Category: Briefings

Childcare Vouchers vs Tax Free Childcare

The Government rolled out its latest initiative, i.e. Tax-free Childcare scheme, in late April to show greater support for working parents. This issue has been addressed repeatedly by different governments, so that keeping up has never been easy.  To support parents, Governments have funded free nursery places for very young children, and have offered further… Read more »

Mental Health – Resilience

The Mental Health Network annual conference and exhibition 2017 took place on Thursday 16 March. In May, the Mental Health Foundation is going to look at mental health from a new angle. Rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, they will seek to uncover why too few people are… Read more »

10 Most Common Management Mistakes

1.   Doing nothing then over-reacting – passive/aggressive behaviour A passive/aggressive Manager will do their best to avoid giving any kind of direct critique of job performance. Employees may receive little to no feedback especially if their performance is of concern. Rather than complete an explicit dos and don’ts for employees, this Manager gives a vague… Read more »

Workers on Boards

The UK has voted to leave the European Union, but if our new Prime Minister, Theresa May gets her way, our companies might look a little more like those in EU countries such as France and Germany. Prior to becoming Prime Minister, she launched her national leadership campaign, and gave a speech focusing on the… Read more »

The Living Wage

The Government is to introduce a ‘National Living Wage’ premium, on top of the National Minimum Wage for workers aged 25 and over from 1st April 2016. Notably, the National Living Wage will not apply to adult workers aged under 25, and this group will continue to be entitled only to the NMW, which is… Read more »

Soft Skills

We often read news stories about how employers feel that applicants who’ve left school, college or university lack the ‘soft skills’ they want. Every employer looks for a specific set of skills from job-seekers that match the skills necessary to perform a particular job. But beyond these job-specific technical skills, certain skills are nearly universally… Read more »

How to keep your Staff

Over one third (37%) of UK workers plan to move jobs during 2015, according to a new survey by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). The research indicates that many employees do not feel engaged by their current employers, with two thirds (59%) hoping to move for better career opportunities and 25% feeling under-appreciated… Read more »

Top Ten Tips on How To Avoid Grievances

Grievances in most organisations tend to be far less frequent than disciplinaries and should not be confused with the appeal process. It is important that all employers have a clearly laid down Grievance Procedure as, like the disciplinary process, it is a legal requirement that employees know what it is. We recommend that it is… Read more »

Use Talent Wisely – There Isn’t Much About

By Guy Liddall BA (Law) PMA Group MD, MTS Management Services Ltd I have been recruiting people for over 30 years. There has always been a crisis of talent – almost every recruiter will say “There isn’t as much about as there used to be”. I have never subscribed to that view. Every generation is… Read more »

Why use External Trainers?

We are often asked what are the benefits of using external trainers rather than using internal trainers, or asking a member of staff to run some training. While the obvious benefit of using internal staff for training is the cost, this has to be carefully weighed against what type of training is needed and what… Read more »