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What Do I Need To Consider When Taking On My First Employees?

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 23rd July 2017.3 min read

Employing staff can be daunting. But it can also be very rewarding as you see your business grow.

There are seven key points to be considered. And each needs you to take specific action.

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How Do I Set Objectives For My Staff?

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 23rd July 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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Shared Parental Leave

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 10th May 2017. Revised 22nd July 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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Long-term absence dismissal not always unfair

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 1st May 2017. Revised 20th July 2017.3 min read

A Court of Appeal ruling this month has given clarity to the question regarding dismissal of an employee who is on long-term sickness absence. Here's more on how to manage long-term sickness absence.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 24th May 2017. Revised 20th July 2017.4 min read

CSR is not a ‘bolt on’ to a firm but should be ‘part of the fabric’. This means that it should be embedded and viewed by all in the firm as part of day-to-day activities. Check out what your CSR statement might look like.

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Recruiting outside the box thinkers

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 31st May 2017. Revised 20th July 2017.5 min read

The proverbial ‘box’ is an idea suggesting that some of us are constrained (in a metaphorical box) while others can conceptualise ideas beyond our normal jobs. Those latter ‘outside the box thinkers’ can conjure up ideas that others might find a bit whacky. And yet outside-the-box thinking is considered hugely valuable by managers, because without it, firms won’t progress. Here's how to recruit such individuals. [Published April 2016]

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