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Why grads are great for SMEs – and how to hire the best

 

Small businesses can often be cautious of hiring fresh-from-uni grads. When you’re running an SME, especially in the early days, you may think you don’t have the time to train somebody up, or that hiring someone with proven experience is less risky. It’s time for UK small businesses to wake …

Small biz sick note: National Sickie Day skivers are costing you money

 

Photo credit There’s something going around the country’s offices and workplaces, and it’s not the flu. Today is National Sickie Day, the date in the business calendar that sees the most employee absences. As well as the usual coughs, colds and sniffles, HR experts have identified other seasonal symptoms getting …

A cheat’s guide to networking like a pro for small business owners

 

The thought of networking strikes terror into the hearts of some, while others thrive off the challenge of chatting to total strangers and making new connections.  Whatever your feelings on it, there’s no denying its importance in the small business world. Luckily, the latest addition to our treasure chest of …

The ultimate small business HR software review

 

When it comes to HR requirements, every SME is unique. And when you’re a small business owner, chances are you haven’t got heaps of time to sit through a demo of every HR product under the sun to find the perfect fit for you. Luckily for you, we’ve created the …

Why training your staff is more important than you think

 

Training – it’s just an optional extra to offer your staff, right? Brushing up on a few skills here and there is something on which you don’t want to waste too much company time; not to mention the hassle and expense of organising a training timetable when you’re a small …

6 mistakes small businesses make when firing employees

 

Last week, our ultimate guide hiring employees discussed the many things you should consider when hiring a new employee and offered some advice on making the process as smooth as possible. But even the best-laid plans can fail and you might find yourself in the position of having to fire …

7 and half tips to maximise your staff’s productivity – and yours!

 

One of the most crucial parts of being an independent retailer is managing your staff so that they reach their full productivity. This can be tricky – procrastination, less interesting tasks and Facebook all contribute to everyone not always giving 100%. However help is at hand with these little life …

6 of the worst CVs of all time

 

One of the joys of HR is recruitment, which can often mean sifting through piles and piles of CVs, looking for candidates that really shine. Sadly, not everybody gets them quite right. Here are some of the worst CVs of all time, from candidates who could have really done with …