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Employing & managing staff

The latest guides on employing and managing full or part time staff effectively as a small business owner or sole trader. Contains advice on employment law, health and safety at work, recruitment, training, redundancy and disciplinary information, employee rights, workplace regulations, and much more.

This section provides expert and in-depth advice articles on all aspects of staff management and human resources legislation. Our aim is to help UK small businesses to hire great employees, manage them effectively and look after them properly.

Other key topics covered in this employing staff section include team management, employee motivation, legal rights and responsibilities, managing absence, maternity pay and leave, taking on new staff, induction programmes, communication, workplace policies, flexible working, job descriptions, employment contracts and related information.

We also provide information on HR tools, templates and resources specially targeted at SMEs as well as suitable training courses and workshops that can help you get the best out of your staff to make a more efficient, more profitable, happy and productive company. Sounds good? Then read on…

Six things employers need to know about bank holidays

With the Jubilee bank holiday approaching, Peninsula HR director Alan Price, explains everything you need to know about bank holidays

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Outsourcing HR v inhouse HR management

HR has the power to shape an organisation’s culture and future. Whether that’s achieved through an in-house team or outsourcing depends on your business’s priorities

Employing & managing staff

How to decide on HR policy for your small business

An HR policy sits alongside your marketing strategy and financial policy when it comes to day-to-day operations. But it’s so much more than just a set of rules and regulations, it’s a document which defines your business

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Top 10 HR tips

Donna Obstfeld of DOHR takes you step-by-step through the staff onboarding process and explains why, in today’s post-Covid workplace, regular HR appraisals feed in to communicating the company culture you want to promote

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A guide to outsourcing HR

Outsourcing HR makes sense for businesses that are too small to have their own inhouse manager. However you need to be clear about what you need from the outset to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach

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Small business HR – everything you need to know

HR starts the moment you hire your first employee. There are plenty of resources and organisations out to help run your HR systems smoothly. But you should see HR as an opportunity, not a burden

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The right to return to work after maternity leave

Michele Piertney of Acas answers your questions about employees coming back to work after maternity leave and what their job expectations and holiday entitlement should be

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Can I reduce staff hours?

Can you unilaterally reduce staff hours worked across the board? Or do you have to do it individually as a percentage of hours worked?

Employing & managing staff

The right to return to work after maternity leave

Michele Piertney of Acas answers your questions about employees coming back to work after maternity leave and what their job expectations and holiday entitlement should be

Employing & managing staff

Can I reduce staff hours?

Can you unilaterally reduce staff hours worked across the board? Or do you have to do it individually as a percentage of hours worked?

Employing & managing staff

Simple tips for creating a fun and positive company culture in your SMB

Here are five tips to help you create a positive company culture for your business and employees

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Can I send an employee home if they have Covid?

What do I do if a staff member has Covid symptoms? Can I send them home to stop them infecting other staff? How much should I pay them to self-isolate? Claire Williams from CIPHR offers advice

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Do existing staff have to stay on after a sale?

If a company is sold, do new owners have to employ the existing staff on the same terms as their original contract?

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Can I make a deduction from an employee’s salary?

What can you do if an employee leaves without returning valuable IT equipment, a uniform or a mobile phone? Karen Watkins of Rowan Consulting offers advice

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4 small business functions that must be automated for greater profits

Can technology help you create more efficient business models? In this article, we explore how you can use technology to boost your business

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It’s time the UK’s small businesses got the seamless communications and collaboration tools they need

Why seamless collaboration is crucial for UK small businesses and what tools can help

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Flexible work is making cybersecurity tougher for UK SMBs. It’s time they got the tools, and the platform, to defend themselves

The cybersecurity landscape for small businesses and the tips and tools that can help

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How to enhance your customer and employee experiences using Uber Vouchers

This article explains how Uber Vouchers can enhance both your customer and employee experience