Is ‘discretion’ really the word you’re looking for?

Is ‘discretion’ really the word you’re looking for?

We often (too often) come across the word ‘discretion’ in employment policies.  Much as we appreciate that employers want to exercise their discernment, there can be a rather a thin line between one person’s sense of discretion and another person’s feeling that they have been discriminated against. It’s for this reason that the law makers in this country put parameters… Read more
Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

HR Director Sarah Simpkins asks: what does ‘awareness’ really mean in the workplace? Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK is not a new thing; it is a national initiative that was first introduced by the Mental Health Foundation in 2001.  But our general ‘awareness’ of mental health as an employment issue has really only taken root in the last… Read more
Workforce engagement and ‘voice’ become a key measure of success for UK businesses

Workforce engagement and ‘voice’ become a key measure of success for UK businesses

HR Account Director, Sarah Simpkins, author of Ink’s Organisational Strength & Wellbeing model, applauds the UK Corporate Governance Code which recognises the commercial value of listening to the human ‘voice’ in your workplace. From January 2019 the new UK Corporate Governance Code – which listed UK businesses are required to follow for their annual reporting – has shifted significantly… Read more
Philip Green: a convenient villain for confusing times

Philip Green: a convenient villain for confusing times

Ink’s HR Director, Ruth Johnson, suggests that the battle for equality won’t be won if our response to workplace wrongdoing is applied only in the interest of our own personal war. Well, here’s a surprise.  Philip Green (sorry, ‘Sir’ Philip Green) is crass.  Who knew?  The Daily Telegraph investigation adds more than a little weight to a generally held suspicion… Read more
The Myth of the Single-Minded Metaphor

The Myth of the Single-Minded Metaphor

Ruth Johnson argues that sporting metaphors in business fall short when they obsess with single minded goal-setting.  Real success is not just about achieving your goals; it’s about taking people with you and enjoying the ride as well. It seems a long time ago now … but, boy, how I loved watching the 2018 World Cup.  And who knew?  Who… Read more
How integrated HR administration drives faultless payroll

How integrated HR administration drives faultless payroll

Without doubt the majority of businesses now widely recognise that their greatest assets are their employees – hoorah! However, many employers are still falling at the most fundamental of hurdles by making costly payroll and payment related administrative errors, causing widespread issues. The fault often lies in employers – quite understandably – not fully understanding the complex, ever-evolving employment… Read more
Ink launches its inaugural White Paper – Investing in Pensions, Investing in People

Ink launches its inaugural White Paper – Investing in Pensions, Investing in People

The Ink Group are pleased to announce the publication of our inaugural White Paper: ‘Investing in Pensions, Investing in People – The role of Workplace Pensions in boosting employee wellbeing and productivity’.  To summarise, our White Paper is written for anyone involved in the running of Workplace Pensions. Our focus is on: Exploring the challenges facing the… Read more
One-month countdown to GDPR: a unique perspective

One-month countdown to GDPR: a unique perspective

At The Ink Group, our day to day activities involve handling large amounts of personal data. As you can imagine, we have been working hard to prepare for GDPR. We see GDPR through a number of different lenses: as an employer an HR adviser a payroll bureau a regulated employee benefits consultancy So, we… Read more
Upcoming changes to the Childcare Voucher Scheme – so what does this mean for me?

Upcoming changes to the Childcare Voucher Scheme – so what does this mean for me?

As any working parent will know, Childcare Vouchers are there to help with the cost of childcare by creating income tax and national insurance savings. Childcare Voucher schemes have existed for over 15 years but are soon to be replaced by the Government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme. Childcare Vouchers have historically been provided by accredited third party organisations. Employers choose a… Read more
Welcome!  Now show me your ID.

Welcome! Now show me your ID.

It’s important that employers are careful about checking the work eligibility of their new recruits.  Failure to do so – resulting in the employment of an illegal worker – can lead to an unlimited fine and imprisonment. But don’t over-react to this risk.  There are certain sectors where it is high – for example, where casual and/or unskilled work is… Read more