staff appraisals

Staff appraisals and their link to pay can be one of a manager’s most challenging and contentious moments in their role.

Narrow Quay HR has a bespoke training designed as a package of services to help schools, businesses and health practices create, and delivery a robust and effective appraisal process.

The bespoke four hour appraisal training workshop includes:

The importance of appraisals and the legal context in which they are held
How to conduct an effective appraisal – they skills needed, how to set objectives and how to assess performance
Practical guidance and real life examples
How to tackle performance concerns and interplay with the capability procedure

The workshop is designed to provide practical training to those carrying out appraisals in schools, businesses and health practice and covers the skills that are needed as well as the wider context of the appraisal system.

We also focus on providing strategic advice and can provide a suite of tailored appraisal documentation.

So how does the Effective Staff Appraisal workshop happen? Initially we will meet with you to discuss your current appraisal process, concerns over the current process and your key aims. We will then provide written recommendations of the practical steps you need to implement or improve within your appraisal system.

This will be accompanied by a comprehensive suite of appraisal documents including: guidance for appraisers and appraisees; an appraisal policy; appraisal forms; and a letter to staff, introducing them to your new system.

We have worked with many different organisations, reviewing their pay policies and can work with you to ensure that your policy is legally compliant and operates to support your strategic aims, including linking pay with performance where appropriate.

We are on hand every step of the way to support you with implementation of the new policy and to help address any implications for staff.

Please contact us if you would like to find out more.

Unconscious Bias

Unconscious Bias is a hot topic right now. The progress towards creating a more diverse workforce at all levels is an objective that most employers are focusing on today.

Raising awareness and investing in staff development in this area through the use of interactive workshops and training is key.

Unconscious bias is a bias that we are unaware of, and which happens outside of our control. It happens automatically and is triggered by our brains making quick judgements and assessments of people and situations, influenced by our background, cultural environment and personal experiences.

Unconscious bias can occur in many situations and in relation to many prejudices, which could include, but are not restricted to: Physical characteristics or appearances; Social context; Stereotyping and favouritism

Research has shown that unconscious bias is a habit that can be changed.

We run workshops that can help to highlight the role unconscious bias can play and provide practical strategies to mitigate its effects. This will help leaders and managers to make fair and transparent decisions and minimise discrimination.

Our unconscious bias workshops are a key strategic tool in promoting equality and diversity within your workplace and eradicating unlawful discrimination.

The workshop covers: Key concepts from the Equality Act 2010 including the protected characteristics and the types of discrimination; Examples of the Equality Act in practice; Exploring unconscious bias and how it can impact in the workplace; Practical advice on how to mitigate the effects of unconscious bias.

Please get in touch for more information and to book a workshop for you and your team.

Barristers HR Support

Barristers HR Support is a hot topic and in its latest move to align the chambers model with current employment practices, the Bar Council is making available, external HR support for barristers.

We have been retained to help chambers and barristers manage their concerns and create robust and sustainable solutions to their HR challenges.

HR matters in chambers are traditionally dealt with by barristers’ clerks. However, Isabel DiVanna, commercial director at the Bar Council, said chambers often need additional insight on HR matters as ‘it’s easy to get things wrong – and costly when this happens’.

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We are delighted to be offering HR consultancy services to barristers and look forward to sharing some interesting and insightful case studies with you very soon.

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Narrow Quay HR has been appointed by The Bar Council to provide HR expertise to its members, including all barristers and chambers in England and Wales.

Founded in 1894, The Bar Council is the representative body of the Bar of England and Wales. It has 16,000 members.

 

Dr Isabel DiVanna, Commercial Director at The Bar Council, commented:

“Chambers often tell us that HR is one area where they feel additional insight is needed, as it’s easy to get things wrong – and costly when this happens. VWV is a reputable firm and trusted Bar Council partner, so we anticipate this additional provision being of particular value to our colleagues in chambers’ management.”

Caitlin Anniss, HR Consultant at Narrow Quay HR, said:

“Providing HR support to Bar Council members will enable us to offer access to experienced HR consultants who are on hand to help with both day to day queries and larger projects, where there may not be the HR resource in Chambers to deal with these issues.

We look forward to providing this HR support to our professional colleagues, and to helping them manage their day to day HR challenges in a cost effective and flexible way.”

 

The Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave Bill) was published by the government on 13 October 2017 and aims to grant bereaved parents, who have lost a child under the age of 18, two weeks’ paid leave.

The Bill will entitle all employees to parental bereavement leave, regardless of their length of service. In addition, employees with over 26 weeks’ continuous service will be entitled to statutory parental bereavement pay. Employers will be able to recover the cost of this payment from the Government.

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Bristol HR Club hosts a seminar for HR Professionals, Finance Directors, HR Managers, Heads of HR, Business Managers, as well as Practice Managers, GP Business Manager and Assistant Practice Managers.

Removal of Tribunal Fees – How Might it Affect Your Business or Practice?

In a Supreme Court ruling that has thrown Tribunals into chaos, Employment Tribunal fees have been declared unlawful and abolished overnight.

As an employer, you may be wondering where this decision might leave your organisation. In a system where once again, there is no monetary barrier to Employment Tribunal litigation, will the floodgates open?

In this session we will be considering the practical impact of the Supreme Court’s decision. We will also be taking you through the litigation process from start to finish, sharing some of our top tips for avoiding litigation and protecting your position along the way.

Who Should Attend?

  • HR Professionals
  • Finance Directors
  • HR Managers
  • Heads of HR
  • Business Managers
  • Practice Managers
  • GP Business Manager
  • Assistant Practice Managers

This event is now fully booked. To add your name to the waiting list, please call 0117 314 5332. 

Narrow Quay HR website will be live on 31 October 2017.

Cost Effective Employment Law Support

We offer accessible and cost effective employment law support to businesses in a number of ways, including:

  • Lifeline – a telephone and email employment helpline with rates to suit all budgets.
  • Toolkits – easy to use guidance and templates, for everyday HR issues such as absence management, flexible working or retirement.
  • Legal Representation – in any employment case an employer is involved in, be that Tribunal, Appeal Courts or Civil Courts (with discount rates for multiple claims).
  • Employment Law Training – bespoke, practical and interactive for all levels of management and staff.
  • HR Consultancy – to dovetail with the employers’ internal HR function, or as a means of an external resource.
  • Peace of mind – combining all of the above with an insurance policy to create a risk-free employment and HR service.

Our employment lawyers provide specialist legal advice across a wide range of HR and employment law issues.

In the meantime please contact us to discuss your HR challenges.