• Even in a small, family business, drawing up a staffing schedule can be a stressful, time-consuming affair. Balancing the needs of the business and those of the employees can be tricky, particularly when the two clash, while factoring in things like staffing budgets and even maternity cover can make drawing up a roster a real HR nightmare.

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  • There are many ways to save money at your business. One of the ways you can do this is by identifying the areas in your firm where productivity is at the lowest. Often, employers find that they waste the most money when it comes to sick leave, staff turnover and attendance.

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  • Small, badly-run businesses may be able to get away with drawing up a handwritten piece of A4 paper and sticking it to the staffroom wall a week or so in advance, but savvy firms realise the importance of a well thought-through professionally-created rota.

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  • Mental health at work is everybody's business. As well as the wellbeing of the person suffering, it can also have a wider impact. In fact, according to the dispute resolution experts at ACAS, mental health problems cost UK employers an estimated £30 billion a year through lost production, recruitment and absence.

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  • The days when employers had to keep fat, bulky files on their employees, with these locked away in the HR department office, are long gone. Thanks to ongoing advances in HR software, firms can keep all their employee data in one place and get the information they need in a click of a button.

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