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Should firms be doing more to help dads spend time with their kids?
The UK government’s shared parental leave system was introduced in 2015, allowing parents to share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of statutory parental pay between them. However, recent research has suggested very few working parents are taking advantage of these provisions, even though many fathers would welcome the opportunity to spend more time with their family. This begs the question:
How to keep your employees’ spirits up
Morale can have a big impact on how a business functions. With a workforce full of unhappy, unfulfilled people, any company will struggle to achieve results and grow. According to recent research by PASS, a firm that provides technology for employee background checks, the average British worker rates their relationship with their boss at 6.6 out of ten. The employers taking part in the survey gave
UK’s small firms positive about sales growth
The ongoing uncertainty about the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union is continuing to cause headaches for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), but this doesn’t appear to have dented confidence when it comes to making sales. Skipton Business Finance (SBF) surveyed almost 1,000 leaders of small firms across Britain and found that many respondents were optimistic about their revenue prospects. ‘Truly
The do’s and don’ts of a staff grievance system
Every manager will want their business to work smoothly, with staff getting on well with them and each other. Efficient HR systems and policies should help with this and also to make sure the basics of office life run smoothly. However, the reality is that things do not always work out like that. Staff fall out with each other and managers, have gripes about various aspects of their work, and occasionally
The pros and cons of rigid pay and reward schemes
How your company functions and whatever way you organise office life, pay is ultimately going to be a big issue for your staff. After all, it is the primary reason they do their jobs; very few people would do what they do for a living as a hobby. For this reason, pay and rewards are sure to be a key element of job satisfaction for everyone. This is not just a question of them being paid well - which
How to get the best advice for growing your business
Anyone who has experience of running their own business will know just how difficult it can be. From making sales to cutting costs to looking after tax and other legal responsibilities, there are numerous challenges that the average company owner will face every single day. It’s, therefore, hugely important to get support and advice from as many sources as possible. If you’re not sure how to
Has the time come to improve your work/life balance?
With more and more people placing an emphasis on general wellbeing - both physical and mental - the concept of work/life balance has never been more important than it is today. Maintaining a healthy division of time between your career or business and your home life isn’t always easy, particularly if you run your own company and shoulder most of the responsibility for its success. With that in
5 things businesses can do to give back to their communities
In our current era of corporate social responsibility and growing concern around issues such as social inequality and the environment, businesses need to think about priorities other than turning a profit. For many companies, it has never been more important to play a significant, positive role in their local communities, or, in other words, to ‘give something back’. The Federation of Small
Five ways for business owners to combat stress
In addition to common priorities such as reducing costs and bringing in more revenue, businesses need to think about issues like workplace wellbeing and the actions they are taking to protect their own health and that of their employees. One of the most significant considerations of all for business people today is stress, which has been identified as a growing problem for owners of small firms. Accounting
5 attributes you need to launch a successful solo venture
Going into self-employment is an increasingly popular option in the UK. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, the number of people in work has increased to a record high of 32.6 million, with solo working making a big contribution to this figure. Some 4.84 million people were working for themselves in the last quarter of 2018, an increase of 63,000. The trend