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Gender Pay Gaps and Salary Benchmarking

Picture the scene. It’s lunchtime and a group of co-workers are sitting with each other in the office canteen. Maybe they’re talking about the latest reality TV programme, how close it is to someone’s wedding or even chatting about the weather. You can guarantee they won’t be discussing how much they earn – can you imagine if they did?  Unequal pay is one of the main factors to impact inequality in the workplace. But looking further afield, what if you suspect that the company you work for pays a lot less than its;

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HR News Round-Up Brexit

‘Are we nearly there yet?’ This question has been asked so many times by children in the backseats of cars the length and breadth of the UK when a family embarks on a long journey. The same can be said about Brexit, the journey has certainly been lengthy with many twists and turns, and according to some officials – yes, we are nearly there. At 11pm local time on March 29 2019, the UK is scheduled to leave the EU. But with what kind of a deal will we leave with? Will this;

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The Benefits of 360 Degree Feedback

‘Can I give you some feedback?’ These six simple worlds can often turn someone’s stomach. Many employees fear feedback for many reasons; the person giving it may be too harsh, the person giving it may not know the employee that well, they may not want to hear how they are getting on for fear it’s not good, they may think it’s just a waste of time. But, what if the feedback was provided in a structured, constructive way – it would be a completely different story. Why is feedback important? Receiving great feedback boosts morale.;

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Recruiting Right First Time

Recruitment – there’s no getting out of it in business. There are always going to be instances when someone leaves or goes on maternity. Gaps become available when a company experiences growth. Full timers may wish to become part timers and a vacancy will appear if a member of staff is sacked! But have you ever stopped to think how much the recruitment process costs? The Cost of Recruitment A company will expect to spend money: advertising online hiring temporary workers to fill gaps on training materials/uniforms for the new recruit And what about the time spent: creating;

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HR News Round-Up September 2018

This month’s news round-up is all about the heatwave and what a scorcher it was. There is a rumour it may be returning. It’s fabulous when you can relax in glorious weather and dip your toes in the cooling waters of the sea – but not so great when you’re working indoors. Let’s look at some of the problems encountered by the UK workforces and explore some solutions. Productivity suffers Heat has a direct impact on productivity, and not for the best. As core temperatures rise, our bodies expend their energy looking for ways to;

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Benefits Across The Ages (20s vs 50s)

We all want to feel valued; it’s human nature. It’s so important for businesses to recognise good work and to offer rewards and benefits to make their employees feel appreciated. But if you were to step this up a notch, and offer benefits suited to the individual, you’re on the right track for a happy and healthy workforce. Previously, salaries were used to attract staff, benefits helped to retain the staff, and bonus and incentive schemes motivated them to do a great job. In today’s competitive workplace, this isn’t enough. Individuals are attracted,;

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Managing Stress At Work

According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), 526,000 people suffered from work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/2017. This equates to 12.5 million days lost and accounts for over 40% of all work-related illnesses. Not only do employers have a legal duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its workforce, but combatting stress in the workplace will increase engagement and help to retain a motivated and healthy workforce. Stress in the workplace Some employees thrive when put under a certain level of stress but, when the pressure becomes excessive, productivity, efficiency and;

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HR News Round-Up August 2018

It’s been an interesting summer so far. The World Cup brought much excitement, the relaxed dress codes to suit the hot weather has raised many eyebrows in the workplace and we witnessed mixed emotions over Trump’s visit to the UK. Let’s look at how our individual choices and beliefs can affect the workplace. We finish this round-up by talking buzzwords – see how many you recognise. Differences in opinion Donald Trump’s visit to the UK was always going to be eventful. And, his visit has certainly put company policies to the test. [1] This story;

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Maintaining Equality In The Workplace

Equality ensures that everyone is treated fairly. No matter what a person’s differences are, these must not be an obstacle for recruitment, career progression or to receive the pay deserved. An inclusive workplace will recruit, develop and give the same opportunities to all of their employees. No business should let any of these factors influence any decision or action: Age Gender Religion Sexual orientation Nationality Physical disability Mental disability But, it doesn’t stop there. Our lifestyle and political persuasions can also lead to discrimination. Our opinions and even the football teams we support are potential obstacles, however, supporting your manager’s enemy;

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Business Growth & Staff Integration

Mergers and acquisitions bring a great opportunity for businesses to grow and to maximise their wealth potential. When two companies combine to make one, this is known as a merger. An acquisition is when one company takes over another. But, no matter if you are dealing with a merger or an acquisition there must be an implementation strategy in place to manage the workforces. When integration is poorly managed without sufficient planning and design this will impact negatively on the entire process. Exciting times ahead, or are they? A time of growth brings a;

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HR News Round-Up July 2018

We all know what we want from our careers; we know what our dream job looks like, where we would like to work and what rewards and benefits would suit our lifestyle. But what about the employer – what do they look for in the perfect candidate? This month, we explore what would make us excited to go to work, what a retail giant offers to attract new recruits, the effects of a tiring commute and whether tattoos are taboo. Let’s look at some very recent studies to see what is really going on;

