By Theo Mitchell – Year 10 student from Lord Williams School I decided to complete my work experience week at SYLO Associates, based in Thame. I chose this company because they work in Human Resources, something I am very interested in, having learnt about it in business studies at school. I was welcomed by Sally… Read more
Do Summer Perks improve Productivity?
The Summer of 1976 was the hottest summer on record, so far, but is the Summer of 2018 set to break that record? We all love nice weather and let’s be honest, there is nothing the British love talking about more than the weather. So why not get your employees talking about how great their… Read more
Our visit to Number 10 – What Rural Businesses need to grow!
Director and Co-Founder of HR Consultancy SYLO Associates, Sally White was recently invited, through OXLEP and Enterprise Nation, to join a select group of other Rural Businesses to meet with Jimmy McLoughlin, the Prime Minister’s Business Advisor at Number 10 Downing Street. We were asked to identify and task the Chancellor of the Exchequer on… Read more
Webinar – GDPR: Understanding Subject Access Requests and Preventing Data Breaches
With GDPR coming into effect on 25th May, there may be many questions you still have. That’s why SYLO Associates have partnered with EasyWeb and Databasix to walk you through Subject Access Requests and how to prevent data breaches. Lots of people logged on, earlier this week, to the free 1-hour webinar, where Sally White, Director… Read more
Business Hub hosts Paralympian Martin McElhatton
SYLO Associates and Machins Solicitors were delighted to host our quarterly Business Hub breakfast meeting at Hartwell House on Tuesday, with guest speaker Martin McElhatton, CEO of WheelPower & Paralympian. It was a very special and inspiring morning listening to Martin share his experiences through his business and involvement in the Paralympics – “WheelPower – Transforming the… Read more
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
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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