A well-motivated and incentivised workforce can make the difference between success and failure. Staff who pull together in times of crisis will get you over even the most difficult of hurdles. Staff that are divided and more focussed on getting ahead of each other can destroy even the most profitable and promising of companies.

There are those that say that your staff are your most important asset. Whilst that may be true, it’s also true to say that outside of the petrochemical or nuclear power sectors, your staff are likely to be your most volatile asset. A well-motivated and incentivised workforce can make the difference between success and failure. Staff who pull together in times of crisis will get you over even the most difficult of hurdles. Staff that are divided and more focussed on getting ahead of each other can destroy even the most profitable and promising of companies. Whether your business consists of you and another founder or two or whether you’ve been trading for over a century and have hundreds of staff, the issues that you’re likely to experience will have their roots in the basic structures you put together for managing your people. And once you have the right arrangements in place, you need to keep them under constant review. The needs of your business change, the risks that you face evolve and the law constantly morphs. We see employment law and HR as being two sides of the same coin. So, in addition to providing expert employment advice, we also offer the services of an HR consultant who led the HR function at the UK arms of some of the world’s biggest companies before deciding that she wanted to give up the corporate life to work with owner-managed businesses. It’s also worth bearing in mind the relationships you have with the individuals who work with you under contract. Whether these guys are truly freelancers or some kind of quasi-worker or even an employee is something that is very much the flavour of the day, with some of the world’s fastest-growing businesses running into difficulties in the ‘gig economy’. These things need careful planning. So whether you’re hiring your first employee or managing a workforce, whether you’re putting the structures in place or trying to handle a single disruptive or under-performing member of staff, we have the experience to help.

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