Employing staff

When you need more helping hands.

If your business is successful it’s likely that you’ll need to employ a team of people – whether small or large – to help you operate and deliver the best possible service to your customers. Becoming an employer brings a whole new set of responsibilities and challenges. Our guide takes a look at key areas including employment law, payroll systems and how to motivate your team.

Employment law

When you employ someone you take on legal responsibilities from ensuring the person has the right to work in the UK to matters of equality and discrimination. Our checklist takes a look at your responsibilities, including:

  • writing an employment contract
  • paying the essentials, from tax to sick pay
  • staff welfare, including health & safety and maternity leave.

Payroll systems

Paying your employees the right amount at the right time is essential if you want to motivate and retain them. We look at how operating a good payroll system can help you achieve this:

  • payroll options including software packages and outsourcing
  • keeping records
  • your legal responsibilities.

Mental health in the workplace

Employers have an important role to play in supporting the wellbeing and mental health of employees. Learn more about:

  • making practical steps to improve workplace mental health
  • the positive financial impact this could have on your business
  • where to find further information, tools and advice.

Disability in the workplace

Awareness of disability as a key priority for society has grown and employers have a legal duty to support employees with disabilities and long term health conditions. Learn more about:

  • how you can support employees with a disability or long-term health condition
  • the benefits supporting your employees with a disability can bring to your business
  • where to find further information and advice

Motivating and retaining key staff

Employment is a partnership. You expect performance and commitment from your staff. They expect to be valued and motivated to do their best. We take a look at:

  • why it's important to retain staff
  • how to agree goals and reward employees
  • how to motivate staff and give constructive feedback.

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