Culture

Is a work Christmas do a good idea?

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Disciplinaries Christmas

So it’s nearly Christmas and thoughts turn towards the work Christmas party. You may be wanting to reward your staff with a free night out to thank them for all their hard work throughout the year. At the risk of sounding like an HR killjoy, it’s one to think very carefully about or it could […]

Absence

Do you take all your annual leave allowance?

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no holiday entitlement

Do you take all of your annual leave allowance? As I sit here tapping away on the decking, anticipating my next holiday, I began pondering, why on earth don’t all employees take their full annual leave allowance? Depending on which survey you read, between half to two thirds of all UK employees fail to take […]

HR Policies

Focus on: Policies – why do I need them?

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Employment Policies - Cornerstone Resources

Why do I need policies? Without policies, it’s impossible for your employees to know where the parameters are in your organisation or what their entitlements are……whether it’s holiday, maternity leave orĀ  absence. Some information can be detailed in the contract but more is needed, especially for more complicated processes like long term sickness absence or […]

Culture

Policies: What is your organisation doing about the World Cup?

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Summer is here and with it come some of the great sporting tournaments, Wimbledon, Test match cricket at Lords, Stockport County’s pre-season friendlies… Ok so I was joking about the last one, but there is the small matter of the FIFA World Cup which starts next week. The timings are such that many of the […]

HR Policies

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

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Employment Policies - Cornerstone Resources

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 […]

HR Policies

Is a contract of employment a waste of time?

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Contract of employment, recruitment

Have you provided your employees with a contract of employment? It may seem unnecessary for smaller businesses or charities to do so but as the attached article from breatheHR describes, it is vital to have a written contract in case of dispute down the line. Does a contract of employment have to be written? Not […]