Category : Staff and employment

Watch your words – train staff to avoid potential discrimination

That’s the lesson we take from a recent ICAEW Legal Alert that highlighted a case of perceived age discrimination. ‘Employers should ensure managers and other senior staff are properly trained and...

Battery farm or free range – which culture are you?

This is a guest post by James Sheard founder of The Accountancy People There are two fundamentally different approaches to running a business. They lead to very different cultures. One is the carrot: ...

Is your small business struggling to find the skilled staff it needs?

A skills shortage is a very real problem facing many small businesses across the globe. So suggests a recent report, as summarised over on Small Business.co.uk. The piece starts ‘Small and medium si...

You can’t expect staff to move unreasonable distances – even if you say so in their contract

You may think you’ve covered your risk if you include in staff contracts a proviso that they must be willing to move offices if need be. Make that clause as broad as possible and you reduce your ris...

Tell staff if you mean to monitor email – even with a clear IT policy

Managing expectations may be key to dealing with staff practice around work email. Recently we highlighted one ICAEW Legal Alert that clarified work email accounts are not private, and should not be e...

Be extra careful what you say about redundancy

Redundancy is always a sensitive issue – understandably. As a small business owner, it may seem like your worst-case scenario and – if even the whisper of the threat approaches – you may feel sa...

How much time do you ‘waste’ recruiting interims?

Every now and then every small business needs to pull someone in to cover a staff absence or deal with fluctuating overload. But how much time can it take trying to find the right kind of support? An...

Be absolutely clear: employees’ work emails and documents are not private

Obviously, anyone working for you can have their own, separate, private email account. But the one they use at work is not privately theirs, and it’s right that it shouldn’t be. So suggests a rece...

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