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Money For Nothing

It’s customary to expect them to actually work there, though. This week Nottingham Prison has come under fire for keeping a local man on the payroll for a year, despite him never having worked a single day there. In December 2016 a pub worker accepted a job at the Category B men’s prison but deferred his start date when his wife became ill. At the end of the month he received a payment equal to two weeks’ wages, and throughout 2017 he received monthly payments of between £1200 and £1600.

By the time his wife had recovered the man, whose identity is being kept secret, had changed his mind about the move. It’s difficult to blame him. As novel as it may be to receive thousands of pounds you haven’t earned, it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in an employer to see them making the same glaring mistake over and over again. And anyone sympathising with the Sherwood-based prison should know that the man they kept paying had no intention of robbing from the rich. He emailed the prison repeatedly, offering evidence that he didn’t work for them and asking them to cease the payments.

Payroll mistakes aren’t usually this howling but any instance of underpayment, overpayment or mis-payment is a cause for concern. Staff morale and collective confidence can be fragile and when employers lose the trust of their people, job performances can slip sharply downhill.

The answer? There’s no substitute for attention to detail. There’s no substitute for HMRC accreditation, scalability for any number of users, unlimited pension scheme definitions, payroll runs of any frequency and customisable reports for any requirement.

There’s no substitute for a Jane System.

After two decades at the cutting edge of payroll software services, […]

No Fairy Tale

Like many leaders in retail and distribution, Amazon rely on temporary, seasonal staff. People taken on to cover the busy Christmas period know very well that their employment comes with an expiry date. The disputes we’ve seen this week centred on how much human consideration, if any, is given when that date comes up.

Reports in national newspapers gave unpleasant examples of temp staff at Amazon distribution centres being sacked part of the way through night shifts and ordered off the premises at midnight. In addition to being given zero notice and no opportunity to line up alternative employment, some have told of being left to wait outside warehouses in the biting cold for up to six hours until public transport services were available again.

At the time of these people’s sackings their seasonal employment contracts, via an intermediary recruitment agency, still had a month still to run. The agency has attracted as much criticism as Amazon, who stated in their defence that when staff are let go outside public transport hours, they are prepared to offer bus and taxi transport to get them home.

When a major employer sets up shop at a new site, optimism and expectation among the local workforce is often very high. Sometimes it’s difficult to maintain those levels of positivity, but there are steps we can all take to maintain goodwill. Firstly and obviously, we can communicate.

If contracts are about to come to an end a month early, then surely employers and agencies can communicate with each other and with staff in a way that gives notice and softens the blow. If transport is available to get people safely home instead of literally leaving them out in the cold, then surely […]

Through The Keyhole

With many of us spending as much time at work as at home, is the office now a place for creature comforts?

We personalize desks.

We arrange furniture for comfort and familiarity.

Some of us even bring our pets to work.

When we look through the keyhole into the modern British workplace, what do we learn about individuals and the organisations they serve?

Commercial property specialists LondonOffices.com have researched 2018 trends and the results give us plenty of clues.

We’re prioritising adaptability and collaboration, with flexible office set-ups that encourage colleagues to interact, share ideas and create a motivation culture.

We’re not only aware of the need to be tech-savvy, we’re eager to keep our organisations on the cutting edge of sector-specific developments

The concern for employee well-being is real, and it’s being actioned in measurable ways.

For those of us whose working lives have included spells in miserable, claustrophobic cubicles this is a welcome development. As a graduate I worked at the Head Office of a major retail plc and saw both sides of corporate life. When I had to deliver a report to directors, I took the elevator to a higher floor with plush carpets I was not permitted to walk on and penthouse-like offices where I was not permitted to sit. Descending back to my own floor, I would contort myself into a cubicle the size of a large dog kennel and settle down for a day’s work that might feature little or no human contact.

According to LondonOffices.com the fashionable 2018 office will free us from any sense of confinement by bathing us in sunlight, it will encourage interaction with open plan seating and support remote working to accommodate our lifestyle choices.

At Jane Systems we have high hopes […]

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