Employee Management Skills Workshops 2016/17

Eaton Smith and The Personnel Partnership are continuing their successful series of practical and interactive workshops aimed at all managers with responsibility for people management or HR staff who would welcome additional skills development. The trainers have received excellent feedback from all in attendance and the workshops have been described as “excellent“, “very useful” and “very informative and interactive“.

Attendance Management – the Monday Morning Sickie:
15 November 2016 9.30am – 12.30pm

Most businesses have a small handful of employees who cannot seem to get out of bed on a Monday morning and have regular single days or short periods of sickness absence. Too much of this is damaging to productivity and bad for the morale of the employees who are doing their best to work through the coughs and colds! In this workshop we will look at how intermittent absence can be managed effectively to improve the health of your business. We will also look at what you might want in an attendance management policy and give you the tools to create this.

Attendance Management – Long Term Absence:
6 December 2016 9.30am – 12.30pm

Unfortunately from time to time businesses experience the problem of managing a member of staff who is very unwell and has been off work for a period of time that is becoming unmanageable. Where sick leave lasts or is likely to last for four weeks or more it starts to fall into long term absence and the reality of getting that staff member back into work becomes harder to deal with. In this workshop we’ll look at strategies for coping with long term sickness, the new Fit For Work scheme and what steps you might take to dismiss a member of staff for capability. We’ll also discuss stress and mental illness in the work place, which is becoming an increasing challenge for many businesses.

Restructures and Redundancy – moving forward positively:
24 January 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm

Over recent years many businesses have had to consider whether to restructure to save costs or to reduce their staff headcount due to a reduction in work or income. In this workshop we will take a strategic look at the factors to consider when re-structuring a department or a business, and how you might go about changing an employee’s job role and their terms and conditions. We will look at the selection and consultation process for ensuring a fair and legal redundancy procedure, and we will also look at alternatives to redundancy such as lay off and short time working, and redundancy procedures including the use of “bumping” and trial periods.  Redundancy is such an emotive issue, so we’ll also look at how to move forwards positively after a redundancy programme.

Difficult Conversations – “it’s not me, it’s you”:
21 March 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm

We all dread that situation where we have to sit down across the table from someone and start an awkward conversation, but sometimes it just has to be done! Whether you’re dealing with an issue of personal hygiene or suspected alcohol abuse, mediating a personality clash  between colleagues, tackling issues of poor performance with an employee who may view your attempts at management as bullying or discrimination, or dismissing a good egg who has lost their way, we can guide you through the process and give you the tools you need to confidently approach that difficult conversation and take action.

Who are your trainers?

Kate Booth from Eaton Smith
Kate is a Partner with Eaton Smith and shortlisted for the Yorkshire Legal Awards “Rising Star” award 2016. She is an experienced solicitor specialising in employment law, with particular interest in business acquisitions (including the TUPE Regulations), restructures and discrimination issues. Kate has been dealing with employment law issues for many businesses in and around Kirklees and nationally for the last eight years and was an advisor to the House of Commons’ Justice Committee on Employment Tribunal Fees. She brings with her practical examples of what can and does go wrong in the workplace and how you might address this!

Helen Straw from The Personnel Partnership
Helen is the Managing Director of The Personnel Partnership and is also a Chartered corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.  Helen operates at a senior level, providing HR support and advice during times of company set up, business growth, major reorganisations and deals with complex employee issues.  She has developed and implemented a range of HR policies and strategies as well as managed day to day operations and developed and delivered HR training programmes across the UK for many small to medium businesses and larger blue chip companies. Helen is both pragmatic and commercially savvy.

Each workshop costs £75 plus VAT and will include refreshments and all training materials.

Group booking discount: if you book 3 or more workshops in one go or book 3 or more people into a particular workshop you will receive a discount of 10%.

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or call 01484 662536.