Welcome to my blog

My collection of HR tips and resources, along with my thoughts and all the goings on at HR Refresh.

Want FREE HR Advice? Here’s how to get it…

29th September 2017   .   3 minutes read

I answer quick HR questions from UK business owners for free. Find out how you can get involved and ask your question or have the weekly Q&A sent straight to your inbox … read more

Why I decided to offer affordable HR Support to small businesses

28th September 2017   .   7 minutes read

Read my story on why I offer Flexible, Affordable & Convenient HR Support. Plus I reveal the 3 ways you can get HR advice and knowledge for free. … read more

Should I hire an employee, worker or contractor? And why it REALLY matters!

11th July 2017   .   10 minutes read

When you’ve decided that now is the right time to hire someone, the next step is deciding whether you should hire an employee, a worker or a freelancer (aka the employment status). Here's what you need to know.

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7 common HR mistakes made by small business owners

11th June 2017   .   8 minutes read

Want to know how to avoid the most common mistakes that business owners make when it comes to HR? I share my top 7 examples, based on real life experience working with businesses with 1 to 50 employees.

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How to write a more compelling job advert and hire better people

9th May 2017   .   5 minutes read

  If you can create a job advert that makes people want to work for you, then you’re more likely to hire someone brilliant. Fact. Here I share a few ways you can stand out in a competitive market. … read more

Want to know the secret to hiring the right person every time?

8th May 2017   .   9 minutes read

Hiring the right person can be game-changing for both you and your business. But getting it wrong can be a nightmare. Here's my 3 top tips to help you make consistently great hiring decisions. … read more

Do I have to pay my staff double pay, if they work weekends? 

27th September 2017   .   4 minutes read

Each week, I answer a quick HR question from a UK business owner. Read this weeks question about paying overtime and learn how you can get involved and ask your question for free! … read more

Revealed: Answers to 7 common HR questions [from business owners]

12th August 2017   .   7 minutes read

Confused about what HR can do for your business? I share my answers to the 7 most common questions I get from business owners about HR, the law and people management. … read more

How HR can impact the bottom line in small businesses

1st June 2017   .   8 minutes read

Did you know that HR is more than just hiring and firing. It can reduce costs, improve efficiency and increase profits. I explain how it impacts your bottom line. … read more

Don’t get Sued! 3 reasons why employees sue their employers (+ how to prevent it)

9th May 2017   .   9 minutes read

Read about the most common reasons that employees sue their employers and my top tips on how you can avoid being taken to an employment tribunal. … read more

So you want to know more about me?

2nd October 2016   .   9 minutes read

My name is Mandy Hamerla and I'm the founder of HR Refresh. Read more about why experience in HR and why I founded HR Refresh … read more

What does a HR Director actually do? And how do I know if I need one?

5th September 2016   .   6 minutes read

If you're thinking about getting some HR support, or if you already have a HR Manager, you may be left wondering what does a HR Director actually do? And how do I know if I need one? Here's my view. … read more

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