5 Books That Will Change How You Think

I read a lot and not many books make much of an impression on me to be honest. However of the hundreds of books I have read, the following 5 have fundamentally changed the way I think. They all contain ideas and concepts which I have been able to apply in the real world. Read […]

Staff requests for flexible working – Template Procedure for Requesting Flexible Working

Requests from staff to work flexibly can involve changing their contractual terms to such things as: part-time working, term-time working (don’t work during school holidays), flexitime, job sharing, compressed hours (work same hours but in longer blocks e.g. 9 working days per fortnight), homeworking or a number of other such arrangements.

In April 2003 the […]

How to Employ Your First Member of Staff

Hey, it’s great news! Your business is doing well and it’s now more than you can handle on your own or by calling on favours from friends and family. It’s time now to dip your toes in the water of becoming an employer! One of the questions we are most often asked by small businesses […]

8 tips to avoid large volumes of unsuitable job applicants in a recession..

Recent statistics show that currently there are at least 23 applicants on average for every vacancy. The recruitment website Totaljobs.com carried out a study based on around four million job hunters. The study reveals that the type of work which has seen the largest increase in the number of applications are jobs which require no […]

Recruitment Selection: How to select the right job applicant..

Recruitment selection – that is the process of choosing the best possible candidate for a post – is facing a significant challenge. This comes mainly from the nature of the changes taking place within organisations themselves. Re-organisations, downsizing, delayering of management tiers etc. are all part of the current trend to be as lean and competitive as possible. This leads […]

How to write recruitment advertising..

Here is a 7 point plan for writing effective recruitment advertising:

1. Format

The starting point for  recruitment advertising is having a consistent format. You should therefore have developed a corporate template which incorporates the Company logo, colours, typeface etc. You can do this in-house on a decent word processor, or have it designed professionally by an agency. […]

5 Key Tips for Dealing with Staff who Keep Taking Days Off Sick

Every organisation has them.

Members of staff who frequently claim they are sick and can’t come to work; this is often on an intermittent basis which is impossible to plan for. On examination, there is a frequently a pattern to this absence which makes it even more exasperating.

For example on a Monday following their weekend, or immediately after a holiday. […]

You Can Dismiss Staff!

There is a feeling out there noticeable in my work particularly with small and medium sized employers that it is just about impossible to dismiss staff if they are not working out for whatever reason. This is really not the case, and as long as this is done in a fair and justifiable way you need […]

Recruitment Strategies: So How Do You Recruit The Best Possible Staff?

If you are running a business, the most fundamental thing you can do to ensure success is to employ staff who will perform their job well. Unfortunately recruitment is often poorly planned and managers often don’t have the skills / knowledge or recruitment strategies to carry it out effectively. The chosen method is frequently an […]

13 Suggestions to Create a More Flexible Workforce

In the current economic climate, one of the biggest challenges for small and medium sized businesses is ensuring you create a flexible workforce which can be utilised in as cost effective a way as possible. This generally means ensuring that you can deploy your staff flexibly to where they are needed at a time and […]