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How to manage whistle-blowing in the workplace

It’s a new day and whilst scanning your very busy inbox you spot some fresh emails of high importance. Upon opening and digesting the trending subject line it quickly becomes clear that an employee has publicly lifted the lid on a perceived problem...


How to handle holiday requests with back to back Bank Holidays!

Written by Simon Morgan, The HR Dept South East London and North Kent. Did you know an employee working Mondays to Fridays can have 18 consecutive days off by only booking 9 working days holiday over the Easter and May Bank Holiday period this...


How to manage long-term sickness absence

UK employee sickness rates being at an all-time low should be good news to employers’ ears. The statistics suggest that the nation is healthy and fit for work after all. However, this might not be the whole picture considering that presenteeism, wh...


Five top tips when welcoming new employees

After reading The HR Dept’s A-Z of recruitment you have found the ideal candidate to join your team. By now you have offered them the position, they have happily accepted, and you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the job of filling the job...


Controlling occupational ill health risks

Come March each year the good people of the UK will have had their fair share of bugs and colds, while the unlucky ones will have been struck down with proper flu. Many businesses choose to provide annual flu injections to lower the risk of an out...


How to handle employees leaving to set up in competition

One employee leaving the business to set up in competition may be considered a misfortune. Several leaving at the same time, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, looks like carelessness. Our political leaders are facing just this dilemma as the Independent Gro...