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References and data protection

References and data protection

Providing information about an employee in a reference counts as “processing personal data” under the GDPR. Therefore, employers need to make sure that they have a lawful basis for processing such data. It is useful to include a clear policy on the giving of references in staff handbooks, setting out how such requests will be… Continue Reading

How well do you know the employment law around bank holidays?

How well do you know the employment law around bank holidays?

How well do you know the employment law around bank holidays? Most of the UK has eight per year: New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Spring Bank Holiday, Late Summer, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. However, Scotland has omissions and additions and Northern Ireland has two extra public holidays in relation to… Continue Reading

Managing workload

Managing workload

We recently looked at how to prepare for your summer break. However, if there is one thing as sure as the fact that preparing to go away will be challenging, it is that getting back on top of things on your return will be equally (if not more) so. Hopefully, if you followed the advice… Continue Reading

Take a break this summer

Take a break this summer

The season of longer sunny days and BBQs is upon us, and many of us will already have a summer break booked. But whether you are jetting off to foreign shores, making the best of what Great Britain has to offer, or enjoying a leisurely staycation, there is one challenge that we will all face… Continue Reading

Inducting new employees

Inducting new employees

Here at TurnstoneHR we frequently encounter cases where new employees are felt to be underperforming during their probation period. While in some cases the employee may well be at fault, this can often be the result of a lack of a proper induction process. This is particularly pertinent to school or University leavers – who,… Continue Reading

Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental Health in the Workplace

It was Mental Health Awareness week recently, and of late there has been a significant publicity drive to raise awareness of mental health issues, and try to remove some of the stigma of talking about them. Part of removing that stigma involves recognising both the impact and influence the workplace can have on dealing with… Continue Reading

Shiny, happy, people

Shiny, happy, people

Take a look around your office – what do you see? Are you surrounded by smiling faces? Or does your team look down in the doldrums? Of course, most of us strive for happy employees (and a happy workplace) but sometimes we can get so caught up in ‘the business’ that we can forget to… Continue Reading

It’s good to talk

It’s good to talk

Regular readers will know that the need for communication is a drum that I bang frequently. Good communication is essential regardless of the size or nature of your business – after all, none of us have time for the niggly problems that can arise as a result of misunderstanding or even radio silence. Of course,… Continue Reading

The importance of trust

The importance of trust

I recently talked about how HR can help your business grow, and what you need to do to facilitate that. In this post I’m going to be looking at the importance of leadership on that growth journey. In my mind one of the single most important elements of being a successful leader is trust –… Continue Reading

Keeping the best of an SME culture as you grow

Keeping the best of an SME culture as you grow

Running a small business myself, I know that much of the joy that comes with working in such an organisation is the energy and shared goals that perpetuate through the team. Of course, most small businesses aspire to grow, but sometimes, that growth can result in that dynamic feeling getting lost along the way –… Continue Reading

“There is evidence to suggest that good HR practice and people management in SMEs are key factors in strong business performance and can lead to increased productivity.”

- CIPD people Skills Project 2017

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