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Clockwork HR Blog

Managing use of social media at work

Friend or foe, employees’ safe use of social media is down to youWhether you view social media as a game changing opportunity or a dangerous monster, there is no doubt that it is here to stay and you need to decide how to manage it in the workplace.The use of smart phones, the internet, posting, ...

Handling depression in the workplace

With 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem each year, it is important to acknowledge the breadth of this problem and the affect this can have in the working environment, affecting performance and results significantly.In these early weeks of the year, when the days are still dark and wintry, and ...

Gender pay – does it stack up in your business?

 An increasingly sensitive issue, gender pay differences in your workplace could come under scrutiny.  It is unlawful to pay people unequally because they are a man or a woman. Make sure you’re prepared with this quick guide to the changes in the law this year: The Gender Pay Gap is an equality measure that shows the ...

Limbering up for flexible working practices

While Dolly Parton’s catchy Working 9 to 5 once embodied the nature of most employment in the 1980s, today’s professionals are embracing a whole new business culture as flexible working provides a better environment for work life balance.

Tribunal Fees on the scrap heap

Britain’s highest court, The Supreme Court has now ruled that the government was acting unlawfully and unconstitutionally when it introduced tribunal fees in 2013.

Future Planning

A five-strong financial services firm needed proactive help with a range of HR and recruitment issues. Firstly, Clockwork helped the firm’s practice manager write accurate and professionally presented job descriptions as well as developing an efficient and effective recruitment process to take the business forward. Then, Clockwork collaborated with the team to devise a modern and workable appraisal system that complemented and supported the firm’s own vision for itself.

Redundancy Report

When a security appliance distributor reluctantly needed to make redundancies, the company was determined to support those whose contracts were terminated and help them to find future employment. Clockwork were asked to create and deliver a programme of workshops designed to help staff members update their CVs, write effective covering letters and improve their interview techniques.

Appraisal Training

A prestigious northern university invited Clockwork to provide a consultancy service delivering vital appraisal training. As well as using effective and engaging role-play techniques to help deliver the training itself, Clockwork also facilitated additional workshops dealing with giving and receiving feedback. Competencies covered by Clockwork’s training package for the university included teamwork, customer service and decision making.

Staff handbooks

As part of ongoing collaboration with Clockwork, a five-strong manufacturer and retailer of furniture called on the team to produce high-quality staff handbooks. Unlike previous handbooks, the newly produced literature featured a far greater level of detail in areas like terms & conditions and company policies – an improvement which left the firm’s staff knowing exactly where they stood in relation to these important issues.

Legal Compliance

A well-established Leeds building merchant with 25 staff needed services to keep them running smoothly, maintain legal compliance and protect the business in the face of grievance and disciplinary issues. Clockwork drew up official contracts and job descriptions for the company to use going forward, standardising the paperwork, simplifying the administration process and adding professionalism to the way the company operated.