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Implementing truly flexible benefits

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 28th August 2018. Reading time: 5 minutes.

The argument in favour of granting employees 'benefits' over and above salary is sound. But employee attitudes to benefits change with age - with life stages. As a result what's really needed is flexibility in granting those benefits. But traditionally, management overheads have determined that flexible benefits has been the preserve of the large firm. In fact, designing a flexible benefits systems is simply done by all.

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Just what benefits should you offer?

Opinion 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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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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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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Managing the gig economy

Opinion Written by John Berry on 21st June 2018. Revised 15th July 2018. Reading time: 5 minutes.

The gig economy describes the present state where workers need not necessarily be employed by a firm. They can be engaged for the duration of a ‘gig’, after which they stand down until needed again some time later. There can be advantages for managers to employ workers or the self-employed instead of employees. Read how.

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What to do when hearing about possible harassment

Opinion Written by Sue Berry on 23rd November 2017. Revised 15th July 2018. Reading time: 4 minutes.

There's been a flurry of high profile cases with celebrities and MPs being accused of sexual harassment. In the workplace, the employer should deal with allegations of harassment. For harassment to be deemed to have taken place the alleged behaviour must have had either purpose or effect. Suspension is normal in any case where investigation would be hampered. The investigator then develops a report, setting out all the evidence. A decision is made based on ‘reasonable belief’. Here's more on the process.

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Raising SME Manager Skills

Opinion Written by John Berry on 29th March 2017. Revised 15th July 2018. Reading time: 3 minutes.

Management is a science. Few managers – accidental or otherwise - would dispute that claim as they struggle to motivate their staff. Management is non-obvious and must be learned. Here's a discussion about approaches.

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