Take a look below at some informative, interesting and  useful blogs from the HPC team, covering a wide variety of employment law and HR hot topics.

bus

Bus company closes down after owner cannot be ...

09 Nov 2017

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Bus company closes down after owner cannot bear to work with his employees Nippy Bus has suddenly closed down due to the owne ...

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seasonal workers

Seasonal workers: Contractual issues for empl ...

02 Nov 2017

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Seasonal workers: Contractual issues for employers Seasonal peaks can bring an influx of work at certain time of the year e.g ...

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unpaid internships

Unpaid internships and work experiences to be ...

25 Oct 2017

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Unpaid internships and work experiences to be scrapped? There has been strong public support to ban unpaid internships and wo ...

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starbucks

Starbucks: how they develop to attract and re ...

25 Oct 2017

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Starbucks: how they develop to attract and retain… We all know that Starbucks makes great coffee (as do other coffee provider ...

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transgender

Transgender people look for trans-friendly jo ...

19 Oct 2017

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Transgender people look for trans-friendly jobs when job hunting A recent survey conducted by Totaljobs found that just under ...

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prejudice

Only a third of HR managers are ‘confident th ...

13 Oct 2017

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Only a third of HR managers are ‘confident they are not prejudiced’ when hiring A recent survey states that only 32% of HR ma ...

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gender reassignment

Gender Reassignment - What you need to know.. ...

13 Oct 2017

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Gender Reassignment - What you need to know... A real issue in the workplace today is the lack of understanding in relation t ...

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signs

Mental Health – Spotting the signs of Mental ...

09 Oct 2017

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Mental Health – Spotting the signs of Mental Health It can very difficult to identify signs of mental health. The majority of ...

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mental health

Why don’t employees feel comfortable to talk ...

06 Oct 2017

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Why don’t employees feel comfortable to talk about their mental health? A recent study showed that 78% of employers think emp ...

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employee vetting

Employee Vetting - What you need to know...

05 Oct 2017

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Employee Vetting – What you need to know… Many organisations are starting to use employee vetting prior to making an offer of ...

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absence

Coughs, splutters, sniffles and worst of all… ...

29 Sep 2017

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Coughs, splutters, sniffles and worst of all…short term sickness and absence Whilst we are still having the odd short spell o ...

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covenants

Restrictive Covenants - What you need to know

28 Sep 2017

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Restrictive Covenants - What you need to know We often find not everyone is fully up to speed on what a covenant is, so here ...

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Workplace Mental health

Why brands are introducing mental health firs ...

26 Sep 2017

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Why brands are introducing mental health first-aiders… As we approach World Mental Health day on 10 October, we take a look a ...

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pregnancy

Managing pregnancy in the workplace

21 Sep 2017

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Managing pregnancy in the workplace    Pregnancy in the workplace is something that can be mismanaged at times, with employer ...

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contractual changes

Making contractual changes

14 Sep 2017

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Making contractual changes If an individual needs any contractual changes to be made, a formal process of consultation must b ...

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Risk Assessment

Health and Safety: The need for Risk assessme ...

07 Sep 2017

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The need for Risk assessment in the workplace Over the last five years, accident reports sent to HSE and local authorities sh ...

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employee wellbeing

Employee wellbeing can lead to a happy and he ...

05 Sep 2017

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Employee wellbeing can lead to a happy and healthy brand A happy employee can result in a direct positive experience for cust ...

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flexible working

Flexible working - Guidance from High Perform ...

05 Sep 2017

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Flexible working - Guidance from High Performance Consultancy Gone are the old days where everybody works 9am to 5pm, Monday ...

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General data protection regulation

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - D ...

05 Sep 2017

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - Data Protection Changes When the General Data Protection Regulation comes into fo ...

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bullying and harassment

Bullying and Harassment in the workplace

01 Sep 2017

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Bullying and Harassment in the workplace All employers promote the importance of staff engagement, work-life balance and empl ...

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google

Google: A focus on people and recruiting righ ...

04 Aug 2017

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Google: A focus on people and recruiting right… A company which recruits well, is hard to get into and one that has a worldwi ...

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bereavement

Bereavement - Supporting employees through be ...

01 Aug 2017

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Bereavement - Supporting employees through bereavement A bereavement can be nothing short of devastating and different people ...

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tribunal fees

Tribunal fees - A good week for ambulance cha ...

27 Jul 2017

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Tribunal fees - A good week for ambulance chasers... Our Managing Director Victoria Brown gives her thoughts on the recent ru ...

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gender pay gap

Gender Pay Gap – BBC’s gender gap exposed as ...

