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National Sickie Day rethinking Workplace Absences

By Angela Clay / February 6, 2024
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National Sickie Day falls on the first Monday of February. It’s an unofficial occasion marked by a notably high number of employees calling in sick. Originally identified by research in 2011, National Sickie Day sees upwards of 375,000 employees call in sick, citing reasons ranging from genuine illness to more dubious excuses.          The term has sparked debates about why employees might feel compelled to take unplanned days off, including workplace culture, mental health, and work-life balance concerns. It presents an opportunity for…

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Love & Leadership: Workplace Romances

By Angela Clay / February 5, 2024
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As Valentine’s Day draws near, employers must thoughtfully address the dynamics of workplace romances.  Balancing employee privacy with organisational interests is delicate, especially when personal relationships in the office lead to complex situations. Workplaces are social hubs where friendships form, and on occasions for the relationship to evolve into romantic relationships.  While many of these don’t disrupt the work environment, they may create challenges for businesses.   Embracing the upside of workplace romances Workplace romances are often viewed through a…

Maximising Benefits of Occupational Health

By Angela Clay / February 2, 2024
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Employers play a critical role in fostering a healthy and productive work environment. Understanding and implementing occupational health measures benefits both employees and the organisation. The following action points offer a structured pathway for employers to maximise the benefits of occupational health services, ensure a supportive workplace, and maintain a resilient and thriving business. Adopting these practices, employers can proactively manage health in the workplace, leading to reduced absenteeism, enhanced productivity, and a positive organisational reputation. Recognise the Value of…

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Enhancing Employee Well-Being through Occupational Health

By Angela Clay / January 30, 2024
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Navigating the complexities of occupational health can be a daunting task for employers, particularly in the dynamic sphere of small businesses where the well-being of every employee is crucial to the company’s success. Our “They Ask, We Answer” blog aims to demystify the concept of occupational health, providing clear, concise answers to common questions. From understanding its significance and adopting a proactive approach to recognising the benefits and knowing when to make referrals, this blog is designed to guide employers…

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Impulsive Resignations – 8 Actionable Strategies for Employers

By Angela Clay / January 26, 2024
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In today’s fast-paced work environment, impulsive resignations have become a more frequent challenge for employers. Such decisions, often made in the heat of the moment, can leave a business in a difficult position, both operationally and culturally. Recognising the complexity and sensitivity of these situations is essential. In response, we have compiled a comprehensive guide aimed at helping employers handle these delicate scenarios. Pause and Reflect: Resist the urge to accept the resignation immediately. Allow a cooling-off period for both…

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They Ask, We answer: Navigating Spur-of-the-Moment Resignations: An Employers’ Quick Guide

By Angela Clay / January 25, 2024
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In the high-stress environment of the modern workplace, it’s not uncommon for emotions to run high, leading to impulsive decisions. One such critical moment is when an employee resigns abruptly during a contentious or stressful situation. These ‘heat of the moment’ resignations can leave employers in a tricky position, balancing the need for stability and order with understanding and legal compliance. In this quick guide, we delve into the common questions employers face during these tense moments, providing clear, actionable…

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Divorce in the workplace Action Points for Employers

By Angela Clay / January 24, 2024
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Divorce in the workplace can be a tumultuous period for employees, impacting their performance and well-being. As an employer, it’s essential to offer appropriate support and ensure a compassionate, legally compliant work environment. Here are key action points to consider: Acknowledge the Issue: Understand that divorce is a significant life event that can impact an employee’s work. Furthermore be prepared to address it sensitively. Respect Privacy: Always handle discussions about an employee’s divorce with sensitivity. Ensure confidentiality and let the…

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They Ask, We Answer: Supporting Employees Through Divorce

By Angela Clay / January 23, 2024
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Divorce is a deeply personal and often stressful experience, yet it doesn’t just stay within the confines of home—it spills over into work, affecting performance, mental health, and team dynamics. As employers, it’s crucial to recognise the impact of divorce on employees and understand the best practices in offering support. This is not just about legal compliance; it’s about fostering a compassionate workplace culture that aids both the individual and the organisation. In our “They Ask, We Answer” blog, we’ll…

Difficult Employee Series: The User

By Angela Clay / November 6, 2023
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The modern workplace is fraught with complexities. It’s an ecosystem where individuals with different backgrounds, talents, and challenges come together to achieve common goals. However, amidst this diversity, certain challenges can arise, such as the presence of problem employees who are struggling with substance abuse issues. Alcohol and drug abuse not only have detrimental effects on individual wellbeing but also significantly impact colleagues and overall performance. In this country, a strong emphasis is placed on both mental health and employment…

