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....