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What does good work mean to you?

We believe that work can and should be a force for good. When work is good, people are fulfilled, businesses are productive, and both the economy and society as a whole flourish. The CIPD are urging the next UK government, whichever party it may be, to work with employers to take action in four key… Read more

EU support proving “vital” for SME’s

Small business survival rates are as high as 91 per cent after one year of trading, but after five years just four in ten small businesses will still be trading, research finds. Poor cash flow can be a major problem. Small businesses can fail for many reasons, but poor cash flow remains one of the main… Read more

SYLO Associates Launch “Training Hub”

SYLO Associates launches the Training Hub – the place to go for all your training requirements SYLO Associates are delighted to announce the launch of the Training Hub, which is the home of their expanding range of bespoke and open training programmes designed to develop you and your team. Training Hub courses can be presented at… Read more

Mental Health Awareness Week

The Mental Health Foundation has hosted Mental Health Awareness Week in the second week of May since 2000. In previous years the week has focused on how mindfulness, anxiety, sleep deprivation and relationships can impact our mental health. In 2017 the theme will be ‘surviving to thriving’. SYLO Associates have Employee Wellbeing high on our… Read more

Total Leadership Experience

In collaboration with Right Angle Corporate Limited What does leadership mean to you in 2017? Would you like to come along to our “Total Leadership” Experience on Monday 15th May 2017 at Furniture Makers Hall, in London. Each FREE place is worth over £200. There are two sessions (a) 9.30-12pm or (b) 4pm-6pm. There are just… Read more

Develop Your Team

“The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay”— Henry Ford, Founder, Ford Motor Company The art to developing your team can be broken down into 5 simple, but effective steps. Of course whilst you are  developing your team you need to make sure… Read more

Employee Engagement – what is it and how to achieve it.

An “engaged employee” is defined as one who is fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their work and so takes positive action to further the organisation’s reputation and interests.      The Employee Perspective Employee engagement is getting up in the morning thinking, “Great, I’m going to work. I know what I’m going to do today.… Read more

Develop Your Team – Then Keep them on Track

Following on from our Spring Newsletter which focussed on developing your team and investing in your employees well-being, you have developed your team, now you want to keep them on track. A good tool to do this is the Balanced Scorecard, which will help you as a manager to progress your team. So what is the… Read more

Learning Organisations

The building blocks of the Learning Organisation are: a supportive learning environment concrete learning processes and practices leadership behaviour that provides reinforcement. Each block is independent and can be measured separately. Learning Organisations with a supportive learning environment always set objectives before attending any training course that are achievable jointly between the employer and the employee. After… Read more

Personal learning networks: it’s who you know

As the old adage says, ‘it’s not what you know – it’s who you know’. This basic concept of connecting with others to gain knowledge and share insights isn’t new. The rise of social media is making it easier for people to make connections. While it helps to be sociable, you don’t have to be… Read more

Local Businesses to have their Say!

Thame High Street is one of the best in the country, it’s official! Thame came runner-up Small Market Town in the 2016 Great British High Street Competition and was number 7 on the Most Popular Market Town list 2015. However, whilst the Thame Neighbourhood Plan focuses on domestic and retail aspects of the town, the business… Read more

Money Worries Burden One in Four Employees

The New Year inevitably acts as a trigger for people to face up to festive spending splurges and plan for the future. CIPD research, published January 2017, reveals that a quarter of UK employees are battling with financial anxiety and it’s impacting their ability to do their jobs. One in five (19%) are losing sleep… Read more

Employers must do more to support working parents

CIPD new research on the demands facing the UK’s working parents found that, on average, just 5% of new fathers and 8% of new mothers have opted for Shared Parental Leave (SPL) since its introduction in April 2015. This low take-up of SPL, coupled with the lack of affordable childcare options for parents with 0-2 year-olds,… Read more

Team building and Talent

On a blustery Autumnal day in the Oxfordshire countryside a small group of managers from i-Salon Software came together to enjoy two days of Team building, fun and Duck herding!!! The aim of these two days was to improve working relationships, leading to a better understanding between the group and therefore improved working and profits,… Read more

Are your line managers underprepared to manage absence?

As winter sets in, absence tends to increase slightly due to the flu season and the effects of Christmas parties, however even though employee absence is a significant cost for many organisations, CIPD research suggests that only a third of employers monitor that cost. Employees may need time off for a variety of reasons, from… Read more

Employee Wellbeing – are you doing enough?

As an employer you have a duty of care to your employees. Most companies will have physical health and safety policies, which mainly cover their employees physical wellbeing whilst they are in work, but what about their mental wellbeing? Employee Wellbeing should be a priority in the workplace. It translates directly into financial losses for employers if… Read more

An early Christmas Present from SYLO Associates

We would like to introduce you to breatheHR and if you sign up before the 1st January – breatheHR will halve your bill for the first 2 months!   Intuitive. Straightforward. Employee-friendly. HR software online The success of your company is about managing your employees— not paper. By focusing on simplicity and ease of use, breatheHR is… Read more

Anti bullying week 2016

Anti bullying Week 2016 is being held between the 14th and 18th November with the theme ‘power for good’ and is organised by Anti-Bullying Alliance. Follow the events on social media using #antibullyingweek and #powerforgood. Bullying is an issue which affects people from all walks of life and can happen at any point. Research confirms… Read more