- 7 Smart ways to more effective meetings

Meetings! All businesses need a certain number to ensure they are communicating and operating effectively, but when does it become one too many? Recently, a European survey of more than 2,000 employees from the UK, France and Germany found that the average employee spends 187 hours in meetings each year – the equivalent of 23

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- Technology and the recruitment process

Do we need to go ‘Back to the future’ with our recruiting methods? Two decades ago (when the Internet was in its domestic infancy), many employers avoided recruiting university graduates with first class honours degrees, believing that such an achievement indicated that the graduate had focused solely on their books and had not engaged in

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- Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) in the workplace

Do you go to work afraid to be your real self for fear of what might happen if people knew the truth? I am not talking about having your ‘business head’ on and not joking around in the same way as you may when out socially with friends. I mean ‘playing the part’ all day,

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- Money vs Job Satisfaction – Which makes you happier?

Or put another way, do you live to work or work to live? We all find and experience happiness in different ways; what works for one doesn’t necessarily extend to others. Some of us find contentment in a simpler way of life. This could be through enjoying the ‘here and now’ with family and friends,

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- Pros and Cons of Social Media in the workplace

First question; do you have any private social media accounts? Now be honest, just between us, have you ever looked at them during working time or made comment about your employer or colleagues? Did you stop and think about the potential consequences before you pressed the ‘post’ button? With the influence of social media (Twitter,

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- Is your business GDPR-ready?

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25th May 2018, replacing the current Data Protection Act (DPA). Assuming you are currently fully compliant with the DPA you will have strong foundations to build upon to ensure that you are GDPR ready. Essentially, the GDPR gives individuals greater rights regarding their personal

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- Religious celebrations in the workplace

Should companies put a blanket ban on all religious celebrations being represented in the working environment or is that a step too far? With so many religions represented in the UK, it is inevitable that questions will occasionally come up over how, if at all, to mark religious events. Should staff exchange gifts i.e. Easter

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- Childcare fees: what support can you offer?

As an employer, there are a number of ways in which you can support working parents, for example by subsidising childcare costs, or providing workplace nurseries or flexible working times. Although legally you are not required to offer any enhanced benefits, childcare voucher schemes are a way of helping employees with the costs of childcare

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- Combating sexual harassment in the workplace

What is sexual harassment, and does it matter? Under section 26 of the Equality Act 2010 three types of harassment are prohibited in relation to the protected characteristic of sex, as follows: • Sex-related harassment i.e. unwanted conduct related to the protected characteristic of sex; • Harassment of a sexual nature i.e. unwanted conduct of

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