Julie Brewster

Addressing Alcoholism in the Workplace

Special guest blog from John Gillen, Director, Rehab Clinics Group. What can you do if you suspect that there is an alcohol problem in your workplace? You may have noticed an employee engaging in subtle consumption of alcohol at work or have become aware of some classic signs of alcoholism. Being an employer, you should […]

Find Your Sparkle

The last few months have been…weird! When we were saying Happy New Year, welcome to a new decade, who predicted this was what was in store? One of the hardest things for me has been not being able to see family, not being able to hug friends and family. If someone is walking towards me, […]

To open or not to open

Last night the Government announced new measures in the bid to fight Corona Virus. The speech started with ‘You must stay at home” and continued with “we must save lives”. We were told we could go out for four reasons – one of which was to go to work where absolutely necessary and the work […]

Corona Virus

The information on Corona Virus is changing by the hourly, but this is a summary of what we know so far…. Those staff who are classed as High Risk must socially isolate for 12 weeks. They can receive SSP for this period. Staff in this category will be receiving a letter in the next few […]

Employment update

From April 2020, all employees will be entitled to have their Contract of Employment from day 1 of their employment. Currently they must have it by week 8 of their employment – quite a change. There are a number of new points that now must be contained in the Contract of Employment. National Minimum /Living […]

Who is Managing?

One of the biggest challenges HR face, is encouraging Managers to be honest. For too long Managers have feared being honest incase they are accused of harrassment or bullying. Whilst neither of these is acceptable, nor is dishonesty. Failure to change this can lead to poor performance, erratic attendance or the all-out dreaded conflict. We […]

What a Perfomance

I’ll declare now – my biggest pet hate in HR is managers who are not honest with their staff. How can a member of staff improve if they have been told that their work is ’fine’?   Over the years I have had a number of managers appear at my desk to tell me that an […]

Getting Britain back to work

The news that unemployed people will have to start visiting the Job Centre daily made my heart sink. With two recent periods of unemployment, I’ve visited the Job Centre regularly. I can say hand on heart its the most demoralising experience ever. I can see the idea behind the recent headlines, but unless the job centre […]

Are you HR Healthy?

An HR Healthcheck is a good way of giving business owners peace of mind.  Given the choice of a maximum Employment Tribunal Award for Unfair Dismissal of £74200 or prevention by making sure your policies and procedures are correct for no more than a few hundred pounds, I know which one I would choose! During an […]