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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...

How to manage staff misconduct

How to manage staff misconduct

When it comes to managing poor behaviour among your staff, prevention is better than cure. Setting clear expectations and creating a positive and open culture can go a long way to keeping employee behaviour on track. If a line is crossed, however, you'll need to...

7 ways to boost your staff retention

7 ways to boost your staff retention

Regularly losing staff is not only costly but also demoralising (for you, but also for the remaining team members). The worst-case scenario is that one leaver will trigger others to leave as well, and, as you can imagine, this doesn't feel good when you look at your...

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...

Employment Tribunal claims – the latest stats

Employment Tribunal claims – the latest stats

Finding yourself in an employment tribunal case can be a difficult time to navigate. They typically cost more than just money. They can damage your reputation and create friction in the workplace, and possibly lead to a lot of churn depending on the extent of the...

Take a break and boost productivity!

Take a break and boost productivity!

Most of us have experienced solving a tricky problem when we aren't even thinking about it. This is no coincidence, our ability to think clearly or problem solve is ironically linked with not thinking, or rather, taking a break. A study by Princeton uni perfectly...

Understanding GDPR – a summary

Understanding GDPR – a summary

GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation in its full name, is the regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy. This applies to how we look after our employee data, how long we can store it for, and so many other areas of data protection law. It can be a...

How often should you conduct staff appraisals? 

How often should you conduct staff appraisals? 

At a minimum, performance reviews should be held annually, but there are numerous benefits to holding appraisals more frequently than this. Why hold regular appraisals? 1. Better working environment The United Nations World Happiness Report in 2017 found that the work...

Build a more positive work culture in 7 steps

Build a more positive work culture in 7 steps

Building a business that's known for being a happy and positive place to work will attract skilled workers. Having a flexible culture will attract people from more diverse backgrounds, this can only benefit the company by widening the perspectives of the team. We all...