Knowing When to Outsource Your HR Function
Jan23

Knowing When to Outsource Your HR Function

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner, HCHR If you’re business is growing, there’s a good chance you’re thinking about how to approach human resources to deal with the additional responsibilities that come with growth. If you don’t have the skills or funds to develop an in-house team, then outsourcing to an HR specialist or consultant, like HCHR, will give you access to skills, knowledge and support, and save you costs in the long run....

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Did any of your employees call in sick Wednesday?
Jan04

Did any of your employees call in sick Wednesday?

It was, for most, first day back after Christmas and the New Year after all, meaning a few employees may have overindulged, then perhaps feigned the dreaded lurgi, cough or cold!! This is not unheard of, but there are some excuses which are so excessive and exaggerated that you can’t help but laugh at the absurdity of it. Here are five of the worst excuses for absences that we have heard!! 1. My only pair of work trousers are in the...

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Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party
Dec21

Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party

“Tis the season! Holiday party invitations are probably flooding your inbox faster than Father Christmas invading shopping centres.  Love it or hate it, there’s no avoiding the fact that Christmas is well upon us and somewhere in all those invitations is probably one for the annual work holiday party. This is a gathering that’s meant to celebrate the season and a year of hard work and commitment, but can be daunting, even for the...

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The Impact of Gender Pay Reporting on Transgender Employees
Nov23

The Impact of Gender Pay Reporting on Transgender Employees

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   From 6 April 2017 employers in the UK with more than 250 staff are required by law to publish the following four types of figures annually on their own website and on a government website:     ·        Gender pay gap (mean and median averages) ·        Gender bonus gap (mean and median averages) ·        Proportion of men and women receiving bonuses ·        Proportion of men and women...

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Data Breach ‘Wake-up Call’ for Small Businesses
Oct26

Data Breach ‘Wake-up Call’ for Small Businesses

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR You may or may not have heard of the Morrison’s data breach case that’s been reported in the media.   In January 2014, Andrew Skelton, an apparently disgruntled employee of Morrisons Supermarket posted a file containing the personal data (including salaries, bank details, and National Insurance numbers) of 99,998 Morrison’s’ employees on a file-sharing website.  It seems his intention was to...

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Employers Face Additional Reporting on Ethnicity Pay Gap
Oct19

Employers Face Additional Reporting on Ethnicity Pay Gap

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   It has been revealed in the media today that the Prime Minister is launching a consultation regarding the possibility of forcing employers to report on the pay structures of ethnic employees compared to non-ethnic ones.     This follows much discussion by many politicians and government offices on the discrepancies in pay structures for ethnic groups who state that generally they...

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Impact of AI in the workplace
Oct05

Impact of AI in the workplace

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   There has been much debate recently about the impact of Artificial Intelligence ( AI ) and its impact on the workplace.     In the US, all types of businesses are harnessing AI to forecast demand, hire workers and deal with customers. In 2017 companies spent around $22bn on AI-related mergers and acquisitions, about 26 times more than in 2015.   Impact of AI in the Workplace...

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Being Cruel to be Kind in Performance Management
Aug24

Being Cruel to be Kind in Performance Management

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   When it comes to performance management, there’s a powerful link between productivity and what is commonly known as “compassionate leadership”.  The single greatest influence on profitability and productivity within an organisation is the ability of leaders to spend more time and effort developing and recognising their people, welcoming feedback, including criticism, and fostering...

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Employee rights during hot weather
Jul27

Employee rights during hot weather

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR What does the law say on employee rights during hot weather? Although the Great British Summer often doesn’t result in hot temperatures, the hottest day of the decade could be on its way to the UK, with the mercury set to climb to highs of 34 degrees this week, according to the Met Office. But, for some employees, the sun’s rays can make the working environment almost unbearable. In the UK there is...

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Top Tips on GDPR Guidance for Employees
Jul25

Top Tips on GDPR Guidance for Employees

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner or HCHR If you run a small business, you should by now have reviewed your data protection in line with the new GDPR rules which came into effect on 28 May 2018. However, it’s not enough just to have all the right processes and procedures in place. If your employees don’t understand their roles and responsibilities when it comes to GDPR, you’re setting yourself up to fail. The team at HCHR has come up with...

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Is sleeping working?
Jul20

Is sleeping working?

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner, HCHR   Last Friday, the Court of Appeal handed down their much-anticipated judgments on two cases: Royal Mencap Society v Claire Tomlinson Blake and John Shannon v Jaikisham and Prithee Rampersad (trading as Clifton House Residential Home). The cases dealt with whether employees who are in the workplace, but are sleeping, should be entitled to be paid in accordance with the National Minimum Wage (NMW)....

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My hips don’t lie
Jul13

My hips don’t lie

Forget office slides and ping pong tables, employee engagement should be about relationships and long-term enrichment. Employers are doing all kinds of weird and wonderful things in the name of employee engagement. US tech giant Google with its “chief happiness officer” and slides installed between office floors to make moving around more “fun” is a case in point. In a bid to unleash creative energy and boost motivation, I have heard...

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Tips for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace
Jul05

Tips for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR As controversial “gay conversion therapies” are to be banned as part of a government plan to improve the lives of gay and transgender people, diversity is a topic that has continues to be a major talking point when it comes to equality in the workplace. Yet some companies are still grappling with defining what this means to their organisation in terms of LGBT inclusions, communicating why diversity...

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Supporting Carers In The Workplace
Jun18

Supporting Carers In The Workplace

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR    As BBC Wales has reported today that nearly 200 carers in Wales have had to give up their jobs to look after family.  Carers represent a significant part of the working age population, both in the workplace, and in the wider labour market.  They are likely to represent 1 in 8 of your workforce as well being a valuable source of recruitment.   Losing carers from the workforce is not...

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Whatever your customers trust you to do, they trust you with their data too!
May23

Whatever your customers trust you to do, they trust you with their data too!

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR If you want people to trust you with their data, you need to earn it…stick with me.. Companies hold more personal data on their customers than ever before. Details about our social media habits or what kind of washing powder we prefer are collected, stored and then used to tailor our interactions with brands. Hence, why I’m followed all over the internet by Karen Millen dresses. But the...

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