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Diverse Workforce? Is Your Business Ready for the Future World of Work?

There has never been a time when the UK’s workforce has been more diverse. Encompassing different working patterns, part timers and remote working to name but a few. With all this to contend with, it is no wonder that employers whilst viewing their employees as individuals sometimes tend to treat them all the same. Maybe… Read more

Winner – SME of the Year Award – South & Vale Business Awards

  Double Celebrations’ for Oxfordshire-based HR Consultancy SYLO Associates Leading HR consultancy, SYLO Associates, based in Thame, has been recognised at The South & Vale Business Awards by winning SME of The Year award for South Oxfordshire. The awards, sponsored by Milton Park, were announced earlier this month and coincides with the company’s celebrations of… Read more

SYLO Associates – Customer Experience Survey

SYLO Associates Customer Experience Survey In their 10th year in business, the Directors of SYLO Associates, Sally White and Sarah Stevens, decided to review the products and services provided to our clients. Starting with a ‘Customer Experience survey’. The survey started with an introductory email to our established core of retained and regular clients. Followed… Read more

How to implement an Employee Wellbeing Strategy – Your 10 steps

Many employers are aware of the benefit of promoting health and employee wellbeing, as this kind of strategy not only demonstrates care for employees, but it can also result in a healthier, more engaged and more productive workforce. Whilst many businesses are catching on to the importance of having an actual wellbeing strategy, it is… Read more

World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2018 and Employee Well-being

World Mental Health Day 2018 World Mental Health Day 2018 has put the spotlight on Mental Health in the workplace and increasingly employers are looking at how they can improve employee wellbeing SYLO Associates were pleased to host a seminar recently – Mental Health in the Workplace and Employee Well-being – in conjunction with Nick… Read more

My Experience, of Work Experience!

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

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 Assessment – A tool for Leadership Development & Teambuilding

Leaders and their teams are vital to a company’s success. Psychometric assessments, 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