What We Do
The Loch Associates Group aims to work in partnership with you to provide solutions focused services. We aim to provide an all-encompassing service to help organisations maximise their human resources.
Please find out more about what we can offer to a wide range of businesses and organisations through a variety of services.
Employment Law and HR Support Services
Loch Associates Group support Employers across a wide range of employee issues. Bringing together our expertise in HR, Employment Law and Medical conditions, we work with our clients to meet their objectives. These services include:
- Contracts, Policies & handbooks
- Discrimination and other Employment Tribunal claims
- Disciplinary & grievance procedures
- Succession planning
- Absence Management
- Settlement agreements
- Redundancy & business restructuring
- Handling for investigations & inquiries
HR Training and Development
Targeted HR training and development helps you retain your employees and improve productivity. Staff who feel more valued and engaged in their work remain more loyal. We deliver tailor-made solutions that are engaging and easy to put into action in a format to suit you. From team workshops to management seminars and one-to-one coaching, we deliver effective training that helps your organisation grow. We cover the full HR spectrum including:-
- Interview skills
- Managing conflict
- Team building
- Dealing with difficult people
Recruitment, Assessment & Selection
As HR experts, we understand better than most that hiring the right people can have a huge impact on your business. Employees with the right skill set, who fit with the culture of your organisation create a happy and productive workplace. Mistakes at the hiring stage can lead to problems down the line, draining management time dealing with inadequate performance, grievances and absences. We provide advice and support to recruit the best staff for your business:
- Work with recruitment agencies or recruit our client
- Shortlist candidates
- Provide interview support
- Psychometric testing
- Manage induction process
Mediation is an effective way of resolving issues at work before a formal grievance starts or it becomes a costly dispute without the need to go to court or Tribunal. It involves an independent third party – a mediator – who can get to the causes behind the conflict to fix them and reach an agreement.
The success rate for mediation is high at 70-80% but even if mediation is not successful, the confidential discussions can often lead to a resolution at a later date, again without litigation.
Our qualified Mediators are accredited by CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution) Accreditation, internationally recognised as the standard of excellence.
HR Medical Specialists
HR Medical Specialists are more cost-effective and commercially focused than an Occupational Health Specialist. They are not bound by ‘medical in confidence’ and work in partnership with the employer.
Our HR Medical Specialists are all HR Consultants with a medical background and specialist knowledge in physiotherapy, mental health, occupational health or social work.
They can also step in and work with you before absences become recurrent or long term through early intervention. They can assess workplace health and well-being, both physical and mental, to prevent future or repetitive absences. This can be especially relevant if an employee is suffering from an illness such as stress while working. With our HR Medical Specialists on board, they can assess the situation and aim to prevent the absence escalating or loosing a valuable member of staff.
Our HR Medical Specialists can help you ensure that you have:
- Accurate records of absenteeism
- Contact with your employee maintained
- Cost effective workplace adjustments investigated and implemented
- Investigated the legitimacy and cause of the absence
- Alternative cost effective solutions or treatments to achieve an earlier return to work
- Return to work plans devised, agreed, implemented and reviewed
Proactive Absence Management
As an employer, you will know that employees may need to take time off due to illness or unforeseen circumstances. However, absences from work can have a major effect on productivity, finances and team morale and so managing these absences effectively is critical for your business.
We developed PAM (Proactive Absence Management) to help you achieve that. We can help you implement proven strategies to monitor, control and reduce absences. We can step in to take on difficult cases of long-term absence and, if necessary, utilise our legal expertise to manage an employee’s departure from the business in a fair and legally sound manner.
Carrying out return to work meetings (RWM) is an essential aspect of managing absence. An effective RWM is proven to be a cost effective management tool to reduce both the number of episodes and the length of time taken off sick. Employers often find these meetings hard to conduct, partially concerned about saying the wrong thing and partially being time-poor. We developed our HR Medical Specialist service in direct response to working with our clients to manage this process for you.
Wellness Checks & Healthy Working
We work with employers to ensure they invest in the health and wellness of their staff.
Our team of dedicated medical professionals provide Well Person Checks for Individuals and Employers that identify personal risk for the five biggest killers in the UK: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia.
Results of wellness checks are presented in a confidential, easy to understand traffic light system along with advice and guidance on what to do next if an employee is at risk. In addition, we produce an anonymised report for the Employer to highlight the health of their staff.
Recommendations for change may include:
- Whole company health & wellness campaigns
- Walking meetings
- Compulsory lunch breaks away from desks
- Fitness activity trackers given to staff
- Replacement healthy snacks and fresh foods in place of vending machines
- A fixed timescale to review and track progress
We understand that each client’s business has different needs and faces different employment and human resource challenges.
For further information about any of our products or services and to enquire about how we can help you please don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact form below or calling us on 01892 773970.