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The latest guides on employing and managing full or part time staff effectively as a small business owner or sole trader, brought to you in partnership with Sage. 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.

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Are your employees using the free services that come with their benefits?

Find out why encouraging your employees to use the free services on their benefits is helpful for you as an employer

Employing & managing staff

Employing & managing staff

How salary sacrifice can save thousands in workplace pension costs

This article will be discussing how to use a salary sacrifice pension scheme and how your business can save money through it.

Employing & managing staff

Third of businesses planning pay rises

Three quarters of businesses impacted by staff shortages over the past year, with nearly half saying they can't meet customer demand as a result, according to CBI survey

Employing & managing staff

Third of companies say four-day week inevitable within 10 years

34% of businesses expect four-day week to become a reality in next ten years, but only 1 per cent plan to implement it without cutting pay

Employing & managing staff

How businesses can help their employees through the cost of living crisis

Here are six benefits that you can introduce to help your employees who may be struggling to cope with the cost of living crisis

Employing & managing staff

Virtual right to work check – who offers them?

From 1 October the government will make its virtual right to work check permanent. The Home Office has drawn up a list of approved digital ID check providers. Which one could be best for your small business?

Employing & managing staff

HR advice for small businesses – getting it right from day one

A sound HR policy is as important for the smallest business as it is for the largest and can save you a lot of headaches further down the line

Employing & managing staff

Small business HR checklist

HR can feel like a huge investment sometimes. Alongside all the money you're already spending on rent, wages and other expenses, it’s easy to see it as just another strain on your cash. And when you don’t have any HR expertise in-house either, it’s a challenge to even get started.

Employing & managing staff

HR advice for small businesses – getting it right from day one

A sound HR policy is as important for the smallest business as it is for the largest and can save you a lot of headaches further down the line

Employing & managing staff

Small business HR checklist

HR can feel like a huge investment sometimes. Alongside all the money you're already spending on rent, wages and other expenses, it’s easy to see it as just another strain on your cash. And when you don’t have any HR expertise in-house either, it’s a challenge to even get started.

Employing & managing staff

How to provide cybersecurity training for your home workers

Find out what cybersecurity training information to include, how to deliver it and what follow-up resources to provide for your home workers

Employing & managing staff

Avoid employee burnout with these 4 tips

Burnout is a growing issue with modern work culture – here are four simple steps to help prevent your employees from burning out

Employing & managing staff

Over third of businesses struggling to fill jobs

There are now 1.3m job vacancies in the UK, the same number as there are unemployed workers, leaving businesses with holes in the workforce

Employing & managing staff

Number of job ads offering a bonus doubles

Business owners desperate to fill job vacancies reach for signing bonuses as way to attract staff

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Streamlining document management for your small business

David Malan, sales director of DocuWare for the UK and Ireland, explains how the platform can streamline your document management

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A guide to getting a small business loan

Everything you need to know on what small business loans are and what types of loan are available for your business.

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Why you need a business bank account

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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