Putting together an effective induction programme

Putting together an effective induction programme

A good induction programme is vital to ensure a new employee settles into their role, becomes part of the team and has all the information they need to perform effectively. It should not be a brief one-off event. Instead it should be an ongoing process, structured to...
How to use probationary periods effectively

How to use probationary periods effectively

Most employers use some kind of probationary period for new staff. But are you using this period as effectively as possible? It shouldn’t be a case of just making a decision at the end about whether to keep the employee. Your aim should be to use the period to get the...
Why does ‘onboarding’ matter?

Why does ‘onboarding’ matter?

When you recruit a new member of staff in a small business, you usually need them to be working well straightaway. Often there’s been a case of existing staff being overstretched, or a key team member having left, so you want someone to hit the ground running. And in...
Casual worker rights

Casual worker rights

If you engage staff on zero hours contracts who are genuinely casual workers (see article here to check), then you must remember that they still have some employment rights. Casual staff are defined as workers, not employees or self-employed individuals, and workers...
All about zero hours contracts

All about zero hours contracts

There has been much discussion recently about the use of controversial ‘zero hours’ contracts. Many see them as exploitative of workers; however flexibility can prove invaluable to employers in certain circumstances, meaning they are unlikely to go away anytime soon....
Employment status – who decides?

Employment status – who decides?

We frequently get clients who say they only want to hire someone on a casual basis, or they have someone who they want to hire but who wants to be self-employed. But is employment status something employers or workers can decide or agree on? The simple answer is no....
Rights of short term workers

Rights of short term workers

If you’re taking on staff to cover a project, a seasonal need or to cover absence, you need to be aware what rights they have, particularly if you’re hoping a fixed term contract or other similar arrangement will relieve you of some of the responsibilities which come...
When to use a fixed-term contract

When to use a fixed-term contract

Most businesses use fixed term contracts at some point, but if you’ve not used them before, or aren’t sure whether a particular need you have or particular problem you have could be solved with a fixed term contract, here are some ideas of when you should (and...
What is employee wellbeing?

What is employee wellbeing?

The government and those influencing public policy are encouraging employers to take employee wellbeing seriously. That sounds good, and “wellbeing” is one of those words we hear a lot these days, but what does it actually mean in practice, in the workplace? Wellbeing...
Five steps to audit your employee data ahead of GDPR

Five steps to audit your employee data ahead of GDPR

As part of complying with the General Data Protection Regulation businesses of all sizes will need to conduct an audit of the personal data they hold and process about employees. This will help you identify what data you actually have, identify any areas where your...