Huddersfield-based HR consultancy, The Personnel Partnership, has launched a new training programme in conjunction with Eaton Smith Solicitors, designed to enhance and maintain relationships between employers and their employees.

The programme, which will kick start on 24 April and continue throughout the year and into early 2019, is split into five modules. They will provide delegates with the tools they need to recruit, manage talent, deal with issues in the workplace, handle dismissals and disciplinary processes, as well as improve the wellbeing of staff. The modules will take place at Eaton Smith’s offices in Huddersfield Town Centre.

Helen Straw, founder and managing director of The Personnel Partnership said: “When a business grows and starts to employ people, it’s crucial that they have processes to ensure they recruit the right staff and manage and develop that talent, but also have the right systems in place to professionally deal with any issues that might arise.

“These courses have been designed to give businesses the tools they need to ensure their employees are happy, but also to protect their business if things go wrong and ensure all boxes have been ticked.”

Kate Booth, partner at Eaton Smith, specialising in employment law, said: “Employee wellbeing and complying with employment law should be a number one priority for businesses. Often companies find themselves in difficult situations, whether it’s a disgruntled employee, regular absences, workplace bullying, or having to make redundancies or dismissals. Attending these courses will give businesses an in-depth introduction to what their rights are as employers, as well as the rights of their employees.”

The modules will include the following:

  • Module One: Start as you mean to go on – Tuesday 24 April 2018, 9.30am to 4.00pm
    This full day module will focus on recruitment; how to find the right candidate; induction processes; probationary periods; managing performance in the early days; what to do if it isn’t working out, as well as drafting contracts to ensure you comply with legal obligations and protect your business.
  • Module Two: Keeping it Going!
    This module is split into 2 parts:

    • Part 1 – Tuesday 5 June 2018, 9.30am to 12.30pm
      The first workshop will look at how to effectively “manage your talent”, from employee engagement; managing employee performance; training and development; and succession planning.
    • Part 2 – Tuesday 3 July 2018, 9.30am to 4.00pm
      The second workshop will look at dealing with conflicts in the workplace; tackling difficult conversations; investigating and responding to grievances; dealing with short term / intermittent absences; dealing with discrimination and harassment and bullying in the workplace.
  • Module Three – The Infamous Work/Life Balance – Tuesday 18 September 2018, 9.30am to 12.30pm
    This half day module will look at personal life issues, such as when an employee is expecting (or adopting) a baby; recognising and dealing with flexible working requests; dealing with employee relationships at work; as well as how to spot stress and support employees and increase employee wellbeing.
  • Module Four: Streamlining and Growing your Business, Tuesday 13 November 2018 9.30am to 12.30pm
    This half day module focuses on the future, including how to restructure a team; how to prepare for and deal with the sale of your business from an employee perspective; how to motivate staff, particularly following a redundancy programme; and how to integrate employees following a recruitment drive, restructure or a business purchase.
  • Module Five: The Beginning of the End, Tuesday 29 January 2019, 9.30am to 4pm
    This full day module will focus on employee fall outs and risks to your business, including dismissing an employee and disciplinary procedures; dismissing an employee who can no longer fulfil their role due health issues; toxic work environments; how to handle difficult conversations with an employee about to lose their job or facing dismissal; and how to protect your business from claims.

The modules are priced at £125 per half day module and £245 per full day module, with discounts available for booking the whole programme on an early bird basis. For more information about the programme, or to book, call Helen Straw on 07808 064099 or e-mail