HR webinars for small businesses

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Upcoming webinars

Wednesday 6th October, 10-11am

How to manage employee misconduct in your small business

Employee misconduct is an issue most employers are likely to face at some stage. It's important to know how to deal with misconduct effectively when it arises and make sure you are following the correct procedures. In this webinar, employment lawyer and HR consultant Catherine Wilson will outline common types of misconduct, when to deal with misconduct informally or formally, and the basic formal procedure employers should follow.

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22nd September 2021

How to onboard new employees for your small business

Are you onboarding new employees effectively? What else could you be doing to help someone feel welcome and prepared in their new role? Guest speaker Adrian McDonagh, co-founder of hireful, will teach you how to effectively onboard new recruits to your SME, covering: how to improve your internal processes, using digital solutions, and strategies for remote and hybrid employees.

8th September 2021

How to prevent discrimination and protect your business

Employers face an average cost of £8,500 for defending against an employment tribunal claim. Discrimination claims can be the most costly. In this webinar for SMEs, guest speaker Toby Pochron, Senior Associate in the Freeths LLP Employment Law department, outlines: how discrimination can occur in business, how to anticipate and prevent it, and how to protect your business from discrimination claims.

25th August 2021

How to communicate effectively with a hybrid team

There are lots of benefits to going hybrid, but there can be challenges too. For instance, how can you communicate effectively with a hybrid team, who are variably in and out of the physical workplace? Guest speaker Laura Capindale, a Senior HR Business Partner at Amica HR, will show you how to make sure you're communicating in the right ways and at the right times with hybrid employees in this webinar.

11th August 2021

How to manage flexible working requests

It's no secret that lots more staff are wanting flexible, remote, and hybrid working options post-pandemic. But how can you effectively manage flexible working requests in a way that works for individuals and for the business? Watch this webinar with guest speaker Kat Derbyshire, Director of the consultancy Black Kat HR, to learn how to handle requests and balance your workforce.

1st July 2021

How to manage absence in the new normal

With the seismic shifts in how we work that have occurred over the past year or so, consistent and effective absence management has become a key issue for employers and managers. How will it be best to manage absence post-COVID given our changing attitudes towards health and hygiene and the rise in remote and hybrid working? Guest speaker Kate Marchant from Running HR Ltd will share her top tips on how to manage absence in the new normal.

28th July 2021

How to conduct a fair disciplinary investigation

The disciplinary process can be one of the most crucial and most tricky for businesses to do well. It can be a cause of stress for employees, managers, and employers alike! So, how can you make sure to conduct a disciplinary investigation without getting in any hot water? In this webinar, guest speaker Sarah Edwards, Senior Employment Law Adviser at Howarths, runs through how to conduct a disciplinary investigation thoroughly and fairly from start to finish.

14th July 2021

Mental Health Q&A: achieving resilience in the return to work

The past year or so has been difficult for many of us and inevitably has taken a toll on staff mental health. What can employers and managers do to help staff be healthy and resilient in the face of big changes and potential challenges? In this Q&A panel webinar, we’re inviting on mental health in the workplace experts to answer questions around managing stress and anxiety, starting conversations on mental health, and psychological safety.

16th June 2021

How to perfect your performance management cycle!

It's clear that performance management is important for businesses to get the most out of their staff, but how can you best deliver this across the organisation? Guest speaker Kathryn Gilbert, a Senior HR Advisor from Bhayani Law will show you how to perfect your performance management cycle in a way that truly works for your business.

2nd June 2021

What does good performance management look like for SMEs?

There's no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, but there are strategies SMEs can put into place to engage with employees more effectively. Join us on this webinar with guest speaker, HR and employment law expert Tracey Hopkins from Howarths, to learn how to make performance management work best for your business.

19th May 2021

Covid Q&A: preparing your workforce for the new normal

Given the pace of change as we come out of lockdown, it’s understandable that business leaders and managers have questions! We’re inviting on HR and employment law experts Jodie Hill (Thrive Law), Tracey Hudson (HR Dept), and Toby Pochron (Freeths LLP) to answer important questions around COVID-19 in the workplace and how businesses can survive and thrive as the UK comes out of lockdown.

5th May 2021

Digital presenteeism: how it's affecting your workforce

Digital presenteeism (the pressure employees feel to always be available) has been a longstanding concern for employers with our increasingly technology-focused culture. This issue has only been highlighted further by the recent shift to remote working. Join myhrtoolkit and guest speaker Stacey Mead, HR Director at HR Dept Bristol, to learn what to look out for and how remote working policies can help curb 'always on' culture.

