Be assertive, not aggressive.

  Many of us (particularly women), have been there.  In the workplace, feeling the need to speak up but hesitating for fear of being labelled aggressive. But wait a moment - speaking up, voicing your opinion or standing up for yourself isn't aggressive.  It's the way...

Discrimination – you could be guilty of it.

Legal & Compliance Discrimination - you could be guilty of it Tracey Mottershead 29 November 2016 Discrimination refers to the unjust or prejudicial treatment of a person based on a particular attribute.  Rejecting an employment application based on race or age, or...

Don’t stress about becoming a new employer

HR Management Don't stress about becoming a new employer Tracey Mottershead 21 November 2016 Many home-based businesses start with a sole trader or entrepreneur tackling most tasks themselves, using an accountant and maybe a solicitor when required.  They then grow to...

Christmas is coming…and so is the work Christmas party

Christmas is coming, and with it comes the work Christmas party.  Activities, venues and catering need to be considered - so too does employee party behaviour and employer responsibility.  Employers are responsible for the health, safety and conduct of their employees...

Every job provides opportunities

It's said that those about to enter the workforce are likely to have at least 17 jobs over the course of their career!  Why the large number? Are millennials too picky? Or have they just realised that every job - even the bad ones - provide opportunities, and...

If your employee misbehaves, you could be the one facing legal action

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE If your employee misbehaves, you could be the one facing legal action Tracey Mottershead 26 September 2016 Bullying and harassment are hot topics at the moment, particularly in the workplace.  Yet many employers are unaware that they may be found...

The Ins and Outs of Providing a Professional Reference

HR MANAGEMENT The Ins and Outs of Providing a Professional Reference Tracey Mottershead 26 September 2016 It’s quite common for an employer to receive a call requesting a professional reference for a previous employee.  Most prospective employers expect or even insist...

Writing Effective Cover Letters

CAREERS Writing Effective Cover Letters Tracey Mottershead 26 September 2016 You’re out shopping for a new dress and have a good idea about what you want to buy, but you're leaving your options open.  Often it's the store window display, their visual merchandising,...