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Essential People Management Skills

This 2 day CPD accredited course is designed to provide managers with knowledge and skill in essential key HR areas from, the beginning of the employment relationship (i.e. Recruitment) to ending that relationship when it is necessary to do so (by reason of misconduct, poor performance or due to absence).

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Recruitment and Selection

  • The legal framework
  • recruitment sources
  • sifting applications
  • prohibited questions
  • competency based interviewing
  • questioning techniques

The importance of Dignity and Respect in the Workplace

  • The Equality Act
  • protected characteristics
  • how discrimination occurs and remedies
  • Harassment, bullying and ‘banter’

Communication Skills

  • Getting the message across
  • importance of body language
  • key issues when using email/telephone communications

Unfair Dismissal framework

  • What is fair and what procedures to follow


  • Informal and formal approaches
  • suspension
  • employee rights
  • investigations
  • witness statements
  • handling disciplinary hearings and appeal


  • What is a grievance?
  • informal and formal approaches to resolution
  • how to conduct a formal hearing
  • investigating grievances
  • possible outcomes

Performance Management

  • Measuring performance
  • the ‘performance gap’
  • providing negative feedback in a positive way
  • importance of examples and documentation

Absence Management

  • Costs of absence
  • how to manage both long and short term absences
  • return to work interviews
  • importance of medical reports and making them effective