19 Jul 2017

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Gender Pay Gap – BBC’s gender pay gap exposed as top ‘talent’ salaries are released A salary of £2.2m saw Chris Evans top the ...

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Training

Are employees putting a halt on their own pro ...

13 Jul 2017

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Are employees putting a halt on their own progression and shying away from training?   Monday to Friday, 9 to 5. It’s ve ...

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Diverse Culture

Creating a Diverse Culture to attract, retain ...

11 Jul 2017

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Creating a Diverse Culture to attract, retain and develop. According to a recent Harvard Business Review study, brands who ha ...

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disciplinary

To dismiss or not to dismiss that is the ques ...

04 Jul 2017

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To dismiss or not to dismiss that is the question! In terms of conduct, most employers recognise when a disciplinary process ...

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Dress codes

Guide to when dress codes should be relaxed t ...

29 Jun 2017

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Guide to when dress codes should be relaxed to increase productivity   Dress codes for your employees are important and ...

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Brexit

Grenfell Tower tragedy shows the dangers of c ...

23 Jun 2017

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Grenfell Tower tragedy shows the dangers of cost-cutting & quick fixes   The Grenfell Tower tragedy has highlighted ...

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Conservatives Labour

Election result – What does a hung parliament ...

09 Jun 2017

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Election result – What does a hung parliament mean for HR & businesses? So the results are in… kind of.  The result of a ...

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burnout

Managing & preventing employee burn-out

01 Jun 2017

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Managing & preventing employee burn-out   Employee productivity and well-being should be at the forefront of any suc ...

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Blog - How will the election result effect bu ...

24 May 2017

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__     The shock general election set to take place on June 6th, less than 2 weeks away at the time of writing, has ...

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Whistleblowing & law

18 May 2017

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Whistleblowing & law   Introduction to Whistleblowing Whistleblowing has been in the news recently with controversy ...

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Mental health

Mental health awareness week

10 May 2017

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Mental health awareness week   This week is Mental Health Awareness Week; dedicated to removing the stigma & ignoran ...

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What is ‘World Day for Safety and Health at W ...

04 May 2017

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What is ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work’?   The International Labour Organisation (ILO) World Day for Safety an ...

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Dealing with absences and calculating holiday ...

27 Apr 2017

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Dealing with absences and calculating holiday pay Dealing with absences and calculating your businesses’ holiday pay for empl ...

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How to handle a job interview

20 Apr 2017

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How to handle a job interview Interviews can be stressful and difficult for a lot of people, even the most outgoing person ca ...

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How to write an effective CV

12 Apr 2017

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How to write an effective CV In the modern working world there is so much competition, even if you have high level degrees an ...

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Most common ways managers fail to engage with ...

06 Apr 2017

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Most common ways managers fail to engage with their employees   Employee engagement within your business is a key part i ...

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How to make LGBT employees feel more included ...

30 Mar 2017

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How to make LGBT employees feel more included in the workplace     The modern day workplace reflects our society as ...

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The final checklist: Brexit & article 50

23 Mar 2017

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  The final checklist: Brexit & article 50     In two of our previous High Performance blogs we’ve discuss ...

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What do the upcoming regulation changes in Em ...

15 Mar 2017

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__   As parliament has now passed the Brexit bill it is widely anticipated that Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger ...

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Health & safety at work

08 Mar 2017

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__   HR has a responsibility to play an important role in Health and Safety in the work place, which helps maintain a sa ...

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Tips for dealing with difficult people at wor ...

01 Mar 2017

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_ Dealing with difficult people at work is unfortunately highly likely to happen at some point in your career environment, be ...

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What qualities does the modern employee need ...

22 Feb 2017

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      ____     Our last blog post focused on how managers can get the best out of their employees, b ...

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What benefits can you introduce to keep your ...

16 Feb 2017

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__       The most important resource in your business is your staff; without productive and skilled employees ...

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The importance of preparing for Brexit

08 Feb 2017

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  __   Starting March 2017 the United Kingdom will begin the formal negotiations to leave the European Union. This ...

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The importance of job descriptions

02 Feb 2017

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___   Hiring employees with no job description in place for their role could potentially lead to reduced productivity as ...

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Consultation or criminal charges – when redun ...

17 Jan 2017

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Managing the redundancy process, particularly around consultation is never easy, however as news reports have shown over the ...

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New Year Resolutions - By Eluned Ward

05 Jan 2017

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At the beginning of the New Year there is a temptation to set all kinds of resolutions of what you are going to do different/ ...

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And on the last day of Christmas, my employee ...

23 Dec 2016

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Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have become a common “virtual” place for people to interact with each other both professionall ...