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Conflict in the Workplace

A diverse mix of people working in an organisation is what makes a workplace unique. A successful company consists of employees with an array of talents, ideas, experiences and opinions; but it is these differences that can also lead to conflict. It’s natural for tensions to occur as it’s unlikely that colleagues will agree to the viewpoint of others all the time. Conflict is not always a bad thing; healthy and constructive conflict between colleagues is a necessary component of a highly-functioning team. When the conflict is unhealthy, productivity slows down and it;

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How To Handle Employee Sickness

One thing is for sure, sickness will occur from time to time in any business. When absence is handled well, the outcome will be positive for both the employee and the employer. It’s a time to ensure that everyone in the workplace is considered; managers must support the employee who is off sick and those who are picking up the extra workload to ensure the smooth running of the business. Having a monitoring system and solid policies in place will help managers deliver confident and consistent conversations. A manager’s role When a member of;

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HR News Round-up June 2018

At last, the weather is on the up and the windows at P3 People Management HQ have been flung open. Warmer weather is just one factor that has an effect on the workplace. This month we look at other influences which effect businesses and how a visit from a dog can boost morale. Skills Gap for Small Businesses Levels of unemployment are almost at a record-low. Unfortunately, this news is having a negative impact on almost a quarter of small to medium sized businesses who are now struggling to find skilled employees to join;

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Understanding Your Workforce

A successful organisation needs talented employees who are engaged and motivated but are you confident that you are offering an environment to support their individual personalities, working styles and learning preferences? Is your workforce the best they can be? Teams who work well together are the engine room of a highly productive business. Psychometric profiling, often referred to as personality profiling, increases self-understanding and helps sustain effective working relationships, allowing employees to perform at their highest level. Transform the way you do business The Insights Discovery Personal Profile, included as part of a personal development;

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Top Team Building Tips

All good businesses have the potential to become great businesses - they have talented and experienced employees but imagine the benefits of developing and enhancing these skills further. With effective team building the workforce will strengthen, resulting in increased profitability, the confidence to deliver a competitive advantage and the ability to manage risk successfully. Solid teams are the building blocks of any organisation, big or small. With encouragement to be the best they can, teams can benefit from renewed focus, enhanced relations, increased trust, a greater sense of loyalty and improved communication. Top Tips;

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How to encourage a rich and diverse workplace

A diverse workplace consists of employees with a variety of characteristics. A healthy, diverse workplace is one where no employee feels left out because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender assignment, educational background or family status. A fully inclusive and diverse workplace is a more interesting and personally fulfilling environment for all employees who are respected, valued and appreciated. Workplace diversity is beneficial to all organisations as the greater mix of people brings a greater mix of skills, ideas, perspectives and experiences. This is what makes a business unique, and;

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HR News Round-up May 2018

At P3 People Management, we have a great working relationship with each other and with our clients; we believe this is just one of the reasons we can provide a first-rate, personal service. In this month’s news roundup, we look at the latest multinational corporation to come under fire for their actions and how many businesses are still ignoring the importance of a healthy workplace culture. To end this month’s roundup, we learn how watching television can influence team-building activities in the office. Starbucks to close 8,000 branches for training On 29 May, almost;

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Most Common HR Challenges for Small Businesses

Working for a small business has many benefits; it’s more personable, there is a greater understanding of the business goals and, with a smaller stage, work gets noticed increasing the chances of promotion. With the support of an experienced HR team the company will continue to grow. But, unfortunately, many small businesses ‘Do It Yourself’ when it comes to human resource related tasks and can become victims of common HR pitfalls. Here’s our top six most common HR challenges faced by smaller organisations, and why seeking advice from a HR Consultancy could save;

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Mental health support in the modern workplace

In today’s workplace, more than ever, it is crucial to have Health & Wellbeing policies in place. Failure to do so can damage both the health of employees and the performance of the business. With support, respect and reliable information, those facing mental health issues in the workplace will have a more positive experience and their confidence and skills will increase. Demands at work It is reported that one in four of us will experience mental ill health, making it one of the biggest issues in today’s workplace including stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder;

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April Employment Update

Employment tribunal claims lodged increased by 90% between October 2017 to December 2017 compared to the same quarter the year before according to the Ministry of Justice statistics published in March 2018. Between April 2017 and December 2017 ACAS Early Conciliation succeeded in 17% of cases, 26% of cases ended up in tribunal and 58% did not.    21% of those that went to tribunal reached a settlement, 5% were withdrawn by the claimant, 7% have been determined by a tribunal and 67% remain outstanding. Statutory Pay Updates April 2018 National Minimum Wage & Living Wage;

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Talent Management for Small Businesses

Thankfully more and more organisations are recognising the value of ongoing talent management and have pushed aside the notion that a yearly review was going to suffice. Finding a meeting planner in your inbox with the title ‘Annual Performance’ was quite frankly the most fearful of times. Large corporations may have departments committed to delivering talent management but smaller businesses need to invest in this strategy too. These large companies can absorb the loss of productivity should a member of staff leave for pastures new, lose interest in their role or take the;

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HR News Round-Up March 2018

Here at P3 People Management, we’ve had a great month. We’ve held an informative GDPR event, researched what’s new in HR but mainly tried to keep warm. The effects of the weather have certainly put policies and procedures under scrutiny - let’s look at how issues can affect the workplace and how to survive. To pay or not to pay? The Beast from the East caused thousands of schools to shut, offices to close early and caused chaos on the roads. The question on many lips is ‘should an employee pay staff who have;

