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The SME Human Resource Maturity Model: Taking HR seriously

White PaperWritten by Sue Berry on 4th May 2017.5 min read

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People are the most important asset of any organisation. Research has shown that effective management of employees can lead to increased bottom line performance and a growth in shareholder value. All small companies and many medium sized organisations tend to work without HR professionals but they still engage, train, promote, pay and generally manage their staff. Research shows however that there is more to be had for such organisations.

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Training Effectiveness: ensuring successful skills acquisition

White PaperWritten by John Berry on 6th May 2017.30 min read

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Training is an intervention in the employee’s working life, hopefully to the benefit of both employer and employee. This paper asks what activities are needed to ensure that the training is a success and that learning results. This learning, moderated by the trainee’s motivation on the job, will then generate the desired behaviour change.This paper identifies three phases in training: pre-training, training and post-training, and explains why all three are equally important.

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11 reasons why job descriptions are key to your business

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 5th August 2017.4 min read

I was fooled by the job description landscape

It’s only when managers come to rely on a job description at some point of impending opportunity or catastrophe that the importance of that simple document becomes apparent. Coupled with that, most JDs are just a list of duties and measuring performance against them is impossible. Here's guidance on fixing that.

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What does gender pay gap tell us about society?

OpinionWritten by Sue Berry on 25th April 2018.10 min read

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We know that men and women must be paid equally for jobs of equal value so we can assume that pay discrimination is not the explanation for the recently reported gender pay gaps in most organisations. Our analysis suggests that the cause is something much, much deeper. Deep in society. And no amount of castigating employers will fix it. As a society, universally, women are paid less than men. And we have to fix the attitudes that cause this - in the family, schools and society as a whole.

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Wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal – what’s the difference?

ArticleWritten by John Berry on 10th May 2017.3 min read


Some managers are aware of the difference between the various types of dismissal that may be executed on an employee. There is an assumption that tribunal claims can only be made where a person has service at least longer than some qualifying period. This is not actually true; there are instances where employee can take an employer to tribunal without any qualifying period of service.

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Dismissing an employee with under two year’s service

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 22nd July 2017.5 min read


Technically, you can tell an employee that you no longer require them to work for you. You can pay them their notice and invite them to leave. Provided that you have no contractual obligation to use a protracted procedure, you might get away with this course of action. Fair dismissal is narrow and well-defined and hence so too is unfair dismissal.

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