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Professional Management of Remote Workers

Professional Management of Remote Workers

Are the right things on your agenda? In March businesses...
During these crazy, exceptional times, how happy and engaged is your workforce?

During these crazy, exceptional times, how happy and engaged is your workforce?

Perhaps you are wondering whether this is utterly irrelevant...
Diversity, Racism, Unconscious Bias ... Where Do We Go From Here?

Diversity, Racism, Unconscious Bias ... Where Do We Go From Here?

2020 has been a year of surprises – and challenges –...
3 Common Mistakes When Moving From Face-to-Face to Online Training

3 Common Mistakes When Moving From Face-to-Face to Online Training

Welcome to this HR Blast. Not surprisingly given that...
HR updates

HR updates

 Latest updates: furlough, redundancy, short-time ...
Important Reminders for HR and Business Owners

Important Reminders for HR and Business Owners

In recent months, we have all been preoccupied so we...
Managing workplace social distancing & return to work challenges

Managing workplace social distancing & return to work challenges

Whilst most businesses still have their employees...
Managing employee consultation and representation during COVID-19

Managing employee consultation and representation during COVID-19

Consultation is a legal requirement if you intend to...
Urgent Employment Law Changes from 6th April 2020

Urgent Employment Law Changes from 6th April 2020

Don’t get caught out: Contracts of employment need t...
Flexible thinking around flexibility

Flexible thinking around flexibility

Not surprisingly people tend to think in straight...
COVID-19 FAQs for businesses managing staff (May/June)

COVID-19 FAQs for businesses managing staff (May/June)

As coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread the UK, it has...
Top Tips for Embracing Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Top Tips for Embracing Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Welcome to our latest edition of HR Blast! This week...
The Do’s and Don’ts When Managing Discipline and Grievances

The Do’s and Don’ts When Managing Discipline and Grievances

At Jaluch we often find that those newly appointed...
Is your HR function sufficiently informed to manage ‘woke’ behaviours?

Is your HR function sufficiently informed to manage ‘woke’ behaviours?

Managing the rise of the 'woke' workplace ... A...
Driving for work - are your employees driving you into a pothole?

Driving for work - are your employees driving you into a pothole?

Whilst driving for work is one of the most dangerous...
Christmas is all about – limiting those January resignations….

Christmas is all about – limiting those January resignations….

As you’re building up to Christmas, let's help you d...
Managing under performance in your team

Managing under performance in your team

Under performance is often like paint that has faded...
How to prevent age discrimination in the workplace

How to prevent age discrimination in the workplace

The saying goes that “age is just a number”, or so ...
10 top tips on how to make flexible working 'work' in your business

10 top tips on how to make flexible working 'work' in your business

Let’s explore the challenges that businesses face w...
How to Deal with Data Subject Access Requests FAQs (SAR or DSAR)

How to Deal with Data Subject Access Requests FAQs (SAR or DSAR)

We are seeing increasing numbers of employees and ex-employees...
IR35 changes - will this affect you?

IR35 changes - will this affect you?

IR35 rules are changing in April 2020 - if you run...
What is a Settlement Agreement? In a Nutshell ...

What is a Settlement Agreement? In a Nutshell ...

How confident are you using settlement agreements?...
5 cost and time efficiencies you are missing out on

5 cost and time efficiencies you are missing out on

Our clients often get frustrated by the amount of time...
Digital literacy: Is your workplace full of digi stars or digi dinosaurs?

Digital literacy: Is your workplace full of digi stars or digi dinosaurs?

Digital literacy, what is it? How does it affect you?...
FAQs: managing pregnancy and maternity – employer's guide

FAQs: managing pregnancy and maternity – employer's guide

Welcome to this week’s HR Blast where we take a look a...
Workplace Investigations – HELP! (Discipline, Grievance and Performance)

Workplace Investigations – HELP! (Discipline, Grievance and Performance)

Managing discipline, grievance and performance investigations...
Discrimination in the workplace: what you need to be aware of

Discrimination in the workplace: what you need to be aware of

A longer HR Blast than normal but Discrimination...
HR as a cyber security champion

HR as a cyber security champion

Another policy has been issued from the depths of the...
The role of HR in environmental sustainability

The role of HR in environmental sustainability

For many years environmental issues have been passed...
Preventing Illegal Working in the UK - Are you up to date with the changes?

