Avon LMC’s blog page

Welcome to Avon LMC’s blog page. The LMC has been providing advice and support to Practices for many years. However, we realise that not all of our Practices are aware of what we provide. As well as contract advice we offer HR support, DBS checks and training courses, to name a few. Therefore, we have set up this blog in order to discuss subjects relevant to Practices and practice staff.

Have anything you wish us to write about or have any questions? Please feel free to contact the office on 0117 9702755 or info@almc.co.uk.


Top Tips for Effective Teamworking

It can be difficult to get effective teamworking at the best of times, but throw in a pandemic with heightened workloads, stress levels and emotions, it can be even more difficult. However now more than ever is it important that people work together and support each other. So how can you ensure that your teams are working as effectively as possible together in these difficult times? Some things are easier than others, and some you will already be doing, but for a reminder, some of...

By: | February 18, 2021 | blog

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Recruitment – Interviewing Remotely

Recruitment – Interviewing Remotely The first thing to be aware of is that although you are interviewing remotely this needs to be treated in the same professional manner as a face to face interview. If you are interviewing from home take a minute to think. Would you interview in the workplace lolling in your chair surrounded by empty coffee cups? No employer wants candidates to share negative impressions of their organisation. Our HR team have a comprehensive knowledge and experience of interviewing and can help...

By: | February 12, 2021 | blog

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Sickness Absence Management

Sickness absence management can be very time consuming for managers and high levels of sickness absence can have knock on effects within an organisation such as extra expense of covering the absence and low morale in the employees who feel they are always left to pick up the slack. There are two types of sickness absence, short-term and long-term absence. Short-term absence would be classified as those occasions when people are absent for the odd day or so maybe with a sickness bug or cold...

By: | February 5, 2021 | blog

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Keeping your employees’ data safe

Data security if not often something that is considered in the role of HR, and it’s something that is sometimes considered as someone else’s responsibility. However, as an employer, there is a lot of data that you will hold and handle on a daily basis about your employees, so it is important to understand what data you can collect, what authorisation you need for this, and how to store this data safely. The cost of getting employee data wrong can be very substantial, and in...

By: | January 28, 2021 | blog

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How to support employees with mental health in the workplace

Supporting employees with mental health is an important part of providing a supportive workplace and never more so than during this Pandemic. The resilience of employees has been challenged by the current situation, although the mental health implications will vary from employee to employee. It is well known that employees do not feel comfortable about speaking up about their mental health but employers do have a duty regarding the health and safety of their employees including mental health. Employees who have a mental health condition...

By: | January 22, 2021 | blog

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Snow days and how to manage them

Whilst snow might be one of the last things on your mind right now, it is the time of year where it could be a possibility and it’s always best to be prepared in order to minimise the disruption that it would have on the workplace. The main disruption caused by snow is the ability of employees to actually get into the workplace, but managing these absences whilst still being able to operate as a business can be difficult, so here are some top things...

By: | January 14, 2021 | blog

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HR’s New Year Resolutions

It’s the time of year for making resolutions and changes in your life, and this state of mind can be brought into the workplace. It is the perfect time give your handbooks and policies a refresh and check all your employee data is up to date. It’s easy to get swept up in the day to day activities of work, but it’s important to take a step back and ensure everything HR related is up to date. Not only will this ensure that you are...

By: | January 8, 2021 | blog

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How you can celebrate Christmas in a Covid secure way

Christmas parties and work get togethers are a great opportunity to reward your staff and keep the team motivated, and in any ordinary year would now be in full swing. However, things are a little different this year, so how can you keep motivation and engagement up in your teams in times of social distancing. Go virtual – move the party online and use video calls (Zoom, Microsoft Teams etc) to connect with your team. This could be as simple and low key as just...

By: | December 18, 2020 | blog

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How to manage staff leave requests over the Christmas period

We all look forward to annual leave. A chance to be with our family and have a well earned break. However when it comes to managing employee annual leave requests for Christmas, it can cause quite a lot of stress for the individual who is responsible for managing the process. This article is going to look at a number of ways you can approach Christmas leave requests to help the whole process run much smoother for all involved. Annual Leave Policy You could outline your...

By: | December 9, 2020 | blog

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Obligations of incoming employer under TUPE

The incoming employer (the company the employees are going to) will have obligations under TUPE to ensure the smooth transition of staff and enabling them to integrate into the existing staff team successfully. An explanation of what TUPE is, can be found in part 1 of our series on TUPE. These include: Ensuring Employee Liability is received This would include the names of staff, their employment contracts and details of any disciplinary which have taken place over the last two years. There is more detail...

By: | December 3, 2020 | blog

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