently?

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