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EAT gives landmark judgement on shared parental pay – HR Inform

This month, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has handed down its judgement on a direct sex discrimination case involving shared parental pay. Shared parental pay was not direct sex discrimination   The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has recently decided that paying women on maternity leave more than men on shared parental leave was not direct sex… Read more

Flex your Corporate Muscle – Corporate Social Responsibility – Are you doing your bit?

SYLO Associates attended a Reciprocate event held in collaboration with Oxfordshire Community Funding, which focused on businesses encouraging their employees to volunteer in the community and become Trustees of local charities. Corporate Social Responsibility via employee volunteering provides significant benefits to businesses and employees, as well as having a huge impact on charities at the… Read more

6th Form vs. Apprenticeships vs. Collage – My View

by Maggie Armstrong Gaisford – work experience student with SYLO Associates February 2018 Deciding between these life choices is hard to do. However, depending on what you want to do in the future may make it easier to decide. If you have a strong idea of a career path you would like to follow, the… Read more

“How SME’s Prepare for Post-Brexit Britain” – B2B lecture

Paul Nicholas, an Associate with SYLO Associates, recently attended the B2B lecture, ‘How SMEs should prepare for post-Brexit Britain’, which was sponsored by Unipart and Oxfordshire Business First.  The keynote speaker was Matthew Fell, Chief of Staff at the CBI and part of their senior leadership team.  Matthew has been with the CBI since 1999… Read more

Company Pension Minimum Contribution Increases planned by Law (phasing)

By law, under automatic enrolment, minimum pension contributions are required to increase over time on set dates, those dates being 6th April 2018 and 6th April 2019. The following information will hopefully answer questions regarding employer and employee contributions. Source: The Pensions Regulator As an Employer are you ready for these contribution increases? Do you know about the increases… Read more

GDPR Seminar Feedback

With GDPR increasingly in the news, SYLO Associates held this GDPR seminar, “How ready for GDPR is Your Business?”, to give local businesses an informative guide to becoming GDPR compliant. Attended by over 30 different businesses, from IT to Event Management, everyone went away feeling clearer on what they need to do prior to the May… Read more

ee – Employee Engagement Awards 2017 – Finalist

SYLO Associates were delighted to be nominated as finalists in the Employee Engagement Consultancy of the Year Award 2017. This award focuses on the efforts and achievements of consultancies that aim to bring employee engagement into the forefront of a business. The consultancies that deliver their expert skills to the benefit of their clients and… Read more

ee Employee Engagement Awards – SYLO Associates are finalists!

We are delighted that 2017 has culminated in SYLO Associates becoming Finalists in the Consultancy of the Year category in the ee Employee Engagement Awards. Sarah and Sally will be attending the Awards Ceremony on the 25th January at Wembley Stadium, which is really exciting for us. As finalists in the Consultancy of the Year category in The 2017 ee… Read more

Tax-free Childcare – Enrollment ends December 2017

Tax-Free Childcare is available to around 2 million households to help with the cost of childcare, enabling more parents to go out to work, if they want to, to provide greater security for their families.   Tax-Free Childcare was introduced on 21 April 2017 and is being gradually rolled out over 2017, with parents of children aged under four (on 31… Read more

Why do you need Contracts of Employment?

In all businesses the golden rule when it comes to employees, is that they need to feel they are all treated fairly and consistently. The best way to achieve consistent Terms & Conditions is to produce contracts of employment for all employees; ensuring both the employer and the employee are clear on the foundations of… Read more

Where do you go for HR advice when you need it?

In this day and age, with more and more legal requirements impacting on businesses, if you don’t have an in house HR team, where do you go for HR advice? First of all you need to ask yourself, what do you need? Do you have an immediate issue that needs an urgent response or have you… Read more

Redundancy – how to handle it.

Redundancy generally happens when a business needs to reduce the number of employees, either because the company is closing or a particular part of their work is no longer required. There may also be a reason for a downturn in trade and as a manager or owner this may be worry to you. A couple of… Read more

It’s Autumn – here are 10 things that happen in the workplace!!

It’s that time of year when the summer tans are fading fast, the leaves are starting to change colour and everyone is on a the countdown to (sorry!!) Christmas – 83 days if you want to know…… With the changing of the seasons come all the other changes that we all experience at work. Here are… Read more

Standing up against race hate

There’s growing evidence of a deeply troubling spike in racism and race hate across the UK following the recent EU Referendum. We are standing up against race hate. SYLO Associates, in conjunction with our Professional Body the CIPD, are supporting a campaign by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), encouraging employers to show leadership… Read more

Gender Pay Gap – BBC Radio broadcast

Gender Pay Gap disparities have been highlighted in the news over the past week, following the new legislation regarding Gender Pay Gap reporting. There are two sets of regulations. The first is mainly for the private and voluntary sectors, taking effect from 5 April 2017 and the second is mainly for the public sector, from… Read more

Future Fest 2017 – A Student’s View

By Ben Penrose – Year 10 Student at Lord Williams School Future Fest, at Lord William’s School Thame, is an annual gathering of companies from all across the country to give interesting and informative talks to students about what they do as an employer. How they have achieved their success so far, how others can emulate… Read more

Psychometric Testing – A tool for Leadership Development & Teambuilding

Leaders and their teams are vital to a company’s success. Psychometric testing, in various guises, can identify the strengths and weaknesses of the team members and highlight gaps that require filling to move the team forward. As a company, SYLO Associates knows that teams are critical to the effective performance of a business, but we often come… Read more

Team-Building with a CSI suit!

SYLO Associates have collaborated on several Team-building Corporate Days with event specialists Right Angle. Run by ex-Scotland Yard detectives, Right Angle bring a fresh new perspective to the usual group activities team-building days are known for. Even if you have the best team in the world, there is always room for improvement.    With an increase… Read more

Coaching – an invaluable key for developing future talent

SYLO Associates recently conducted a coaching programme as part of a newly developed Leadership Management Development Programme for a globally recognised business. In addition to designing and delivering the bespoke programme, we promoted independent coaching so this runs alongside their programme giving participating employees access to an independent person, outside their organisation. We’ve often found this… Read more

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

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

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