Preventing Illegal Working in the UK - Are you up to date with the changes?

There have been some recent changes in respect...
How to avoid historic grievance claims (they are more common than you might think)

How to avoid historic grievance claims (they are more common than you might think)

Welcome to this week’s HR Blast for employers. Can e...
Flexible working trends: innovative ways to be a 'flexible' employer

Flexible working trends: innovative ways to be a 'flexible' employer

Welcome to this HR Blast from Jaluch about flexibility...
Health & wellbeing - helplines and useful articles for staff

Health & wellbeing - helplines and useful articles for staff

Interested in the wellbeing of your staff? Why not...
HR Acronyms Confusion: Do We Really Need Them?

HR Acronyms Confusion: Do We Really Need Them?

We were shocked a few months ago to be asked by...
Gender Pay Gap Reporting 2019

Gender Pay Gap Reporting 2019

It’s that time of year again with the 2019 gender p...
The language of inclusivity

The language of inclusivity

In this Blast, we focus on the thorny issue of what...
Fancy fining your staff?

Fancy fining your staff?

Welcome to this HR Blast from Jaluch. Here we look...
Managing long term sickness absence

Managing long term sickness absence

In this two minute HR Blast we wanted to focus...
Be Colour ‘wise’ this Christmas!

Be Colour ‘wise’ this Christmas!

There are multiple psychometric tools available: Belbin,...
Redundancy risks: what you need to know

Redundancy risks: what you need to know

We support businesses of all shapes and sizes with...
How to improve your gender pay gap

How to improve your gender pay gap

Gender Pay Gap reporting regulations require all...
The impact bad bosses can have on employees

The impact bad bosses can have on employees

In this HR Blast, we focus on the impacts of bad ‘bosses’ and...
HR paperwork – a necessary evil!

HR paperwork – a necessary evil!

In this Blast, we look at some of the essential HR...
Employment Tribunals – A Broken System?

Employment Tribunals – A Broken System?

Welcome to this week’s HR Blast. As HR professionals h...
Staff Reps: Challenges and Benefits

Staff Reps: Challenges and Benefits

The topic this time is employee / staff reps. For over...
Employing temporary workers – back to basics!

Employing temporary workers – back to basics!

It ’ s all very well taking on temps, but are y...
Effective Employee Representation – A FIVE Way Focus

Effective Employee Representation – A FIVE Way Focus

If you are trying to create an effective employee representative...
Agile performance management – an opportunity for change?

Agile performance management – an opportunity for change?

  Over the past year, more and more people...
The 10 things first-time managers need to know about

The 10 things first-time managers need to know about

We often write articles for those who are already experienced...
The Future of Recruitment and Retention

The Future of Recruitment and Retention

It is remarkable how many of us spend our lives...
Take Note! The Do’s and Don’ts of Note Taking at Formal Employee Meetings

Take Note! The Do’s and Don’ts of Note Taking at Formal Employee Meetings

Are you getting it right? Do your managers feel confident...
Are 'Cross Functional Working' and 'Collaboration' Swear Words for HR?

Are 'Cross Functional Working' and 'Collaboration' Swear Words for HR?

Whilst some might like to think that HR is a function...
The Workplace HR ‘Tools’ That Can Be Dangerous!

The Workplace HR ‘Tools’ That Can Be Dangerous!

We all use a variety of tools in the workplace...
Troubleshooting HR - Are Your Managers in the Dock?

Troubleshooting HR - Are Your Managers in the Dock?

Welcome to our HR Blast which has a bit of a twist...
Fines Caused by Managers Inadvertently Breaching Employment Contracts

Fines Caused by Managers Inadvertently Breaching Employment Contracts

All too commonly, we see managers either accidentally...
GDPR - What Data Breaches Do You Have To Report?

GDPR - What Data Breaches Do You Have To Report?

In this HR Blast we focus on one specific area...
HR & the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

HR & the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

Act Now! If you’re not GDPR compliant by 25th ...
TUPE or not TUPE?

