16th June 2015

You are what you think, so think positively…..

Have you ever thought about whether the thoughts that you think can impact on the moods you have and the way you behave? Studies undertaken by the Universities of Hull, Parma and St Louis suggest that this is the case, although it seems that there are two different areas to consider – what you’re born with, ans what you do with what you’re born with. Just as we’re all born with a certain body type, the researchers have found that […]
5th June 2015

Forget the grades – find a graduate that fits your culture

Small companies (generally owner managed) have a unique culture which is heavily influenced by you as the owner. It is an extension of the way you work, your interests and your skills and experience. Your staff will have moulded themselves to fit within the way you operate. If they don’t get on with you a small business owner, there is only going to be one loser. However, taking on a graduate is a bit different. They can bring a new […]
15th May 2015

Why You Might Not Love Your Job

Some people may be very luck to be able to say that they love what they do. However, for others, they may dislike their job, or even hate it and find getting to work in the morning a real struggle. A survey has been carried out across 142 countries, that has stated that the proportion of employees who feel engaged at work is just 13%. Many people find work to be a dispiriting and depleting experience, and it may be […]
27th April 2015

Improve Employee Engagement with 6 Easy Steps

There are only a small percentage of employees who actually feel truly engaged and satisfied at work. Here is our list of 6 easy cost-effective things that you can do as a leader to change that: 1. Don’t forget, you are there for THEM. It is your job to lead/manage your employees effectively, so ask yourself, are you doing this? Take a look at yourself before you start assessing others. 2. Show some respect for your employees To read more […]
24th March 2015

Zero Hours Contracts

A zero hours contract does not provide any guaranteed hours for an employee. However, there are no obligations for a person to accept the hours that are offered to them, allowing them greater flexibility. This can often suit those people wanting part time work, or students or retired people who want to pick and choose their working hours around the other things they do. It really can be  a win-win situation for all concerned in the the circumstances. To read […]
15th December 2014

Handling the Awkward Meeting

Imagine this. You’re about to head into a meeting with one of your members of staff to discuss areas of significant under performance. You are hoping that the meeting will be positive and productive, with an understanding of the issues from your team member, ending with a commitment from them to change and improve. These meetings are a common occurrence in the work place and yet they can go so badly wrong and fail to deliver the desired changes. Why […]
3rd December 2014

Exit Interviews – For What Purpose?

Do you carry out exit interviews if one of your staff members leaves the company? At a recruitment seminar I attended recently, only 25% of the business owners in the room used an exit interview for all staff leavers, but most surprising to me, most of them didn’t even know what one was! So, the question is, why should you carry out an exit interview when someone leaves? It can be very disheartening when you have recruited, trained and developed […]
21st November 2014

5 Ways to Overcome the “Not My Job” Syndrome

Its unlikely that any members of your staff come out and say directly “It’s not my job”, but once settled into their roles, some staff members may be uneasy about moving out of their comfort zone. It may be that they are insecure and defensive, or it may be that their job role has expanded and they don’t feel able to cope with the added work and pressures. Whatever the reason, it is very likely that skills gaps will develop. Your […]
17th November 2014

When Performance Management Needs to Take Over from Training

If you have ever manage people, you are bound to have come across this scenario. You have trained, reviewed and in some cases maybe even retrained, but you are still not getting the results you hoped to get from a member or members of staff. So, what is the next step? Some people will do nothing and out their head in the sand, but this is not the right thing to do, unless you want to tolerate under performance and […]
24th October 2014

Top Five Things to Ask Your Recruitment Partner

Here are my top five questions that you should be asking any recruitment company who are going to hep you find some more staff for your business: 1. What do I get for my money? Rather than asking what will it cost, ask what you will actually get for your cash. To read the other four top tips click here
22nd October 2014

Does Your Business Need More Clarity?

The world of business is an uncertain one, full of change and complex issues. When you are the boss, everyone expects you to be able to steer the business and have an answer to every query. You may also be expected to know whats happening out there in the market as well as whats happening in the business. If only things were that easy! So, we need to accept that you can’t know everything especially when its external to the […]
4th September 2014

How Do I Recruit the Right Person?

