Human Resources

As work and employment rapidly evolve, new business challenges are created. It's important that your HR policies and procedures remain compliant and your people management practices stay up to date. Read more for practical advice on managing your employees effectively, as well as hot topics such as gender pay gap Reporting, diversity and inclusion and employee engagement, along with other HR matters such as succession and workforce planning.

Optimising the impact of hybrid working

24 February 2023

In this article we look at the key takeaways from a people perspective. We cover how flexible working can help to attract and retain talent and some of the downsides to avoid or mitigate. In addition, we discuss how to manage employees successfully in a hybrid environment.

Cost-of-living - proactive support in uncertain times

24 January 2023

With inflation fast outpacing pay awards, lots of businesses are focussing on how they might support their employees through the cost-of-living crisis.

Pay Gap Reporting: Why a robust pay strategy is fundamental to success

24 November 2022

The cost of living crisis has prompted organisations to take a look at their overall pay strategy, with a view to providing support where they can. Whilst analysing the figures, it is a good opportunity to review Gender Pay data in advance of reporting deadlines.

Christmas event planning – getting together or staying virtual

26 October 2022

Employers will be deciding on the type of work events to hold as we head into the festive season. Whether it’s a return to the traditional get together or a virtual event, there are some important HR issues to consider.

World Mental Health Day - how to make mental health initiatives a business priority

29 September 2022

10 October 2022 is World Mental Health Day. The World Health Organisation’s priority for 2022 is, “Making mental health and well-being for all a global priority”. This is a good time for employers to reflect on what can influence mental health at work and what they can do to help employees.

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The employer’s guide to the four-day working week

29 July 2022

Some employers believe that a four-day working week is a powerful way to shape a positive workplace. Here our employment legal and HR specialists look at the benefits and key considerations of changing to a four-day working week.

Is it time to review your whole employee value proposition?

24 June 2022

Does your employee value proposition stand up and help you towards your ESG goals? Find out more about how HR teams are best-placed to bring the social aspect of ESG alive.

The Year of Remote Working: What more can you do to help staff work from home?

24 June 2022

We look at how organisations support their workforce working remotely and ensure teams remain productive.

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People management for hybrid working

24 June 2022

Many organisations are reviewing their organisational design as a result of lesson learned during the coronavirus pandemic by both employers and employees.

Managing diversity and inclusion within your business

24 June 2021

Mental health is often misunderstood and many still find it difficult to talk about. It is not the same as mental illness, and it is important to know the difference. How can you help as an employer?

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Coronavirus and the future of the gender pay gap

25 May 2022

The pandemic has slightly widened the UK’s gender pay gap, according to recent statistics, but that’s not the whole story. Coronavirus was a setback, but not a devastating one. What can employers do now to pick up momentum again?

Bank holiday changes to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee

26 April 2022

A reminder that the normal 2022 May Spring bank holiday has been moved from Monday 30 May to Thursday 2 June. Coupled with the extra bank holiday to mark the Queen’s Jubilee on Friday 3 June. Here we cover how this change and extra day might affect holiday entitlements.

Stay interviews: a valuable tool for retention

25 March 2022

Many organisations will carry out exit interview when an employee leaves, which can provide useful information but often it is too late to do anything. Here we explore what are stay interviews and how to make them effective.

A holistic approach to menopause in the workplace

25 February 2022

Like mental health, the menopause has historically been viewed as a taboo subject in the workplace. However, as we have found with mental health, talking, understanding and taking positive action can be the key to changing people’s views and experiences for the better.

The future of pay reporting looks diverse – is your business ready?

27 January 2022

A new consultation has been launched on disability workforce reporting. This is in addition to the ethnicity pay gap reporting. It looks like the future of pay reporting will be diverse – is your business ready?

Office banter: protecting your workforce and avoiding discrimination claims

26 November 2021

'Innocent’ workplace banter has a tendency to stray into uncomfortable areas, and organisations that fail to address this early could face workforce disengagement, costly discrimination claims and, in some cases, irreparable reputational damage.

Mental Health Awareness – connecting with nature to improve mental health

27 May 2021

Mental health is often misunderstood and many still find it difficult to talk about. Mental health is not the same as mental illness, and it is important to know the difference. How can you help as an employer?

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Permanent Hybrid working – Where are we now?

30 April 2021

Is it reasonable for employers to require employees to have the coronavirus vaccine? How would this affect employment contracts, policies, and data protection?

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How should employers tackle the coronavirus vaccinations

29 January 2021

With all employees potentially will be given the chance to have the vaccination in 2021. Employers should now be considering whether to issue a policy covering vaccinations and return to the workplace.

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Homeworking and GDPR recommendations for HR

25 September 2020

As the discussions regarding the benefits of homeworking continue and the option of this becoming a more permanent, longer term arrangement, HR data security must be a key consideration.

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Learning from lockdown – securing employee engagement

28 August 2020

As lockdown eases, employees and employers alike are keen to find a ‘better normal’. How can you ensure you have got the right balance of home and office working practices to keep employees engaged?

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How do you combat inequality in the workplace?

31 July 2020

In our strive for nurturing equality, it is important to understand the gap between where we are now and where we need to be. So how do you start those important conversations.

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Why gender pay gap should still be a priority despite the reporting suspension

26 June 2020

The gender pay gap reporting deadline for April 2020 has been suspended by government due to coronavirus. Find out why employers must keep this important issue on their agenda despite the suspension.

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