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Human resources activities encompass a wide variety of tasks, from recruitment to redundancy and all points in-between. It’s your job to make sure that you consistently have the right people meeting and maintaining workplace standards to drive the business forward. Whether you’re a line manager or HR professional, our new HR Minis show you in bite sized portions how to get the results you want.
HR Minis - How to Carry Out Return to Work Meetings
In some cases a return to work (RTW) meeting is very straightforward. Someone who takes hardly any sickness absence finally succumbs to a nasty bug, comes back to work after a day or two and everything carries on as normal.
Unfortunately, not every employee or worker is like this. There will always be a few employees who take a great deal of sickness absence. Some of the absence may be due to genuine illness (we have to accept that everyone gets ill occasionally), but in some cases the employee may be afflicted by what we call “Chronic Monday-itis” and this results in taking days off when really he or she could and should be at work.
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HR Minis - How to Carry Out a Discipline Investigation
Problems with employees come in all shapes and sizes, from small matters such as timekeeping through to much more serious complaints.
When problems arise, employers must investigate and determine, as far as is reasonably possible, what really happened. Workplace investigations vary based on the issues and the people involved. Some investigations will be completed quickly with no need to interview witnesses. Others may require a far more detailed approach, involving the interviewing of a number of witnesses.
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HR Minis - How to Carry Out a Robust Recruitment Process
Having a robust recruitment process which sources good quality candidates and collects relevant and accurate data is key in finding the right employee for your business.
If recruitment is poorly executed then businesses can find that the people they have hired aren’t as good as they claim to be. CVs are notorious for being lightly embroidered at best and containing downright lies at worst. Poor quality people are likely to have an adverse effect on the business. It is important to remember that we need to find out as much as possible about candidates before we employee them. A CV and an interview can’t tell us all this.
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HR Minis - How to Deal With Flexible Working Requests
Flexible working relates to an employee’s working arrangements in terms of pattern of work, working time and location of work.
Previously the statutory right to request flexible working was an option only for employees with a child or responsible for the care of an adult.
Flexible working can take the following forms, including:
- term time working;
- working from home;
- working compressed weeks;
- part time working;
- annualised hours.
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HR Minis - How to Deal With Nuisance Grievances
In recent years there’s been a considerable increase in the number of grievances raised and unfortunately some people raise nuisance grievances as a form of protest.
While there’s a very good reason for having a grievance procedure in the workplace, the lengthy and often repeated complaints from employees who lodge frivolous complaints as a retaliation or delaying tactic (or even because they genuinely believe that they have been hard done by), can really sap management resources.
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HR Minis - How to Manage Small Scale Redundancy
This HR Mini has been put together to explain the process which should be followed when the need for making less than 20 employees redundant arises. Please note that the rules are different when making 20 or more employees redundant in any 90 day period at one establishment and you should take separate advice in those circumstances.
Redundancy is now a common part of working life. Both HR professionals and employers will periodically reorganise and shape their organisations to ensure economic robustness, but it’s still important to understand and follow the requirements of the redundancy legislation. In some cases a redundancy process is very straightforward. In others, you will have to use a redundancy selection pool to determine who will be finally placed at risk of redundancy.
Redundancies involving fewer than 20 employees don’t trigger the statutory redundancy consultation provisions, but whether a large business or an SME, even with small scale redundancies you still have to consult in a timely and meaningful manner with those affected and follow a fair process in a fair manner.
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HR Minis - How to Nip Workplace Problems in the Bud
Managing workers is an essential part of your job. Most workers – most of the time – will operate at an acceptable level.
Occasionally, someone will fall below that level and it’s your job to manage them.
Discipline is about helping employees to improve, rather than punishment, and we should never lose sight of that. It’s far easier to resolve problems if they are dealt with as soon as they arise.
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HR Minis - How to Take a Witness Statement
Gathering the evidence for a discipline or grievance investigation often means taking witness statements.
The purpose of a witness statement is to provide written evidence to support a party's case that will, if necessary, be used as evidence in court. The statement is an important part of the investigation and it is important to ensure that the statement is accurate and comprehensive.
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HR Minis - Question Technique
Carrying out investigations, whether into recruitment, disciplinary matters or grievances is a requirement for managers and human resources professionals.
Collecting accurate and relevant information is an important aspect of HR activity, whether you’re dealing with recruitment, discipline or grievances. It’s often done poorly because the manager’s question technique is not sufficiently robust. Line managers and HR professionals have to ensure that they have the right quantity and quality of data to make an informed decision. That means knowing how to ask the right questions.
- What are the right questions to ask?
- How do you ensure your questioning process is thorough?
- How do you use the question funnel effectively?
This HR Mini will help you to question vigorously and gives you useful hints and tips ensure that you have the know-how to when it comes to the data collection process.
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HR Minis – Calculating Holiday Pay
Calculating Holiday Pay
The right to paid holiday under The Working Time Regulations 1998 gives 5.6 weeks’ paid leave.
Holiday pay is based on a week’s normal remuneration. This usually means a worker’s wage but may include overtime, allowances.
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HR Minis – Taking Notes in Disciplinary Hearing
Taking Notes in Disciplinary Hearing
It’s impossible to sufficiently emphasise the importance of taking clear accurate notes of corrective action, even if the action is informal.
In the case of formal disciplinary discussions the notes will be important if the decision is appealed internally and vital if your employee is dismissed and brings a claim for unfair dismissal.
Being able to take accurate notes is an essential skill for managers.
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