As I recruiter, I have often been asked the question “How do I recruit the right person?” There is no straightforward and definitive answer for this. However, having given it a lot of thought, I have come up with 12 steps that should make it easier for you to find and recruit the right person. 1. Know what skills you need – Undertake an analysis of the job. Often when this is done, a business finds that the skills they […]
21st July 2014

How to Engage Effectively with your Employees

Employee engagement is crucial for all businesses, but especially so for small independent businesses, ads they are the ones that have fewer people who can make a huge impact on your customers and your bottom line. It is also worth noting that a lot of the drivers for engagement do not come with direct costs, so this can be a way of helping you gain a competitive advantage over your rivals. Difficult employees-  these are the ones that you may […]
23rd June 2014

Separating the Sick from the Slack

It is a common misconception that if a member of staff has a lot of time off sick there is nothing that the employer can do about it. There is in fact a lot that the employer can do, and if some of the guidance in this blog is followed, then it will hopefully not be such a big problem. There are generally three types of employee absence – 1. persistent short term absence (someone having lots of separate days […]
16th June 2014

Use a Graduate to Get Out of Your Rut

Is your workload increasing? Are there just not enough hours in the day? Is this the same day after day after day? Maybe you need to get out of your rut, take a step back and decide whether you’re spending too much time working in the business rather than on the business. If you decide you need to take action, you need to work out how to do this…. Maybe a graduate can help you? You could use them to […]
6th June 2014

Top Six Tips to Recruiting Effectively

It can be very time consuming and costly to recruit someone into your business. Get it wrong and it could cost your business £40,000 in lost revenue. Here are six top tips to help you recruit more effectively: Evaluate your skills gap – What are the skills you are missing in order for your business to function effectively? Could they already be within your business somewhere? If not, will you need to look externally to bring those skills in? To read […]
19th May 2014

How to Conduct Competency Interviews

Most HR teams worldwide use the competence based interview during their selection process. It has become very popular as it is an effective way of interviewing fairly. If you get it right, it can give you the chance to sell yourself as long as you follow some simple rules. So, why do employers use the competency based interview? Well, it allows them to determine the exact criteria to measure all the candidates against. By scoring the criteria via a strict […]
2nd December 2013

How Having Fewer Staff can Actually Provide Help with a Business

As any business owner will know, employing staff can be a double-edged sword. You need staff if you really want to make a business that creates profit and operates successfully, and also to allow you not to work 24 hours a day! On the flip-side, staff can create their own problems, stress and hassle, rather than whelp with the business. To read more of this blog, click here
16th October 2013

More Than a Feeling

It is obvious that there is a link between motivated, engaged staff and bottom line performance. It is becoming increasingly popular to enhance the general mood and feeling in the workplace in order to improve productivity. Have you ever gone to work with the ‘wrong head’ on, and had a totally un-productive day? If all your colleagues felt the same way, then you would be fighting an uphill battle with the mood in the office, and productivity would be affected. To […]
27th September 2013

5 Ways to Identify and Manage Defensive Employees

In these tough times, it is often necessary to batten down the hatches. Word will spread amongst your employees about the overhead savings, and they may dig in their heels to strengthen their position within the company. However, you want to see the opposite and see more flexibility on your staff, not less. Here are the top 5 ways in which defensive employees put themselves before the company, and often to the detriment of the company. To read more about […]
23rd September 2013

Auto Enrolment: An Employer’s Guide to Pension Regulations

Although the government rolled out auto-enrolment with a huge advertising campaign, there is still a lack of understanding about what this is all about. It has also been said that the legislation seems heavily weighted against SMEs that may not have the luxury of financial scale or resource. Here is a starter guide which outlines employer’s key legal obligations, and how to introduce the compulsory pension scheme. To read more about this, click here
12th August 2013

The Cost of Recruitment

For many businesses, the most important part of developing their business is getting the right people on board at the right time. These are the people that will work towards a common goal, and will share the same vision and mind set as the company owners. When put like that, it sounds so simple. However, as many of us know, there are numerous pitfalls on the route to finding the ideal employee. To read more of this post, click here
22nd May 2013

What makes a great leader?

You’ve built a great sustainable business, and you’re so busy that you now have to delegate some of the tasks you have usuaully managed to do yourself. It is easy to get consumed in the process of winning new business and getting through your run-of-the-mill tasks. But don’t underestimate the importance of taking the time to motivate, inspire and challenge your staff. To read more about becoming a great leader and motivating your staff click here
22nd May 2013

Inspiring your staff

Inspiring people is not easy. It takes time, effort and persistence, but we all have the ability to inspire our staff members in small but sigificant ways. When people are inspried, they become more motivated, enthusisatic and engaged, which undoubtedly improves their performance. For hints and tips on how to inspire your employees, click here