In HR we encourage forward planning and documenting the agreed plans. Some might say I am slightly obsessive about this. But, quite simply, planning and documentation is good! With Christmas rolling around, the plan we should all be working on right now is our Leave Management Plan.

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Thinking you might have stepped into some weird universe where HR has turned into Marketing? Don’t worry – it’s just a short visit, but definitely worthwhile.

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While away on holiday I was sitting in a café one day and noticed something which has stuck with me. A very young person was delivering meals to a table. The scenario stuck in my mind as he just didn’t appear to fit that particular role. I don’t mean from a team fit perspective, but from a customer’s perspective.

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Despite the title of this article, the first thing I have to say is that I love recruiting. Being able to match up the right employee to the right role is hugely satisfying. And I meet some real stars, who I know will go on to great things.

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When someone on your team trots out this phrase, then you’ve got some work to do. No small business can afford to have employees with this attitude – everyone on your team needs to be prepared to pitch in and help.

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Candidates don’t realise that every interaction with a recruiter reveals something. Every email, phone call or face to face meeting is a golden opportunity for the recruiter to assess them.

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Resignations come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
They can be planned or unplanned, civil or fiery, single or en masse, totally expected or head-shaking incomprehensible.

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March 2017

This month’s article is a bit of a departure from our usual newsletter. Usually I write articles for employers, covering some HR issue or other that is burning a hole in my brain at the time!

But this month, I thought I would write some Q&A for teenagers who are starting a job, whether it’s part-time or full-time. If you have teenagers, this may come in handy when they are looking for their first job, or feel free to forward this information to friends and family with teenagers. As an employer you may also find some of this information useful when employing a young person.

So, let’s get started…

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September 2015
“The Reference” sounds like it could be the title of a Grisham novel. I don’t promise the same suspense or entertainment! But this article is an important read if you are at all confused about giving a reference for a current or past employee.

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May 2015

You’ve decided to sell your business and there’s a seemingly endless list of things to think about… finances, assets, systems, risks and legal considerations. These are the nuts and bolts of the sale and purchase. But it’s important to also think about the “people” side of the process. What will it mean for your staff?

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