People management

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

People management
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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.

A manager separates two colleagues involved in an argument
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Eight signs you need help with HR

Many start-up owners struggle with HR tasks until the cracks start to show in the business. What are the eight signs you need help with HR?

Male employee dressed smartly self-assessing himself with a stehoscope
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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.

Everyday workplace policies
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Everyday workplace policies

Workplace policies can save you a lot of time and effort and can help avoid misunderstandings or more serious employee disputes.

Performance appraisals
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Performance appraisals

Performance appraisals help employees take responsibility for their performance by setting agreed objectives. Read our guide to effective appraisals.

Teambuilding
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Teambuilding

How you put together and lead work teams is critical if you want everyone to work together and produce results. Our guide to effective teambuilding.

Motivating employees
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Motivating employees

Employees can spend less than half their time at work being productive - and ironically the employer is usually at fault. Learn to motivate employees.

Incentive pay
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Incentive pay

Incentive pay can be a good way to encourage employees, motivating them to work better for your business. Here's how to introduce a scheme.

Using training effectively
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Using training effectively

Training can turn an employee from mediocre to good, and make a good person excellent. How to get the best return from workplace training.

Personal development plans
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Personal development plans

Personal development plans are a useful way to help employees develop based on their long-term aspirations. Our guides to PDPs in the workplace.

NVQs
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NVQs

NVQs are work-based qualifications that focus on standards of performance. Read our factsheet on helping your employees get NVQ-qualified.

Delegating effectively - checklist
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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.

Managing absenteeism - checklist
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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.

Training staff on a budget - checklist
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Training staff on a budget - checklist

It’s not always financially feasible to invest in external training for all your staff. Read or tips on how to train staff without a huge layout.

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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.

Group of employees having a meeting in a workplace
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Acas Model Workplace

The Acas Model Workplace helps you to check how good your organisation is at people management - from recruitment to performance management

Woman leaving office - staff loyalty: a thing of the past?
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How to stop your staff leaving

For small firms, the loss of a key staff member can be devastating - so what can you do to keep employees happy and loyal?

Angry man at desk - are you a terrible boss?
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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?

Can you be too bossy in business
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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?