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What is the key to effective internal communication?

One employee missing your important email and asking questions could be brushed off as an honest mistake. But when the second, third or fourth person does the same thing, you may find yourself exhaling sharply and exclaiming “just read my email!”...

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How to keep the peace between employees

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could get along all the time? With different personalities working in one organisation and people spending a significant amount of their time at work, conflict between co-workers is inevitable. It could be a one-...

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How to manage food hygiene

In 2018, Pret a Manger hit the headlines after two customers died from allergies having purchased food at the chain. Reviews suggested that the tragic incidents were caused by mislabelling in one instance, and supply chain issues in the other. Unfort...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Investing in your employees is investing in your business

Training and development for employees can often be seen as expensive or time consuming and be bumped down a list of priorities. But if it's done well it can provide a significant return on investment, whilst building both the trainee and the busines...

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What to do about an employee with a side hustle

The day has come when you find out that an employee has something on the side. Your impulse reaction might be one of surprise and raise questions such as, “How long has this been going on?” or “Aren’t we enough for you?”. Then you return...

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The A-Z of Recruitment

Attracting applicants Attracting the right applicants requires an all-round approach. Some steps to consider are: Review your online presence, revisit your “work for us” content and be seen where your ideal candidates are looking. Brexit It is...

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