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The importance of values in a small business

The importance of values in a small business

Our values shape us. Not only do they shape how we live our day to day lives but they are the bedrock of a business, shaping its culture and vision. That’s why it’s so important to get your values right for your small business. Why are values so important for a small...

Why do small businesses need HR support?

Why do small businesses need HR support?

Running a small business can be both demanding and rewarding. From the early days of being a brand-new start-up through to running a thriving well-established business, managing people will always be part and parcel of being a business owner. Whether you have a team...

HR trends for 2023

HR trends for 2023

A new year is an exciting opportunity for a fresh start and to make plans for what you want your business to achieve in the year ahead. With the cost-of-living crisis taking hold, you may find your small business facing some extra challenges over the coming months -...

Suspending an employee

Suspending an employee

In situations where you’re investigating an employee for gross misconduct, you may find it appropriate to suspend them. Suspension can be a useful measure to take but, as with all people matters, there’s a process that you need to follow carefully. If you suspend one...

What is a notice period?

What is a notice period?

A notice period is an important condition of employment. A notice period is the time between an employee handing in their resignation and the date that they propose to leave. It also refers to the amount of time between you making an employee redundant and their last...

The do’s and don’ts of interviewing

The do’s and don’ts of interviewing

For small businesses it’s really important to recruit the right people; not only will the right people excel in the role, but they will also be a great fit for your business and culture. The interview is a key stage of the recruitment process, giving you the best feel...

The truth behind appraisals to engage your team

The truth behind appraisals to engage your team

You’ve probably heard a lot of talk around employee engagement, and new ways and reasons to tackle it in your small business. If you’re struggling with performance, or think you have risks around retention, keeping your people motivated and providing growth can help...

Dismissing an employee on long term sick leave

Dismissing an employee on long term sick leave

When you have an employee off on long term sick leave, you may end up at some point having to decide whether you can continue to hold their job open. You’ll need to balance giving the individual enough time to recover from their illness or injury with the need to...

Holiday entitlement during notice period

Holiday entitlement during notice period

When an employee is dismissed or decides to resign from your business, it usually creates a list of things to consider. You may need to start the recruitment process to hire a replacement, or hold an exit interview. You’ll also need to consider any remaining holiday...