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On the eleventh day of Christmas, my employee ...

22 Dec 2016

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Christmas is the perfect time for suppliers to deliver branded mouse mats and calendars.  It is also a time when employees ar ...

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On the tenth day of Christmas, my employee br ...

22 Dec 2016

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It has been a tough year financially for many businesses and in this time of austerity, many are cutting their cloth accordin ...

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On the ninth day of Christmas, my employee br ...

20 Dec 2016

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Whilst it is Christmas for a lot of your employees, it could just be another day for others. There is no need to cancel Chris ...

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On the eighth day of Christmas, my employee b ...

19 Dec 2016

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There will be a lot of requests for annual leave over the Christmas period and if you cannot close the business, you will nee ...

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On the sixth day of Christmas, my employee br ...

16 Dec 2016

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Every year we see huge disruptions following the snowfall, leaving organisations with limited  resources as people struggled ...

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On the fifth day of Christmas, my employee br ...

15 Dec 2016

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Winter is traditionally the time when absenteeism increases as people are hit with the usual coughs and colds.  However, it c ...

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On the fourth day of Christmas, my employee b ...

14 Dec 2016

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During the Christmas period there could be more opportunities for your employees to go out for lunches. Indeed, some companie ...

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On the third day of Christmas, my employee br ...

13 Dec 2016

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Some businesses are at their busiest time during December and therefore temporarily employ additional staff to cover the peri ...

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On the second day of Christmas my employee br ...

12 Dec 2016

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Some organisations can face a Christmas shut down period without actually closing their doors if employees become distracted ...

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On the first day of Christmas my employee bro ...

11 Dec 2016

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In the run up to Christmas there are far more events taking place during the week, which may mean that for a limited period o ...

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year - Ho ...

22 Nov 2016

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For many, the most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching, but for managers and HR Departments the Christmas Period c ...

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The Holidays are coming - By Eluned Ward

16 Nov 2016

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As year is drawing to a close, and many people are coming to end of their annual leave year, we thought we would give you the ...

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How are your employees like a firework displa ...

03 Nov 2016

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___ November the 5th is a night of amazement and wonder and is greatly anticipated all year long. Your employees are not actu ...

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company morale

Ten top tips for boosting company morale

22 Sep 2016

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Ten top tips for boosting company morale High employee morale and high productivity go hand in hand. Healthy, high morale als ...

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Limiting workplace distractions

15 Sep 2016

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Mobile phones, chatty co-workers, these are just a few examples of ways in which an employee can get distracted in the workpl ...

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Dealing with mental health issues in the work ...

08 Sep 2016

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With the World Mental Health Day next month, it could be time to consider what organisations can do to support their employee ...

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Handling criticism - 10 top tips

01 Sep 2016

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No-one wants to be criticised, in an ideal world there would be nothing but praise and it would rain positivity. Unfortunatel ...

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The importance of having a social media polic ...

26 Aug 2016

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Social Media is an ever growing aspect of our lives and therefore its use within any business is forever growing. It is inevi ...

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Coping with the heat - An employer's guide to ...

16 Aug 2016

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With the prospect of warm weather finally coming to the UK, we thought we would provide some guidance to employers so they un ...

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Byron Burger, Immigration and the importance ...

11 Aug 2016

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The publicity surrounding Byron Burgers in the last couple of weeks has shown the difficulties that Companies can have in bal ...

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HPC's guide to the Rio Olympics

29 Jul 2016

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It only seems we are just getting over the excitement of Euro 2016 when the next big sporting event is ready to start, the Ri ...

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5 top tips for managing personal mobile phone ...

22 Jul 2016

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It is important for employers to take the time to communicate their expectations regarding appropriate employee conduct to al ...

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Balancing act: Work-life balance guidance fro ...

15 Jul 2016

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Within the HR sector in the last few years there has been much focus on the health and wellbeing of employees within the work ...

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Dress Code in the Workplace - By Elisabeth Ch ...

08 Jul 2016

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Whilst it is understandable that companies want their employees to present a good image of their company, if the dress code p ...

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Brexit and its impact on your business - Thou ...

01 Jul 2016

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A week has passed since the outcome of the EU referendum was announced and as there is still no clearer understanding of what ...

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Equal pay for everybody

01 Jul 2016

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When people talk about Equal Pay cases, it is often seen as an issue only for the public sector with cases involving large am ...

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The importance of diversity in the workplace

22 Jun 2016

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In today’s society having a diverse workforce is one of the most important elements to succeeding as a business and this has ...

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When large corporations get it wrong - By Elu ...

09 Jun 2016

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You would have had to been hiding under a rock for the last week to have missed the two big news stories around HR, with the ...

