The World Athletics Championship has brought the subject of succession planning into sharp focus, with some big names bowing out and several up-and-coming competitors finishing higher than ranked or expected. The resulting debate about the need to ensure a strong […]
Being an HR practitioner in an SME is a very different experience to working in a large organisation. Practitioners may be working with a management team who see HR as operational rather than strategic. They often don’t fully understand the […]
It’s the ambition of most SMEs to grow …. but according to a recent report from Goldman Sachs, only a small minority (one per cent) are likely to demonstrate the high growth that will create new jobs and drive economic […]
Food for thought this week in the shape of a report from Lloyds Commercial Banking which shows that thousands of SMEs are failing to tackle vital skills gaps in their workforce. SMEs taking part in the survey expressed concern that […]
The ethical considerations of employing people on zero hours contracts have been brought sharply into focus by a raft of media coverage over the past few days. Concern has been raised that use of these contracts has increased significantly during […]
The important role that SMEs have to play in driving economic growth is increasingly being recognised – and as a result there’s been a noticeable rise in HR circles of efforts to help small businesses manage their people more effectively.
As the employers of over 14 million people in the UK, it is important that SMEs get their HR management right.
In a small business, having a ‘happy ship’ is vital. There simply isn’t time for the minor spats, grudges and resentment that can so easily arise simply because someone has been misunderstood or hasn’t got their message across clearly.
Indeed research has shown that a negative interaction with someone has a real impact on productivity – it can take someone several hours to recover not just their good spirits but also their concentration after a difficult or unpleasant exchange with a colleague or their manager.
Meddling business owners are the biggest barrier to their own company’s growth, according to some research from Cranfield that crossed my desk this week. Entrepreneurs, it seems, are finding it difficult to step away from routine, day-to-day tasks and as […]
The sheer diversity of approaches to HR within SMEs was one of the things that particularly struck me while listening to speakers at a recent CIPD conference. The businesses taking part had widely varying takes on everything from recruitment and […]
This week’s CIPD ‘HR in SMEs’ conference provided a fascinating insight into how businesses of widely varying types and sizes are tackling their HR challenges. The presentations highlighted some very diverse approaches – but what was clear was that pretty […]