Archive for December, 2017

When an offer of employment is made to an applicant, it is usually made on the condition that they satisfactorily pass pre-employment checks. If they fail these checks, for whatever reason, an employer is entitled to retract their initial offer. 

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Some employment checks are compulsory and a legal requirement for employers. Others, on the other hand, are conducted depending on the industry and nature of the role. For more information as to what checks your employers need to conduct, see here:

Right to work in the UK

All employers are legally obligated to check whether or not every new starter (of all nationalities) is entitled to work in the UK. A new employee is required to provide documentation to employers that confirm their right to work in the UK, prior to commencing employment. These documents should be verified, and a copy taken, to keep on record in the employee’s personal file.

It is imperative that employers carry out this particular check. Failure to do so can lead to a significant fine or even a criminal conviction.

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DBS check

There are also particular roles that will require employers to meet safeguarding demands. Employers can request a DBS check via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to determine if an applicant has any criminal convictions that would deem them unsuitable for employment. If you have any questions go to Carecheck DBS checks.


Employers will also need to ascertain whether an applicant is suitable for a position by obtaining references from previous employers, and from other professional sources. The information provided should be objective and anything discriminatory found on a reference should be disregarded.

Other checks

Employers can conduct other checks, such as verifying an employee’s driving licence, if they are employed as a driver, or conducting health checks when it is required by law. They should also request documentation to verify a candidate’s qualifications that are required for the role

Furthermore, employers may also carry out online searches and check social media accounts to confirm the suitability of a candidate. These searches must be recorded, including when and what was accessed. As the internet and use of social media continues to grow at a rapid pace, the law is still playing catch up, so make sure information that could be deemed discriminatory is not considered.

Many corporate away days have started to resemble nothing more than a group jolly, with no underlying principles or purpose. Therefore, it’s as important as ever to concentrate on why the company is paying for an away day and what ROI it can expect to reap. Our list continues here to help you plan a better away day.

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1. Can you measure the KPIs of your day?

When considering the KPIs of your event, you should look at PDP measurables (the Pre Event, During Event and Post Event results). A pre-event measurable might be employee engagement or cohesion, but how do you measure this and carry it forward to during the event and post-event to see if any change occurred? How about starting by holding a vote on the choice of away days? This is a great sign of engagement, that can be similarly measured by a vote on an in-activity activity and a post-day review.

2. Don’t call team bonding an away day

An away day must have a specific goal. By definition, it is an off-site meeting with an agenda designed to use the new place to free up the mindset. If you intend to have your team abseil, drive a tank and herd some sheep, call it team bonding instead.

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3. Stay within a good budget

Remember that it’s not a reward; it’s business. Some companies do take their employees off to a three-day spa in Evian, but if you want to get your team engaging and interacting to find out who the natural leaders are, you’d be better sticking to the tank idea and going to to get the adrenaline flowing along with the ideas.

4, Don’t pick a theme

Again, this isn’t a kid’s party. While you’re standing in front of the whiteboard throwing ideas around, everyone sticking their hands up for a “Pirate Day Out” might have you all feeling very funny and original, but once the initial thrill wears off, you’ll all find yourselves dressed in stripy shorts in Plymouth on a chilly day feeling a little embarrassed.

While these rules may sound like killjoys, it’s vital to remember you’re having an away day to achieve something. Don’t let it become derailed with good intentions.