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Football's coming home! An employers guide to ...

02 Jun 2016

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Whilst High Performance Consultancy cannot predict who will win the Euro 2016 for you, we can provide you some top tips for d ...

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Key Case Law Updates - By Elisabeth Chandler

02 Jun 2016

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Discrimination Although Jersey maintains autonomy from the UK as a Crown dependency, the ruling in the case against Condor Fe ...

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The importance of client meetings - By Chris ...

02 Jun 2016

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There are many key aspects that make for a great recruitment partner; access to strong talent pools, leveraging of social med ...

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Businesses in distress - Top tips to help eas ...

20 May 2016

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No business owner wants to consider what might happen if their business begins to fail, but having a contingency plan in plac ...

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Tell me no lies - By Eluned Ward

12 May 2016

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As there are headlines across the press predicting compensation of up to £750,000 million awarded to workers within the const ...

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Go! - By Eluned Ward

06 May 2016

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Go, walk out the door but don’t go anywhere One of the concerns for a business when somebody leaves is whether the employee w ...

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Whose fault is it? - By Eluned Ward

28 Apr 2016

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Whose fault is it? Vicarious liability is the concept that a third party can be responsible for the torts (i.e. a civil wrong ...

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Gender pay gap- What are we waiting for? Are ...

21 Apr 2016

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The Chartered Management Institute survey based on 43,000 workers shows, “Male managers' earnings across all levels are risin ...

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Keeping your employees motivated

20 Apr 2016

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The heart of a business lies with the people who dedicate their lives to making it a success, the employees. Without them, bu ...

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How to manage a resignation

18 Apr 2016

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I was once told think of an organisation as a bucket of water, and when somebody leaves it is like you remove a cup of water ...

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The start of a good manager

18 Apr 2016

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How often do you see companies promote somebody that really excels in their current role into a management position and they ...

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Rewarding poor performance

15 Apr 2016

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The 2015 National Management Salary Survey recently published by CMI and XpertHR has revealed that almost half (45%) of senio ...

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The blank CV - By Eluned Ward

08 Apr 2016

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As Cabinet Office minster Matt Hancok unveils the latest stage of the ‘Talent Action Plan’ pledging to focus on metrics, incl ...

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The death of the appraisal

31 Mar 2016

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The recent headlines could lead you to believe that appraisal systems are dead, and there are no reasons for managers to comp ...

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National living wage - Are you prepared?

02 Mar 2016

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On April 1st 2016 the new National Living Wage will come into play. Employees aged 25 and over (not in the first year of an a ...

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Recruiting the right candidate - By Lauren Ca ...

26 Feb 2016

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The importance of hiring the right candidate and finding the best fit for your company comes from having clear objectives on ...

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Effectively managing a resignation - By HPC's ...

18 Feb 2016

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I was once told think of an organisation as a bucket of water, and when somebody leaves it is like you remove a cup of water ...

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Morning motivation - 10 top tips for getting ...

11 Feb 2016

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Getting out of bed is never particularly easy, especially in these colder months. You may often find that you have to drag, b ...

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Making Work, Work Better - By Darren McLeod f ...

13 Jan 2016

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So much to do and so little time. We’ve all said it. We’ve all gazed at the blurred scribbles of a never ending to-do list, w ...

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10 secret, simple tips to improve employee

10 secret, simple tips to improve employee en ...

09 Jan 2016

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It goes without saying that by creating an engaged workforce leads directly to higher profitability, increased customer satis ...

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Apprentices are not just for Christmas - By R ...

10 Dec 2015

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Apprenticeships enable you to manage talent in your business and effectively bring new and refreshed skills into your busines ...

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Its just Banter - By Eluned Ward

09 Nov 2015

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How many times have you heard the expression ‘its just banter’?  The expression makes whatever has happened seem a bit of har ...

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Stuck in Traffic? Start the Clock - By HPC's ...

02 Nov 2015

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How many times do your colleagues/employees complain that they have been stuck in traffic on their way into and from work? In ...

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Introducing returnship programmes - By HPC's ...

02 Nov 2015

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Returnships originated in the USA with companies like PwC, Credit Sussie and Morgan Stanley now taking the lead in the introd ...

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HR Horror Stories - Ghosts, Goblins and Ghoul ...

02 Nov 2015

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As Halloween draws close, it’s only fair that we provide some cautionary tales of when things go wrong when dealing with empl ...

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Introducing returnship programmes - By HPC's ...

26 Oct 2015

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Returnships originated in the USA with companies like PwC, Credit Sussie and Morgan Stanley now taking the lead in the introd ...

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