TUPE or not TUPE?

…that really is the question (!) that many organisations s...
Without Prejudice Meetings and Protected Conversations: What You Need to Know

Without Prejudice Meetings and Protected Conversations: What You Need to Know

For many employers, the need will arise to have either...
Is Microaggression Rife in your Workplace?

Is Microaggression Rife in your Workplace?

You may or may not have heard of the term “microaggression” but...
Mopping Up The Mess When Staffing Issues Go Pear Shaped

Mopping Up The Mess When Staffing Issues Go Pear Shaped

Welcome to this HR Blast from Jaluch. In this Blast...
Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful - Protecting your Business Going Forwards

Tribunal Fees Ruled Unlawful - Protecting your Business Going Forwards

Since tribunal fees were introduced in 2013, there...
What Do You Know About Gross Incompetence?

What Do You Know About Gross Incompetence?

Welcome to this HR Blast from Jaluch. Here we take...
Top 10 Bank Holiday Queries - What You Can and Can't Do . . .

Top 10 Bank Holiday Queries - What You Can and Can't Do . . .

Bank Holidays . . . a topic that is always coming...
Is your Senior Management Team Fit for Brexit?

Is your Senior Management Team Fit for Brexit?

Welcome to this HR Blast. In this Blast we take...
Redundancy Planning: Take a Professional Approach

Redundancy Planning: Take a Professional Approach

The Jaluch Guide to Redundancy Planning (UK). Welcome...
All Change in the Workplace, in a Changing World...

All Change in the Workplace, in a Changing World...

o Arab Spring, China’s Babies, Brexit and ‘...
Employed, Self employed, or Worker – What’s the Real Difference?

Employed, Self employed, or Worker – What’s the Real Difference?

Welcome to this HR Blast. Given some of the recent...
Managing the Kindergarten! When adults behave like kids in the workplace

Managing the Kindergarten! When adults behave like kids in the workplace

In this Blast we take a look at the issue of when childhood...
Employing Staff In The UK

Employing Staff In The UK

Welcome to this HR Blast. After experiencing a few...
The 5 Faces of Workplace Bullying

The 5 Faces of Workplace Bullying

Welcome to this HR blast. In recent months, we have...
Brexit: 12 Law Changes HR Would Like

Brexit: 12 Law Changes HR Would Like

Welcome to this week’s HR Blast from Jaluch. At Jaluch w...
Managing Intolerance in the Workplace

Managing Intolerance in the Workplace

Welcome to this HR Blast. Today we look at managing...
The HR Refresher

The HR Refresher

We have come across a few businesses that have been...
5 Tips for Dealing With Workplace Disillusionment and Anger

5 Tips for Dealing With Workplace Disillusionment and Anger

Welcome to this week’s HR Blast. We look at an i...
The 7 Pillars of Workplace Mayhem and Despondency

The 7 Pillars of Workplace Mayhem and Despondency

Welcome to this two minute HR blast. In recent...
Need-to-Know Legislation for Organisations With 50+ Staff

Need-to-Know Legislation for Organisations With 50+ Staff

Welcome to this HR Blast from Jaluch. In this Blast,...
Gender Pay Gap Reporting: What You Need to Do

Gender Pay Gap Reporting: What You Need to Do

Welcome to this week’s HR blast from Jaluch. T...
LGBT and Gender Terms – Confusion in the Workplace?

LGBT and Gender Terms – Confusion in the Workplace?

Welcome to this HR Blast. In this 2 minute Blast...
Are You on Trend With L&D?

Are You on Trend With L&D?

