Implications of LEAVE vote for the employers and their workforce and how to deal with them

Author: Aggy Cybulska During last week’s EU referendum the British people have chosen that they would be better off outside of the EU. The LEAVE result seems to have taken many by surprise. The political and economic instability that ensued is most likely to continue for a little while with the focus over the coming months shifting to appointing the new Prime Minister and stabilising the government. The vote has demonstrated a split nation: 48% voted in favour of remaining, whereas 52% decided to leave. Such a close result made for a lot of emotive debate and resentment between the two...

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Help for Employers – new free occupational health service

Author: Aggy Cybulska, Expansa Ltd   Every business employing staff will, sooner or later, be affected by sickness absence. Nothing wrong with that: we are human beings and we do get poorly sometimes. However, from the business point of view, problems start when a number of days off goes over what would be considered a ‘normal’ or ‘acceptable’ level of absence. According to Fit for Work website, each year around 865,000 employee absences in England and Wales are for a period exceeding four weeks. Four weeks would, in HR speak, be typically classified as ‘long term absence’, which should...

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Now recruiting for Office Administration Manager

Job title: Office Administration Manager Salary: commensurate with qualifications and experience £21-£28K Location: Stockport (Town Centre), UK Job type: Full time, permanent Expansa’s client, a market leader in field management solutions with offices in the UK and US, is seeking an experienced Office Administration Manager to be based in their small and friendly Stockport office. This is a unique opportunity to hold a varied role in a complex and dynamic technology business with an international exposure and a multi-national client list. The purpose of the role is to support company...

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How is the story of Bitcoin a lesson in leadership?

Have you heard of bitcoin? It is a cyber-currency independent from banks, states and financial systems. As such, its value relies purely on people’s confidence in it and a demand for it. The e-currency is a brainchild of an anonymous cryptographer operating under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto, who mobilised a community of talented coders (many of them cyberpunks) to participate in the creation of this revolutionary idea. The whole system, operating since the release of the first bitcoins in 2009 is self-managing and relies on crowdsourcing to verify every bitcoin transaction. Twenty five new...

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Zero hours contracts: workers’ exploitation or a recession buster?

More than 100,000,000 British workers are on zero hours contracts, according to CIPD research. A rapid rise in the use of the zero hours contracts in 2012 attracted a lot of media and government attention over the past months. There are calls for them to be outlawed on the basis that they are exploitative. Supporters argue they offer greater flexibility to business which is sorely needed in difficult economic times. Zero hours contracts gained popularity after the Agency Workers Regulations 2011 came into force. These regulations entitle temporary workers to the same terms and conditions of...

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“We are a small company – we don’t need to make more money”

By Aggy Cybulska   Occasionally I come across the owners of small businesses who say to me “we only have 40 (insert whatever number you can think of) people, we don’t need HR”. Are you one of these business owners? It always surprises me when I hear that phrase because what they say can’t possibly be what these business owners really mean. Over the decades HR evolved from a purely administrative function to a value adding approach specialising in achieving desired impacts on people and organisations. So you can get the picture of what HR gets involved in, let’s look at six examples of...

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