Right To Request Flexible Working

Legislation News

The Flexible Working Regulations 2014 came into force on 30th June and extend the right to make a request for flexible working to any employee who has been employed for 26 weeks and not just parents of children under 17, or 18 if disabled, and certain carers – as was previously the case.

Read my overview of what’s changed and my Top TIps to the practicalities of the new regime. I also provide a template letter that you can use to invite your employee to a meeting to discuss their request.

Why A Good Job Description And Person Specification Is Important

Why A Good Job Description And Person Specification Is Important

A job description provides a detailed description of the role, including all responsibilities, objectives and requirements. They also form the foundation in performance management in terms of agreeing relevant goals and setting expectations and training requirements. The job description should be supported by a person specification, which is a profile of the ideal employee, including qualificiations, skills, experience and personality type. Download my template job description and person specification.

Common Recruitment Mistakes

Common Recruitment Mistakes

Here are some of the most common and fairly easily avoided recruitment mistakes that I see. For instance: using a poor job description, using company specific job titles, looking for an exact match, freestyling the interview, not keeping candidates informed of the process and not checking references. Read about the most common recruitment mistakes I see and learn how to avoid them.

Supporting Employees During Ramadan

Supporting Employees During Ramadan

Fasting during Ramadan involves abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset for a month, which in 2019 is from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm. Many also choose to spend their evening in prayer at the mosques from late evening to 1am, followed by a pre-fasting meal at 2am before praying once more and then sleeping around 3am. Sleep deprivation therefore impacts on the fasting person possibly more so than the hunger and thirst.

Rogue Employee: how do you spot them?

Rogue Employee: how do you spot them?

A rogue employee is someone who has stopped complying with the company policies and is behaving in an unscrupulous manner not amenable to the company’s reputation. This often occurs when an employee is faced with professional or personal struggle making it easier to lose the sense of propriety. The employee might start abandoning their tasks and responsibilities, and in the worst-case scenario they work to undermine the business by committing fraudulent activities like stealing assets and/or sensitive company information for monetary gains or by sharing sensitive business data with a competitor.