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Managing Difficult People

Managing difficult people can be time-consuming and emotionally draining. You can’t reason with an unreasonable person. However, there is usually some underlying reason that is motivating them to behave in a difficult manner. Try to identify the person’s trigger. What is stopping them from co-operating with you? It may be helpful to set up a […]

Read more May 23rd, 2019

Changes To National Minimum Wage April 2019

National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wages (NLW) increased from 1 April 2019. Please see the table below for the new rates: Employers should review the ages of employees to ensure they are paid the correct gross pay when carrying out your payroll procedures. At Shapcotts we check an employee’s age as part of […]

Read more April 24th, 2019

Creating A High-Performance Organisation

High-performance organisations stimulate more effective employee involvement and commitment in order to achieve increased profits, improved productivity and higher levels of customer loyalty. We are living in uncertain times. The highest performing businesses will, by their very nature, ride out the storm more effectively than their competitors. So how do you create a high-performance organisation? […]

Read more April 23rd, 2019

New Workplace Pension Limits From 6 April 2019

The amounts that employers and workers will be required to pay into workplace pensions are due to increase from 6 April unless the worker opts out. The new limits will be 5% from the worker and 3% from the employer. The total minimum contribution will therefore increase from the current 5% overall to 8%. In […]

Read more March 12th, 2019

Does money really motive employees?

We all work to get paid but is money alone enough to motivate your employees? Regardless of the type of business you run, you need to pay your employees fairly and in line with your competitors. If you don’t pay your people in line with the market, it can act as a de-motivator. However, once […]

Read more February 25th, 2019

Getting Your Whole Business To Make The Most Of Social Media

Most, if not all, of your staff will have social media accounts. What if you could get all of your staff to like and share your business’s social media posts? Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and many more social media platforms are driving customer decisions. Messages and posts that come from friends and colleagues tend to […]

Read more November 22nd, 2018

IR35 “Off-Payroll” Rules To Be Extended To Private Sector

Very controversially, the Government have decided to extend the rules for personal service companies in the public sector to workers in the private sector from April 2020. This follows a consultation in Summer 2018 on how to tackle non-compliance with the intermediaries legislation (commonly known as IR35) in the private sector. The legislation which has […]

Read more November 13th, 2018

Leadership Development

It is the management team’s responsibility to invest in, develop and grow the company’s next generation of leaders. In order to construct a solid framework with which you can develop the next generation of leaders in your business, it’s best to start by identifying the attributes and capabilities of the existing leadership team and work […]

Read more October 24th, 2018

Effective Mid-Year Performance Reveiws

Conducting mid-year performance reviews gives managers the opportunity to check in with employees in order to ensure that their objectives, project work and general day-to-day jobs are aligned with the rest of the business. Even if your business doesn’t have a formal system in place for conducting mid-year reviews, it is still worth taking the […]

Read more October 24th, 2018

Notify HMRC Of EBT And Similar Loans By 30 September

HMRC have published revised guidance on settling tax liabilities in relation to the use of disguised remuneration schemes involving Employee Benefit Trusts (EBTs) and similar arrangements. In order to settle on preferential terms before the outstanding loan charge arises on 5 April 2019, taxpayers must register with HMRC and provide all of the required information […]

Read more September 11th, 2018