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Employer Myths: Are You Allowed To Give A Bad Reference?


In September 2018, ACAS released new guidance on how to provide an employment reference. A job reference is often requested by prospective employers to ascertain whether the job applicant is suitable for the position applied for. A word of caution has been given from Tom Neil, an ACAS Senior Adviser on providing a job reference; “The job market can be very competitive, so it is vitally important for job applicants and …

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Should You Give An Employee Time Off When Their Pet Dies?


From Pawternity Leave to dog-friendly offices, more and more employers have been recognising the importance that our pets play in our day to day lives. Whilst it’s not a statutory requirement, most companies offer compassionate leave when an employer experiences the loss of a friend or family member, but there has been a recent debate surrounding whether this should extend to the loss of a pet. Though employers may not …

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Top Tips To Banish Employee Burnout And The “Always-On Culture”


Presenteeism and the pitfalls associated with an “always on” workplace culture have been a hot topic as of late with the recent supreme court case against Rentokil for expecting an employee to answer work calls outside of their contracted hours. And while you might not automatically identify this culture in your workplace, it’s clear there is an increasing percentage of UK employees adopting a first in – last out approach …

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Too Hot To Handle? – Why The Heatwave Is Damaging Workplace Productivity


With the Met Office warning that parts of Britain may be hotter than the Sahara this week, we’ve been wondering how the heat can affect our brains functioning at work. Neurologists over the years have found there are many key aspects of our lifestyle that can influence our brains functionality. Some of these are more obvious, such as sleep, stress and diet. Others can be subtler, for example movement, cognitive …

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5 Workplace Management Tips We Can Take From The World Cup


37 Million Brits tuned in to watch England play Croatia in our first semi-final match since 1966. While it wasn’t the outcome we were hoping for, we must consider this is the most impressive performance the England Football team have turned out in 62 years, so what can you, as managers or business owners, take from their sporting success and utilise within your own team? Handling failure “Don’t look back …

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Six Steps To Surviving The Football Sickie Season


by Louise Norman, HR Assistant  Companies large and small have their work cut out for them as the 2018 World Cup is now in full swing and sickness absence will soon skyrocket. If you are reading this thinking ‘surely nobody would pretend to be ill to watch a football game?’, the statistics speak for themselves, with an estimated 1 in 5 people admitting they would pull a ‘sickie’ to watch …

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5 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Summer Interns


The holidays are approaching fast. For most, it’s a chance to enjoy a well-earned break in the sun. For students nearing graduation, it could be time to head to your office for their summer internship! For many potential interns, this will be their first time in a professional work environment, and they’re looking to you to learn the ropes… but creating a valuable learning experience and still making the most …

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Hospital Staff Fired Over Ed Sheeran Data Offence


“Not another one…” Over the past few months, most of you will probably have had this thought after opening your inbox to find it full of emails asking you to opt-in under the GDPR and most of you, like me, will have clicked the delete button – but a recent case reveals just how important it is to know where you stand with the new legislation. Two staff members at …

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