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HR Consultant – What should I do about family bereavement?

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Family bereavement in the workplace is a tricky and delicate matter for obvious reasons.

Surprisingly, there is no law in the UK which states we have the right to have time off when a loved one passes away. So that is where we, as a HR consultant firm step in. We can give you guidance on how to deal with your employee who is going through a family bereavement.

This video will go through the certain aspects you should consider when your employee is going through a family bereavement. Any time an employee is given time off during a family death, paid or not, it is completely at the employer’s discretion.

Our advice to you would be to take this matter on a case by case basis. Not everyone grieves in the same way, some employees may need the time at home whereas others may prefer to keep busy and dive back into work.

We would suggest taking the time to listen to your staff and talk with them to discuss what they want and how they are feeling. You must then go on to decide what the best course of action is. However, we would say that there is no point forcing an employee into work when they are not going to be focused on what they were doing. Unfocused employees can often do more damage than good.

You must consider consistency when you decide to give an employee say two weeks paid leave for a bereavement you must ensure that you are fair and consistent to other employees who want it.

Could you benefit from our HR consultant advice?  Here at JMann Associates, we offer expert HR services that save you time and money and keep you safe and protected. Want to know more? Get in touch today.


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HR Adviser – How do you communicate values?

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To follow on from our last blog, this blog will continue to discuss company values but most of all, how to communicate those values.

It can be hard to stick to company values within a business and this struggle more often than not comes from lack of communication. As we already know, values are very important as they form the basis of your company culture. So, it is important that you are always communicating them and involving them in everything your company does.

Take a look at the video below where I, as an HR adviser, describe in more detail how you can better communicate your company values.

There are some key areas in which you can instantly improve the communication of your company values. All you need to do is ask yourself the following questions.

  • Are your values clearly displayed on your website?
  • Do you recruit against your values?
  • Are you cross-referencing values when you are performance managing people?
  • Do you have a theme for your values?

However, the most important thing company values need in order to improve communication is a leader. As a business owner, you need to be living those values and constantly talking about them.

If you think you could benefit from an HR adviser on how to communicate your company values or any other people issues for that matter. Maybe you’ve got a question about a staff issue? Get in touch today and together we can help you stay safe, legal and compliant.


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HR Advice – What are company values and why are they important?

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HR Advice – Values within a company are becoming more and more important.

They help to compose the rules and boundaries within your business. They help tell employees, clients and the public what you truly believe in and how you work.

Company values not only tell people what you believe in, but they also communicate your company’s brand and personality. This will help you to shine from your competitors and most importantly, make you unique and recognisable to your employees and prospects.

Take a look at the video below where I offer my HR advice and discuss how you can set up your own company values to set you apart from your competitors.

But don’t just stop at values, together with your value’s behaviours you can take your company’s personality to the next level. We have our own values and behaviours here at JMann Associates. As an example, one of our values is “To do the right thing”.

We then have behaviours to go with this value which will tell our employees what behaviours are expected to go with this value. So, for our example value, we also have behaviours, which are,

  • “Go with your gut instinct”
  • “Say no if it’s not right for us or the client”
  • “Always be honest with each other and our clients”

To summarise, company values are important as everything you do within your company will need to be aligned with your company values. This can be anything from how you recruit people to how you manage and develop people. By doing this you will be able to create a great culture and business enabling you to stand out from your competitors.

If you need any HR advice and would like to learn more about company values simply get in touch today.


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HR Culture – Broken business?

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Make no mistake, the world of work is changing faster than we can even comprehend.

With machines taking over jobs left, right and centre, and very, very different new generation coming through education and into the world of work, it’s fair to say that the employment landscape of 2025 will be entirely unrecognisable to the landscape of 2005, or even 2015.

And the businesses that don’t ride the wave of these changes almost certainly won’t survive.

And the other week, I was at an event, talking to some professional services business owners, and what became clear is that very few of them had given any conscious thought about how they were going to counteract the changing landscape.

I decided to put together a quick video highlighting exactly what’s changing, what the repercussions are, and what you can do about it.


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HR Culture – Mistakes on a train

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I’m not an eavesdropper by nature.

But the other day, when I was on my way home on the train, I couldn’t help but lean in closer to listen to a conversation between two business owners.

They were shooting the breeze, talking about their businesses, when they got onto the topic of HR.

And that’s when it became clear that one of them was making a huge, common mistake.


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