The importance of staff development

By guest blogger Emma Wynne – Gateway HR Providing your employees with ongoing training and development is crucial to growing your business, but it’s easier said than done. It has always frustrated me when training is always the first budget to be cut when times are hard, when really it should be the last.  All…

Leading Innovation in small business. 10 top tips

By Stuart Hartley – Senior Consultant Angle Technology 1. Become a problem solver. Identify problems. Look for needs, niches, conflicts, inefficiencies and gaps that need to be filled. Brainstorm possible solutions. Realize that most problems have multiple solutions. 2. Think outside the box. Tunnel vision will get you nowhere. Current market and customer research creates…

Managing Long Term Sickness and Preventing Sickness Absence

By Emma Wynne Gateway HR Following on from my June blog about managing short term employee absence, this blog looks at managing long term sickness and also how as an employer you can try and prevent or at least minimise sickness absence in your business. The management of long-term sickness is very different to short-term,…

Separating the Sick from the Slack

By guest writer Emma Wynne Gateway HR   This is always such a “hot topic” with us and is a sell out seminar when we run t.  It is also often a topic that is misunderstood.  It is a common misconception that if someone has lots of time off sick then the employer cannot do…

Why branding matters?

Why Branding Matters? People don’t buy products, they buy the benefits of the products; you buy a camera to capture memories and not just take pictures. People use brands as a one way of realising a benefit – just think of any of the coolest brands.  They all work on the subconscious or conscious belief…

How to engage effectively with your employees

How to engage effectively with your employees By Emma Wynne @gatewayHR   Employee engagement is hugely important for all companies, but particularly for small independent businesses.  In this blog I aim to give an introduction to this key topic and the crucial do’s and don’ts that you need to know. Even for large businesses employee…