Have you reviewed your HR policies recently? Are they working for your business and delivering the engaged and motivated employees your business needs? Are they still compliant with employment law? 
How much have jobs in your organisation changed over the past 5 years? 
 
Think about it for a minute or two – are your working practices the same as they were 5 years ago? Do you have the same number of people doing the same type of jobs? Are you working with the same customers? And do they behave in the same way they did 5 years ago? Are you still using the same technology? 
“We’ve tried to implement change, but some individuals won’t accept their new responsibilities.” 
 
Does this sound familiar? A typical scenario involves a new management structure, new roles, and some key responsibilities that should have been devolved to more junior employees but remain stubbornly “stuck” with their managers. As a result, managers struggle to cope with their workloads, while staff are underemployed and not actually performing the full scope of the jobs they are employed to do. 
If you’ve recruited recently, you’re probably not in a hurry to do so again anytime soon! How many other business activities are as time-consuming, expensive, and angst-filled? (Will they fit in? Will they be any good? Will they stay?). Holding on to good staff is vital, but as the number of jobs advertised across the UK increases, how confident are you that you will be able to retain your best employees? 
Last week I watched Nick Leeson give the keynote speech at Nottingham Business Expo 2015. You may remember the so-called “Rogue Trader” who brought down Barings Bank 20 years ago, by hiding the losses he was making from his bosses. 
If you’re going through any kind of transition at work, you’ll know how difficult it can be to keep up the momentum of change, while making sure your customers continue to receive their usual high levels of service. Your To-Do list gets longer each day, with every crossed-out task replaced by three or four more, and you find yourself starting work earlier each morning and ending later each night. Eventually, you know something has to give. 
Wondering where to start in a new management role? Here are 5 tips for hitting the ground running and making the right first impression with your new team. 
Have you been thinking about engagement this February? How motivated and engaged are your team right now? How many of your employees do you think have made a New Year’s resolution to change jobs in 2015? Who would you hope is on that list - and who do you hope is not? 
There’s no question that running a business is stressful, but you might be surprised to know that a typical UK employee spends more than a third of their time at work feeling stressed and anxious, according to a recent report from Star Consultancy. And around two-thirds of those questioned said that these feelings reduce their motivation, productivity and self-confidence, and mean they can’t perform at their best. 
Are you struggling to find suitably skilled staff to fill vacancies? Are you looking in the right places for your next recruit? We all know that recruitment costs – in time and money – so it makes sense to get it right first time so that you can choose from the best possible pool of applicants. 
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