How to deal with a difficult performance review

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No-one likes having to give an employee difficult feedback, but there are times when issues just can’t be ignored. If performance has dipped, serious mistakes are being made or there are problems around attitude and behaviour, its important to tackle it head on. If people don’t get feedback nothing will change – and it could […]

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Making the most of performance reviews

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The last quarter of the year is the time when many organisations start to plan for – or even kick off – their annual round of performance reviews. It can be a challenging and frustrating time for HR. Managers often have to be pursued relentlessly to put appraisal dates in their diaries and don’t always […]

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HR in the charity sector – insight from the front line

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It’s probably fair to say that for many of us, there’s a perception that in the charity sector pay will be below average, practices might be a bit outdated and that budgets for HR initiatives will be tight. Talk to HR practitioners working in the third sector, however, and a very different picture emerges. To […]

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Get set for success with apprenticeships

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The Apprenticeships scheme is up for an overhaul with the Chancellor’s budget announcement that contributions for non levy-paying organisations will be halved. The reduction in training payments comes as part of a wider £695 million package to support apprenticeships, and follows news that greater flexibility over the use of funds is also being introduced. It’s […]

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Could your HR record-keeping put your business at risk?

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A recent court case has highlighted the importance of having a reliable system for managing and storing important people-related paperwork. In the case of Tenon V Cawley, the employer alleged that Miss Cawley, a member of its senior management team, was in breach of restrictive convenants in her contract of employment. When the case came […]

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Time for a new approach to tackling sexual harassment?

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Tackling sexual harassment is one of the biggest challenges facing HR right now – and as this week’s news has shown, it’s an issue that’s not going to go away any time soon. Hot on the heels of the furore around Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment as a US Supreme Court judge comes a damning review of […]

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How HR software can help companies win the war for talent

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The CIPD has set alarm bells ringing with its recent report highlighting the difficulty employers are facing when it comes to recruitment. In its latest Labour Market Outlook survey, almost two thirds of organisations said they were finding at least some of their vacancies difficult to fill. More than a quarter are already having to […]

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How HR can help managers address poor performance

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Performance-related problems often come knocking on HR’s door. A manager has lost patience with an employee’s consistent lateness and wants HR to invoke the formal disciplinary procedure. A sales consultant has started to miss targets and the manager thinks they should go. An employee is struggling to get to grips with a new way of […]

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Books for the bank holiday weekend and beyond

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What’s on your reading list? Will you be whiling away the long weekend gripped by the latest thriller from David Baldacci or James Patterson? Or are you planning to relax with a bit of chick-lit courtesy of Marian Keyes or Sophie Kinsella? Sometimes, it’s good to ring the changes by throwing a business book into […]

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