Welcome to this HR Blast. Have you had a good week?...
Brexit: What it Means for HR

Brexit: What it Means for HR

With Brexit being the 'hot topic' of 2016 and undoubtedly...
5 Fair Reasons for Dismissal

5 Fair Reasons for Dismissal

In this article we provide a short reminder on...
Top 10 Ways to Avoid a Grievance or Tribunal Claim

Top 10 Ways to Avoid a Grievance or Tribunal Claim

In this Blast, we take a look at how to avoid a...
Using Artificial Intelligence to Solve Day-to-Day Business Issues

Using Artificial Intelligence to Solve Day-to-Day Business Issues

Welcome to this HR blast. In this Blast, we look...
Digital Literacy in the Workplace: Deciphering the Gobbledygook

Digital Literacy in the Workplace: Deciphering the Gobbledygook

Welcome to this Jaluch HR Blast on the topic of...
5 Common Christmas Issues in the Workplace

5 Common Christmas Issues in the Workplace

The Christmas season can have a big impact on business,...
The Key to Delivering Cost Effective and Time Efficient Training

The Key to Delivering Cost Effective and Time Efficient Training

Welcome to this HR Blast. This week we wanted to...
UK Start-up Advice | Internal or Outsourced HR Support?

UK Start-up Advice | Internal or Outsourced HR Support?

Welcome to this 2 minute HR Blast from Jaluch....
Hints & Tips for Managers to Curb Workplace Bullying

Hints & Tips for Managers to Curb Workplace Bullying

Workplace bullying is a costly epidemic, and with...
Trouble at the Office: Time to Involve HR

Trouble at the Office: Time to Involve HR

It can be a difficult decision to know when to...
The Living Wage – How Much Thought Have You Given It?

The Living Wage – How Much Thought Have You Given It?

Welcome to this HR Blast. This week we focus on...
Short Service Staff With Serious Ill Health Issues

Short Service Staff With Serious Ill Health Issues

Welcome to this HR Blast. In this two minute blast,...
The Need-to-Know Bits When Dealing With Employment Contracts

The Need-to-Know Bits When Dealing With Employment Contracts

Employment contracts are not the most exciting...
Top 10 Irritations in Open-Plan Offices

Top 10 Irritations in Open-Plan Offices

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. In this Blast,...
Managing Difficult People in the Workplace

Managing Difficult People in the Workplace

Welcome to this two minute HR blast. In this Blast,...
Five Common Errors When Managing Redundancy

Five Common Errors When Managing Redundancy

Whilst many organisations are growing rapidly,...
They've Refused my Holiday, so I’ll Pull a Sickie

They've Refused my Holiday, so I’ll Pull a Sickie

Welcome to this week's HR Blast. Our two minute...
Managing the Virtual Workers

Managing the Virtual Workers

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. We are working...
When the Workplace Stress gets Stressful

When the Workplace Stress gets Stressful

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast from Jaluch. In...
When ‘Other People’ are the Barrier to Improved Performance

When ‘Other People’ are the Barrier to Improved Performance

Welcome to this 2 minute HR Blast from Jaluch....
Contractors, Discipline and Suspension

Contractors, Discipline and Suspension

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. This week we look...
Managing Employees During the Probationary Period

Managing Employees During the Probationary Period

Welcome to this week’s HR Blast. Most companies ad...
Top 5 Challenges for First-Time Supervisors

Top 5 Challenges for First-Time Supervisors

This week we focus on the challenges often faced...
10 typical mistakes managers make

10 typical mistakes managers make

Welcome to this HR blast. This time we take a 2...
L&D - How wisely are you spending your money?

L&D - How wisely are you spending your money?

In this two minute HR Blast I wanted to touch on the...
Getting it Right When People Exit your Business

Getting it Right When People Exit your Business

Welcome to this 2 minute HR Blast. In recent months...
It’s Pension Time – Don’t Leave it Too Late.

It’s Pension Time – Don’t Leave it Too Late.

Welcome to this 2 minute HR Blast. If you have...
Intrapreneurship… Are You Heading for Failure or Success?

Intrapreneurship… Are You Heading for Failure or Success?

