• How to hire employees when you don’t have any cash

    The easiest and most risk free way to start a business is to base it at home and do all the work yourself. Many successful firms started that way and grew organically; funding growth from…

  • Interviewing job candidates – How to get it right

    Although some employers perceive interviewing as a small part of the recruitment process, it is a vital opportunity to examine how potential candidates measure up against the needs of the business and, as such, it…

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    Guide to writing job adverts – for small business owners

    Advertising for a new member of staff is something many business owners will need to do. Whether it’s because an existing employee is leaving, or a new role is being created, advertising for job vacancies…

  • A guide to carrying out a disciplinary investigation

    A disciplinary investigation is the first important step in carrying out a full and fair disciplinary process. It is one step that employers may find insignificant but, on the contrary, a proper investigation will generally…

  • How to tackle disputes in the workplace

    It’s not uncommon that when an employee makes a complaint about a fellow colleague that employers wish to bury their heads in the sand and ignore the issue. A getting on with business approach, however,…

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    How to change attitudes to mental health in the workplace

    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.…

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    Use Edison’s ‘dunking’ technique to solve business problems

    Running a business means you always have plenty of problems to overcome and issues to deal with. It’s part of the fun of being in business, but when you’re busy it can be hard to…

  • Restrictive covenants and contracts of employment – advice for employers

    For most employers, setting in place rules and responsibilities for employees during their time with the company is their most important consideration. This can be achieved through having effective contracts of employment, alongside employee handbooks.

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    Fixed term employment contracts – what business owners need to know

    Fixed term employment contracts are generally seen by employers as those which “plug the gap” when their normal, permanent employees are absent for a period of time.