Wednesday, 1 May 2013

#HRHour Live Blog: Q&A - May 1st

Q: Hi, I'd love to get into HR but not sure what qualifications I need. Is it possible to work your way up, or is a degree vital? (@grassatori)

A: You need both the practical experience to gain the hands on HR skills but this must be supported by a degree for you to be able to progress, ideally the CIPD. Good luck and feel free to ring if you would like to chat about HR career options, I will gladly offer support where I can.

Q: #HRHour I want to help my staff set some long term goals. Haven't done it before - advice on how to come up with something they'll buy into? (@InsideLTL)

A: I would always advise managers to involve their staff from the start of any process. If you have an appraisal system in place, that would be the ideal place to start having discussions with them about the long term goals for their roles, the department and the organisation as a whole. If you don't have such a formal process in place then you can simply involve the staff members in this 'project' from the start through open conversations and informal meetings, as involvement and communication is the key to gaining buy in with any initiative.

Q: #HRhour 1 question I would like to ask; As HR and #employeebenefits administrators, what is it you look for in a health cash plan provider? (@5eanFoster)

A: I would suggest that those who are looking for health cash plan providers would require an offering which is available (somebody to talk to quickly and easily if they have a query), flexible (to increase or decrease needs to suit family changes), reasonable (price considerate) and perhaps one that simply goes that extra mile by offering something a little different or an additional benefit from their competitors.

Q: #HRHour I'm employing my first members of staff. Where can I find out how to set up a sickness policy? (@GNT_Media)

A: It's great to hear you are considering introducing policies and procedures into your business and well done on expanding your team! You may like to consider the introduction of an Absence Management Policy, this will then cover absences for more reasons than sickness, such as time off for emergencies, hospital or doctors appointments, authorised and unauthorised absence, short term and long term sickness, adverse weather absences and so on. Such a policy will make employees aware of the rules and regulations that you require them to adhere to but will also make employees aware of the support you offer as an employer in such situations.

Q: #HRHour I want to hire an apprentice, how do salaries work for them? Is there a salary structure I should be aware of? (@NETweeps)

A: Glad to hear there are employers looking for apprentices! Apprentices are paid from the first day of their apprenticeship and they're entitled to the National Minimum Wage. The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £2.65 per hour for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged
19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed their first year must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age.

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