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The Importance of Policies and Procedures in the Workplace

The absence of structure invites chaos. Countries that have strictly enforced road rules can be clearly told apart from those that don't, by just spending a few minutes in heavy traffic. Schools with upheld boundaries and values result in demonstrable behavioural differences from those that don't. It, therefore, stands to reason that having up to date, relevant and complaint policies and procedures in your workplace is critical.

Policies and procedures set the guidelines and parameters for how your business operates. Without well developed and effectively communicated policies and procedures, there are no solid rules, and when there are no rules, people create their own.

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Are You Underpaying Your Employees?

One of the most common mistakes employers make is not paying their employees correctly. And, while often unintentional, the smallest errors add up over time, and can lead to large consequences for underpaying employees.

Recent cases before industrial tribunals have resulted in companies having to repay significant sums of money, causing major cash flow issues for the individual businesses. These cases have also been reported in the media, creating damage to individual brands and businesses.

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3 Key Aspects Of Effective Reference Checking

If you ask a chef what the key to their signature dish is, they will tell you that having the right ingredients and applying the proper method are the foundations of every great meal.

There are a number of crucial ingredients to a successful new hire, each of which must be applied systematically, much like baking a cake. Effective reference checking should be a key element in your recruitment and induction recipe as it allows you to substantiate the thoughts and data that you have gathered through the interview process.

Here we outline three essential elements for conducting effective reference checks.

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What Really Motivates Your Employees To Perform?

Designing your employee recognition programs to align rewards to the employee’s performance is standard practice. After all, you want to encourage your team to make a significant contribution to business growth and profitability.

But what if you have a reward structure that is based on employee performance and yet your revenue, team morale or business performance has not improved?

Could we be missing the mark and rewarding our employees for the wrong things?

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Creating a Zero Tolerance Culture For Your Business

17 months ago, in the aftermath of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, the #metoo campaign exploded across social media. Highlighting the prevalence of sexual abuse against women has frankly been an uncomfortable truth for society - yet a truth which needed to be accepted before we could move forward.

If we look back across this last year and a half, despite some friction that was expressed as a result of such a social awakening, one would have to recognise that the #metoo movement has transformed the way we deal with harassment in organisations and in the wider community.

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How To Manage Workplace Conflict (Good and Bad)

Workplaces are made up of people with different opinions, values, interests, ideas and communication styles. However, when differences are not accepted or are poorly understood, conflict results.

Diversity is a cornerstone of successful organisations, as is a passionate endeavour for continuous improvement. An organisation’s values, culture and leadership determine how conflict impacts on both individuals and teams.

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5 Steps Towards Preventing Employee Underperformance

Managing employee performance can be complicated. Every situation is unique, and despite feedback, informal counselling, additional support and training, an employee’s performance or behaviour may remain at a standard that is unsatisfactory.

While it is unlikely your business will be able to completely remove the need to manage employee performance and behaviour, there are tried and true steps you can take to improve productivity and reduce instances of underperformance. 

Begin by asking yourself these key questions and then take the suggested and necessary action to create a best-practice framework.

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How To Approach An Employee's Request For Flexible Work Arrangements

While flexible work arrangements have been the hot topic of the last decade, the question remains; how genuinely willing are employers to give it?

Being truly flexible requires a significant mindset shift for employers. It hands over control to the employee to determine how they work; whether it be from home, part-time, job sharing or non-typical hours. True flexibility provides employees with an element of freedom to design their work-life around their personal life and define work preferences which allow them to give their best. 

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HR Tips For Your Work Christmas Party

At this time of year, the office is a buzz of excitement for the Christmas period. With corporate gifts, Secret Santa, the office Christmas party and upcoming holidays, there is no shortage of things to prepare for.

However, failing to meet your HR obligations is not a risk worth taking. To help you avoid an HR disaster, here are our top HR tips for the festive season.

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5 Myths of Employee Warnings – What Employers Can & Can’t Do

In business, there will almost certainly be cases where you have an employee who is underperforming or acting inappropriately. Issuing written warnings is a mandatory part of the performance management process; either driving performance corrections or supporting the decision to terminate.

A warning needs to communicate the performance deficit of the employee, reiterate the expectations of the organisation and communicate the consequences if improvement is not achieved.

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