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How to give your workplace culture a spring clean

It’s hard to believe, with all the terrible weather we’ve been experiencing, but Spring is on its way. The urge and desire to dig out the feather duster and cleaning products to spruce up your household will soon be here. After a thorough spring clean your home feels organised and pristine; it makes you feel motivated, liberated and energised - you fall in love with your home again. A spring clean should apply to the workplace too to keep employees enthusiastic and passionate about their role and their place of work. Love Monday Mornings? To;

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HR Tips for GDPR Compliance

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on 25th May 2018. This new regulation intends to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the EU. All organisations who hold data will be required to adhere to strict procedures and meet standards relating to the information they hold. Complying with the GDPR rules is not only mandatory but it will gain the trust of your workforce and customers. So, how do you make sure your data collection practices don’t break the law? Be Prepared For some, just hearing the acronym GDPR can send their;

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HR News Round-Up February 2018

It’s been a month of hard knocks for many. Tesco faces a £4bn equal pay claim and few companies have escaped high levels of absenteeism caused by widespread flu. But let’s look positively at the trends that will define recruitment this year and have a peek at what’s hot at this month’s Learning Technologies Conference. Gender Pay Gap The Equal Pay Act was introduced nearly 50 years ago, but with the latest findings at Tesco the fight for equal pay is far from won [1]. In this latest case, women on the shop floor claim;

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How to retain a talented workforce

Retain Vs Recruit So, you’ve just recruited a great person to join your organisation; their CV read to perfection, they impressed you during the interview, they looked smart, the references were excellent and you believe they’ll fit in well with the team.  Good work!  But if this is happening too often you need to re-think your retention strategy. The Cost of Recruitment It’s at this point your business is all too aware how much this recruitment exercise has cost.  But do you ever consider the costs you don’t see; the time the role was unfilled;

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How to tackle harassment allegations in the workplace

Harassment cases have, sadly, hit the headlines far too many times in recent months, mostly involving high-flying celebrities and politicians. But harassment isn’t just something that happens in high-profile industries, like politics and the media. In workplaces up and down the country, there are victims and perpetrators of harassment in its many forms. Times have certainly changed for the better though. No longer do victims feel they should keep quiet for fear of recrimination or the loss of their jobs. In fact, it is the bravery shown by the victims in some of;

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Great Leadership at the Service of HR

Top-notch HR work is crucial in any organization. But companies can help themselves hugely if their managers – across the board, including HR managers - also have in place some core leadership skills which, in practice, ensure high morale, help achieve great business outcomes and keep the team working together happily and healthily. None of it is rocket science, but taking a look at how an organization’s leadership is working in action could prove invaluable in identifying some weaker areas that need tweaking, training or re-hauling. Here are our top four tips on great;

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Extra holidays in 2018 – 2019 Holiday Year - Planning ahead!!

The way the England and Wales bank holidays fall in 2018 and 2019 means that if your business operates a holiday year of 1 April to 31 March and your employment contracts state that holiday entitlement is '20 days plus 8 bank holidays' (or similar wording) your staff will not benefit from a Good Friday bank holiday in the 2018/19 leave year. This would be in breach of their contract of employment.  Giving employees who work a five-day week fewer than 28 days' annual leave is a breach of the Working Time Regulations;

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10 ways to upskill your team

For any business, work often gets in the way of staff development. We’re all far too busy doing the do to step back and consider making that longer-term investment in our primary stakeholders. An investment in staff training will make employees feel valued and motivated which, in turn, makes them more efficient and productive. However, there can be a business cost associated with it and this can be a real sticky point for smaller businesses wanting to upskill their staff. But it’s important to remember that staff training is a long-term investment for;

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How to manage an effective disciplinary

An effective disciplinary process is crucial for any organisation. It protects the business and its staff but, above all, will make sure that the process is carried out fairly and openly and that everyone’s needs are met. It will also help to protect the company against any action against unfair dismissal. Follow our top tips and be confident that all employees will know what is expected of them and what will happen if they do not meet the required expectations. ;

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HR News Round-Up November 2017

The gig economy, diversity targets and stress at work…all very prevalent issues in the news cycle at the moment but we finish with an interesting study out this week about your name and how it relates to how much you get paid...and it’s not good news for us girls. Government urges businesses to employ more Women in senior roles According to the Hampton-Alexander review, an independent diversity study backed by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Businesses, says that businesses should hand 40% of senior jobs to women[1]. The review says this is;

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5 Reasons Why You Should Out-Source Your HR

HR: in-house or out-sourced? Should you rely on your company’s in-house people management team for all your employment-related needs, or should this essential function be tended to outside of your business? “In my experience, businesses with fewer than 50 employees … have a manager or finance director who dabbles in HR because they have some relevant experience in their dim and distant past which seemingly qualifies them to deal with all the people issues that arise,” is the withering opinion of one insider[1].  ‘People issues’ are a major headache for many organizations, so wouldn’t it;

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Case Study: Supporting businesses and employees with long-term ill health