21st April 2021

How to create a security-conscious culture in your organisation

How can you improve your organisational culture to have the best possible impact on cyber and information security? Our Chief Technology Officer, Kit Barker will outline how to mitigate security risks from employees and develop a positive security culture with an effective 'human firewall'.

7th April 2021

Managing staff holidays in an ongoing pandemic

Has sorting out staff holidays during the pandemic got you in a tailspin? Worried there'll be an influx of annual leave booking once we're out of lockdown? Register for this webinar on all things holiday and COVID-19 with guest speaker Jacqui Mann, HR expert, company culture specialist, and founder of J Mann Associates.

24th March 2021

How to handle employee grievances

Grievances are becoming more common in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic; employers and HR professionals need to be especially prepared for these scenarios and have the right policies and processes in place. Watch our webinar with Keebles LLP Head of Employment, Catherine Wilson, to learn more about how to handle grievances effectively.

10th March 2021

Hybrid working: the new normal for SMEs?

Has the pandemic kickstarted the rise of the hybrid workplace, where more employees will split their time between the office and home? Or will staff be returning to the office fulltime once it's safe to do so? HR director, author, and flexible working expert Gemma Dale will join myhrtoolkit on this webinar all about the future of hybrid working. This webinar is ideal for employers and HR managers looking for more information on the concept of hybrid working and how it can work for SMEs.

24th February 2021

COVID-19 vaccines: can you make them mandatory for employees?

With COVID-19 vaccines rolling out across the UK, what are the legal ramifications for employers? Can businesses make vaccines mandatory for employees or do employees have a legitimate right to refuse in particular circumstances? Join myhrtoolkit and guest speaker Claire Jenkins, HR Business Partner at Effective HRM, to explore the potential issues surrounding COVID-19 vaccines and work.

10th February 2021

How to make sure dismissals are fair

It’s crucial that employers ensure dismissals are fair, for their reputation and to avoid expensive unfair dismissal claims, which have only risen in number since the COVID-19 pandemic. HR & Employment Law Adviser Wendy Cresswell from Howarths will guide you through: the 5 fair reasons for dismissal, following a fair dismissal process, and navigating unfair dismissal claims.

27th January 2021

Strategies to engage and motivate remote working staff

As many employees continue to work remotely, it’s well worth investigating strategies to keep them engaged and motivated long-term. In this webinar for employers and HR professionals, Helena White from the HR Dept will cover what you can do about low morale, tips for motivating your team remotely, and Looking after yourself and your employees.

9th December 2020

Further furlough extensions: the implications for businesses

If you have questions about the furlough scheme extensions and managing your employees over the winter months, make sure to sign up for our webinar with HR expert Sarah Birkenshaw of Quest Consulting. Sarah will be commenting on the general challenges businesses are going to face in this second round of lockdowns in the UK.

2nd December 2020

Is your SME prepared for Brexit and changes to immigration law?

Have you considered what impact the new points-based immigration system will have on your SME once Brexit goes ahead in 2021? Howarths’ Head of Employment Law & Business Immigration, Charlotte Geesin, guides you through how upcoming changes to immigration law will affect your recruitment and employee retention efforts.

25th November 2020

Backing up business data: how and how often?

Backing up business data consistently and securely is crucial to an organisation's success. This is well recognised post-GDPR, but how and how often should businesses be backing up data? Myhrtoolkit's Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Kit Barker is our guest speaker on this data security webinar for SMEs.

21st October 2020

How SMEs can take a proactive approach to staff mental health

How can SMEs proactively ensure positive staff mental health even in times of uncertainty and change? Our guest speaker, Chartered Occupational & Health Psychologist Mark Cheesman from Magdala Psychology, will outline key strategies that help SMEs become proactive with maintaining good mental health across the organisation.

7th October 2020

What’s the deal with HR documents?

Why is HR document management so important and how can SMEs do this more effectively? We’re joined by Toby Pochron, Managing Associate at Freeths, to discuss how effective document management aids business compliance and legal aspects around this.

23rd September 2020

The 7 recruiting habits of highly effective SMEs

This webinar with a recruitment expert provides 7 easy to adopt and powerful habits that some of the best small businesses use to help them stand out from the crowd and successfully compete for talent against larger competitors.

9th September 2020

The future of flexible working: is it looking bright?

Is flexible working going to become a more integral part of workplaces in ‘the new normal’? In this HR webinar, we explore the flexible working landscape post-coronavirus with guest speaker, HR professional Gemma Dale, a university lecturer and HR consultant with significant experience in employee relations and employment law.

