free small business advice & information


Business Advice: Employment

Even sole traders need to take on employees as their business grows. So for the benefit of all small businesses with from 1-250 employees, here's our exhaustive list of business advice articles to help the busy manager or entrepreneur manage their workforce better...

What is the National Minimum Wage?

minimum wage

You will need to pay your workers for their services and there is a statutory minimum that you must pay them, known as the National Minimum Wage.

This varies depending on the age of your staff and the figure changes every year – our article helps you identify how much you should be paying your staff.

Personal Development Plans

Link your employees' personal development goals with the growth of your business...

Employees Working from Home

A flexible workforce might include a few of your staff in a home working capacity...

Staff Planning

There are a number of key issues that managers should consider when planning their staffing requirements...

Performance Appraisals

So how are your staff doing? Are they helping you achieve business success, are they contributing to your bottom line?

Handling Grievance & Discipline

Dealing with employee grievances happens in even the best businesses so how do you handle grievance and discipline?


National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are good for employees and good for business. What do you need to know about NVQs?

Historical Minimum Wage Rates

With the current National Minimum Wage being £6.19 an hour, what are the historical rates since the introduction of NMW?

Age Discrimination Act 2006

Business owners need to be aware of Age Discrimination Legislation...

Fit Notes

A few years ago the "sick note" was replaced by the "fit note"...

Maternity Leave Letter

An example Maternity Leave Letter for employees requesting maternity leave...

Communicating With Your Staff

How to give good instructions, keep employees informed, hear and acknowledge what your workforce have to say about the business...

Working Time Regulations

Covering everything from night workers, to pay in lieu of holiday and breach of contract, we cover the working time regulations...

Employment Law Checklist

Employers can check this at-a-glance list to ensure they are following their obligations, from the job description to the notice period...

Everyday Workplace Policies

Common company rules at the workplace from the basics to written warnings...

Employment Tribunals

It is important to know how the tribunal process operates in case action is taken against you...

Recruiting & Interviewing

It is important that when taking on new staff you get the best person for the job...


What does employment law have to say about holidays?

Internal Recruitment Mistakes

There are 6 common mistakes employers make with internal recruitment moves. Make sure you avoid these...

Employment Contracts

As soon as an applicant accepts your job offer the employment contract exists so understand your contractual obligations...

Recruiting Graduates

Follow our advice if you are actively seeking and placing college and university graduates into employment...

Motivating Employees

Get more productivity from your workforce by motivating your staff...

11 Tips to Be a Good Boss

Good bosses are genuine, they consult with their staff and listen...

Be Assertive

Being assertive is a positive resource for any business...

Writing a Company Handbook

The time has come to pen a non-contractual company handbook...

All our business advice articles on employment are listed below:

Article Index
A Guide to Personal Development Plans for Business
More Than Training
Who is Involved?
Setting Objectives
PDP Reviews
PDPs in Action
Measuring Success

A Guide to Personal Development Plans for Business

Who is involved in the PDP process?

If you have a system of PDPs in your business, you should commit to giving everyone a PDP in the interests of fairness and consistency. Employees who will particularly benefit include:

  • Junior employees: PDPs will help them to map out their career path and set their goals accordingly.
  • Managers: PDPs will keep senior people motivated, guarding against creeping complacency.

When it comes to developing PDPs for individuals, you should generally give your line managers or other senior employees control over the process. They may well need training in how to manage PDPs effectively – you can even build these skills into their own PDP. Your local business support organisation or the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be able assist you with your training needs.

More generally, you should try and foster a mutually supportive learning culture in your business to help people achieve their objectives. Get senior employees involved in mentoring less experienced employees.

Labels: Staff Training