Employees

Knowing how to manage employees can help you keep good workers – read on to discover more

Employees keep a business growing and driving forwards. However, many small business don't have the luxury of having an HR team to look after their interests. So, in this section, we look at everything to do with employee management in your business – from their rights and responsibilities to covering yourself legally and knowing how to motivate people.

Apprenticeships: Learn From England's Last Master Cooper

Apprenticeships: Learn From England's Last Master Cooper

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Apprenticeships: Learn From England's Last Master Cooper

What your business can learn from this inspiring story of how a niche business found the perfect apprentice.

Why Apprenticeships are Great News for Small Businesses

Why Apprenticeships are Great News for Small Businesses

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Why Apprenticeships are Great News for Small Businesses

Savvy SMEs know apprenticeships benefit their employees and business growth. From funded training to low employment costs, here's the lowdown.

5 Ways for Small Businesses to Keep Staff Happy

5 Ways for Small Businesses to Keep Staff Happy

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5 Ways for Small Businesses to Keep Staff Happy

Employee engagement experts, Best Companies, provide advice on the ways SMEs can build a loyal workforce

Employing Apprentices: The Benefits to SMEs

Employing Apprentices: The Benefits to SMEs

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Employing Apprentices: The Benefits to SMEs

SME owner Tracy Ewen talks about the huge value apprentices bring to small businesses and shares advice like how to recruit an apprentice and salaries

6 of the Best Productivity Tools for 2016

6 of the Best Productivity Tools for 2016

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6 of the Best Productivity Tools for 2016

6 of the best digital productivity resources and tools for small businesses and entrepreneurs

Motivating Employees to Achieve Business Goals

Motivating Employees to Achieve Business Goals

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Motivating Employees to Achieve Business Goals

Top tips to keeping your employees motivated and locked on to the goal

An Employee's Not Just for Christmas

An Employee's Not Just for Christmas

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An Employee's Not Just for Christmas

Find out why and how to reward your staff in 2016 and beyond

Will NLW Make Employees the Victims?

Will NLW Make Employees the Victims?

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Will NLW Make Employees the Victims?

Phil Foster discusses how the new National Living Wage could cause SMEs to make low-skilled staff unemployed to save on costs.

Choosing Your Office Christmas Tree

Choosing Your Office Christmas Tree

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Choosing Your Office Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree sellers to the stars, Pines and Needles, offer great advice on finding the ideal Christmas tree for your office.

How SMEs Can Help Close the Gender Pay Gap

How SMEs Can Help Close the Gender Pay Gap

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How SMEs Can Help Close the Gender Pay Gap

Government want big firms to report pay for men and women, but SMEs can also take action to help close the gender pay gap. Here's how.

5 Tips for Surviving the Office Christmas Party

5 Tips for Surviving the Office Christmas Party

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5 Tips for Surviving the Office Christmas Party

With the festive season upon us, we've got the ultimate guide to surviving the office Christmas party, and avoiding disciplinary or legal action.

Are Your Christmas Staff Workers or Employees?

Are Your Christmas Staff Workers or Employees?

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Are Your Christmas Staff Workers or Employees?

Recruiting temporary Christmas staff? Here's a guide to understanding the difference between who's a worker, and who's an employee.

Create a Great Place to Work and Unlock Business Potential

Create a Great Place to Work and Unlock Business Potential

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Create a Great Place to Work and Unlock Business Potential

How to unlock potential by creating a great place to work. Find out what makes a positive workplace and why it inspires people to work better.

Dealing With Sub-Contractors

Dealing With Sub-Contractors

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Dealing With Sub-Contractors

It's important to remember that a sub-contractor isn’t an employee, so you can’t treat them as one. So how do you deal with them when it all goes sour?

How You Can Learn to be Creative

How You Can Learn to be Creative

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How You Can Learn to be Creative

You can’t teach someone to come up with great ideas, but creativity is something that can be nurtured and developed with the right kind of attitude.

Employing Externally vs. Promoting Internally

Employing Externally vs. Promoting Internally

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Employing Externally vs. Promoting Internally

When looking to fill a vacant position there are two common trains of thought - external or internal. But where is best to look?

How is Your Pension Calculated?

How is Your Pension Calculated?

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How is Your Pension Calculated?

Introduction to how the state pension is calculated and when you can claim.

Managing Staff Personalities

Managing Staff Personalities

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Managing Staff Personalities

In every office environment, there are strong personalities. Do you understand fully how to manage them to benefit your business?

How do I Ensure Effective Team Management?

How do I Ensure Effective Team Management?

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How do I Ensure Effective Team Management?

Effective team management, why it is necessary and how to ensure that you are achieving it.

How Much Maternity Leave Do You Give Staff?

How Much Maternity Leave Do You Give Staff?

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How Much Maternity Leave Do You Give Staff?

Know what maternity leave you need to provide for both your female and male employees.