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How to avoid an HR nightmare this Halloween

It's the season of scary movies, costume parties and pumpkin carving. Whether you're into the holiday or not (we are! Except for scary movies, perhaps!), there's little you can do to escape it at this time of year. However, in the world of business; ghosts, ghouls and goblins aren't the only things that can cause [...]

Cotswold Company guest blog: Why hybrid working is the future

In March 2020, many workers were required to work from home full time due to the pandemic. Businesses scrambled to put in place effective remote working processes and tools and we became all too familiar with the phrase “You’re on mute!”. However, while this change seemed strange and new, pre-pandemic there was already a significant [...]

Coping with change in the return to work during covid-19

April 12th 2021 was an exciting day for many “non-essential” businesses, including retail and outdoor hospitality. It’s amazing news that many companies can open their doors again, and we wish every business that’s able to the very best for this upcoming period. However, along with excitement, there is also a fair amount of anxiety around [...]

The Christmas Do in 2020: How are businesses celebrating?

It's the time of year when we're usually all preparing for the work’s Christmas do (or are recovering from it!). But sadly, this year, when we all need it more than ever, the usual celebrations aren't possible. The end-of-year do is more than just an excuse for a party: it's a way to show thanks [...]

Keen to Succeed in Business? Never Neglect Your Recruitment Strategy…

“I’m afraid that we don’t think you’re the right fit for the role and will be relinquishing you of your duties…” Do these words sound familiar, at all? All too often, staff are dismissed because senior management sits back, reflect, assess their performance, and conclude that their team aren't living up to expectations. While there [...]

Are You Inspiring Your Workforce, Or Creating Divisions?

Some might say that building a team of industry superstars is a sure-fire route to success. However, while a talented ensemble of employees is crucial for companies striving to fulfil lofty aspirations, it’s fundamental that an inspirational working environment is provided, to allow a team to perform to their maximum potential. According to a study [...]

How to keep remote workers engaged & motivated

With flexibility in jobs becoming more and more important to employees, remote working is on the rise. So much in fact, that it is estimated that by 2020, around 50% of the UK workforce will work remotely. ‘Flexi-time has increased by 12.35 per cent from 2012 – 2016 (ONS), and last year, the TUC found [...]

Guest Blog: Why remote working helps attract & retain top talent

Two of the most important tasks your business faces are talent acquisition and employee retention. This is because the success of your company is going to heavily depend on your ability to bring in the industry’s top talent and keep them engaged. There are many different ways you can do this. Of course, salary and [...]

Coaching culture – myth or magic?

Life Coach; Sports Coach; Business Coach, you will have met people who describe themselves as a ‘coach’. So why is it important to have a coach? Ask any competing sports person the benefits of having someone in their lives who help them perform to their absolute best to achieve optimum performance. So why shouldn’t it [...]

Are you ready for GDPR? (Infographic)

You are probably aware by now that the law on data protection is changing. Have you done anything about it yet?  From SME's, to large corporations, GDPR will affect us all from May 2018. Are you certain that your business complies with GDPR? Are you, your employees and your clients protected? With May fast approaching, [...]