Change won’t happen until people do…
Apr04

Change won’t happen until people do…

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Organizations decide they’re going to change all the time. Especially during times like we’re experiencing today, when recruiting is tough, engagement is a challenge, and retention is a top priority. Organizational change doesn’t just because an acknowledgement was made that change needs to happen. Human nature can mean that people both want and resist change in equal measures.  Fear of the...

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Internationals Women’s Day & Gender Equality
Mar08

Internationals Women’s Day & Gender Equality

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   As International Women’s Day is celebrated across the Globe, the issue of gender equality is at the forefront of our minds more than ever.   We read with interest this article from Business Insider magazine published today (8 March 2018) which highlights the worst countries for women around the world and focusses on the Global Gap Index created by the World Economic Forum (WEF) over 10 years ago....

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Holiday and Sick Pay Break Through For Gig Workers
Feb20

Holiday and Sick Pay Break Through For Gig Workers

Guest blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   The BBC has reported today that the UK Government is looking at making changes to employment rights and to improving the conditions of millions of workers, including people working in the so-called ‘gig’ economy.   The BBC online news channel states that: “the changes include stricter enforcement of holiday and sick pay rights, and higher fines for firms that breach contracts or mistreat staff.”...

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Managing employee absenteeism during the flu season
Feb13

Managing employee absenteeism during the flu season

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   The flu season is well and truly upon us with predictions for the rest of this winter at all-time high. According to the Guardian: “Although flu cases are higher than at any point since 2010/11, health officials say it is still not an epidemic.”   Unfortunately, even though there are many genuine cases of employees suffering from flu and needing necessary time off work to recover, there can be...

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HR Support for the Self Employed
Feb05

HR Support for the Self Employed

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR   More and more people in the UK are opting for self-employment than ever before. According a recent report published by the CIPD, one in seven UK workers are now self employed.   The report states that :   “Climbing since 2001, self-employed workers now make up almost 15% of the UK labour force, close to the European average. This trend has been a distinguishing feature of the UK labour market’s...

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Taking Sexual Harassment Seriously
Nov09

Taking Sexual Harassment Seriously

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Headline news over the past few weeks has focussed on the Harvey Weinstein scandal which has highlighted the issue of sexual harassment in the film industry.   What the revelations about Weinstein’s behaviour over decades has further illustrated that victims of sexual harassment in the workplace are still reluctant to report the harassment for fear of retribution and other consequences.  ...

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Recruitment and Employee Retention for Small Businesses
Nov02

Recruitment and Employee Retention for Small Businesses

Guest Blog from Shakira Joyner of HCHR   Employee recruitment and retention is a key issue facing many businesses and effective, professional advice on this matter can be hard to find.   For small businesses in particular, the staff turnover can be very high due to a number of factors; so these businesses are constantly looking for ways to encourage staff members to stay for longer periods of time.   Finding out why people are leaving...

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Shakira’s Blog: “Just Call me Mystic Meg”
Mar27

Shakira’s Blog: “Just Call me Mystic Meg”

I think if you drew up a wish list for HR folks, a crystal ball would claim the top spot. And yes, some might use it to get the winning lotto numbers – and then it would be goodbye HR, hello Barbados – but those of us… ahem ..committed  folk would use it as an opportunity to see what changes are coming down the road in order to prepare accordingly. ​A lot of Employers forget HR is about being proactive rather than reactive …....

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Shakira’s Blog – Is your management team afraid to manage?
Nov13

Shakira’s Blog – Is your management team afraid to manage?

This is a topic that I have skirted around for some time… but it’s a recurring theme that I keep witnessing in businesses, so I want to talk about it… It doesn’t matter what sector you operate in, or business size, you all seem to experience the same difficulties. Some people on the management team are afraid to manage… I am a firm believer in managers having the right to manage… So where does this apparent fear or avoidance come...

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Are you ready for September/October changes in Employment Law?
Oct01

Are you ready for September/October changes in Employment Law?

Shakira Joyner, HR Consultant from hchr Limited shares her blog with us: Once again, the time is approaching for another set of employment law changes in the UK. This is an annual occurrence at this time of year, but you will find that a lot of employers and businesses are unprepared and still become worried or anxious about these upcoming changes and what they will mean for the business. New laws and policies can sometimes cause...

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Shakira’s Blog – What you need to know about Sexual Harrassment at work
Jul23

Shakira’s Blog – What you need to know about Sexual Harrassment at work

If you have seen the news recently, then you might be aware that beloved British pop star, Robbie Williams, and his wife, Ayda Field, have been accused of sexual harassment against a former male employee in the US. Sexual harassment can be a controversial topic, and there are a number of situations and scenarios that can be classified as sexual harassment under UK law. However, as an employer and a business, you cannot afford to...

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Confessions from the HR Vault – Shakira’s world
Jul16

Confessions from the HR Vault – Shakira’s world

Shakira Joyner, HR Consultant from hchr Limited shares her blog with us: “Being an independent HR consultant has its challenges.  It never ceases to amaze me how so many non-HR people assume that our job is all about dusty policies and employment law… in reality HR is a sticky, thorny and sometimes a steamy undertaking! In any organisation, there is drama; people break rules, have affairs and get into all sorts of mischief, and...

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Vaping at Work – Policies Needed!
Mar10

Vaping at Work – Policies Needed!

Shakira Joyner, HR Consultant from hchr Limited shares her blog with us: As more and more people are switching from smoking to the use of e-cigarettes in public places, recent case law highlights the need for employers to consider e-cigarettes in their smoking policy. Case only failed due to the Claimants Resignation The case law centred around a claim in Insley v Accent Catering where a school catering assistant argued that she had...

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Shakira’s Blog: Tackling shared parental leave
Feb07

Shakira’s Blog: Tackling shared parental leave

Shakira Joyner, HR Consultant from hchr Limited shares her blog with us: In a nutshell, the new right is intended to give working parents the opportunity to share leave and pay more flexibly. Under the new system of leave, parents can take up to 52 weeks between them, with the option of interspersing periods of work with periods of leave. It will also be possible for parents to take leave at the same time as each other. Additional...

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