Industrial Action – plan your responses in case you are caught up or caught out

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When the economic climate is troubled, industrial action tends to increase due to several factors – differing political views, general uncertainty, frustration and accentuated problems within organisations.  You can be caught up by such action even though your organisation is not a target.  For example, delivery drivers and service engineers may encounter picket lines when […]

Simplifying Employment Rights and Law

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The law relating to unfair dismissal was the starting point – the emphasis being on the right not to be unfairly dismissed. Employers and employees realized that dismissals would be deemed fair but not if substantive or procedural points were ignored. However, today we have ended up with a complex maze of law in which […]

Senior Management Pay – Equitable Differentials *

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The basic pay gap continues to widen between top management and the lowest paid employees. The total remuneration gap is much wider when share packages, pension and other benefits are considered. The size of the gap attracts controversy but at times becomes confused with adversity against wealth creation. The latter is needed to enable the […]

Minimising Staff Absence – The Manager’s Choice

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The first step in addressing staff absence issues is to gather the facts. That may seem obvious but in practice managers seem uncomfortable with holding a detailed discussion with the individual. The result is that referrals are made to occupational health departments with poor information and without having first considered other options. A discussion will […]

Employee Engagement or Re-engagement

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The need to engage with work forces to help drive the economy forward is receiving much attention. Many attempts have been made to define engagement (1) but put simply it is about connecting with employees and others associated with the organisation to produce an effective and customer focused firm that adapts successfully. Academic studies have […]