Festive Frolics: Navigating Christmas Workplace Party Etiquette – A Guide for Employers

By Angela Clay / November 2, 2023
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The weather outside is frightful, but the fire’s not delightful – just yet. That’s right, Christmas is just around the corner, and although nobody’s bells are quite jingled at the moment, they soon will be! As such, it’s the perfect time to discuss that cornerstone of office life, the work Christmas party. These gatherings can be a source of joy, festivity and camaraderie, but they are also rife with potential pitfalls and challenges when it comes to maintaining professionalism and…

Difficult Employee Series: The Poor Communicator

By James Dawson / October 26, 2023
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Effective communication is core to any organisation, big or small. In the realm of business, it serves as the foundation, the keystone from which all goals are achieved. Collaboration, decision-making, the generation of new ideas and perspectives; all are impossible without effective communication. Not only that, but a lack of it results in seriously detrimental effects – misunderstandings, decreased productivity, mistakes, toxicity, confusion and errors. In our latest in the difficult employee series, we look at the issues that poor…

Holiday Days: How Do Employers Encourage Employees to Take Them?

By James Dawson / October 19, 2023
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In our latest newsletter, we discussed the importance of annual leave and its effect on the workplace, and the striking fact that so many employees in today’s workforce do not use all their days: up to an astonishing 62% according to the latest figures1. The current state of affairs begs one crucial question, and that is – how do employers encourage their employees to take their annual leave?  How to encourage employees to take annual leave 1. Lead by Example…

Mental Health in the Workplace: World Mental Health Day 2023

By James Dawson / October 10, 2023
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For this year’s mental health day, the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has put forward the idea of mental health as a universal human right. All too often, those with mental health and psychosocial disabilities experience disproportionate rates of poor physical health, reduced life expectancy and societal stigma, in and out of the workplace. Today, the WFMH is campaigning for mental health to be put squarely within the framework of human rights legislation and recast as a fundamental human…

Difficult Employee Series: Resistant to Feedback

By James Dawson / October 5, 2023
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As an employer, one of the biggest challenges you may face is dealing with a difficult employee who is resistant to feedback: whether it’s due to their personality or past experiences, some employees can be extremely stubborn when it comes to receiving criticism or suggestions for improvement, even on relatively small or simple matters. However, as someone responsible for maintaining a positive and productive work environment, it’s your duty to find ways to address this issue. In this article, we…

Holiday Days: Use Them or Lose Them?

By Angela Clay / October 3, 2023
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It may not seem like it just yet, but already the days are getting shorter and the nights longer, and soon enough, the spectre of year-end will once again rear its head. For employers, this means that now is a pertinent time to remind staff that once their holiday days for the year have passed, they won’t be coming back. For any business owner, ensuring the productivity and wellbeing of staff is paramount. Allowing employees to take time off from…

Management by Objectives (MBO) versus Traditional Appraisals: What’s best for your business?

By Angela Clay / October 3, 2023
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Effective employee performance evaluation is absolutely vital for any organisation striving for success. After all, without them, how are you supposed to track progress? However, nowadays there is much debate over the latest intriguing method: Management by Objectives or MBOs. This article will discuss how it fares versus the more traditional performance appraisal, and aims to shed light on how each approach can contribute to achieving organisational goals and improving overall employee performance. What is Management by Objectives (MBO)? Management…

Difficult Employee Series: The Negative Attitude

By James Dawson / September 22, 2023
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We’ve all encountered one or two, and, unfortunately, they tend to pervade the modern workplace: an individual who seems relentlessly negative, no matter the situation. It can take the form of cynicism, apathy, a resistance to change, or even outright disruptive behaviour; but what unites these symptoms is an overall sense of pessimism that tends to bring everyone down. Effectively managing such a person is a difficult task. Often, it’s important to examine the underlying reasons for their negativity, why…

Contentious Resignations: Ten Top Tips for Employers

By James Dawson / September 21, 2023
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Resignations aren’t always a smooth process. On occasion, employees may quit on the spot, refuse to comply with regulations, cause drama, or even spread false information that may harm your business. These types of resignations are what we would consider contentious resignations, and they need to be handled with extraordinary care. As an employer, you’ll need to take specific steps to ensure that this process goes as smoothly as possible. So today, we’ll share ten top tips to help you…