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  • 600+ Business Solutions - Sacked for bringing children in and surfing the internet
    An office manager who was sacked after she brought her grandchildren into work and then sat surfing the internet has lost her claim for unfair dismissal. If an employee does either of these things, do you have the right to dismiss them?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Why do employees leave small businesses?
    why do employees leave small businesses?..If only we knew. When a small business loses a staff member, it can be a costly process both in terms of covering their work and hiring a replacement. A survey by Process Bliss has found that 43% of employees in small UK businesses have changed their jobs due to unresolved workplace frustrations. Two of the most common reasons given were “Constantly having to chase colleagues for updates” (33%) and “Receiving no response to e-mails” (25%). Tip. These frustrations...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Freedom to stop distractions
    Freedom to stop distractions..Catch 22. Mobile devices allow business owners to work anywhere and stay in constant communication. On the flip side, they can be a source of irritation and distraction. For example, whilst you are trying to complete important work-related matters you might be interrupted by continual e-mails or be tempted to look online. This all hampers your productivity. App for that. One solution is Freedom (see The next step ). This site enables you to block certain distracting websites or...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Misuse of e-mail = a serious breach of contract?
    It’s come to your attention that a few years ago a senior manager sent a number of obscene e-mails from his work account. Even though this is well in the past, can you use it as grounds to terminate his contract?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Are personal mobiles password protected?
    Are personal mobiles password protected?.. Risky business. Apparently, 47% of employees use their personal mobile phones to access their work e-mail and store confidential work-related documents, e.g. budget information and customer contact forms. However, 34% of them haven’t set any password protection meaning this information could easily fall into the wrong hands. If you allow your employees to use their personal mobiles for work purposes, insist these devices are password protected. You can lay down...
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Employees who access porn: a XXX problem?
    It’s come to the directors’ attention that an employee has been using the company’s IT systems to access pornographic websites. Surely this behaviour amounts to gross misconduct and they can be summarily dismissed?
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  • Tips & Advice You & Your Business - Network risks
    You’ve heard that you could be liable if mobile staff access the Internet via someone else’s network. What’s the reality?
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