Day to Day HR

When does a contractor become an employee?

When does a contractor become an employee?

If you're defining their working hours, or there's no clear sense of when they'll stop working for you, there's a chance your contractor might now be an employee. Working with contractors has its advantages – they’re often highly skilled, flexible and take up less HR...

When a key employee resigns, what should you do?

When a key employee resigns, what should you do?

A key employee resigns, giving you their notice and telling you when their last day will be. What a nightmare right! What should you do? Who do you need to tell? As a business owner, you’ll likely be faced with a fair amount of decision making, it can be hard to keep...

Zero hours contracts: Advantages and disadvantages

Zero hours contracts: Advantages and disadvantages

Think of zero hours contracts and the 2016 Sports Direct scandal may well spring to mind. Big brand names like Uber and Deliveroo have also come under scrutiny recently for the exploitation of casual labourers, and zero hours contracts were a key topic of discussion...

The part-time problem

The part-time problem

“Millions of us around the UK are experiencing high levels of stress and it is damaging our health. Stress is one of the great public health challenges of our time but it is not being taken as seriously as physical health concerns.” Says Isabella Goldie, director of...

HR lingo explained

HR lingo explained

ATS. Cloud-based software. Onboarding. Employee, or is it staff, handbook? There are a lot of acronyms and HR lingo out there to know and importantly stay on top of. Here at citrus we chat to fabulous folk who run small to medium sized businesses all the time, and...

How long should you keep employee data?

How long should you keep employee data?

With only a month until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force (on 25 May,) it's a great THE time for all employers to make sense of their data obligations and get a handle on the personal employee data you are keeping. GDPR obliges data...

HR software – the digital disruption

HR software – the digital disruption

In 2018 it's safe to say things are really changing (perhaps the British understatement of the year). Those of us born pre-internet perhaps did not imagine to be living in the fully fledged digital era quite so soon. With bots and robots and drones, the future is...

Does Your Workplace Dress Code Discriminate?

Does Your Workplace Dress Code Discriminate?

Almost every week this summer there has been an article in the major newspapers talking about what women should wear; be that at work or at the beach. What we’re really interested in, here on the citrusHR blog, is the validity of having a workplace dress code and...

5 reasons why small businesses invest in HR software

5 reasons why small businesses invest in HR software

A member of staff requests a holiday and you have no idea whether it clashes with another employee. A team member has another day off sick, how many is that this year? You're being pestered to review salaries but have no idea who is performing well. You keep hearing...

5 ways to take control of rising employment costs

5 ways to take control of rising employment costs

Employment law has changed a fair bit in 2016, meaning that in some cases it can now cost you more than it would have done last year to take on a new employee. With this in mind, are you aware how much each employee costs your business? We’ve written this blog to help...

The best interview questions to ask and what to avoid

The best interview questions to ask and what to avoid

Interviewing someone can be daunting, especially for small businesses who often need to find people with multiple skillsets and a good personality fit for their small team. What interview questions should you be asking candidates? Should you ask all candidates the...

Can you really spy on your employees?

Can you really spy on your employees?

It was announced the other week that it is legal for employers to monitor employee’s private communications whilst they are at work. But is this the whole story? Everyone has the right to a private and family life, but is there leeway to allow small employers to...

5 tips for managing home working

5 tips for managing home working

Did you know that 4.2 million employees in the UK now regularly work from home? And perhaps more interestingly, 1.8 million would like to do so according to the TUC. Home working has been shown to boost employee engagement, something that UK small businesses struggle...

Dress code policy at work – when does it become unfair?

Dress code policy at work – when does it become unfair?

  When does a dress code become unfair, or even unlawful? A recent news story from North Wales got us thinking. The story, covering a petition from Denbighshire taxi drivers looking to stop a ban on shorts, highlights the issue of what a reasonable approach to...

Managing employee behaviour – in and out of the office

Managing employee behaviour – in and out of the office

Managing employee behaviour goes beyond what happens in the office. Even though an employee may have closed their laptop for the day and headed home, it doesn't mean that their behaviour doesn't affect you as their employer. We look at this closer in a recent case:...