It’s actually my third book, but this time rather than face a battery of rejections from Literary agents, I decided to self publish it exclusively on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Perfect-Crime-Laiton-Detective-ebook/dp/B00IXL904U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394558459&sr=8-1&keywords=Sandy+Mould

It’s a detective story that is hopefully amusing and an easy read, though I must warn you rude words are used. It’s around 75,000 words long and will set you back £1.84. If you down load it and like it, please tell everyone you know. If you don’t like it, you’ve only lost £1.84 and a few hours.

If the link above doesn’t work for you, just put Sandy Mould into the search on Amazon.co.uk. “The Perfect Crime. A Laiton Tray Detective Story by Sandy Mould” should come out at the top of the list.

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February Update

February 20, 2014

It’s been so long since we updated our website and blog, that I had to search for the passwords that allow me to unlock them to add new text!

It’s been a very busy time since our last update, with IT Training projects for, EDF energy, Ryder and Reckitt Benckiser, ongoing HR work with Advance Housing as well as the HR support we provide to more local companies across Dorset Somerset and Wiltshire. Now though we have a short period of time to catch up on all things we’ve been putting off. It also gives us some time to reflect on how business has been and where we see it going in the future.

It’s 14 years since Claire set the business up and 9 since Sandy joined in and we changed the name from Claire Mould Consultants to Resource First Ltd. After a period of finding the right way run and promote the company we settled into doing the things we do best, Claire providing HR advice and support from TUPE Transfers to company investigations and contract development and Sandy managing, developing and delivering training for large IT system installations such as Oracle, Microsoft dynamics and People soft as well as bespoke applications, supporting Claire on HR matters and company promotion between the different contracts he gets.

This is a way of doing business that works well for us and we can’t see any reason at this stage to change our approach. We are still keen to work with and for new customers and are always happy to come and visit them in their workplace to discuss what help if any is needed from us to overcome or prevent any staffing issues. It is always good to meet new customers especially as they all now come from recommendations from other customers. We do very little advertising and other than this blog and our website, do not use social media to push our business. I’m just not sure how well #new employment contract or #training lead for large IT installation would trend.

Chaos reigns within.

Reflect, repent, and reboot.

Order shall return.

 

Errors have occurred.

We won’t tell you where or why.

Lazy programmers.

 

The code was willing.

It considered your request,

but the chips were weak

 

Login incorrect.

Only perfect spellers may

enter this system.

 

Stay the patient course.

Of little worth is your ire.

The network is down.

 

To have no errors

would be life without meaning.

No struggle, no joy.

 

You step in the stream,

but the water has moved on.

This page is not here.

 

No keyboard present.

Hit F1 to continue.

Zen engineering?

8 top HR tips

May 8, 2012

This is a summary of a short presentation I recently gave to Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce.

Why 8? They asked me to keep the presentation down to 8 minutes

1/ Recruitment.

Always take a photocopy of a new employees proof of right to work in the UK – even if you’ve known their parents all your life!

2/ Internet, Email and Social Networks

Have a policy. Make sure your staff know what your rules are regarding using these, e.g. can they discuss your products/customers.

3/ Retention

Why do your best staff members work for you? Find out what motivates them. Maybe it’s a pat on the back occasionally or some flexibility with hours.

4/Health and Safety.

“It’s health and safety gone mad” Yeah well maybe it is, but if its the law you must comply with it or you are putting your business at risk.

5/ Grievances.

When does a staff members moan become a grievance? If you don’t have written rules about how your team should raise a grievance, the point at which a moan becomes a grievance is decided not by you, but by a tribunal. Get a Policy!

6/Long term sick.

Remember that someone on long term sick is accruing benefits such as holiday entitlement. Remember that if they are unable to work, they are not meeting their contractual obligations. Providing you follow the correct procedures you can end their employment contract.

7/ Retirement

There is no such thing as retirement any more. Do your older employees know this? Do they understand they will have to give you notice if they wish to stop working? Do you know what they intend to do? Talk to them.

8/ ACAS

Part of ACAS’s remit is to prevent employment issues getting to tribunals. They have an excellent website which gives you a lot of employer information and also lists their phone number, which will put you in touch with one of their experts. www.acas.ork.uk To keep us in gainful employment please forget this web address immediately!

For further information or a confidential discussion about any present or predicted staff issues, contact us on 0845 224 0048 or email sandy@resourcefirst.co.uk

 

Well here are some actual messages sent out by management.

What I need is a list of specific unknown problems we will encounter.

How long is this Beta guy going to keep testing our stuff?

E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business.

Turnover is good for the company, as it proves that we are doing a good job in training people.

This project is so important, we can’t let things that are more important interfere with it.

Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule.

No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We’ve been working on it for months. Now, go act busy for a few weeks and I’ll let you know when it’s time to tell them.

And the prize-winning quote:

As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday and employees will receive their cards in two weeks.

 

 

ACTIVE SOCIALLY: Drinks heavily.

UNLIMITED POTENTIAL: Will stick with us until retirement.

QUICK THINKING: Offers plausible excuses for errors.

TAKES ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPERTUNITY TO PROGRESS: Buys drinks for superiors.

TACTFUL IN DEALING WITH SUPERIORS: Knows when to keep mouth shut.

APPROACHES DIFFICULT PROBLEMS WITH LOGIC: Finds someone else to do the job.

A KEEN ANALYST: Thoroughly confused.

SPENDS EXTRA HOURS ON THE JOB: Miserable home life.

CONSCIENTIOUS AND CAREFUL: Scared.

DEMONSTRATES QUALITIES OF LEADERSHIP: Has a loud voice.

JUDGEMENT IS USUALLY SOUND: Lucky.

KEEN SENSE OF HUMOR: Knows lots of dirty jokes.

GETS ALONG EXTREMELY WELL WITH SUPERIORS AND SUBORDINATES ALIKE: A coward.

OF GREAT VALUE TO THE ORGANIZATION: Turns in work on time.

IS UNUSUALLY LOYAL: Wanted by no-one else.

HARD WORKER: Usually does it the hard way.

ENJOYS JOB: Needs more to do.

HAPPY: Paid too much.

COMPETENT: Is still able to get work done if supervisor helps.

CONSULTS WITH SUPERVISOR OFTEN: Annoying.

WILL GO FAR: Relative of management.

SHOULD GO FAR: Please.

VERY CREATIVE: Finds 22 reasons to do anything except work.

USES RESOURSES WELL: Delegates everything.

DESERVES PROMOTION: Create new title to make h/h feel appreciated.

We’d love to give an exciting reason involving traveling around the globe rescuing businesses from a multitude of employment law related tribunals, while creating jaw dropping e-learning tools that help make their staff world beaters in their chosen fields, implementing new IT systems that revolutionise how they do things and develop their managers to dizzy new heights in leadership. Even better if, along the way, we’d eradicated Mumps, found a cure for reality TV and stopped Americans yelling “get in the hole” after a par 5 tee off.

Sadly the reason is not half as exciting. We’ve been too busy!

With new contracts with a national supermarket chain to provide training for an Oracle PeopleSoft implementation and an internationally based electronics company to bring terms and conditions in four continents into line, alongside our on-going commitments to all our other clients, finding the time to update both this blog and the websites ‘Latest News’ section has been difficult.

As a result for the time being the news updates are going to be seasonal – we’ve just published the summer news -, and this blog will get updated whenever possible. Of course we are still on the end of the phone so don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything we can do to help.