26th August 2020

Harnessing HR data to boost business performance

How can you use your HR data to boost business performance? What data should you care about and prioritise? HR data expert Alastair Swindlehurst will guide you through how to use your HR data as an insightful barometer for your business processes and decisions. Learn about correlation/causation, what your data dashboard can actually tell you, and HR data in relation to recruitment, turnover, productivity, and real costs.

12th August 2020

Furlough health check: protect your business from furlough fraud

The furlough scheme has been hugely helpful for businesses, but also complex. HMRC are beginning to crack down on errors and furlough fraud, so it's advisable to perform a health check to make sure your claims are correct. Our guest speaker, solicitor Alicia Collinson of Thrive Law, guides you through the concept of furlough fraud and how to ensure your organisation is making claims correctly.

29th July 2020

Reducing employee stress: a guide for SME managers

How is stress affecting your business? Given the rapid changes to workplaces caused by COVID-19, many people's stress responses have gone into overdrive from facing uncertainty and making big adjustments. In this HR webinar we're joined by stress and mental health expert Geraldine Joaquim, who specialises in stress management strategies.

15th July 2020

Using social media to bounce back after lockdown

Guest speaker Rik Courtney, Director of Be More Social, discusses the 5 fundamental must do’s of social media you can use to get ahead of the competition. Rik gives some key hints, tips and strategies around how to use social media to grow brand awareness, create opportunities and generate more business.

1st July 2020

Remote working: avoid the employment law pitfalls

How can employers make sure they are staying on the right side of employment law while all or part of their workforce is remote? We are joined by Toby Pochron, Managing Associate at Freeths LLP, to discuss the potential employment law pitfalls associated with remote working.

17th June 2020

Furlough scheme updates: how businesses can adapt

What is happening with the new flexible furlough scheme? How can your business adapt accordingly? In this employment law webinar, we are joined by Jodie Hill, MD and Employment Solicitor at Thrive Law, who guides you through furlough scheme updates and discuss how they affect employers.

4th June 2020

Tackling staff fears around returning to work

How are you considering the health & safety and particularly the mental health of your employees beyond lockdown? HR expert Alison Schreiber will guide you through what to consider and expect in the return to the office after remote working and staff returning to work after furlough.

28th May 2020

Managing redundancy during lockdown

What does the redundancy process look like during lockdown, particularly when you're managing a remote workforce and furloughed employees? Watch our HR webinar with guest speaker Emma del Torto, a HR entrepreneur and former lawyer who has founded two businesses.

21st May 2020

Leadership in the new normal: how SME leaders can thrive

What will business leadership look like in a post-COVID world? Watch our webinar on SME leadership skills in 'the new normal', where myhrtoolkit CEO Jon Curtis is joined by international speaker and best-selling author Steve Cockram of GiANT.

14th May 2020

Solving recruitment challenges during lockdown

Join us for this business webinar on recruitment during and after lockdown, with top tips on hiring and onboarding staff remotely from guest speaker Adrian McDonagh, co-founder and chief helper at hireful.

7th May 2020

Supporting employee mental health and wellbeing during lockdown

Inspirational speaker Nick Elston shares his tips on supporting employees and colleagues with their mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 lockdown.

30th April 2020

Absence and holiday management during/after lockdown

How can you effectively manage staff absences and holiday during and after lockdown? In this webinar, we share top tips on how to manage staff holidays and sicknesses during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

23rd April 2020

Navigating furlough as an Employer

Solicitor and business owner Mark Fallon from the Mr Finch law firm explains the latest government guidance around COVID-19 and furlough, with a focus on the impact for employers in the short- and medium-term. He is joined by entrepreneur and investor Russell Dalgleish to discuss business owners' questions.

9th April 2020

Support for staff with childcare responsibilities

Parental Choice CEO Sarah-Jane Butler, offers expert advice on how to manage and support employees with children and other care responsibilities. There are lots of strategies that can be put in place to help support staff and keep the business running smoothly.

8th April 2020

Furlough Q&A webinar

Our webinar on furlough and holiday carry over proved so popular that we invited back HR Director and experienced business owner Tracey Hudson (of The HR Dept) to answer questions on furlough. Find out more about how the rules around furlough work and how this will affect your business and staff.

2nd April 2020

Legislation updates: furlough and holiday carry over

Do you have questions around furlough and recent holiday carry over updates in response to COVID-19? In this joint webinar with HR Dept and Parental Choice, we cover the updates around furlough and holiday carry over, answering attendees' questions.

26th March 2020

Responding to COVID-19: An employer’s guide to homeworking

With COVID-19 disrupting life in the UK, many businesses are managing employees working from home. How can businesses rapidly and effectively adapt to working from home without losing productivity in the process? Myhrtoolkit’s directors talk through the key areas to consider when sending staff home to work remotely.