Employees

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

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Employees - overview

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

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People management - overview

Creating a positive working environment with happy, motivated staff is not easy. Personalities can clash so people management skills are essential.

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Hiring employees - overview

Advertising for, shortlisting and selecting the right recruit is not always easy. Our overview explains how to get your recruitment processes right.

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Employment rights - overview

Employees are protected by a wide range of employment rights. This overview will help you understand the key regulations and avoid expensive mistakes.

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Delegating effectively - checklist

It's not possible to do everything yourself - and it isn't good for employee satisfaction either. Here's how to delegate tasks successfully.

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Everyday workplace policies

Managing people takes time and resources. You can save yourself a lot of time and effort by having clear workplace policies on everyday issues.

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Job description template

A job description will help you write your job advert, provides pointers when interviewing and makes it clear to candidates what you are looking for.

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Managing absenteeism - checklist

Staff being away with illness can cost your company dearly in missed working time. Here are our tips for minimising absences.

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Minimum pay rates | infographic

Almost all workers are entitled to certain statutory and minimum pay rates. Check what rates of pay your employees are entitled to.

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Recruiting - checklist

It's vitally important to make sure you hire the right person with the right skills to fill company needs. Read how to recruit successfully.

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Recruitment

How to recruit effectively - our guide to understanding what you need, attracting candidates and assessing their skills, experience and attitude.

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Rights for working parents and carers

Our overview of maternity, paternity, adoption and parental rights, including leave surrounding a birth or adoption, pay and time off for child care.

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Sample written Statement of Employment Particulars

Every employee is entitled to a written Statement of Employment Particulars after one month outlining the terms of employment. Download a range of full and part-time contracts, self employed and contractor and sub contractor statements of employment.

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Setting up your payroll - checklist

If you take on employees, you will need to set up a payroll system to make sure you're fulfilling your legal obligations. Here's where to start.

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Sickness issues and SSP

Businesses lose a lot of money through employee sickness. Read our guide to your obligations to ill employees and how to manage unauthorised absence.

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The law on flexible working

Almost all employees with at least 26 weeks’ service have the right to ask for flexible working. Advice on how to consider flexible working requests.

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Using consultants - checklist

Using a consultant can be a great way to get a project rolling or to bring in expert help. We explain how to get the best from your consultant.

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Acas's A-Z of employment advice

Visit the Acas website to view their A-Z of advice on key employment issues - from managing absence to rights of working parents.

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Can you be too bossy in business?

Few of us like to be called 'bossy', a term that is usually applied negatively to women. But why can being a bossy boss be bad for your business?

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How to hire an apprentice

Hiring an apprentice can be good for your business. This guide explains how to hire an apprentice and outlines the responsibilities for employers.

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Q&A: Dismissing employees

Solicitor Helen Kay answers key legal questions about sacking staff including notice periods and how to use ACAS guidance to help you.

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Q&A: Should I employ a family member?

Employing a relative is quite different to recruiting someone else. There are some important tax and legal considerations which we explore here:

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Q&A: Staff dress codes

The idea of a staff dress code might seem old-fashioned, but it's important to meet your customers' expectations whilst respecting employees' rights.

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Q&A: Staff grievances

It is all too easy for staff grievances to escalate. Find out what process and procedures you should follow to address any staff grievances correctly.

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Taking the angst out of auto-enrolment

Small business owners are having to face up to the legal requirement to enrol employees into a workplace pension. Rachel Miller explores the options.

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Tales from the interview room

Getting the right person is not easy. No one likes being interviewed and sometimes it can go very wrong. Here are some tales from the interview room.

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Are you a terrible boss?

They say that people don't leave the job, they leave the boss, which is true in many cases. So what do employers do to become known as a bad boss?

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Employee self-assessment form

Before an employee appraisal, find out what they think of their own performance, with this free downloadable employee self-assessment form template.

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Handling pay and wages

You must pay your workers in accordance with the law and with their contracts of employment. This Acas guidance can help you get it right.

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Hiring an apprentice

Find out how easy it is to hire an apprentice in this video with National Apprenticeship Service Director, Sue Husband.

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How to assess CVs from job applicants

CVs play a key role in the recruitment process, by helping employers to assess someone's experience, key achievements and knowledge. Stacey Mead, HR Director at The HR Dept, explains what you should look out for.

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How to recruit a star performer

Many small businesses do not have an in-house HR expert, but that's no reason to ignore the steps that will help you recruit a star performer.

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Job offer letter template

Download this job offer letter template, which you can tailor to your needs when recruiting a new member of staff.

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New employee details template

Before taking on employees, you will need to gather certain personal information. This template will help you collect the correct information.

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Q&A: Statements of employment

All employees are entitled to a written statement of employment setting out the main terms and conditions. Read these FAQs covering the essentials.

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Recruiting staff toolkit

When you take on a new member of staff, there are seven key tasks you need to carry out to ensure you comply with the law. Find out what they are here:

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Sample employee quarterly review form

Need to give your employees a quarterly review? Download our free, customisable sample employee quarterly review form which covers the key questions.

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Staff appraisal form template

Need to carry out staff appraisals? Download our free, customisable staff appraisal form containing all the key questions and issues.

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Advertise a job

Advertise a vacancy on the GOV.UK website. Advertise jobs and search for jobseekers whose CVs match your needs. You will need to open an account.