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SHOULD YOU LET YOUR STAFF WORK FROM HOME?

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Should You Let Your Staff Work From Home?

 

According to research by WorkplaceTrends.com, 45% of employees feel that they don’t have enough time each week to do personal activities. A whopping 75% ranked workplace flexibility as the most important benefit they desire, so it’s not really surprising that working from home is a trend that a ton of savvy employers are considering.

Homeworking provisions vary between businesses, but the overarching principle is that you let your staff carry out their tasks from the comfort of their own space. They might do this once or twice a week, or it might be a more permanent solution. It’s an approach that’s likely to be welcomed by those with caring responsibilities, and let’s be honest here... Probably everyone else, too. After all, no one enjoys doing the commute, or being stuck in an office all day long.

As a business owner though, you’re likely to have a few concerns. Could it really work? Will it provide your staff with the temptation to sit twiddling their thumbs all day? Or is it actually a wonderful way to give your staff what they really desire, utilize the benefits of modern technology, and strengthen your reputation as a desirable employer who everyone wants to work for?

There’s no denying that there’s a lot to consider, if you’re to get it right.


You need to think about how you’ll make sure that team members are in communication, and they all understand their responsibilities and how they fit into the bigger picture. In some cases, you’ll also have to look at how you can ensure that everyone has the equipment they need. And working from home isn’t right for everyone. Some of your staff will crave face-to-face contact, and will be able to imagine nothing worse than just staring at the same four walls all day, with only their dog for conversation.

But it’s 2021 now, and you can’t afford to stay stuck in the past. Fail to give your employees what they really crave, and they WILL start to look elsewhere… Regardless of how much they might enjoy their work. The concept of a job for life is over, and you have to work hard to win loyalty.

If you’re not looking at ways to bring more flexibility into your business, then you’re seriously missing an opportunity. It can be a difficult shift to manage, but get it right, and it could work some real magic. Need help with planning your approach? Get in touch today for a free no-obligation consultation. If we are unable to meet your HR needs, we will put you in touch with an HR professional who can.

 

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How To Handle Romances In The Workplace

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, February 02, 2021

How To Handle Blossoming Romances In Your Workplace   …read more


 

WAYS TO HELP CUT THE TURNOVER RATE

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, January 19, 2021

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STRATEGIES FOR BEING A BETTER LEADER

Tiffany Boyes - Thursday, December 17, 2020

Strategies for Being a Better Leader   …read more


 

It's Time To Admit That You're Only Human

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, October 20, 2020

It’s Time to Admit That You’re Only Human

 

When many of us think about companies that have made big HR mistakes, we’re quick to jump to the assumption that it’s all the fault of greedy bosses who are more interested in lining their own pockets than doing the right thing by their loyal employees.

Mistakes with administrative processes that result in employees receiving their wages far later than expected? Obviously a ploy so the business can keep hold of their cash for as long as possible.

Employees forced to give up their vacation because of a last-minute crisis? Probably a crafty trick concocted to make sure that staff are worked to the bone.

Disgruntled staff who are vocal about their negative experiences at work? Well, there’s no smoke without fire.

We’ve all seen the stories in the press, often sensationalized for the purpose of selling more newspapers, and we’ve made our own judgements about the moral standing of those in charge. Sometimes though, it isn’t black and white.

Let’s not get it twisted… Legislation exists for a reason, and for the greater good. As an employer, you have a responsibility to make sure that you’re compliant, that you’re implementing best practices, and that you’re doing everything you can to create an environment that’s fair and nurturing for your workers.

But mistakes can happen, and even the most dedicated and ethical employers can find themselves facing extremely difficult circumstances.

When your business is growing fast, and you have a million and one things to balance, you can take your eye off the ball. You can overlook important details. And you can find yourself facing circumstances that you never imagined, but which can put your entire business in jeopardy.

At this stage, what really matters is what you do next, and how you decide to put things right.

If you’re worried that there could be an HR nightmare on the horizon, then we want to help. We can assess your current circumstances, and help you to create an action plan that gets things back on the right track as quickly as possible, and with the least amount of fuss.

We’re not here to judge you – we’re just passionate about getting things right, and we understand the challenges that you’re facing. Give us a call, and we can have an open and honest conversation about how we may be able to work together.

 

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HALLOWEEN TIPS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Halloween Tips for Business Owners   …read more


 

How To Use Your Greatest Asset To Maximize Profits in The Final Quarter

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, September 01, 2020

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How To Handle Hate In The Workplace

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, July 28, 2020

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WHAT SHOULD YOU AVOID ASKING IN AN EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION?

Tiffany Boyes - Tuesday, April 14, 2020

WHAT SHOULD YOU AVOID ASKING IN AN EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION?   …read more


 

Small Business and COVID-19

Carolyn Boyes - Thursday, March 26, 2020

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