Low staff morale. Tips to greater productivity.

Sensible business owners will agree that employee morale is tied to the company’s success. Satisfied employees show an interest in the company’s progress, co-operate better with co-workers, make fewer errors and are more productive. On the other hand, low staff morale has a habit of spreading negativity throughout the organisation with the effects hurting its bottom-line.

The problem with low staff morale is that in the workplace it can be intangible and very hard to identify.

This article focuses on ways to spot low staff morale and how to improve work relationships. Continue reading “Low staff morale. Tips to greater productivity.”

RIDDOR – Definition, Legislation and Employee Training

In an employment setting, one has to be aware of any relevant legislation that determines how to act in given situations. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) details what duties are put onto employers, self-employed persons, or those who are in control of workplaces in situations requiring reporting of incidents. This article explains some key definitions involved with the legislation, as well as some other associated things that are required to be reported. Continue reading “RIDDOR – Definition, Legislation and Employee Training”

Challenging behaviour – how to deal with it

In a care environment, challenging behaviour can be difficult to deal with. Learning how to deal with challenging behaviour effectively and empathically is vital to providing the best care for patients, and for maintaining a positive mentality.  This article explains challenging behaviour- in what forms it appears and its possible triggers- and gives advice on how to handle it when it arises.
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Mandatory Training Courses – What are they?

Mandatory training relates to training that employers are expected to provide to their staff following statutory requirements.  Statutory requirements include the Health and Safety at Work Act, local authority requirements, and the requirements specified by the Care Quality Commission. Continue reading “Mandatory Training Courses – What are they?”

Working at Heights – What employers must know about working at height

The construction industry has strict regulations regarding health and safety including guidelines for those working at height.  Without proper training, workers at height are at risk, and their employers can be liable for any injury they suffer as a result. This article outlines the basics of working at heights covering current legislation and risks in the workplace. Continue reading “Working at Heights – What employers must know about working at height”

Fire Safety Awareness – prevention and what to do in a fire

The safest method of dealing with fires is to take steps to prevent them. The leading causes of property fires are faulty wiring and power outlets, yet these are also arguably the most easily avoided fires.  This article covers some basic steps in Fire Prevention and looks at the importance of Fire Safety Awareness. Continue reading “Fire Safety Awareness – prevention and what to do in a fire”

Workplace fire safety – fire safety checklist for employers

As we approach national fire safety awareness week it is useful to review old checklists (and update) to ensure the information we offer on this site is accurate. Fires and explosions caused 261 fatalities in 2017, in addition to damage and loss of business equipment and buildings. These are good reasons every business needs a fire prevention plan. Here are some workplace fire safety tips: Continue reading “Workplace fire safety – fire safety checklist for employers”

5 Critical Elements of Effective Employee Management

Your employees are the core of your small business. Careful employee management is key to making sure you get the most out of them. They may be skilled individually, but if led poorly, they’ll never perform at their best. Here are a few things you and your managers can do to lead employees to greatness. Continue reading “5 Critical Elements of Effective Employee Management”

Management: The Simplified 7-Step Decision Making Process

Individuals make decisions every day with little regard to others, but in a business setting, those in charge cannot afford to take the decision making process lightly. Whether a business is small or quite large with hundreds of employees, managers faced with the role as the primary decision maker must possess the skills to handle decisions in a well-thought-out manner that is best for everyone involved, as well as the business.

According to Umass/Dartmouth, there are seven basic steps of the decision-making process. These steps can be simplified in a way that any manager can grasp and apply in the workplace. Continue reading “Management: The Simplified 7-Step Decision Making Process”

Medication management in Care

Working in a care home, or indeed in any domiciliary care role will require you to understand the principles of medication management.  While the focus of any care role is on the patient, you are also responsible for the care of others in their locale.  The onus ultimately is on you and mistakes with medicine can be fatal. This article looks at medication management and explains how the management of any prescribed or over the counter medicine is an important aspect of the job.

Patients are in care because they require a level of support.  This support may be in the form of physical support, such as moving a patient  or it may be emotional support.  In health and social care, it is important to remember at all times that no two patients are the same – some may have mobility issues, some chronic illness and others may need help with simple tasks that others take for granted. Continue reading “Medication management in Care”