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Succession – Makes the world go round

Think about it, it does… Not convinced? Can’t see it? There is a big clue in the picture that accompanies this article… That’s the Rowden, Christie, Palmer succession wall; I sit in front of these images of our children, parents, grandparents and great grandparents most days in my home office knowing I am a product…

“Bereavement”

That word can bring up so many emotions and meanings for people. Sadly some of my good friends have suffered losses lately; as a result it reminded me that I have dealt with many bereavement scenarios in my professional life, and no matter how difficult it is to discuss, it does get easier over time,…

Employee Disputes & Business Growth

A business can’t predict how workers will get along and employee conflicts can disrupt business growth and impact the bottom line.  In my 20+ years’ experience of supporting conflict in the workplace I have seen a lot of business leaders ignore it, the main reason being difficult conversations are exactly that, difficult.  The problem is…

The Pros of Outsourcing HR for Small Businesses

A CIPD survey found half of HR professional expect to furlough employees during the COVID19 pandemic; and a quarter expected job cuts permanently. Economic professors estimate a rise in unemployment from 3.9 to 21 per cent! The challenge for small business owners or company directors with no or a small HR team; is – how…

Boost Employee Engagement & Boost Business Profits

It’s often said that employees are a business’s most valuable asset, they are certainly a significant cost to any business and I believe they are a large part of the success of any business if you empower them to do their job well and increase their motivation to produce great work. How do you do…

Employment contracts: how to vary them

Businesses should treat variations of contractual terms cautiously as some changes may be a fundamental breach of contract that would allow an employee to resign and pursue an employment tribunal claim. Varying contractual terms generally requires the employee’s agreement; there are some aspects that can be changed without the agreement of the employee such as…

Redundancy: the last resort

Redundancy is distressing for most people and requires sensitive handling. It should be viewed as a last resort in any business restructuring, but this does not mean its not the right thing to do especially in tough trading times. However, redundancy legislation is complex, and employers need to understand the correct process to follow to…

IR35 – Who’s working for you?

If you are a business with more than 50 employees or a turnover in excess of £10.2m you will be in scope for the IR35 tax changes coming into force in less than eight months’ time. In April 2020 the burden of categorising contingent workforce tax status shifts to companies and deciding if they fall…

Building a Resilient Business

In January this year I took on a new leadership challenge; I became a qualified run leader with UK athletics, driven by my new-found passion for running and want to inspire others to take up the sport to improve general health and wellbeing. Endurance was amongst many topics we covered, and it got me thinking…

Paying it Forward – How do you nurture early talent?

It’s that time of the year when the news headlines focus on exam results, often in a negative manner playing down the good achievements of the future workforce. As my social media newsfeeds see a flurry of gushing parents I often think about those who didn’t do as well by today’s standards, is it harder…

What is Flexible Working and is it Achievable?

I recently visited a good friend and former colleague and her gorgeous new-born, and we had an enlightened discussion about flexible working and what it meant to us.  In the past year we had both left large companies where we had senior roles that required lots of national travel and long hours, it was interesting…

How do you deal with disguised disabilities in the workplace?

Palpitations, a rapid heart rate, fatigue, nervousness, stomach upsets, weak muscles; are all hidden symptoms of an autoimmune disease known as Hyperthyroidism a disease I was diagnosed with coming up a year ago. Looking back, it was clear I was chronically ill and not as I thought “just” exhausted as a full time working mum…

Is there a gender dress gap?

Having drafted a pay gap report for my client on a recent assignment I have watched the subject matter area closely; and after working in HR since the late 90s I was not surprised by the overall results.  There are plenty of articles about the root cause of the issues, the pros and cons of…

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