Businesses face all kinds of challenges but handling sensitive and unpleasant situations with employees is part and parcel of any management role. But what happens when the directors themselves need managing? At P3PM, we recently supported one of our clients through a very challenging time when one of their directors was sadly diagnosed with a serious neurological condition within a month of being promoted at the firm. The employee Andrea was one of the most senior members of staff at a large professional practice based in Manchester. She was an outstanding performer and an effective;

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How to manage poor performance in 5 easy steps

Poor performance and disengaged staff bring everyone down, including those in management. This, in turn, can lead to poor management and can be a vicious circle to break. It can even lead to low productivity and a drop in sales.   69% of employees say they would work harder if they felt their efforts were better recognised[1]. It’s easy to write off poor performing staff as just lazy or work shy but, let’s be honest, there must be a reason why they wanted to work for your business in the first place;

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HR News Round-Up September 2017

There’s a lot of talk this week around the HR struggles faced by small and medium sized businesses and the negative impact these tasks are having on productivity. Investing in HR systems or outsourcing even the most basic advice services can make a significant difference. EU discrimination is sadly on the rise with Brexit on the horizon and the over 50’s are on the lookout for work experience opportunities. Small Businesses Seek Greater Support with HR Two reports out this week suggest that small businesses urgently need help when it comes to HR. The CIPD;

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How to succeed at cross-generational working: from Baby Boomers to Millennials

Is she even out of nappies? He’s too old to ‘get’ how we do things now! Why does our age define how good or bad we are at our jobs? George Orwell said “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it” and we see this time and time again in the workplace. As a nation, we’re obsessed with age. All too quickly, we label our colleagues, doctors, teachers and other professionals as either too young or too old for their;

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HR News Round-Up August 2017

This week we kick off with a couple of ‘how not to’ stories – one from Silicon Valley giant Google, whose fall-out from an employee’s self-authored anti-diversity memo has been hitting the headlines worldwide, and another around millennial employees risking burn-out from constant screen checking.  Google’s People Management Firestorm following Employee’s Anti-Diversity Manifesto As if proof were needed that The Big Guys and Girls don’t always get it right, Google was forced to sack a software engineer this week after he authored an anti-diversity manifesto claiming that gender imbalance in the tech industry was;

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Holiday Pay to Include Voluntary Overtime

In the recent case of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts and others EAT/0334/16 the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that voluntary overtime should be included in ‘normal’ remuneration for holiday pay calculations.  Previously it was only regular, but not voluntary overtime, that was to be included in holiday pay calculations.    The workers in this case are employed as electricians, plumbers, roofers and operations officers.   They have set contractual hours and work entirely voluntary additional overtime and on-call work.    Dudley Council stated that overtime pay was not ‘normal’ remuneration as it lacked an intrinsic link to the performance of tasks required;

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Holiday Pay: A Little Helping Hand

  Case Law  Due to recent case law regarding the inclusion of commission and overtime payments in holiday pay, Companies now must ensure that employees are paid their ‘normal’ pay during the 4 weeks of their statutory 5.6 weeks annual leave, to avoid any claims of unlawful deduction to wages.  Fulton and another v?Bear Scotland?Ltd EATS/0010/16 (on overtime in holiday pay)  Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council v Willetts and others EAT/0334/16 (voluntary overtime in holiday pay)  Lock?and another v?British Gas?Trading Ltd (No.2) [2016] IRLR 316 EATECJ (on commission in holiday pay)  What is ‘Normal’ Pay?  Normal Pay means - the remuneration they would usually get including:  Basic rate of pay;  Overtime;

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In the news this week...

The past week has seen HR and talent management hit the headlines in the mainstream media, and largely for all the wrong reasons. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the story dominating the news as well as some less high profile ones you may not have picked up on.   How not to manage talent[1] This story demonstrates just how important it is to remain respectful and professional at all times – especially on email, where an apparently flippant comment can have far reaching implications. Seeing coverage across major news outlets after first;

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Grievance management – the single most difficult thing a manager must do

Dealing with grievances at work is an inevitable aspect of business.  And it can be the single most uncomfortable and challenging element of any manager’s role.  Following the relevant process is simple, but communicating the right message to achieve the right result is far more difficult.  Different people will respond to feedback in different ways.  And therein lies the skill of a manager – finding the way to communicate the message clearly, fairly, and, critically, in a way that resonates with the employee.  Here are our top tips for effective grievance management.  Listen carefully: Give the employee the;

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Are leaders born great?

Next month’s general election has dominated the headlines for a whole host of reasons. One being the numerous stories regarding Jeremy Corbyn and whether he should step down as Labour leader following what people predict will be a landslide defeat for the party.   These stories have been particularly revealing when it comes to finding out people’s attitudes towards leadership. Comments such as “out of his depth” and “leadership doesn’t come naturally” have recurred and suggest one thing: some people are just not meant to lead. So, if you don’t have the traditional qualities;

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Weekly news and gossip from the world of HR

Welcome back to our weekly news round-up – keeping you up to speed with latest industry news, developments and all-important gossip.  Recognising family friendly workplaces Working Families The Working Families benchmark for employers is now open for entries. Designed to identify the life experiences of employees, this important standard recognises the achievements of employers who are building agile, flexible and family friendly workplaces. With half of all UK working parents stating they would ‘go the extra mile’ for a flexible employer, this coveted award, now in its eighth year, gives employers the opportunity to;

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What's in the news?

