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Why business owners must embrace co-creation to create real value in their business

May 19, 2016

Co-creation is the joining together of people to produce a mutually valued outcome. In business, it is the cultivation of win-win solutions where efficiency, success, and staff fulfilment march hand in hand. Co-creation brings many benefits to businesses, such as; Team members feel respected and honoured, and they know their contributions make a difference. Job […]

What every business owner needs to know about stress

May 6, 2016

People who run their own business have a multitude of priorities to contend with every day. When you’re in the thick of it, it can be easy to lose sight of the simple truth that the people you depend upon for your business’ success are, like you, only human. But they are, and it’s well […]

Making staff redundant – how to do it and stay on the right side of the law

April 28, 2016

Nobody goes into business to make staff redundant. However, it is a task that many business owners will need to undertake at some point Redundancy is a potentially fair reason to dismiss an employee, but it is vital that you get this procedure right as failure to do so could result in an unfair dismissal […]

A practical guide to flexible working rights for small businesses

April 19, 2016

Statutory flexible working rights become available widely to all employees when they complete 26 weeks of continuous employment. Previously, a request to work flexibly had to be made for the purposes of taking care of dependents e.g. children, however, this requirement has now been removed, giving all employees the right to request flexible working regardless […]

Team Building – The best way to train your staff to really work as a team

April 14, 2016

Who do you call if a pipe is leaking? A plumber, right? You don’t call an electrician. And when he turns up, you don’t expect him to build a hypothetical model of the structure of your pipework and work on that, leaving you to sort out the actual problem yourself. You expect him to get […]

A few small changes that can really boost your productivity

April 13, 2016

Technology is the modern day malaise. On the one hand it has helped businesses become more efficient, but on the other it often means people are switched on 24/7 – something business owners need to overcome to improve productivity. The Chartered Institute of Management (CIM) suggested in a report called the, ‘The Quality of Working […]

Your business isn’t ‘yours’, and your problems aren’t all about ‘them’

March 31, 2016

When you start and run your own business, your company inevitably means more to you than anybody else. As a business owner, it’s easy to get wrapped up in everything and become frustrated with staff that don’t understand ‘your’ business like you do. This mindset can lead to you spending too much time and effort […]

Why “Change Management” is the most overlooked driver for executive success

March 30, 2016

Uber has a new logo. And many people don’t like it. There are things we don’t mind changing – seasons, governments, underpants – but most of the time, most of us resist change. For every innovation, from skinny jeans to a black Bond, there are plenty of us instinctively asking why? Why change? Why do […]

How to handle disciplinary issues in the workplace

March 22, 2016

Despite every effort, even the best-run businesses may encounter disciplinary problems with employees from time to time. Although it is always best to focus on effective management practice and preventative measures, having clear and fair disciplinary procedures is a good first step in avoiding difficult employment tribunals. Here’s what you need to consider, the procedures […]

How employers can help change attitudes to mental health in the workplace

March 18, 2016

A recent survey about mental resilience of almost 2,000 workers found that nearly a third of UK employees feel unsure about who to talk to or where to find help or support regarding mental health. And, nearly 40% of people find it hard to talk to or open up about their mental health to anyone. […]

5 Ways you could be stifling staff, and 5 Steps to harnessing their full potential

March 10, 2016

It can be exasperating when staff don’t use their initiative, or they go about solving problems in a seemingly baffling way, but often workers donning their stupid hats as they clock-in can be because of how you act as their boss. If you regularly find yourself cursing the stupidity of your employees, then you really […]

If you can’t fire an employee you can’t manage staff

March 4, 2016

Firing staff is never easy. But if you have decided to run your own business then this will be part of what you will be required to do. Here’s how to conduct positive feedback conversations with staff and effectively manage employees that aren’t performing satisfactorily;

7 Common HR Mistakes small businesses need to avoid making

February 15, 2016

Running a successful small business is a balancing act, which requires business owners to be in five different places all at once, whilst also mastering the art of embodying multiple roles in order to service all aspects of their business. Whilst, unfortunately this is just a fact of life for many small business owners, the […]

A guide to dealing with workplace bullying

February 10, 2016

Workplace bullying can take on different forms, including verbal or written, cyber bullying. In a survey conducted by the charity Family Lives, almost three-quarters (73%) of those surveyed who had experienced bullying at work said that the bullying was verbal and included threats, while a similarly high proportion (60%) felt the bullying was social, for example being excluded, […]

7 ways employers’ spying on workers has backfired and destroyed staff motivation

January 26, 2016

The discovery of heat and movement sensors fixed to workers’ desks at The Daily Telegraph has led to accusations that employers care more about their bottom line than they do about having good workplace relations with their staff. That’s the view of Protecting.co.uk, a nationwide workplace law consultancy, which says whatever reason given for placing the […]

How to develop successful business relationships

January 18, 2016

Organisations are collections of human beings and the success of our businesses are grounded in our relationships with each other and with our customers. As business owners, we might have a great vision, incredible ambition, a clear sense of purpose and construct the best strategy in the world, but if we have poor quality relationships […]

7 Common reasons why employees resist change and how to encourage them to embrace new developments

December 23, 2015

Resistance to change can be a major challenge to any new initiatives you might want to implement in your business. Most business owners will be able to identify some employees that prefer the status quo and find new developments difficult to embrace. But before we think about how we can overcome this resistance, we need to […]

Why the chain of accountability is essential to your business success

December 16, 2015

Whatever your position with a company – your role within the organisation matters. There are various functions that each member of the team, as well as your customers, should be able to count on you to provide. Everyone is expected to come through on promises and commitments made, and to deliver on their responsibilities. If […]