Welcome to this 2 minute HR blast on Intrapreneurship....
Don’t Let Staff Mess up When Managing Domestic Workers

Don’t Let Staff Mess up When Managing Domestic Workers

Welcome to this HR Blast. In this blast we look at...
Holiday Pay and Paid Overtime

Holiday Pay and Paid Overtime

Welcome to this HR Blast. Given last week’s ruling, h...
Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave

This time we turn our attention to shared parental...
Blow your Retention Targets out of the Water

Blow your Retention Targets out of the Water

Welcome to this two minute HR blast. With the...
It’s the Final Straw - Disciplining Long Serving Staff

It’s the Final Straw - Disciplining Long Serving Staff

Welcome to this two minute HR blast. In a previous...
Managing Staff...On the Right Side of the Law

Managing Staff...On the Right Side of the Law

Often in the UK we find that when new laws come in...
Line Manager Confidence

Line Manager Confidence

In this two minute HR blast we wanted to look at...
A Cloud of Confusion Around Dismissing Short Service Staff in the UK

A Cloud of Confusion Around Dismissing Short Service Staff in the UK

Over the past year the search term that has month on...
Holiday Headaches for HR

Holiday Headaches for HR

  Welcome to this HR Blast. We are well and...
A Deafening Silence…What Legal Advisors are Not Telling Employers

A Deafening Silence…What Legal Advisors are Not Telling Employers

Urgent - a must read legal update for anyone dealing...
App ideas for HR departments

App ideas for HR departments

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. In this Blast...
Flexi attitudes with flexible working

Flexi attitudes with flexible working

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. With changes...
HR and Mobile technology…are you keeping up to date?

HR and Mobile technology…are you keeping up to date?

Welcome to this HR Blast. In this two minute update...
2014 – 2020: Managing staff in changing times

2014 – 2020: Managing staff in changing times

  Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. In...
Too senior to manage?

Too senior to manage?

Welcome to this two minute HR Blast. This time...
E-cigarette mayhem in the workplace

E-cigarette mayhem in the workplace

As e-cigarette usage is increasing, so are the issues...
What Is Unconscious Bias

What Is Unconscious Bias

This week our topic is unconscious bias. For the...
Tips for employers - effective interviewing

Tips for employers - effective interviewing

In this two minute HR blast we wanted to focus on interviewing...
Sickness, affairs and plumbing...informal homeworking

Sickness, affairs and plumbing...informal homeworking

  In this two minute HR Blast we focus on informal...
Zap and blast the irritations! It’s all about productivity…

Zap and blast the irritations! It’s all about productivity…

In this two minute HR Blast our focus is on making...
Managing change against the tide

Managing change against the tide

In this two minute HR Blast we share some of the...
Massive surge in use of interns. Time to take advantage?

Massive surge in use of interns. Time to take advantage?

In this two minute HR Blast we consider a topic t...
The Over 50s’ – On the way up or on the way out?

The Over 50s’ – On the way up or on the way out?

In this two minute HR Blast we take a quick look ...
Halloween horrors

Halloween horrors

  Welcome to this spooky HR Blast, in just ...
Lean, mean HR machine...

Lean, mean HR machine...

In this two minute HR Blast from Jaluch we focus ...
Employee appraisals – managing awkward conversations

Employee appraisals – managing awkward conversations

In this two minute HR Blast we focus on employee...
Safeguarding against rogue employees

Safeguarding against rogue employees

In this two minute HR Blast, we thought we would...
Raised temperatures with redundancy

Raised temperatures with redundancy

  In the UK in 2008, we experienced an...
Unravelling employment law

Unravelling employment law

If you feel a little confused at the moment about...
Why bother with diversity and inclusion?

Why bother with diversity and inclusion?

  If you are one of those who read this...
Performance or misconduct?

Performance or misconduct?

A challenge for many managers is identifying and...
Dismissing staff with short service (under two years)

Dismissing staff with short service (under two years)

New to the organisation, but giving you grief? Here...
Bullied or whingeing?

Bullied or whingeing?

In this HR Blast we take a brief look at workplace...
Compromise agreement whiplash – how to avoid it!

Compromise agreement whiplash – how to avoid it!

In this two minute HR Blast we will update you...
Are you turning a blind eye to employee fraud?

Are you turning a blind eye to employee fraud?

In this two minute HR blast the information comes...
When errors compound errors

When errors compound errors

Every employee makes errors from time to time....
Spotlight on managing absence

Spotlight on managing absence

In this very first HR Blast of 2013. In no more...
Self employed workers - a legal risk to your business?

Self employed workers - a legal risk to your business?

In this two minute HR Blast, we ask what church organists...
Can't sack him he's stressed

Can't sack him he's stressed

In this very first “HR Blast” from Jaluch, des...