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5 Tips On Winter Wellbeing

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  1. One of the best ways to keep stubborn colds away from your head and chest, is to have a daily amount of vitamin C. Oranges have a high volume of the beneficial vitamin, eat lots of rich vitamin fruits and also try to hit that 5 a day. Eating fruits like bananas are an excellent way to release energy slowly throughout the day meaning you will be more productive and less sluggish. Why not make a fruit salad the night before for your 11 O’clock snack the next day?
  2. It is important that your workplace has good ventilation during the winter, but that’s not a suggestion to keep the windows wide open and freeze. Opening them for 5 minutes a few times a day can refresh the air in the room. Ventilation keeps germs from harbouring in the same place for too long. Try opening office doors when meetings aren’t taking place too!
  3. Employees should use antibacterial gel regularly to keep nasty germs at bay. The importance of personal hygiene should be emphasised at this time of the year, re- print those faded hand wash signs in the staff toilet…
  4. At Mercury, we keep a box of cold and flu sachets and tablets at the ready for employees who may begin to feel under the weather. Try and catch it quickly to avoid taking days off work.
  5. Temperatures have to be regulated at work to ensure good employee wellbeing and good health. Although this can be difficult in the winter, if your office tends to be cold invest in some mini electric heaters, but don’t forget to turn them off at the end of the day!

References – Should or Shouldn’t I?

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References – Should or Shouldn’t I?

So you’ve been asked to provide a reference for an ex or even current employee.  When you receive the reference request, you sigh and your emotions about the person get the better of your imagination, before you compose your thoughts, reality kicks in.

You want to put pen to paper in the reference and tell the story, explain how incompetent or troublesome they are/were, however, something in the back of your mind stops you and instead you think to yourself about not providing a reference, but then again, your uncertain as to whether or not the law requires you to provide a reference.

All of this “Should or Shouldn’t I?” thinking about this reference has probably taken up 5 to 20 or even 30 minutes of your invaluable time already, and that’s without finding the facts and completing the reference…  not forsaking distracted you from your business.

Many businesses using our services, use our Advisors to deal with such reference requests. Not only does it remove the emotion, hassle and wasted time, it also ensures you don’t need to worry about being compliant.  Your Duty of Care is protected by our business and if we need to tell the facts and truth you know it will be done with the best results without risk to your business or you personally being sued for defamation, discrimination, victimization, malicious falsehood or negligence.

MercuryHR, Hampshire HR Consultants, can help you by providing all references on behalf of your company. Should you need help don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Spreading The Love

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heart-268151_960_720Spreading the Love with Outsourced HR Services

Is it acceptable to type the word ‘LOVE’ in the same sentence as ‘EMPLOYEE’ or ‘EMPLOYER’?

Isn’t love something you leave at home or with your family and friends? Should Employers ‘love’ their employees? Should employees ‘love’ their Employer?  Wow! Is there even a right answer? Probably not! In our humble experience, if employees feel valued and wanted, this can amount to a type of ‘love’. We all desire this surely? A sense that we belong, a sense that someone cares for us, about our day, about our future, about our growth? Employers that already have strategies and mechanisms in place to permit such senses to Employees, tend to have the advantage over their competitors who do not, and when it comes to attrition, they will certainly have the upper hand, particularly if the HR team are equipped at branding and marketing of the Company. How do you spread the love? How will you show your appreciation for your staff above and beyond paying them?

At MercuryHR, Hampshire HR Consultants, we have regular pay reviews in line with ability and aptitude, we invest in personal development, extra benefits for service length, we have regular away day/team events, ad-hoc recognition gifts, birthday acknowledgements with gifts, sporadic early finishes, not forsaking assisting with food and refreshments for the office, throwing in the occasional breakfast or meal and we are very sensitive to family needs. We strive to be a sought after employer and we learn a lot from our staff, their feelings, their opinions and feedback. As a company with people at the heart of what we do, we will always create new ways of spreading the love.

Is Your Talent Ripe For Picking?

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So you’ve spent all year, preparing your crop, tending to it everyday, despite financial struggles and frustrations you kept going and then out of the blue, without warning, your crop is picked and you are not paid for your crop!  Is talent ripe for picking in your company?

With the Employment rate on the up and average weekly earnings seeing an increase of on average 1.7%, can we take it that the economy is on the mend? Or is this 0.2 increase from July-September false security, given the recent push from Government to get more people in jobs through back to work schemes (lets get unemployment figures down!) and the apprenticeship programme (lets help the young get a foot in the door or the Pension issue will worsen!)? Is this is a short term gain?  Let’s face it, NOT ALL back to work individuals have the desire nor the capacity to stay in work, not forsaking the support!basket-14238_960_720

The Office of National Statistics said there were 22,000 more vacancies from November 2014 to January 2015, than the previous period August to October. Does this mean there are actually more jobs? Or is it that these new jobs are just temporary positions whilst Companies struggle to find their feet again and actually it was merely just a seasonal increase due to the Christmas and New Year period? Or perhaps vacancies left by people that have moved on, even moved out of the Country? Lets see if the pattern continues into the next period.

All these stats are all well and good but actually they don’t show what is going on behind the scene in Companies. Within our own Client portfolio, it is fair to say that in the Construction Industry, we have seen a 10% increase in the number of positions coming onto the existing company structures, and we are now starting to see pay increases of anywhere from 0.5% to 6%. It’s also fair to say though that as new employees start, we see others leave and we would urge any business to ensure they have the right retention strategy in place NOW! Is your talent ripe for picking? Tomorrow maybe too late.  Right now your employees are ‘ripe for picking’ by your competitors or other businesses that can utilize their skills…. Getting back on its feet, a company will do its utmost to ensure it has the best skills, and that might mean taking your staff! Remember money isn’t everything for many, but it will help in the long run.  There’s lots of things you can do though so don’t lose hope! Get in touch with Mercury HR, your Hampshire HR consultants. Is your talent ripe for picking?


The Start Of Growth…

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Over the last few months we have been busy supporting and promoting the start of growth within our Clients and we are very excited about the coming months.  Not only does this present us with some interesting HR, Development and Recruitment challenges, it brings with it amazing opportunities and the space to be creative about retention of employees and attraction of new talent.  We are very excited about the days, months and year ahead for our Clients and glad you chose local Hampshire HR Consulstants, Mercury HR, to help you bring and integrate change. Thank you!

Nominated for Amazing People and Business Awards

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It feels such a welcomed delight of a dessert to be nominated for the Amazing People and Amazing People awards.  Bringing tears to ones eyes when reading what others really think of you, without prompt, cohesion or  bribe!  Such an uplift to the team… not that one was needed but it just serves to remind the team of the appreciation felt for the team, the company and the mission.

With a mission to touch as many UK Businesses as possible with our way of thinking, working and approaching employment and people , its amazing to know that what we do internally and externally, really works well!