How to level up your team through L&D

If you were to pick an employee at random from your company and ask them “What did you learn last week?” could you be confident…

How dare you charge for a spec?

I’ve heard this response more times than I care to remember. I’m in a prospect’s office, typically the Owners with a large bookcase of business…

What is workforce management software and is it right for your business?

If you have scheduling challenges with your workforce, now might be a good time to start using workforce management software.   BizSmart Select Member David…

How to Review Employee Performance Using Appraisals

When you review employee performance using appraisals, it can be a minefield if you don’t know what steps to follow. One of the most important…

What is workforce management software?

If you have staff, and you’re wondering whether workforce management software would help you to streamline your business, read on.   BizSmart Select Member David…

The Dos and Don’ts of Interviewing

As an employer, the dos and don’ts of interviewing are important, but there are a number of considerations to take into account before you even…

How to Attract & Hire A-Players

Finding the right people and encouraging them to join your business is one of the most common challenges we see across our clients - it…

Time Management Tips to Increase Productivity

Select Member Mike Gardner, also known as The Time Doctor, has some time management tips to help you get more done… I’m sure you’ll agree…

Help for Worcs Businesses to Recruit Graduates

More good news for businesses looking to take on graduate staff… Worcester City Council is funding a new scheme to support small and medium sized…

The Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Team

It takes effort to build a cohesive team, but the process does not have to be complicated and the rewards can be great. In fact,…

Who is accountable in your business?

Have you got the right people doing the right things in your business? In this blog Kevin takes a look at a couple of frameworks…

How to implement a work from home policy

How to implement a work from home policy Views can vary about whether a work from home policy is effective, but many employers agree that…

Meeting Rhythm – How to Keep the Blood Pumping

We all know that getting the balance right between working in and on your business is critical - but it is not easy. How do…

How are businesses increasing productivity?

Increasing productivity by focusing on good health   Increasing productivity in a business can be challenging, but Worcestershire business owners have access to a project…

Employers more liable for staff misdemeanours

A warning has been issued from law firms following a Supreme Court ruling on a Morrison’s employee attack, which increases the scope of employer liability,…

Apprentice – Should you take one on?

Considering whether or not to take on an apprentice can be a challenging or daunting process, especially when you don’t know what to expect. BizSmart Select…

An exit from EU will impact on employment law

Kirsten Cluer of Cluer HR talks about how the potential exit from Europe will impact on employment law…   As this debate moves along, we thought…

The Benefits of Using DISC

The DISC system is used by many businesses and organisations and the benefits of using DISC largely centre on helping people to work more effectively…

Dyslexia in the workplace: business pointers

Dyslexia in the workplace is the subject of scrutiny following a recent case, says BizSmart Select Member Kirsten Cluer of Cluer HR. Starbucks became the…

Could duvet days benefit your business?

Everyone needs duvet days, and BizSmart Select Member Kirsten Cluer asks if we should be allowing our employees to take them as a matter of…

What is performance management? Do you need it?

You need your whole team on board if you want to achieve business growth     Performance management in a growing business is vitally important.…

The importance of attendance monitoring

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past twenty years, you can’t have missed the developments that have revolutionised the workplace, especially in…

Increase Your Productivity by Taking Breaks

On the surface it sounds unlikely: taking breaks can make you more productive? But there’s quite a lot of evidence around now that suggests that…

The Fundamentals of employment contracts

Kirsten explains the fundamentals of the employment contract. Giving business owners an insight into the law around providing employees with contracts of employment; what should…

Motivating your staff

Join Launa as she shares hints and tips to increase your mojo and the team's motivation at work at my next Biz-Smart webinar. After all,…

Who could I use as a sounding board?

There’s a knack to finding the right person for you to bounce ideas off and help with your decision-making process, and things you can do…

Mobile working: is it right for your business?

Listen to David Lynes of web developers Unique IQ, talking about mobile working.   The rise of the mobile workforce has been unprecedented in recent years and the…

Overcoming Overwhelm

It’s true – when you find yourself really up against it, it can feel like the demands of running a small business outweigh the rewards.…

Excuses, Lies and Other Sales B.S.

We all know the old, well-worn joke; Q. How do you know when a sales person is lying? A. Their lips are moving.

The Games People Play: An introduction to the emotional contract

Wouldn't it be great if we could employ staff who all turned up on time, every time, who did the job you asked them to…

Remote working: Do you really need an office?

To listen to Paul’s webinar with Paul Rhodes of web and mobile app development company, Green Gorilla Apps, talking about how to run a successful…

Do You Take Time Out To Manage Your Staff?

In my last blog post, “How Do You Motivate Your Staff?” I mentioned the importance of developing a culture in the workplace based on motivating…

How Do You Motivate Your Staff?

BizSmart Select Member Launa Walker writes about motivating the different personalities in your team...

Improve Your Time Management Skills With A Change In Mindset

Select Member Mike Gardner, also known as The Time Doctor, has some tips for mindset changes to help manage your time:

Make Space To Manage Your Time Better

One way to help yourself manage your time better is to keep things separate. If you have a specific area to accomplish a goal, you’ll…