Category: Analysis

Iain Mcmath: Give Dads the gift of tax savings this father’s day

Managers and employers should offer childcare vouchers to working dads this father’s day. Contrary to popular belief it is not only working mothers, but working fathers who can benefit from the tax benefits that childcare vouchers bring when paying for childcare. While children will be pondering the best present that they can give to dad…

Maggie Berry: Creating a supportive environment for women in the workplace

There’s a lot of talk about creating the right climate for women in the workplace in order to break the glass ceiling. For example by providing flexible working hours, shared maternity leave and equal pay. But when women achieve their career goals, how should they manage the personal drawbacks of success that affect their working…

Jeanette Makings: Auto-Enrolment – the countdown is on

When it comes to pensions, auto-enrolment (otherwise known as National Employment Savings Trust, or NEST), is the top concern for UK employees. Whatever the pros and cons of NEST, its launch commences from next year onwards, making it increasingly important for employees and employers alike to know what is required of them. This then begs…

Richard Evens: Too many managers breaking health and safety rules

Research released last week revealed that a shocking two thirds of managers in small firms are knowingly breaking health and safety regulations on a weekly basis. The survey, by business support services provider ELAS, researched the views of 1,000 managers in small firms throughout the UK. In particular it revealed an astounding 88 per cent…

Jean Kelly: How to investigate harassment and bullying complaints robustly- Part 4

For sound and effective formal investigations of harassment, bullying and discrimination follow my tips based on extensive experience of conducting investigations. Have an appropriate order of play I recommend the following order of play for the interviews: First the complainant, without whom there would not be a complaint to investigate. Then witnesses – who may…

Jean Kelly: How to investigate harassment and bullying complaints robustly- Part 5

Learn from my experience of conducting formal investigations into harassment, bullying and discrimination for large, high profile companies and organisations. Tip – How to decide on your findings When you have collected your evidence and put it into your report, read it through carefully and the conclusions should be apparent. List the conclusions, then put…

Chris Welford: The Performance Problem – part 2

In my last blog, I discussed some of the systemic problems with performance management but they are dwarfed by the most fundamental stumbling block – the people involved! If performance really is about potential without the bothersome issue of interference (The Inner Game of Tennis/Work – Gallwey), then anybody who manages others needs to really…

Stephen Smith: Winning the battle for business continuity

In one of the more positive results to come out of the YouGov surveys commissioned by Citrix Online in the aftermath of the heavy snowfalls across the UK in 2010, more than one quarter of respondents felt that they were better-prepared to deal with the disruption this time than they had been previously. Yet despite…