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Christmas Cheer

December 6th, 2013 Posted by Human resources 0 thoughts on “Christmas Cheer”

Works Christmas parties are a great way to let your hair down and enjoy a few drinks with colleagues. Just be careful though that you don’t do something which you may later regret.

A works party is still a work function and inappropriate behaviour could get you into trouble.

Alcohol can dampen inhibitions and it is not a good idea to tell the boss what you really think of him or to start a fight with the smug guy from despatch.

Employers are still responsible for the behaviour of their employees at parties whether they are held during working hours or after work. So if you step out of line and someone complains about your behaviour you might find yourself in trouble.

A survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development reveals that 10% of workers know of a colleague who has been disciplined for inappropriate behaviour at the Christmas party.

Employment Tribunals have upheld claims from employees for the actions of their colleagues at works parties so there is evidence to support what I say here.


Let’s keep this in perspective though and remember that the vast majority of Christmas parties take place without anyone behaving badly so no one wants to be a killjoy but employers need to make it clear to employees what is and is not acceptable behaviour.


Employers should have a quiet word about what is expected prior to the event but all employers should:

  • have an equal opportunities policy and a dignity at work policy in place to cover any misdemeanours which may arise.
  • ensure that managers also know how to behave responsibly
  • have an agreement about late or non -attendance at work the following day


Also sites like Facebook allow for unflattering photos or comments about the boss or work colleagues to be posted. These postings may appear funny to some people but may cause a loss of respect and trust between colleagues and in serious cases can bring the employer into disrepute. Many companies now have social media policies and you could find yourself in trouble for such actions so be careful what you post. It only takes one person to complain and then you will have to explain your behaviour. It’s best not to post anything which may offend anyone, even if you restrict your posts to your “friends”.

And remember that the photocopier is for copying documents not parts of your anatomy.

So having mentioned a few things to avoid make sure you have a good time and enjoy your works party.


Rob Grinter


Mark David HR Ltd

Human Resource Specialists


Lists of data which need analysing?

December 5th, 2013 Posted by Accountancy 0 thoughts on “Lists of data which need analysing?”

You may have long list of expenses or data which needs totalling up to be analysed or to be put into a graph/chart. Pivot tables are a great way to do this.  Click here to look at our next short video on how to do this. 

Powerpoint for beginners

December 2nd, 2013 Posted by Education 0 thoughts on “Powerpoint for beginners”

We have been busy creating some helpful hints and tips on Youtube.  This one is for novice powerpoint users – its short and sweet, and will help you get started.  More to follow so watch this space …

Powerpoint for beginners (1)

Cloud accounting – how can it benefit you?

November 27th, 2013 Posted by Cloud accounting 0 thoughts on “Cloud accounting – how can it benefit you?”

Cloud accounting is where the world of business is moving.   Most businesses already deal with the cloud, and accountants are getting there too.

“The Cloud” means that everyone will be working virtually and for many businesses, location is gong to become less and less important.  The same goes for accountants, no longer will your accountant need to be based in the same town as you, with Skype, Google +, etc and cloud accounting packages, everything can be done in real time and when its convenient to you, whilst still retaining the personality.  Therefore your choice of accountant can be driven by what is important to you – personality, experience, value added services and cost.

Fed up of sending backups and huge excel files for the year end to your accountant?  Fed up of then receiving a long list of year end journals for you to update your accounting software?  None of this need be the case with using a cloud hosted accounts package.   Both yourself and your accountant can access the package in real time, with your accountant being able to extract the information they need.

Same goes for any problems you come across during the year.   Your bookkeeper has a problem that needs resolving asap, they can call up their accountant, both look at the online data in real time and discuss the issue.   No need for the business owner to take a back up and send it to the accountant, for the accountant to then spend time restoring it and the time that is taken to deal with this.

Not working on the most up to date version?  Cloud accounting packages are updated via downloads – again everything is done virtually.

You can upload bank statements directly to many of the packages, reconcile easily, run bespoke reports, scan in receipts and know how the numbers of your business anytime and anywhere.

What about the costs?  Cutting edge, easy to use, low risk – sounds expensive?  Not at all – compared to traditional accounts packages the cost of many of the packages on the market is substantially lower.  In many cases they also include upgrades (which just need downloading) and they are backed up by the host provider.  Often the cloud packages are at the cutting edge of what is available on the market as they tend to move faster than traditional packages.

Speak to us about cloud accounting and the choices out there.  It makes sense – it saves time, deal with your accountants in real time, not just at the year end, bespoke reports, user friendly, download updates, secure and safe data. 

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