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Should all shift workers have to work night shifts?


If you’re running a round-the-clock business, someone’s got to take the night shift. But are certain employees better suited to working non-standard hours than others?
By Tony Bushell

How to structure staff appraisals


Regular feedback is an effective way to improve people’s performance – whether it’s constructive criticism or praise for a job well done. But are you aware that just 1 in 4 people (26%) find their work appraisal useful?
By Tony Bushell

Part-time workers could be entitled to full-time leave


Part-time positions are a great way to expand your company gradually and affordably. They’re also a good option for retaining talented people when their personal circumstances change. But there are detailed administration challenges involved in managing the needs of part-time employees alongside full-time team members.
By Tony Bushell

Staff retention: why the first 90 days are the most critical


If we asked 100 company leaders their top five challenges, staff retention would appear in most lists. Good people are hard to find, so it’s frustrating when skilled employees leave your company. But how do you make sure talented people stay with your business?
By Tony Bushell

Will changes to the UK’s ‘fit note’ system affect your sick leave policy?


How does your company keep track of employee sickness? For some firms, receiving an email from an unwell employee is enough. But if a person is ill for a prolonged period of time, you may want official confirmation from a medical professional in the form of a fit note.
By Tony Bushell

7 popular types of shift pattern – and how to test them


Companies often use the term ‘shift work’ generically, but a shift can mean many different things. A shift-based role could be working anything from 8-12 hours; it could involve evenings and weekends. It can mean working set patterns week-to-week, or shifts changing in length and start time every few days.
By Tony Bushell

How to manage staff that don’t want to return to the office


The past two years have accelerated the remote working revolution, with 86% of people working from home during the pandemic. However, with everyday life now returning to normal, many companies are keen to get their teams back into the office.
By Tony Bushell

Is it time companies prioritised skills over experience?


Many sectors are facing a recruitment crisis, as 1 in 5 employees plan to change their job during the next 12 months. But could the way in which companies attract and hire new talent be contributing to employment issues?
By Tony Bushell

7 tell-tale signs of work related stress


In a busy working environment, it’s natural to have overwhelming moments. But for many professionals, pressure points can snowball into more severe work related stress – affecting their performance and their mental health
By Tony Bushell

Do your shift workers need greater job security?


At a time when food prices, energy bills and other living costs are rising, many people are worried about their financial situation. And for shift workers, this fear can be even more intense, due to lack of job security.
By Tony Bushell

How to (sensitively) track time off for private appointments


Transparency is an important part of workplace culture. However, there are times when your employees don’t want to ‘share all’ with their colleagues – like when they’re attending a personal appointment during work hours. Yet team members still need to know someone’s not available when arranging meetings and allocating tasks.
By Tony Bushell

How to coordinate compressed hour weeks


Giving your employees flexible working rights is a powerful way to attract and retain talented people. And for some staff members, the opportunity to shift their start and finish times is sufficient. But what happens when your team requests longer days, so they can work a compressed week?
By Tony Bushell


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