Secret Santa | 3 ways to keep gift-giving fun, without unwrapping HR issues

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Love it or hate it, Secret Santa is something many workplaces participate in in the lead up to Christmas, as an opportunity for team bonding and a little lighthearted relief. But for employers and HR professionals, the thought of trusting employees to strike the right balance between fun and thoughtful and just straight-up inappropriate can […]

HR nightmares before Christmas | Festive challenges and how to combat them

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It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but for employers and HR professionals, the lead up to Christmas can be a particularly stressful period. Of course, while you will want to embrace the spirit of the season, there are a number of challenges that crop up every year like clockwork which will […]

Gifts for Christmas = HR minefield?

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In the run up to Christmas, some of your employees may receive a gift from a client or supplier. To show their appreciation for their hard work and diligence, a client may give one of your employees a box of chocolate, some flowers or something else of low value. You may shrug it off as […]

Safety stops Santa sweet throw

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Ho ho… no! The fond old tradition of Santa throwing sweets into a crowd of children has been scuppered. We recently reported how every year at this time the Safety Elf appears to dampen down festivities on ‘Elf & Safety grounds. Well, it seems he’s struck again… Santa didn’t throw sweets to children when switching […]

Bank holidays and annual leave over Christmas

Over the festive period, some businesses will be experiencing a peak in demand which means they will need as many staff in as possible. Conversely, it may be a quiet time for others so they may shut for a few days over the holidays. Whatever your situation, this guidance on bank holiday and annual leave […]