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The national minimum wage 2016 – what’s changing?

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Yesterday morning we gathered bright and early at 8am for our HR Peer Group Meeting, where we meet and discuss topical issues over bacon butties (egg for the veggies), pastries and coffee.   This mornings hot topic – the national minimum wage 2016. Well, who would have thought there would be so much discussion once[…..]

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“Having good exam results & qualifications is not enough”

This quote was at the centre of our HR Peer Group discussion yesterday.  We meet quarterly to discuss topics that affect those of us at the coal face of hiring & firing.  Our group includes Owner/Managers, Line Managers, HR Consultants, Solicitors & Recruiters.  It’s not a training session or a sales presentation, just an open,[…..]

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Stress & Disability in the Workplace

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HR PEER GROUP MEETING 31/10/2013 As usual we had some interesting and lively debate surrounding stress in the workplace and when it becomes considered a disability.  Many thanks to James Humphrey from Trethowans Solicitors and Karen Bristow from Phillips Solicitors for providing us with the legal framework, and some excellent handouts. I have summarised the[…..]

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07 Dec 2018

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time? Festivities at work, unwrapped

Don’t force it It’s easy to assume that a Christmas party is welcomed by all, but some people actually dread the thought of socialising with their work associates! It can lead to peer pressure over what to wear, how much to drink, who to kiss under the mistletoe, are you a scrooge for not wanting[…..]

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30 Nov 2018

Keeping up with Google

Who can remember life before Google?! Once upon a time, if you were looking for a job in Basingstoke you’d go to the yell.com website to search for a phone number…or maybe even scour the Basingstoke Gazette, community noticeboard, Thomson directory or Yellow Pages. These days, Google is so ubiquitous it’s basically become a verb.[…..]

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12 Nov 2018

Recruiting for Basingstoke jobs? Remote working could help you find the right person – and keep them

Once the butt of many a joke, these days Basingstoke has shaken its ‘Boringstoke’ image of old and it’s thriving. A steady stream of development over the past decade has put the Hampshire town firmly on the map for many big businesses and retailers. The impact on employment in the region has been hugely positive[…..]

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19 Oct 2018

Time’s up on discrimination: top tips for becoming a more inclusive employer

Unless you’ve been living on Mars, you’ll be aware that gender bias is a hot topic right now. Equality in the workplace is under greater scrutiny than ever before, industry-wide. The spotlight is shining on businesses to change how they recognise gender and to improve opportunities – for everybody. Implicit gender bias within the recruitment[…..]

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05 Oct 2018

Taking action on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace

October 10th, 2018 marks World Mental Health Day, providing another opportunity for all of us to tackle the stigma around mental health at work; opening the discussion around what more can be done to make mental health and wellbeing a higher priority for employers of full-time and part-time jobs in Basingstoke. The theme of this[…..]