3 Things to Do in April
- Date: Tuesday 20th March 2018
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1. Increase to Statutory Rates from 9th April 2018
Last month we reminded you about the increases to the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage that take effect from 1st April 2018.
Please don’t forget that there are increases to other statutory rates which take effect from 9th April 2018. These are Maternity (SMP), Paternity (SPP), Adoption (SAP) and Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) which are all increasing to £145.18 per week. Statutory Sick Pay also increases to £92.05 per week from the same date.
2. Spring Employee Newsletter
With the first quarter of 2018 now complete, it is a good time to provide an update to your staff on achievements and to provide an update on any news or changes within your organisation. An Employee Newsletter (via email or in print) is a great way to do this. The newsletter can communicate a wide range of topics and is in ideal platform to welcome new starters and say goodbye to your leavers, especially any retirees with long company service. It can also make employees aware of:
- Company news, such as promotions or role changes
- New business that has been won and any significant orders that have been received
- Social, community or sponsored events that either individual employees or the whole organisation might be taking part in
- Any additional benefits that you offer and which they can take advantage of
It could also include a reminder to employees that all suggestions on how to improve how you operate and communicate are welcome.
3. Employee Recognition
After the recent snow days that affected so much of the South West and other parts of the country, please consider publicly and privately recognising any members of the workforce who went above and beyond their role to provide continuity of service to your customers during the adverse weather conditions. You could even feature this in your Spring Employee Newsletter.
Employee recognition is a vital way of increasing and maintaining employee engagement, so please ensure that you consistently recognise employees throughout the year that go “above and beyond.”
Source: Gavin Parrott, SSG