Employment News

Mindful Management

Being an effective manager requires a strong work ethic and the ability to guide those on your team to work toward success. Taking a more mindful approach to managing your team can help you to bring out the best in people.

Mindfulness can be defined as a “psychological process of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment”.

4 Steps to Developing Talented Staff

Regardless of the type of business that you run, you will have talented people in your team who you will want to develop and grow into future managers. So how do you go about creating the next generation of managers in your business?

A Good Coach is a Good Manager

In addition to ensuring the achievement of business objectives, managers are responsible for encouraging growth, confidence and ambition in employees.

Effective leadership techniques have evolved over the last few decades and the way that managers interface with their teams has become more focused on getting the most out of people through coaching. Compared to a more directive style, a manager who uses a coaching style tends to foster an environment of collaboration and more open communication.

Off-Payroll Rules (IR35) to be Extended to Private Sector Workers?

As mentioned in the Autumn Budget, the Government has opened a consultation into a possible extension of the rules that currently apply to “off-payroll” workers in the public sector to the private sector. This consultation is being undertaken at the same time as the consultation into employment status.

Diversity and Inclusion

Thanks to recent coverage in the global press, diversity and inclusion in the workplace have become an even greater priority for businesses.

As the UK population becomes more diverse, the businesses that embrace diversity and inclusion are more likely to be able to relate to their clients and target sectors, therefore improving their chances of winning new customers.

Changes to Termination Payments

Care is always required when employees are made redundant or payments are made on the termination of employment. Not only are there employment law considerations, there are also important tax implications and this is an area where professional advice is strongly recommended to avoid unnecessary pitfalls. The tax treatment of these payments changed from 6 April 2018 and further changes come into effect in 2019.

Pay In Lieu of Notice

Managing the Gig Economy

The so-called “gig economy” is starting to change the way we think about our workforce. As the world of work becomes more flexible, an increasing number of professionals are opting to become independent contractors who market their skills to businesses, for as long as they are required.

Changes to National Minimum Wage (NMW) April 2018

On 1 April 2018 National Minimum Wage increase for all 5 rates will take effect.

Are You Sure You or Your Workers Are Self-Employed?

Last year we reported that the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee published a report calling on the Government to close the loopholes that allow “bogus” self-employment practices, which burden the welfare state but reduce the tax contributions needed to sustain it.

Managing Office Politics

Office politics are a fact of life. People are complex and work relationships are often complicated to navigate. So, what should you do when office politics become problematic?

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