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Just what benefits should you offer?

Opinion New! Written by John Berry on 17th August 2018. Revised 18th August 2018. Reading time: 4 minutes.

Broadly, most UK SME managers grant employees the bare minimum of additional benefits over and above salary. In many cases, they’ll award staff the statutory minimum. Yet a few SMEs do give their employees generous high-value benefits. So why the difference, and does it make any sense to offer more than you must? Here we discuss the origins of this minimalist thinking and explore what other options there are for beneficial benefits.

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How to Employ Foreign Workers Abroad

Opinion Written by John Berry on 25th August 2014. Revised 17th August 2018. Reading time: 20 minutes.

Managers can find it extremely attractive to ‘employ’ foreign staff resident abroad. Engaging workers in foreign countries is complex. In all cases it is better to trade at arms length through business to business agreements, paying against invoice. Workers are then employed locally. Here are all the possibilities.

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What to do when your staff are moving home to Europe

Opinion Written by John Berry on 27th July 2018. Revised 17th August 2018. Reading time: 3 minutes.

Employees from EU countries, now working in the UK, are letting their managers know that they intend to return home. Somehow, the UK’s not such a nice place today. And the problem nation they left all those years ago looks quite attractive now with significant economic growth and jobs. So, when your employees say “We intend moving back to our home”, here are your options.

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Put that way, flexible working is nonsense

Opinion New! Written by John Berry on 14th August 2018. Reading time: 3 minutes.

Why would any manager grant his or her workforce flexibility in when and where they worked? Just think about it. Flexibility suggests that the manager doesn't know when or where the worker is working. Put that way, flexible working is nonsense. But analysis of what the manager gets back suggests huge returns for the firm. It just takes a bit of trust.

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So which psychometric test to use?

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 28th August 2013. Revised 13th August 2018. Reading time: 6 minutes.

There's such an argument in practitioner circles about which psychometric test to use. Some say 'simpler the better' whilst others say 'accuracy first'. Others focus on the moral and ethical issues in providing any unfiltered information to test respondents. So how to make sense of this debate?

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Employing Foreign Workers in the UK

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 27th June 2018. Revised 26th July 2018. Reading time: 6 minutes.

The UK is suffering a massive skills and labour shortage. Whilst we hear a lot about the NHS, any manager in a technology-centric business will tell a similar story – we simply have too few engineers and scientists. Employing overseas workers can help. This article discusses how you apply for a visa sponsorship licence.

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Teams are overrated

Opinion Written by John Berry on 10th July 2018. Revised 25th July 2018. Reading time: 5 minutes.

Many managers talk synonymously about groups and teams. There’s a huge difference in the manager and member energy needed to build and sustain each and so definitions are essential. In reality, few firms need teams. But every manager needs groups. Here, we discuss the benefits of each.

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