It’s been a busy week at P3 People Management towers! And, as always, the team has been looking at what’s happening in the industry at large, to keep you up to speed with key developments in the sector.   The HRDirector  Three deadly sins of remote working With flexible working practices fast becoming the norm, it’s important for companies to be remote-access aware.  Enabling access to your company’s technology from a home laptop or mobile device is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Sloppy security, weak passwords – or, worse, passwords on Post-its stuck to;

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The Recipe for Business Success: Personality, Personality, Personality

For a number of years, employers would predominantly focus on the functionality of their employees. They evaluated how much work an individual could process within a certain timeframe. If the individual worked quickly and effectively, perfect. If not, they’re probably not right for the business.    Fast forward to now and the focus has shifted from simply looking at functionality to instead examining how a mix of different personalities can boost the overall productivity and creativity of a business.  And speaking of creativity, employers are increasingly turning to creative methods to characterise employees, particularly;

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Psychometric profiling – why it’s good for your business

At a senior level, where personality and soft skills define a leader more than their practical ability to perform a job function, psychometric profiling can play an invaluable role in recruiting or promoting an individual.   A leader must be able to engage, motivate and inspire the workforce by giving a clear vision of the future of the business, and the role of each individual within it.  Openness and trust are vital traits of a good leader, alongside emotional intelligence, particularly in their behaviour towards their team. Equally, team members who can draw on;

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News round-up

There’s never a dull day in the HR sector - here’s our weekly round-up of all the news stories that have got the team talking today.   BBC News Happy hiring: The firm that recruits Mr Men characters[1] UK shoe repair and key-cutting business Timpson has decided to recruit their staff based solely on which Mr Men characters their personalities resemble, doing away with candidates stressing about qualifications and CVs. It’s certainly a concept that grabs the attention and it’s really inspired the team to think about the benefits of recognising different personality types in the;

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What’s everyone talking about in HR?

Recruiter Snap election The big story this week is the Prime Minister’s early election call. Recruiters have largely come out in favour of the announcement in hope of the clearer mandate it will give government in Brexit negotiations.  At P3PM, we feel the move will not only help bring stability but also bring us closer to ending the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, which is, arguably, the biggest problem UK industry is currently facing. We’re hoping that the June election will mean that UK businesses can start to take decisions that are rooted in fact rather than;

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Communication and openness are key traits of 21st century leaders

In the past, the role of a business leader was seen as virtually akin to that of a dictator – their word was gospel, their opinions went unchallenged and their decision was final. It’s only relatively recently that the world of business has changed dramatically and new thinking has started to make its mark in the boardroom Today’s leaders must offer a very different skill set from the decisive, all powerful figurehead of yesteryear. Softer skills such as communication, active listening and building trust are all part of the make up of a;

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Weekly HR News 14/4/17

Take a look at the latest news stories that are creating a stir in the HR industry this week – and have got the P3 People Management team buzzing:   HR Magazine Apprenticeships – still a hot topic   With the UK government setting the highest ever target for apprenticeships – a goal of three million by 2020 – the quality of apprentices coming through the process is under scrutiny.  There are widespread concerns that this will lead to companies creating a large number of lower level (Level 2) apprenticeships to satisfy government targets rather than focus;

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When a job for life with a company car no longer cuts it

In industries where talent is thin on the ground, finding the perfect candidate can often feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. So how do employers beat out their competitors to ensure they secure the best talent in the market? We take a look at what really motivates employees and how employers should approach their pay and benefits.   Key to talent management and boosting job performance is motivation – and it’s clear that top performers within any company stand out because of their motivation as well as their skills. In a;

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What's got us talking in HR?

What’s captured the P3 People Management office’s ear this week? Take a look at the latest news stories that have got us talking:  Dress to impress HR Grapevine Grapevine takes a look at changing dress codes in the workplace. The impact of Millennials and Gen Zers entering the work force, with their expectations of flexibility in working hours, dress, and rewards; the rise of the gig economy creating more freelancers working across different companies, and home working becoming the norm rather than the exception means our work and leisure outfits are becoming indistinguishable. But does;

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How to manage poor employee performance

Praising an employee’s work is one of the most positive aspects of leading a team – but no one likes having to tell someone they're doing a bad job. Managing poor performance, however, is an unpopular but essential aspect of leadership. Failing to nip any issue firmly in the bud will only mean that the member of staff's performance gets worse, and may begin to have an adverse effect on the rest of team. In this blog post, we take a look at how leaders can effectively manage poor performance.  Effective performance management;

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Round-Up Of HR News

  It’s been a busy week in the world of HR. Take a look at the latest news stories we have been discussing in the P3 People Management office this week:   Altitude sickness in the workplace HR Grapevine Some of the world’s most successful businesses dominate the skylines of major cities across the globe, but according to new research, working in these iconic skyscrapers could be bad for employee health. The study found that working at a high altitude, in buildings that are susceptible to swaying in the wind, could lead to tiredness, low mood, insomnia,;

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What M&A Means For Your Workforce

