Every April HMRC update their minimum wage and statutory payment rates. Here’s a quick summary and handy reference to check you’re in-line with the latest requirements. All rates listed apply from 7 April 2019.
I’ve followed the debates in the press over recent years about what counts as self-employed work and what doesn’t. When I first went freelance, some eight years ago now, discussions often centred around a tax rule called IR35 and those employed in the IT sector. More recently, there have been high-profile cases relating to Employers such as Pimlico Plumbers, Uber and Hermes and the phrase “gig economy” is usually bandied about. Employers do ask me from time to time, about the employment status of their workers and whether they should be classed as workers, employees or consultants. If that’s their query, I usually begin with the following questions:
The world is changing, and it's changing fast. Have you heard of the Fourth Industrial Revolution yet? Maybe it's my age, maybe it's the fact my eldest is in secondary school, but this topic has been pre-occupying me more and more recently. Having attended a number of events where this and the Future of Work have been the hot topics of conversation, my blog this month is an attempt to make sense of it all...
As I write this blog it's the beginning of February. January went by in a whirl, so it's only now that my thoughts are turning to this question: what are you hoping for in the rest of 2019? If your workplace fills you with dread, here are a few handy hints to help make 2019 a more rewarding experience for all – whether you’re a manager or not.
Recent research shows that people who feel their relationship with their work supervisor is more of a partnership, as opposed to a traditional boss/worker association, are likely to report much greater life satisfaction. And whilst
It’s 12 months since the government-commissioned Stevenson/Farmer review was published. The report is a bit lengthy – over 80 pages! The Executive Summary is more accessible: just seven pages long and well worth a read. The information below is partly taken from the report as well as other online resources I have researched.
Why do memories of our managers prevail when we look back on our careers? I think it's because managers have such a big influence on our experience. My first boss was definitely an inspiration – level headed and calm, she seemed to have the answer to most things and she was happy to invest in my development and allow me to gain my professional qualifications. Boss number two (at the same company) was a different kettle of fish. I was eager to progress and applied for an internal promotion at the London hub, but she passed me by and didn’t seem interested in discussing other development opportunities: I left the company...
Coverage in the media and general discussion about mental health issues has never been higher. I think that’s a good thing, and I'm all about making any prevailing tips and techniques practical for the workplace. In particular, ideas that can easily be adopted by small businesses who aren't likely to have an in-house HR team, or expert wellness people in the workplace...
A couple of years ago I came across one of those books that really makes you stop and think. Having read quite a few management books over the years, believe me, it takes a lot for me to actually finish one of these books and even more to go further and recommend it to people. I originally purchased it to help with parenting (and God knows I need all the help I can get with that!) but it’s only recently dawned on me just how useful this book is for the workplace, so I’m here to share what I think are the most useful parts.
As an HR Consultant I read lots of studies and this week I’ve been reading another new one. This time it's all about use of appraisals. Apparently, 20% of new joiners fail to get an appraisal after their first year. I have to say I wasn’t particularly surprised by this statistic. Even when I worked in large organisations where an established appraisal policy and system is usually in place, both managers and employees often seemed to be complaining about the annual process.
As I write this I’m still humming the tunes from the musical ‘Made in Dagenham’ which I went to see recently. The musical tells the story of a group of female factory workers that fought for equal pay with their male counterparts at the Ford plant in 1968. Their strike brought Ford’s entire car production to a standstill and two years later the Equal Pay Act was introduced. As an HR Consultant, it's interesting to see that over 45 years on equal pay for work of equal value is still an issue...