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
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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
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
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
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
Do you need a degree to do your job?
It’s been widely assumed that increasing the number of people going to university can only be a good thing for individuals, employers and society. But, new research from the CIPD, on Alternative Pathways into the Labour Market challenges this belief. Their report suggests that for a significant number of occupations, jobs haven’t been upgraded to make use… Read more
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The HR software your team will love 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 a cloud HR software solution designed to tame the chaos so that you can get out from behind the desk… Read more
Psychometric Testing – an untapped business tool?
Psychometrics is the study relating to the psychological measurement of how people work in different scenarios. It is split into 2 parts; one part measures their skills, knowledge, abilities, attitudes, traits and educational achievement. This is usually done through questionnaires, tests, raters’ judgements and personality tests. The second part involves statistical research on the measurement theory,… Read more