  Going through the M&A process is an exciting time for a business. The deal indicates new opportunities, locations and markets that the company can move into. It can be easy for the people at the top to get caught up in the excitement of merging with or acquiring a business, but for the people on the ground this can be a daunting time. For employees, hearing that your company is approaching an M&A deal will ignite fears of redundancies, having to relocate, take on extra work or move departments. Staff engagement and cultural;

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Latest HR Stories

  Take a look at the latest HR stories that we’ve been discussing and debating in the P3 People Management office this week:   Jargon deters potential candidates HR Grapevine   A recent report by Business in the Community and City & Guilds has discovered that two thirds of young candidates (aged between 16 and 24) admitted that they have been put off applying for a job because of the jargon within the job description. The research revealed that young candidates found a number of job descriptions confusing and impenetrable. The report suggested that many employers are;

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The Best Techniques For Tackling The Worst HR Problems

The saying goes by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. While this rhetoric may be extensively overused within organisations and by business leaders in an attempt to motivate their teams, there’s definitely a lot to take from this phrase when it comes to dealing with HR problems. No employer wants to have to deal with negativity in the workplace, and knowing how to tackle these issues can often feel like a monumental task. This is particularly true if you are a small organisation that manages its own HR functions without a;

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HR News Update

Here’s the latest stories from the world of HR that have caught our eye this week:   Pret A Manger’s Human Resources Director Speaks Out Against Brexit The Independent The HR director of sandwich shop chain Pret a Manger has publicly spoken out against the ramifications that Brexit will have on employees within the hospitality industry. Andrea Wareham told the House of Lords economic affairs select committee that the high-street chain employs 110 different nationalities and only one in 50 of Pret’s applicants are British. Wareham continued to say that if the company had to fill;

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What does the spring budget mean for HR?

Last week, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered his spring budget speech. On the government’s website, the budget’s main concerns include investment in the NHS, adult social care, technical education and 5G technology, to name but a few. But what does the spring budget mean for HR and the workplace?   Technical Education The spring budget outlined a £500m investment into technical education for 16 to 19 year olds that will see the introduction of new T-levels in autumn 2019. Young people will be able to choose from 15 different routes, which range from;

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Recent HR News

  We’ve had a busy week here at the P3 People Management office, and we’ve seen some interesting stories from the world of HR. Here’s the news that we’ve been discussing and debating this week:   The Academy says goodbye to “envelopegate” accountants BBC News The biggest buzz of the 2017 Oscars wasn’t politically-charged acceptance speeches or show-stopping gowns. Instead, the post-show talk was all about “envelopegate” – when La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner of Best Picture instead of Moonlight. Needless to say the mistake was a massive award ceremony faux pas,;

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Dealing With Conflict: How To Resolve Disputes Among Staff

  Dealing with employee conflicts within a business is generally one of the least appealing factors of HR management. Clashes of personality, business disputes and office politics can create a tense and uncomfortable atmosphere, resulting in a severe loss of productivity and weak office morale. But resolving disputes among staff can be a challenging process, and when approached incorrectly, it can be easy to create more harm than good. Those business leaders who don’t tackle conflict and face disputes head on will suffer in the long-run; by letting issues fester, the workplace environment can;

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HR News

It’s been another week of interesting news and insights from the world of HR. Here’s a handful of those stories that have got everyone in the P3 People Management offices talking this week.   Which professions work the most unpaid overtime? HR Grapevine Ah, that dreaded overtime. Across most industries, overtime is unavoidable to get things done and meet tight deadlines. According to research by TUC, employees are completing £33.6 billion worth of unpaid work each year. There are also stats reported by The Mirror that over 5.3 million employees work an extra 7.7 hours each;

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Biggest HR Blunders

Human resources (HR) plays a vital role in the running of any business. It is the glue that holds together, nurtures and takes care of an organisation’s best assets: its people. It is universally acknowledged as a fundamental component of a business’ mechanics, whether a company has a fully-formed in-house HR department or outsources its HR functions to an external provider. Nevertheless it can be easy to get even the simplest HR functions very wrong, and when this happens these blunders can turn into catastrophic HR nightmares. These issues can be extremely sensitive;

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Dispelling The Myths Of HR Outsourcing

Deciding to outsource your company’s HR functions is no easy task. There are numerous things to consider, such as timing, workload and budget, but there are also many myths surrounding outsourcing that further confuse businesses. From believing this incurs high additional expense to imaging that outsourcing results in a loss of control, some myths are repeated so often that businesses begin to suppose they are true.   We examine the most common myths in an attempt to dispel them and help business owners make a more informed choice about outsourcing their HR functions:   Myth:  It’s;

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Latest News

The world of HR doesn’t stop moving, and this week the P3 People Management team can’t stop talking about these HR news stories:   Almost half of employees believe they will never be able to retire People Management A survey carried out by Mintel has revealed that four in 10 workers expect never to retire. 61 per cent of workers who responded to the survey believe that they will not enjoy a retirement as comfortable as previous generations. Currently, men in the UK can retire at 65 while women can retire at 63. This is set;

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How You Can Achieve More By Doing Less

