Top Tips – Managing Change

Change…….to make or become different, to take or use another instead of, to give up or get rid of (something) in exchange for something else; an act or process through which something becomes different. Change means many different things in different situations. In practical terms, in the context of running a business, it could mean something as simple as changing the supplier you buy your stationery from or it could be something altogether more complex such as changing your opening hours, launching a new brand, implementing a new organisational structure, making redundancies or even opening a new branch. The simplest
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Great North Run 2018

Director running in aid of St Barnabas Hospice Trust (Lincolnshire) It’s that time of year again when Adam Davey is donning his trainers on 9th September to run in the world’s largest half marathon, the Great North Run, for the 14th time. Having raised over £10,000 over the past years, he is once again raising vital funds for St Barnabas Hospice. St Barnabas Hospice delivers free, high-quality, compassionate end-of-life care and support to more than 9,000 adults with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their family and carers. They aim to enable them to live as fully as they are
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Pensions Regulator receives 114 Whistleblowing Reports about Auto Enrolment

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has received 114 whistleblowing reports about employers allegedly inducing employees to opt out of auto-enrolment pension schemes in the past three years. According to a Freedom of Information request published on the watchdog’s website, the majority (99) concerned allegations of inducement while the remaining 15 were about allegations of inducement along with other breaches. The number of reports received have increased over the years – between April 2015 and March 2016 the regulator received 12 complaints, which rose to 38 in 2016/17, and 64 in 2017/18. These numbers could increase even further, as Darren Ryder, TPR’s director of
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Top Tips: Pensions Auto Enrolment

It’s now been nearly six years since changes to the Pensions Act has required all companies, under Auto Enrolment, to provide workers with a Workplace Pension Scheme. Pensions Auto Enrolment represented a fundamental change in the way pensions are offered to employees; previously it was the Company’s decision on whether they offered their staff a pension scheme and under what rules. Pensions Auto enrolment turned this on its head as it’s now the workers’ right to be provided a pension scheme and for them to decide whether they elect to remain or leave the scheme. Automatic Enrolment isn’t simply about
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Top Tips: Setting up a Payroll

So you have taken the plunge and set up your own business and started employing people (see our other ‘top tips’ articles on how best to do this), now you will need to have the capability to pay them appropriately and meet your Pensions Automatic Enrolment commitments. We’ll deal with Auto Enrolment in a separate article. What to Consider When Setting up Your Payroll The ability to pay people correctly is one of those requirements that doesn’t get recognition when done well however becomes a real issue for both employee and employer when it’s not done right. As part of
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Top Tips: Rewarding and Motivating your Employees

Or improving Employee Engagement as us HR types like to call it! There are thousands of articles available online, based on a range of different philosophies; some very practical and based on common sense, others a bit wackier!  Here are a few of our favourites,  but remember there is no one-size-fits-all way to keep your team motivated!  Take some of the ideas mentioned below and see how they can benefit your company: Pay a Fair Market Salary Unsurprisingly, one of the top (if not THE top) motivators is base pay.  After all, it’s why we go to work isn’t it?
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Top Tips: Recruitment

Hiring the right employee is a challenging process. Hiring the wrong employee is expensive, costly to your business and time-consuming. Hiring the right employee, on the other hand: Pays you back in employee productivity, a successful employment relationship, and a positive impact on your work environment Enhances your work culture and pays you back a thousand times over in high employee morale, positive thinking and accomplishing challenging goals It also ensures that you are making the most of the time and energy that your other employees invest in a relationship with the new employee This is not a comprehensive “how to” guide to recruitment, but
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Top Tips: Managing your People

There are thousands of articles available online, based on a range of management and leadership gurus and different philosophies, but here are a few of our favourite pointers for good people management: Maintain Good Communication Employees want to be kept in the loop about ongoing projects, goals, and deadlines, so it’s essential that you communicate well with them and inform them about goings-on within the company. It’s also essential that you encourage feedback and that your staff feel that they can approach you with any questions or issues they want to address, so making yourself accessible to your staff is critical. Be
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Top Tips: Employment Contracts and Policies

Time flies from those early days when you set-up your business and take-on your first employee; but have you paused to think about whether you have appropriate governance and compliance in place around the employment issues facing you now and in the future?  If the answer is “no” you’re probably not alone! It is good practice and makes sound commercial sense for any business, no matter how large or small, to ensure its contracts and HR Policies are robust, thereby affording appropriate protection all round, both for you as the employer and your employees. But what are the key issues
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Regulators Turn the Focus on Employers Looking To Circumvent Auto-Enrolment and Lock Employees out of Pensions

Small businesses take note: pension watchdogs have vowed to crack down on employers discovered to be encouraging their staff to opt out of the auto-enrolment occupational pensions system in order to cut costs. In the first three months of this year alone, the Pensions Regulator issued 35,862 enforcement notices against employers in breach of the auto-enrolment rules, relative to 28,446 last quarter.   Auto-enrolment obliges employers to enrol almost all their staff into the workplace pension scheme and to make at least a minimum contribution on their behalf, unless workers have specifically opted out. And so far, this application of
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