How To Successfully Work From Home

In recent years, we have seen a large increase in the amount of businesses offering employees the ability to work remotely, also known as working from home.

Whether it’s avoiding busy Friday afternoon traffic or being able to continue working if you don’t want to spread possible germs to the rest of the office, this kind of flexibility in working environment is a major benefit to employees – but it doesn’t come without it’s challenges.

Being able to work from the comfort of your own home might sound like a great idea, but you’d be surprised how many people actually struggle with it.

In light of recent events that are likely causing many of us to work from home, here’s some top tips for making sure your remote working goes as smoothly as possible.

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Dealing With Alcoholism In The Workplace

Alcoholism as a whole is increasing. In fact, it is identified as one of the most common addictions, on a global scale. Yet, as pressures build and life becomes tougher, alcoholism is making its way into the workplace.

There are many negative associations with addiction and workplace performance. There are many issues employers will have to deal with when suspecting that an employee is physically dependent on alcohol. However, there are ways of dealing with alcoholism, protecting both the workplace and an employee.

If you believe that alcoholism is entering your workforce, here’s how to deal with it in a compassionate but efficient way. If you’re personally suffering with a drinking problem, we urge you to seek professional support.

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Changes To Employee Contracts For 2020

As the majority of people reading this article already know, April is a very busy month for businesses, especially employers.

April marks the end of the tax year, and also when the new changes come into place for the National Minimum and Living Wage, but these aren’t the only changes happening in the first half of 2020.

On 6th April 2020, major changes are coming to employee contracts, so we’ve decided to detail all of the amendments and give some advice on what to do next.

If you are an employer, this information is crucial.

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National Minimum Wage 2020 – Do You Know The Changes?

Changes are coming to the National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage on 1st April 2020, and it’s important that businesses are aware of the increased rates that will be implemented very shortly.

These new rates mean that full time workers over 25 receiving NLW should be seeing a £930 increase in their annual pay, which adds up when applied to all employees.

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Absence Pay – What Are The Rules?

If you operate a small business, it can be hard trying to keep up to date with all of the rules and regulations surrounding absence pay.

Absence pay is the amount of money paid to staff when they have any kind of time off, whether it be off sick, going on holiday or taking time away to have a baby.

Without the correct information, you could find yourself failing to pay employees the right amount of absence pay and breaching employment laws in the process, and therefore putting your business at risk.

To help avoid this, we’ve created a quick article that takes a look at the guidelines that employers have to follow for the most common types of leave including, sick, holiday and maternity/paternity.

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5 Biggest Causes of Workplace Fatalities

Even though health and safety in the workplace has come a long way over the years, there are definitely still areas that need our attention.

Recently, the HSE published their annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for the 2018/19 period, and some of the results are shocking.

A total of 147 people were killed between 2018 and 2019 whilst at work, an increase of 6 from the previous year. With numbers like these, it’s clear that health and safety still needs to be a priority for all workplaces.

We’ve decided to take a further look at the most common causes of workplace fatalities and how workers can protect themselves to avoid these incidents.

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Improving The Employee Experience At Work (Consumerization of HR)

With the growth and rise of streaming/on-demand services such as Netflix and Spotify, people are growing accustomed to a more personalised experience, with recommendations that are specific to their wants and needs.

Social media has become the biggest news provider in the world, offering updates based on things you like or have previously viewed and even fast food apps recognise your regular orders and offer up favourites based on previous purchases.

With almost everything else in our lives offering up a personalised experience, why aren’t we getting this in the workplace?

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6 Great Reasons To Outsource Your Payroll

When trying to run a business, you’ll often have multiple responsibilities and some things will ultimately suffer due to a lack of attention.

In the majority of cases, a lot of businesses see things such as administration and payroll activities as something that doesn’t need to be a priority – but here’s where they are wrong.

Payroll plays a crucial part in any business, and failure to correctly implement these procedures can land your company in some hot water.

We understand all of the stress and work that comes with dealing with payroll, so we’ve provided a couple of reasons why outsourcing these services to an expert is your best option.

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Dealing With Inappropriate Behaviour In The Workplace

A happy workplace is always something that an employer should strive for. It’s great when all of your employees are getting along and working to a high standard. Getting along well with co-workers can often encourage staff to do well and make the workplace a better place.

However, some employees have the tendency to par take in behaviour that makes other employees uncomfortable and can be deemed unprofessional to say the least.

In light of the many recent allegations, we decided to take a look at what kind of behaviour is acceptable in the workplace.

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Why Should You Consider A Quality Management System?

Quality Management Systems are needed for any kind of business, and show that your business operates to a recognised standard, ensuring the highest quality of work and lack of mistakes.

Implementing an ISO 9001 accredited QMS will ensure that your customers are receiving a quality service, and it is also used to tender for contracts, allowing you to achieve bigger projects and grow your business in the process.

But what exactly is a Quality Management System? What is ISO 9001?

We’ve decided to take a look at what Quality Management Systems are and why they are essential for any business.

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