If you’re the owner of a start-up or an established SME, it can be easy to dismiss HR as something that only big companies need. However, if you’re going to give your own business 100 per cent as well as conduct all HR duties, you may find you’re overloaded and lack focus on your core role. We look at what functions HR perform and ask if you’re fully prepared to do everything they do, as well as your own work.   What do HR professionals actually do? A HR role is far more than ‘just’;

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Psychometric And Personality Profiling: How Your Business Can Work Better Together

There’s no doubt that an essential part of a HR department is drawing together the perfect team – one where individuals work well with other members and are inspired by the different nuances and talents they each bring. However, get it wrong and the clash of personalities can be disastrous. We look at how psychometric and personality profiling can help bring together the ideal combination of people to improve your business.   What are psychometric and personality profiling? Psychometric testing and personality profiling can play an important part in the recruitment process, enabling employers to;

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HR News Round-Up

It’s been a busy week in the world of HR. Read more about the stories that have been causing debate and discussion in the P3 People Management office this week:   Auto-enrolment review for seasonal workers The Financial Times Under the Pensions Act 2008, employers are obliged to automatically enrol eligible workers in a pension fund and make contributions to it. However, the government has now confirmed that it will review the position of seasonal workers for auto-enrolment. The review was called for by The National Farmers’ Union and the CBI, who claim that auto-enrolment is;

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HR FAQs: Statutory Rights

  The world of human resources can, at times, feel like a minefield for businesses – no matter how big or small they are. But HR is a fundamental aspect of running a successful business, as it takes care of your most important asset: your people. Many businesses can feel overwhelmed by legislation, regulations and best practice requirements, especially if they don’t have the knowledge and understanding of the basics. However, being informed of employee’s statutory rights is a crucial aspect of HR.   With that in mind, here are the most common HR questions;

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Latest HR News Round-Up

We’ve hurtled into February following what has been an interesting month in world events. As ever, the P3 People Management team has been discussing all the news from around globe as well as some interesting reports and findings in HR. So, grab yourself a cup of tea and forget about the new leader of the free world for the next five minutes while you delve into the latest HR news that’s caught our eye:    Are we a nation of payday millionaires?  HR News A news story that raised more than a few knowing groans in;

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Employee Engagement: The Key to Business Success

It is a simple yet often overlooked fact that happy employees means happy customers. A great number of businesses take the time to acknowledge their customers’ needs, but fail to consider what is important to their employees. A business’ best asset is its people, so it comes as a surprise that few organisations truly invest the time and effort in engaging the workforce, as by improving employee engagement, employers can symbiotically increase profits, performance, customer service and retention. Placing this attention on the workforce will build a team that is committed to the;

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Weekly HR News

2017 is in full swing and the P3 People Management team has been discussing all of the latest news from the world of HR so far. Here’s the latest news stories that have caught our eye:   Dress code discrimination still a problem The Guardian This week, MPs have called for a review of current equality legislation after a report discovered that numerous organisations are delivering sexist instructions on dress code to female employees. The report was launched after Nicola Thorp, a receptionist for PwC, hit headlines in 2015 for being sent home without pay for;

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Is The Job Spec Obsolete?

Today’s employment landscape is almost unrecognisable from that of twenty years ago. A new generation of millennial workers and continuously developing technology have redefined the way in which we search and apply for jobs. As a result, recruitment and HR teams have adapted their methods for attracting and hiring potential candidates, meaning many traditional recruiting practices are now obsolete. So what’s on the way out? One of the very first things that a potential candidate will see: the job spec. While job specifications may still play a small, obligatory role in searching for;

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Latest HR News

What do cake, the technology sector and the President of the United States all have in common? They have each been the focal point of HR news stories that the P3 People Management team has been discussing this week:   Call to end workplace cake culture HR News Sharing sweet treats in the office certainly boosts morale and workplace positivity – something we are big fans of here at P3 People Management. But now a leading professor at the Royal College of Surgeons is calling for an end to this so-called office ‘cake culture’, citing its;

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2017: An Employment Law Forecast

  We may only be one week into 2017, but businesses are already thinking about what is coming down the line over the next 12 months. While 2016 brought about a year of political and financial instability, 2017 is set to bring about a whole host of changes to employment law that employers must prepare themselves for. Here, the P3 People Management team breaks down exactly what businesses should be looking out for over the coming months. Gender pay gap reporting The gender pay gap has been one of the most talked about topics across;

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Weekly HR News Round-Up

  New Year, new news stories. Here’s the latest from the world of HR that the P3 People Management team has been discussing this week. HR departments targeted by cyber criminals HR Grapevine Sadly cybercrime is on the rise and 2017 is predicted to be the biggest year for cybersecurity yet. Now, a new strain of ransomware, GoldenEye, is targeting HR departments. GoldenEye began life in Germany in the form of a fake job application, exploiting the fact that HR departments are used to receiving job enquiries from unknown sources. The virus appears as a seemingly normal;

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When is the right time to outsource your HR?

