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”

Are Mandatory Training Courses different to Statutory Training Courses? (CQC)

Statutory training relates to training this is required legally in order to protect individuals in the workplace.  Mandatory training relates to trade specific training that the employer considers essential or compulsory for a specific job.  Both phrases are often confused by employers.  This article covers a list of mandatory social care training courses and looks at those that are statutory within the confines of the CQC.

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Effective communication for managers – tips to communicate effectively

Why do some managers get compliance as soon as they ask the question? Why do some supervisors find they have to repeat themselves constantly? Why do some people get the point straight away and others need to be repeatedly reminded?  This article offers 4 ways to successfully communicate your message – effective communication for managers.

“The effectiveness of communication is not defined by the communication, but by the response.” – Milton Erickson (American Pyschologist)

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Equality and diversity in the workplace

Equality and diversity can be defined as “promoting equality of opportunity for all, through diversity, giving each individual the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination.”

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Managing employee sickness absence

Managing employee sickness absence – It’s a problem most managers come up against at some point in their career. A staff member, previously productive and an asset to the team, starts to phone in sick more and more often. By the time it’s begun to raise eyebrows, it’s already a problem that needs dealing with.

Quite apart from the disruption of frequent absenteeism, this is an issue that can drain staff morale rapidly. So how should you handle the situation?

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