10 of the most common workplace accidents and injuries

December 13, 2015

PROMOTED GUIDE – This is a promoted guide from HC Slingsby. Founded in 1893, HC Slingsby PLC manufactures and distributes over 35,000 high quality products for the workplace   You probably already know that health and safety legislation is a favourite punching bag for a certain type of newspaper columnist, but what you might not […]

4 Steps to building your business by hiring ‘ugly ducklings’

December 9, 2015

Recruitment can be a tricky process for any business. Figuring out where to source candidates, considering what to include in the job ad, and trying to decide what salary bracket should be offered can make the process more delicate than you may initially think. Here, Shweta Jhajharia, of The London Coaching Group takes a fresh […]

The ‘Fit for Work’ scheme – what it means for employers

December 7, 2015

Latest figures from the Government have shown that 131 million working days are lost to sickness absence very year in the UK, and over 1 million workers had sickness absences greater than one month. The cost to employers, and to the country, in lost productivity, is considerable. Therefore, steps are now being taken to reduce […]

The real cost of taking on your first employee

December 2, 2015

Taking on your first employee should be an exciting time. It means your business idea is working and you need help to expand. But while employees will help your business grow, they will also bring new stresses you may not have encountered before. When you are employing new staff, there are all sorts of costs […]

How firing under-performing staff can be the kindest thing to do

November 25, 2015

If Alexander Armstrong gave 100 business owners 100 seconds to name words describing the kind of boss they are, the chances are, “cruel” would be a pointless answer. But some of the 100 would be wrong. Why? Because many well-intentioned business owners continue to employ some members of staff who, because of their results and/or […]

9 ways to strike the right work/life balance as a small business owner

November 23, 2015

Being a business owner, and your own boss, is one of the most rewarding things you can do in life, but it can come with some drawbacks such as long hours, stress and a poor work/life balance. If you’re running your own business and want to stay on top of your game for the long-term, […]

How to create a great job advert

November 16, 2015

PROMOTED GUIDE – This is a promoted guide from HRS Recruitment Software. Seamlessly manage permanent, temporary, contract and executive search from a single, powerfully integrated system.   Job adverts play an important role in recruitment yet are often rushed and overlooked. Eldon Jobe, CEO of HRS Recruitment Software explains how to write a great job […]

What is a written statement of employment particulars?

November 8, 2015

If you decide to recruit your first employee for your small business, one of your legal obligations is to present all staff members with a written statement of employment particulars.

Are you relieved when a staff member goes on holiday?

November 5, 2015

When a member of your staff takes a holiday, do you feel like you’re the one having a break? While they’re away, does your time at work feel less stressed? Do things run more smoothly? Is being at work just more enjoyable? And does the workplace in general seem lighter? Do the people around you […]

How businesses can encourage a healthy work/life balance and benefit from more engaged and productive employees

October 22, 2015

Working is a balancing act. Whether its deadlines or internal demands, we all have plates to spin. This is particularly so in small businesses where there are fewer resources to draw on when the pressure is on. Being busy at work is the norm for most of us, and often leads to an imbalance between […]

Team reboot: How to achieve employee engagement

October 21, 2015

One of the big problems for businesses today is that fewer than 20% of employees are fully engaged at work. This is, of course, a huge waste; for the individual, the team and the company. As a company, you pay for 100% of employees agreed work time. If your employees are not fully engaged, this […]

How to motivate employees and create a loyal workforce on a budget

October 15, 2015

A recent survey by the Institute of Leadership and Management (iLM) suggested more than a third of UK workers (37%) were hoping to leave their current job inside 12 months, and that a quarter of people planning to change jobs were doing so because they felt underappreciated by their current employer. Other studies have shown […]

Using staff benefits to motivate and retain employees

October 13, 2015

In an increasingly competitive business world, nurturing your existing staff can help you avoid a high turnover rate. If you’re constantly losing employees you find yourself spending a lot of valuable time training new staff, but not reaping the rewards down the line. In any small or start-up business, one of the most important aspects […]

How setting up a salary sacrifice scheme can cut the tax bills for both employees and employers

September 29, 2015

As a small business owner you may not have lots of money sloshing around. You know your staff are your most important asset, but you may not be able to afford to give them a pay rise. So how can you be an attractive company to work for, motivate and reward staff and promote loyalty […]

Reducing the cost of back pain for employees and employers

September 17, 2015

Poor posture at work can lead to serious long-term health problems for many individuals, often triggering severe stress and anxiety in sufferers. There is compelling evidence to indicate people who sit for more than four hours at a time are at greater risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes – a condition that has risen […]

Can you fire an employee and get thanked by them for doing it?

September 14, 2015

The short answer is yes. But most business owners and managers seem to think that it is currently impossible to fire anyone, let alone be thanked for doing so. Too many owners and managers hold these two beliefs about firing staff:

How finding a great mentor could help you to grow, and your business to flourish

August 18, 2015

If you could have lunch with any businessman or woman in the world, (alive or dead), to discuss your commercial/professional situation, whom would you choose – and why? Chances are that you’d choose someone you admire or are intrigued by, perhaps because of their achievements, their values or their reputation/personal brand. Most of us recognise […]

Establishing a set of values for your company

July 29, 2015

Do you wish everyone in your business talked with one voice? There are plenty of corporate cliches for this – being on the same page, singing from the same hymn sheet – but it all boils down to one thing: having a strong company identity that everyone shares. When you launch a business, you probably […]