Michael Metcalf

Michael is a writer for Timetastic. He writes about HR, company culture and taking time off work. He's also a marketing strategist, copywriter and creativity enthusiast.

Manchester

67 posts

What happens to leftover holiday allowance when someone leaves the business?

When someone leaves your business, there’s a good chance they’ll have some annual leave saved up that they haven’t used yet. What happens to that leave? And how does it differ if they leave, get the sack, or get made redundant?…

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Should you use your annual leave to travel?

Travel is like putting a new lens in our camera. It allows us to see things from a different perspective, and witness and feel things we don’t ordinarily have access to.…

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Is annual leave carry over a good idea?

If you balance a sensible policy of allowing some carry-over alongside a culture of encouraging staff to take time off, you should end up with a happy workforce and a stable headcount.…

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Should you hire someone returning from a career break?

'Career breakers' can be fantastic assets to any company. Looking to make some new hires soon? Maybe you should consider a relauncher.…

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Holiday entitlements: a worldwide comparison

Depending on your point of view, 28 days from 52 weeks is a generous slice of the pie. To others, it seems that the UK has a bit of a raw deal.…

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How to build a creative company culture

Whether you’re a FTSE-listed behemoth or a 2-person startup, you can implement creativity as a process throughout your business. The end result? Better products and services, a healthier workforce, and a better bottom line.…

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Rest breaks at work: what are employees entitled to?

Rather than considering the minimum break time you can get away with for your employees, this might be a chance to rethink how you do breaks entirely.…

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The importance of doing absolutely nothing

It turns out that doing nothing is good for us. Here’s why (and how) you should dedicate more time to doing absolutely nothing.…

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The most common causes of workplace absenteeism

Most businesses expect some level of absence in their workforce, but don’t always pause to consider, and prepare for, all the eventualities. Taking stock of all the reasons workers can be absent is a wise move for business planning.…

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