  SME owners and entrepreneurs are invariably motivation rich and time poor, especially if they run a close knit but expanding and increasingly busy team. The drive to expand the business and fulfil its potential can leave issues such as effective HR by the wayside until it’s too late. We look at some of the signs that it might be the right time to outsource your HR.                                        HR isn’t just about that old fashioned term;

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Latest News Round-Up

  This week in the P3 People Management office, we’ve been sharing and discussing the latest of our favourite stories from the world of HR. Tax break for Employers hiring ex-offenders People Management A new report from the parliamentary Work and Pensions committee suggests that employers should receive tax incentives for actively recruiting ex-offenders. Re-entering the workforce and ‘everyday life’ can be incredibly difficult for ex-prisoners; the support available is significantly limited and finding a job itself can be a challenge. Particularly as over 50 per cent of respondents that the report surveyed admitted that they;

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How much can you really save from outsourcing your HR functions?

In these times of political and economic uncertainty, all businesses are looking to cut costs and be more efficient. One way you can achieve these goals is to outsource your HR functions. If you run an SME or a start-up, controlling your company’s finances will be your priority. It’s vital that your business is run efficiently in order to minimise costs and maximise profits. Outsourcing HR functions can help you in both tangible and intangible ways, some of which you may not have considered.   Practicalities Office space: By not having a full-scale HR team;

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Weekly News Round-Up

This week we’ve had plenty to discuss in the P3PM office. While the UK workforce take a break for the Christmas holidays, the world of HR never stops. Here are the stories that have been causing debate, discussion, laughter and intrigue among our team this week. The ultimate productive playlist HR Grapevine We were incredibly intrigued to read about totaljobs joining forces with music streaming service Deezer to find out exactly which songs are the best to listen to for a productive day at work. Interestingly, 80 per cent of 4,500 workers said that listening;

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The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing HR Functions

There is no over-estimating the importance of a great HR team. They are there to deal with the lifeblood of every business – its employees. While some companies still prefer to keep their HR in-house, increasing numbers are outsourcing their HR functions and it’s estimated that almost 50 per cent of large organisations now outsource at least some of their HR requirements. Outsourcing spend among UK companies has also trebled during the past two years, with smaller businesses now being some of the largest beneficiaries. While outsourcing HR can bring huge benefits to;

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News Round-up

Welcome to the first instalment of our brand new weekly news round-up dedicated to bringing you some of my favourite stories, news and articles from the world of HR. There’s never a dull day in this industry and in this segment we’ll be making sure that you’re informed of all the key news and insights as well as some of the most heart-warming and hilarious articles doing the rounds. HR needs to get out of the office and stop hiding behind processes Diginomica To kick off this week’s news round-up we have a fascinating article;

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Top 5 HR Functions Businesses Outsource

Although outsourcing HR functions is a popular option for businesses of all sizes, there is still some confusion about how it works. Some businesses are reluctant to outsource HR functions because they believe they’ll completely lose sight of this integral part of their operations. In reality, outsourced HR solutions should not replace a HR department, nor should they lead to a complete relinquishing of control, but are in fact intended to complement your current offering. Speaking broadly, HR departments tend to deal with absolutely anything and everything that has to do with people;

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Why Businesses Shouldn't Underestimate the Cost of Stress

While individuals and organisations can have problems understanding stress, it’s clear that stress can have significant organisational consequences, far beyond its immediate impact on the individual. Businesses like to be able to see and measure a return on investment. In fact they can also obtain clear estimates of the cost of stress. This is important, because it highlights the fact that stress is more than a people issue. Organisational Consequences and Costs There are good, sound economic reasons for businesses to tackle stress in the workplace. Whereas there is an ethical imperative, and a duty of care towards the wellbeing of;

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Management Buyouts: HR and the Fitter, Leaner New Firm

Every new owner wants to see their company to emerge leaner and meaner after a Management Buyout.  But are you making your job more difficult by ignoring your HR? When a business changes hands, there’s always upheaval: panic over job security, financial restructuring, rebranding and legal headaches.  It’s a tense time for you and your workers.  But, after the dust has settled, you could be in charge of a fitter company and HR is increasingly seen as the key. During an MBO, many new owners choose to assess the health of the firm and trim away the dead wood.;

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Workplace Productivity: How Much Criticism is Too Much?

It is important to tell help your employees improve and tell them what they can do better. But too much criticism can be more of a hindrance than a help.  But how much criticism is too much? Dramatic research from University of Michigan Business School shows that the margins for negative comments versus positive ones in an office environment are remarkably small.  Indeed, it can take just 3 negative comments to every one positive to undermine workplace morale and hurt office productivity. It’s a remarkable finding. If you’re the kind of boss who is a bit of a control;

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Help Employees Deal with Changes in the Workplace

You can’t avoid change in the workplace, but you can minimise the adverse effects on your employees by getting them on board from day one. It will be hard work and everyone involved in the change management process will need to be fully committed. But it can be done. Be a Great Leader:  In times of great upheaval, employees look to their manager or leader to guide them through the chaos. Effectively managing change is a great responsibility. If you get it wrong, employee morale will plummet and productivity will drop.  Change management is a great test;

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Are Your Employees Fit for Work?

The fit note is a contentious issue, and not just for employers and the people who work for them. A 2013 DWP survey suggested that over 75 per cent of GPs felt obliged to issue fit notes for issues that were not strictly medical. The same survey revealed a substantial number of doctors to be feeling that they were equipped to deal with their patients’ work issues. More recently the government revealed plans to have GPs refer patients to a third party organisation for assessment and in order to plan their return to work. The BMA has voiced its;

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