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Data Protection: Using Employee Photos and Personal Details Online and in Marketing Materials

We increasingly see photographs and personal information about directors and employees both on websites and in marketing materials. This could also include company Facebook pages and other social networking sites.

A word of caution...

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, photos, names and work histories of employees are considered to be "personal data".  This information can only be used for the…


Added by Barbara Patrick on April 27, 2012 at 14:26 — No Comments

I'm back! I've missed you...

I've been very remiss lately and I haven't been networking much this year - online or offline.  But now I'm back, and I'm looking forward to hearing what everyone is up to.

But I haven't been hibernating... far from it!  I've restructured my business, and The Back Office is now focussing primarily on HR.  We have a lovely new website - …


Added by Barbara Patrick on March 16, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

Inappropriate use of Facebook! Do you have a Social Media Policy?

I attended a Mock Employment Tribunal earlier this week. The grounds of the claim were age discrimination, victimisation and harassment.  The claimant was claiming against his employer AND against his line manager personally.

Ultimately, the claimant failed in some elements of his claim but won in one, with an award against his employer and - surprisingly - against his line manager personally.  That would…


Added by Barbara Patrick on March 16, 2012 at 18:00 — No Comments

Yet more parental policies for employers to get to grips with....

Having just got to grips with the recent parental policies (in fact I've just produced a full set of parental policies for a client of mine), the Government has issued a further consultation document seeking to change the rules, yet again. 


Not all of it's bad, but it's another layer of changes and confusion for employers to unravel.…


Added by Barbara Patrick on May 24, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

Time to "Skill up"?

According to a survey of 4064 jobseekers in 2010 by Home Learning College and, around one-third of job applicants were finding that a lack of qualifications was holding them back. 

Around 50% were resorting to further training to update their skills with ambitious job seekers finding that targeted vocational training added value to their CVs.

Higher education…


Added by Barbara Patrick on May 16, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

Stand out! WOW them! Be Brilliant!

I recently read a book by Michael Heppell entitled 5 Star Service.  I've met many people who would do themselves a big favour if they read it too.  It's slightly gushy, but the message is strong...    GO THE EXTRA MILE!

Don't just deliver what you said you would deliver; exceed expectations. Create the WOW…


Added by Barbara Patrick on May 10, 2011 at 19:00 — No Comments

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