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HR advice and support

MEET OUR HR advice and support TEAM

We offer practical and straightforward HR support tailored to the needs of your business. Our insight into best employment practices, ever evolving legislation and hands-on experience of delivering HR initiatives can help improve your business performance. As we build a relationship with you, we are in a unique position to assist with all aspects of human resources, freeing you to focus on running your business.

Bespoke support

Our HR Consultancy team prides itself in taking the time to understand each client’s needs and being flexible in our approach to meet your requirements. We are aware that HR advice cannot come in a ‘one size fits all’ package and that every organisation has different priorities and cultures. Our clients’ needs vary depending on their size and sector, and our advice is always tailored accordingly.

Depending on your size and internal capabilities, you may just need some ad-hoc advice on a particular issue or to double check your understanding of the legislation. We can take on bigger projects that may be outside of your capacity or we can act as additional technical support to your in-house team. We do also provide a fully outsourced HR function where we take on the role of your entire HR department.

Best practice and legal compliance

Frequent updates to employment legislation make it difficult for businesses, especially those without resources dedicated to HR, to remain fully compliant with all your requirements. If things go wrong, this can quickly spiral into costly disputes with hefty legal bills and fines. You can rely on us to keep you abreast with all the current developments that impact your business as well planning for any future changes.

When you outsource your HR requirements to CBW you can be confident our advice will be in line with best practice and compliant with ever evolving employment legislation. Our clients have the reassurance that all employment related matters will be handled independently and the related legal risks will be effectively managed.

Services

Depending on your needs this might be a letter for an employee or a script for a particular meeting, or you may need a full suite of employment contracts and your employee handbook. Fully legally compliant and tailored to reflect your business’ needs, all the documentation provided by us will help set the expectations and guide the relationship with your employees, as well as ensure the communication lines within the business are open and transparent.

Employment contracts – why do we need them?

Does my business need an employee handbook?

We will help facilitate an active dialogue between the leadership, management and wider employee base within your business, and work with you when specific issues arise, ensuring they are dealt with pragmatically, fairly and within the legal framework. Our team can mediate and help facilitate resolutions around specific issues and grievances that may arise, avoiding the need for formal and legal processes. We will also help you navigate other employee relations processes such as disciplinaries, performance management or absence management.

Our HR experts will help you align your employees behind any change initiative and manage changes in resource requirements, including redundancies and TUPE transfers. We can help with the strategic vision of any restructures as well as staff consultations and related paperwork requirements.

What do you need to know about redundancies?

Conflict can occur in any employment relationship and is best dealt with early at source. If left unchecked, it can fester and escalate, potentially leading to grievance and disciplinary procedures or employment tribunals. Engaging a trained mediator avoids these more formal and costlier routes by guiding participants towards reaching fair and productive settlements, which allows employees to feel safe and businesses to continue to prosper.

Mediation is uniquely placed to address the emotional, reputational and financial issues which are at the heart of workplace disputes. Mediation is a flexible process conducted confidentially in which a neutral person actively assists parties in working towards a negotiated agreement of a dispute or difference, with the parties in ultimate control of the decision to settle and the terms of resolution.

CBW’s top 10 reasons to use mediation in the workplace

The protection of health and the promotion of wellbeing are important factors in sustaining attendance at work and supporting job satisfaction. It is the employer’s responsibility to provide a working environment which minimises risks to employees’ health and promotes positive wellbeing. It is likely that you are fulfilling most of these requirements already, however CBW can work with you to ensure you are applying all the positive measures required to ensure an effective wellbeing programme. More information can be found in our Mental Health and Wellbeing Booklet.

Financial Wellbeing: Considerations for Employers

Back to the office: Mental health & wellbeing

We can help you find and retain the right talent for your business. We also offer assistance in the allocation of resources, working in partnership with the leadership to ensure the best results.

We can work with you to develop and implement pay and benefits packages tailored to your business.  We can undertake sector specific salary benchmarking exercises and, if required, help you set up a flexible benefits platform to reward and engage your employees. We can also help you to produce a benefits brochure for your employees, click here to view CBW’s Benefits Brochure as an example.

In addition to ad-hoc projects, we also work with clients on a fully outsourced retainer basis, covering all your HR needs. You can be confident that we will tailor our approach to your company size, sector, growth ambitions and change objectives, and remain proactive as programmes are implemented. Working as an integrated part of your business, we are flexible about adapting to evolving circumstances.

If required, we are able to set up a HR system platform for your easy storage, access and visibility of employee data, including self-service functionality.

Our dedicated guide will take you through the key areas you need to know about when employing staff in the UK for the first time. It is designed to help any organisation entering the UK market understand the requirements for on boarding your first employee, and get to grips with employee benefits and employee rights arising from an employment relationship. We also address the associated costs of becoming an employer so you are not caught out by unexpected bills.

Psychometric testing aims to explore an individual’s suitability for an organisation by measuring traits such as values and behaviours, ability and intelligence. Psychometric tests can be useful for recruitment, team building, training, development and coaching. At CBW we offer  psychometric testing service from our test user Angela Elliott, who is certified in both Hogan and Strengthscope assessments.

Hogan assessments measure normal personality, derailment characteristics and core values. Individually, these questionnaires offer sharp-focused assessment from three key perspectives. Combined, they provide a unique insight into the depths of personality and cognitive reasoning with strong implications for performance, retention, organisational “fit” and leadership effectiveness.

Strengthscope reports help identify people’s strengths and how they can use them to deliver better outcomes and generate greater value for those around them and their organisations. Organisations around the world are using a strengths-based approach to reveal people’s unique strengths to help build a more diverse, empowered, resilient and agile workplace.

Retirement is a very personal thing – there are no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approaches. Planning for retirement is even more important today than it has ever been. Retirees are much healthier, much more active and can expect to live much longer – a whole new phase of life and opportunity is opening up.

Most people take steps to think about and plan for the financial aspects, but often haven’t taken the time to plan for the non-financial factors like replacing their work identity and staying connected, as well as keeping mentally and physically fit. When it comes to retirement, people often think about the things they will gain when they leave the workplace but don’t give much thought to what they will lose or need to find a replacement for.

This means that it is extremely important to understand the opportunity that retirement presents for us personally and to remove any concerns we may have.

We understand there is more to retirement and can now offer services of a Certified Non-Financial Retirement Coach.