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

5 signs that you have a dysfunctional team (And what to do about it)

27th April 2018

It’s great if your employees all get on and work well together, but if they don’t, it can be tricky to know what to do to fix it. Here we look at what makes a team dysfunctional and what you can do about it. … read more

Flexible working – can it really work for small businesses? Or is it just for corporates?

12th April 2018

If you think that flexible working is only something big corporates can offer, you’re mistaken. Many small businesses offer this, to attract the best people. Here’s a bit more about what it is and how it works.… read more

What type of leader are you? And what impact is this having on your team?

1st April 2018

Have you ever thought about what type of leader you are? If not, it's valuable to spend some time reflecting to understand your own personal style, to ensure you're are getting the most out of your team. … read more

GDPR: What is it and what the HR implications for small businesses with employees 

16th March 2018

It’s almost 20 years since the Data Protection Act was introduced! So, the EU leaders felt it's time for a revamp and consequently have introduced the General Data Protection Regulations (known as GDPR), which comes into effect on 25th May 2018. … read more

#3 fears that stop small businesses approving flexible working requests

12th March 2018

Flexible Working! It's not all about lie-ins and tea breaks, it actually has a lot of business benefits around productivity, reduced absenteeism and more. Here we cover 3 fears that lead to businesses saying 'no!' … read more

How to respond when an employee tells you they are pregnant (and what not to say)

10th March 2018

Knowing what to say to your employee, when they first tell you they’re pregnant, can be a real dilemma! As well as how to plan for her maternity leave. Here are some practical tips to help you get it right. … read more

Why every small business needs an employee handbook (and how to get the most out of it)

28th February 2018

Whether you have 1 employee or 250, having an employee handbook for your business is a win-win for you and your team. Plus it should cover your legal requirements. Here I explain what it is, why you need one and how you can get the most out of it. … read more

Think planning an induction for your new employee is a waste of time? Then think again

21st February 2018

An Induction is basically the process we use to welcome new employees into your business and help to and prepare them for their new role. It may be time-consuming but it's really important to get right. … read more

Has your employee disappeared? What to do when your employee goes AWOL

19th February 2018

When your employee goes AWOL, it's incredibly frustrating. You don’t know what’s caused their absence, if the person’s ok, or when they will return. It so easy to take it personally when it's your business. … read more

#3 signs your best employee is going to leave you (and how to stop them)

14th February 2018

As a small business owner, the team you employ is a huge contributing factor to the success of your business. So when one of your star employees tells you they’re leaving, it can be devastating. … read more

My #1 tip for hiring a Virtual Assistant (and what to do before you hire one)

12th February 2018

The concept of outsourcing your business admin to a virtual assistant (VA) is not that new, but it’s a practice that has really grown in popularity over recent years and now everyone wants to hire a VA. … read more

What to do if your employee has a bad attitude (and take control of the situation)

7th February 2018

Why is it that some employees think it’s ok to have a bad attitude at work? They think it's acceptable to turn up late, not reply to your emails, or make frequent errors with no apology. … read more

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