CIPD help small firms improve people management skills

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Some SMEs have little knowledge or expertise in people management and often have little time or resources to improve their capability beyond basic legal requirements.

The CIPD has launched a free online hub to help small businesses improve their people management capabilities, in order to boost their performance and productivity.

The ‘People Skills Hub’ is a free online resource that contains a range of resources and tools to help small businesses and people managers more generally, to develop their people management skills.

The CIPD will be promoting the free resource via key stakeholders such as Growth Hubs, Local Enterprise Partnerships and local chambers of commerce.

The Hub includes:

  • Managing people essentials: Covering basic legal requirements, contracts, recruitment, absence, holidays and time off, family leave, redundancies, grievances and more.
  • Planning a people strategy: Covering team building, pay and benefits, learning and development, performance management, well-being and more.
  • Getting support: Access to additional resources including podcasts, reports and online training opportunities.

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Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, commented, “Effective people management and development practices are essential to help businesses thrive and grow and improve the quality of jobs in the UK.

“That’s why we are delighted to launch the People Skills Hub; to provide support where it’s most needed and to give smaller businesses access to knowledge and basic support they often need to boost people management practices and business performance. Our pilots showed that once owner managers understand the importance of people management they are more likely to invest in this area of their business.”

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Dolan Accountancy was set up by Simon J Dolan, the man behind the well-known brand SJD Accountancy. With over 25 years experience in the contracting marketing, Dolan Accountancy has the heritage, reputation and credibility you can trust. Working closely with our sister company, Contractor Umbrella, it means we can offer one low cost, fixed fee package at £95 + VAT per month. This gives you the flexibility of using both our Limited Company Accountancy Services and our award winning Umbrella Service, for one inclusive cost. We don’t believe in tiered packages or hidden extra fees, instead we aim to give you everything you need, including:

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