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How Do I Set Objectives For My Staff?

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 9th May 2017.2 min read


The biggest issue in setting objectives is measurement of the resulting performance. Using marketing staff as an example we explore effective objective setting.

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How do I deal with an employee who is under performing during their probationary period?

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 10th May 2017.


Where an employee is failing to perform during their probationary period there is an onus on the employer to provide training to support the person. If the person proves not to be capable of meeting the requirements they may be dismissed. You must still so this fairly.

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Shared Parental Leave

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 10th May 2017.4 min read


A mother who is eligible for maternity leave and maternity pay can choose to end her maternity leave early and convert the remaining maternity leave and maternity pay into Shared Parental Leave (SPL). This leave can then be taken by either parent.

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How do I motivate someone I am making redundant?

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 10th May 2017.2 min read


When you make someone redundant, you are breaching the psychological contract that exists between the firm and the employee. One of the key assumptions that an employee has (particularly when on a permanent contract) is that the employment will continue. And that assumption’s just been smashed.

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Taking Disciplinary Action

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 22nd July 2017.2 min read

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Firms take disciplinary action when an employee does something that is considered to constitute unacceptable behaviour. There should be rules in place to assist managers in dealing with wayward employees, and also to let employees know what is, and is not, acceptable behaviour.

In dealing with discipline of employees, the most important thing is that you must follow your own company’s documented disciplinary process.

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On remuneration: a pay model for SMEs

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 3rd May 2017.7 min read


Pay is a complex business. Pay is not the only reason why folk leave one firm and move to another but often it is high in prominence in the overall decision. This blog sets out the primary criteria in deciding how much to pay an employee for doing a job and then describes a pay model that allows these criteria to be met.

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