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Small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

How to make a big impact in a small business

Being a small business can be hugely rewarding but comes with a unique set of challenges. Staff are your most valuable resource and so creating an environment in which every employee can thrive is vital. These pages are designed to help you find solutions to common issues, with a selection of easily digestible, business-focussed resources that will put you on the path to success. You’ll find information on:

  • Flexible working – making it work and the practical ways to involve all staff in the conversation.
  • Recruitment – how to integrate flexibility throughout the job design process for a more inclusive workforce
  • Managing maternity – ensuring you and your employee are prepared for maternity leave

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Flexible working: making it work in a small business

Flexibility is good for business, giving a boost to performance and improving job retention. Getting it right is the key to unlocking the benefits of flexibility for your staff and for your business. Our free guides will help you develop ways of working to enable everyone to thrive, including top tips for communicating when working remotely, flexible and hybrid working protocols, and ten steps to creating a high-performing flexible team.

Flexible recruitment: how to recruit for small businesses

Incorporating flexibility into the recruitment process means you can tap into a more diverse spectrum of talent. In this free guide you’ll discover how to find flexibility in every role, unlock areas of the job market through different working options and widen your talent pool.

Managing maternity leave in a small business

The news that an employee is pregnant is a joy to be shared but can also generate a lot of questions. Alongside government timelines to work to, there are simple ways you can support your employee through this life stage. In our two free guides, we provide practical ideas about how best to manage the preparations for maternity leave as well as the transition back into work.

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What’s happening next?

We’re not stopping with free resources. During our National Work Life Week (10-14 October), we’re launching a SME Support Package. Plus, there will be a specific event that showcases some of our current SME Best Practice Award winners.