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Juggling work and children: a mum's story

For the umpteenth time I find myself rushing out the door, half way up the road,  late, son in tow and I have fluffy slippers on.  Surely not as bad as turning up at work with a small child asleep in the back of the car…..I had forgotten…
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Flexible working – now everyone can ask for it

Want to reduce your working hours, change your working pattern or work from home? All employees now have the right to ask for these changes, as long as you’ve been employed for 26 weeks (six months). Previously it was limited to parents and…
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Pay well? Tell everyone

Do you pay employees at least £7.85 an hour? If you’re not sure, that’s a salary of £15,100 - £16,300 depending on the length of your working week (based on 37-40 hours a week). If you’ve answered yes, and most digital media companies…
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5 tips to help you interview

Ever met someone and then realised a while later that your first impressions weren’t 100% accurate? Perhaps because they were more polite than normal or for some reason they were making an effort, then relaxed when they got to know you. If…
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More money for holiday pay

Does your company ask people to work extra hours for paid overtime? If the answer’s yes, then it could mean changing the way you calculate holidays. A ruling by the Employment Appeal Tribunal might mean that people who regularly get paid…
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Having a baby? Want to share time off work?

If someone becomes a parent, they usually know the basic rules about time off work: men get 2 weeks and women can have up to a year. There are, of course, other rights but they tend to be less well-known. Now that’s all changed. Shared Parental…
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New year - new you?

The change from an old to a new year is always a great time to reflect on what’s worked and what hasn’t worked for us, and to think about what we want to do differently in the next year. Many people will come up with a list of resolutions…
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Support for community events

We believe strongly in supporting community events and activities around Sussex. During 2014, Quick HR has provided sponsorship and/or practical support to a wide range of charities, arts events and organisations including: Baked Worthing http://www.bakedworthing.co.uk/ Brighton…
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Have a very merry Christmas!

December can be hectic with work deadlines, choosing gifts and going to Christmas events - and then you get to Christmas Day. We've been juggling work and socialising too including Christmas events by Wired Sussex, Brighton Business Curry Club,…
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Recruitment - hire the best

Every company has to recruit new people - whether you're replacing someone who's left, expanding the company or just need someone with new skills. Brian and Melissa ran a recruitment and interview training course for Brighton and Hove Chamber…
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Top 10 for creating new jobs

Brighton and Hove is in Britain's top 10% areas for creating new jobs. The Office for National Statistics business register and employment survey ranks Brighton and Hove 38th out of 380 local authority areas in Great Britain for employment…
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Disciplinary: steps to follow & things to consider

So you have a problem with an employee and you’re thinking about what to do. One option might be to take disciplinary action. There’s some guidance about thinking things through here. Now let’s go through the steps you need to use. The…
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Free networking event & health advice

We're helping Mind charity with a networking event in Brighton, with a focus on helping you understand how to work with people with mental health issues. You may already know someone who's had an issue with depression or something similar. The…
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"We really rely on your advice"

It's always lovely to hear feedback from a client. There are immediate ways of knowing if we've helped, such as wrapping up the issue involved and realising the people dealing with it are less stressed than when we started. But a little feedback…
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Welcome to Quick HR, Melissa!

Quick HR has a wonderful new recruit. Melissa Mills is a straight-talking, practical and friendly HR Consultant with over 10 years’ experience working to support businesses and people. As a parent, Melissa balances her life and personal responsibilities…

Drunks, bizarre questions and other interview surprises

If you interview people, you will be surprised sometimes at what happens. From the odd things people do when they're nervous and not thinking clearly, to the unexpected statements they can come out with. Of course, some employers ask weird…
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Rows at work: from bad to worse

Sometimes my job feels like arriving late at a party that’s gone terribly wrong, with people shouting at each other and throwing accusations around, while I try to work out what I’ve missed, how things fell apart and what the best options…
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Training course for managers - feedback

Quick HR's Brian Warren ran a training course for Wired Sussex members on managing people and employment law. The course is a "greatest hits" package providing a firm foundation for busy people, to develop their skills and confidence. It covers…