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How to play it safe with Secret Santa in your business

At The HR Dept, the week after the Christmas party and Secret Santa is always busy. It seems that despite our (and every employment solicitor’s) warning, mistakes still happen. Christmas party antics can perhaps be excused as a result of over in...


Creating an inclusive culture this Christmas

During December it can be easy for some to get caught up in a flurry of festive cheer and carried away with Christmas. Depending on the nature of your business, you could find employees in high spirits or beaming more than usual since December 1st...


The HR Dept’s guide to hosting a good work party

There are times throughout the year that you may wish to reward your hardworking employees by hosting a party or a fun team-building activity. Work events such as the annual Christmas or summer party can be a great way to boost morale. They bring eve...


Four ways to improve knowledge sharing in your SME business

It is not uncommon for a small business to be fuelled by multitaskers who wear various hats throughout the day. As the leader of such a team you may even read this and say, “Oh certainly, I myself have at least five hats to choose from!” Whils...


Working well through the winter

Winter is in full swing! We’re pretty used to this now, it happens every year after all. And with the changeable climate of the British Isles we wouldn’t even be surprised to experience four seasons in one day. Some news outlets are warning...

bullying in the workplace

How to spot and stop workplace bullying

It is sad but true that bullying is still a significant issue in many organisations. The TUC previously reported that nearly one third of people are bullied at work, with women being more at risk than men. If left unaddressed, workplace bullying can ...


Top tips for recruiting seasonal temps

As the merry folk in your workplace get caught up in the Christmas countdown and ask all sorts of burning questions such as “When are the decorations going up?”, you are quite possibly focused on another countdown. It could be counting down to...


Is your office dressing up for Halloween?

From ghouls and ghosts to long-legged beasts and things that go bump in the night, is your office dressing up for Halloween? It’s that time of year! A huge stack of pumpkins has appeared in your local supermarket. A pumpkin-spiced latte seems li...