Extra Bank Holiday

November 24, 2010

Over the next two years (2011 and 2012) there will be two extra bank holidays:

  •  Royal wedding 29th April 2011
  •  Diamond Jubilee 5th June 2012

Already on the TV the debate has started raging about how few bank holidays we have compared to other countries and how much next year’s wedding is going to cost in terms of lost output. However all the commentators and reporters seem to have bypassed one crucial point – employees do not have the right to take a bank holiday off work (unless you’ve specifically written such a clause into your employment contract – in which case you should give get in touch with us!).

The minimum standards for holiday entitlement (these will override lesser terms in your contract of employment if you haven’t updated it the last couple of years), including bank holidays, is 5.6 weeks paid annual leave i.e. 28 days for someone working five days a week.Part-time workers are entitled to the same level of holiday pro rata – eg 22.4 days for someone working four days a week.

Of course many employers will allow their employees to take the day off as an extra day’s paid holiday. They may grumble about the lost revenue but will weigh it up as less of a negative than worsening employee relations.

Why not make the most of the extra bank holiday?

If you are an employer, you are paying for it. It’s your bottom line that’s being affected. The staff are having the day off – the second extra long weekend in a row – due to your good nature.

Make sure they know!! Send out a staff communication or let them know in a staff meeting. Spell it out that you are giving them the extra day off, that you are paying them while they celebrate.

If you want more information about how to communicate your message or want to know more about holiday rights contact us.

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Giving 110%

November 22, 2010

Xfactor and Strickly contestants, wingnuts on the Apprentice and premiership footballers, they are all doing it and it makes my bile froth. They all give so much of themselves that it’s mathamatically impossible to keep up with just how much effort they are putting into their journey. Up till now I’ve been forced to throw things at the telly everytime they do it. Worse is when I come across it in meetings with clients or their staff as it’s unbecoming for an HR type to scream “No, you can’t give 110%. you just can’t!!”

Now though I’ve found a cure for my pedantic reflex with a formula I found on someone elses blog (Trainer1).

If:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Is represented as:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

Then:

H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K

8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

And

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E

11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

while ,

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E

1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

but

B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T

2+21+12+12+19+8+9+20 = 103%

AND,

A-S-S-K-I-S-S-I-N-G

1+19+19+11+9+19+19+9+14+7 = 118%