human resources

What is Human Resources?
Human Resources is the people focused function of any organisation and within this category are posts relating to Human Resources activity. This includes topics such as:

employee recruitment. The includes the attraction of new talent into an organisation including how to select, assess and induct new employees into the business.
recognition and motivation. How do you engage employees so that they fulfil their potential with the organisation?
training and development. The acquisition of skills by employees to enable them to fulfil their role.
Coaching and mentoring. The honing of skills such as management and leadership to help organisations run more effectively.
Reward. How do you pay people correctly and incentivise them to continue to perform.
Change management. How do you effectively ensure that major initiatives are embedded?
Employee benefits. What benefits will motivate employees and ensure that your organisation remains competitive when compared with competitors?

All these topics, and more, make up the Human Resources function. We will blog on new developments in these areas as well as how to guides that will help you to become more effective. So make sure you sign up to receive our blogs!

Shared Parental Leave

How does Shared Parental Leave work?

In 2014 the Government passed the Shared Parental Leave Regulations. Prior to 2014, parents had 2 very differing entitlements. The mother could enjoy up to 52 weeks maternity leave whilst the father had 2 weeks Paternity leave. The Shared Parental Leave legislation was designed to allow parents to share statutory leave, theoretically levelling the playing …

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what should companies do about the threat of coronavirus?

What should companies do about the threat of Coronavirus?

Original blog At the end of 2019, a new strain of Coronavirus (now named COVID-19), was indentified in the Chinese city of Wuhan. As of last week, 63,000 cases had been registered with 1,300 fatalities. The condition has largely been contained within China to date with only isolated cases elsewhere. However, given the globally connected …

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Award - Manchester HR Consultancy of the Year

We’ve won an award!

We’ve won the Manchester Prestige Award Cornerstone Resources have been awarded the HR Consultancy of the Year Award by the Corporate LiveWire group. By Rob Birley Cornerstone Resources have been in business since January 2018. As a young business, it’s great to see our progress recognised by winning the prestigious award of Manchester HR Consultancy …

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Cornerstone Resources Human Resources Consultancy new office

Cornerstone Resources Human Resources Consultancy have moved!

Cornerstone Resources Human Resources Consultancy have moved! 18 months after we launched Cornerstone Resources Human Resources Consultancy, we are delighted to announce we’ve moved into our new office! Read below for more information about our journey so far… After spending more than a combined 40 years in HR for different businesses in different sectors, in …

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presenteeism

IR35 – What is it and why do I need to know about it?

Are you a contractor? Update. In November 2018, the Chancellor confirmed that IR35 would be extended to the Private Sector from April 2020. The tax man has since taken an aggressive approach targeting nearly 1,500 contractors who have either previously or currently work with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). In the letter, HMRC state that they may be …

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Change Management at Cornerstone Resources

How and why should I performance manage my team?

Performance Management has always been a tricky thing for organisations to get right. Traditional appraisal processes have relied on formal meetings and the completion of long forms which struggle to genuinely capture the contribution an employee makes to their organisation. Done badly, performance management is less a tool to develop people and more a weapon …

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Don't just replace a leaver

Recruitment: How can you find quality candidates?

Last week we looked at the first two stages of the end-to-end recruitment process, specifically focusing on being clear on what your organisation needs and developing a good job description and person specification. This week, we’re looking at the next two stages – how you attract candidates and candidate selection. 1.Where will you find your …

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Employment Policies - Cornerstone Resources

Pre-employment checks: Are references worth the paper they are written on?

So you’ve offered a job to your preferred candidate and they’ve accepted. The only thing left to do is to complete pre-employment checks. For most organisations, this includes sending out requests for references from your candidate’s previous employers. But are they worth the paper they are written on? The ‘tombstone’ reference A ‘tombstone’ reference, or …

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Employee Benefits - Cornerstone Resources

Real salary increases in the UK are flat. What does this mean for your business?

So we read again that real pay increases have flatlined. This means that basically the same as it has for the last decade, no increase in real take home spending power for the average employee. The attached article confirms that median pay awards are still rooted at 2.5%, the same rate as the consumer price …

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Sickness absence, Throwing a sickie

Throwing a sickie – a thing of the past?

No doubt you will have seen the recent headlines. The latest CIPD research shows that 86% of employers had seen their employees coming in to work ill. This is a shocking increase from 26% back in 2010. Why has it increased? ‘Presenteeism’, as it’s also known, normally happens when employees feel pressure to continue working and …

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Flexible working - Cornerstone Resources HR Consultancy Cheshire

Working from Home – Fan or Critic?

Updated: The Coronavirus outbreak has caused an unprecedented increase in homeworking. Some predict that it has changed the working landscape forever. Click here for more information about your obligations in to employees who are working from home. Original blog As I sit here in my home ‘office’ area, I think about how fortunate I have …

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