So, you want to employ a millennial?

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are the generation who reached adulthood around the turn of the 21st century. The precise year range varies from one source to another, however. Neil Howe and William Strauss, authors of the 1991 book Generations: The History of America’s Future, define the Millennial cohort as consisting of individuals born
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What Rights Do Employees Have During Their Probationary Period?

Guest post from Emma del Torto, Effective HRM Most people are familiar with probationary periods in employment, but there is often some confusion about how they work and the best way to manage employees during the probationary period. Here is a summary of the relevant factors with regard to the probationary period Pre-employment Even before
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Onboarding – Is your induction process fit for purpose?

Recruiting that perfect new employee can be costly in terms of time and money, so once you have chosen that perfect candidate it’s imperative you retain them! A new employee’s ‘onboarding’ experience is a major factor when it comes to deciding whether or not to stay with an organisation. In her article Onboarding Is Critical,
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Human Resource Management – How To Make It Easier

Human resource (HR) management covers a wide variety of functions within an organisation including employee management, talent acquisition, payroll, development, and performance. Therefore, by definition HR management can be a time consuming, administrative headache. So what can you do to make it easier? There are numerous HR software products and platforms available to manage different
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Top Five things for start-ups to think about before hiring the first employee

Guest post from Emma del Torto, Effective HRM Why are start-ups special? When you are first starting out in business there are lots of things that can make your head spin. Take a breath and think carefully before you take the leap. As your business grows you will need to be able to rely on
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Have You Considered Apprenticeships?

Struggling with budget but need an extra employee? Why not hire an apprentice?

Apprenticeships have long been recognised as cheap labour for growing firms, however the benefits of having an apprentice stretch far beyond financial savings. Firstly, apprenticeships can help in tackling the skills gap. In recent years there has been a big increase in the percentage of school students going on to university. However, many students are
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HR – A Hindrance or Necessity

“To Win The Marketplace You Must First Win The Workplace” – Doug Conant Many small to medium size businesses often face unique challenges in the area of HR. Larger organisations can afford the luxury of a specialised individual or department solely responsible for looking after its HR needs. However, this is not a viable option
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The True Cost of Replacing that Valuable Employee

“Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” — Michelle Obama It’s well-known that employee turnover rates come at a high cost to companies, however do you know the true extended costs and the multiple ways that it impacts on a business? It’s important that successful
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Are your contractors actually workers?

Are your contractors actually workers?

An employment tribunal ruled on 28th October 2016 that two drivers who provide services to Uber have the status of ‘workers’, even though Uber considered them to be “self-employed partners”. This is the first type of its case to reach the tribunal. Background Uber drivers were alleging that they are being denied a raft of
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