Networking in Surrey

Mara Thorne
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  • Leatherhead, Surrey
  • United Kingdom
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Mara Thorne posted a blog post

Appraisals - what's the point?

The HR community has been buzzing recently, following the announcement that some very large, high profile organisations including Microsoft and Deloitte have abandoned their formal Appraisal Schemes, in favour of on-going performance discussions between managers and their team members. "How sensible!", many people have said. Appraisals are old hat. They are too bureaucratic. They are tick-box exercises that don’t motivate anybody or improve performance. Far better to build frequent informal…See More
Feb 4, 2016
Mara Thorne posted blog posts
Oct 22, 2015
Mara Thorne is attending Keith Grover, Copy Writer's event
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FREE Lunchtime MyTeam RoundTable, Cobham at The Fairmile & Premier Inn KT11 1BQ

July 1, 2014 from 12:30pm to 2pm
My Team Working Lunch at The FairmileMy Team Network is a new concept in networking developed by Keith Grover, creator of Networking in Surrey. Find out how it all works at this informal lunchtime session. You can get a decent lunch for around £6 - or just join me with a drink as I enjoy mine! Today's RoundTable Business…See More
Jun 27, 2014
Mara Thorne is attending Keith Grover, Copy Writer's event
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MEMBER PROMO: 'Learn2Love LinkedIn' Afternoon Workshop, Cobham at The Fairmile & Premier Inn KT11 1BQ

March 4, 2014 from 2:30pm to 4pm
Learn2Love LinkedIn Afternoon Workshop at the FairmileLinkedIn is the world's largest business network, with over 270 million Members and 2 new Profiles being created every second!This 90-minute Workshop introduces the power of LinkedIn as a business and marketing tool, and shows how it can help you to increase your…See More
Feb 24, 2014
Mara Thorne is attending Keith Grover, Copy Writer's event
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FREE Lunchtime MyTeam RoundTable, Cobham at The Fairmile & Premier Inn KT11 1BQ

February 18, 2014 from 12:30pm to 2pm
My Team Working Lunch at the FairmileMy Team Network is a new concept in networking developed by Keith Grover, creator of Networking in Surrey. Find out how it all works at this informal lunchtime session. You can get a decent lunch for around £6 - or just join me with a drink as I enjoy mine! Today's RoundTable Business…See More
Feb 13, 2014
Mara Thorne is attending Keith Grover, Copy Writer's event
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FREE Lunchtime MyTeam RoundTable, Cobham at The Fairmile & Premier Inn KT11 1BQ

February 4, 2014 from 12:30pm to 2pm
My Team Working Lunch at the FairmileMy Team Network is a new concept in networking developed by Keith Grover, creator of Networking in Surrey. Find out how it all works at this informal lunchtime session.You can get a decent lunch for around £6 - or just join me with a drink as I enjoy mine! Today's RoundTable Business…See More
Jan 29, 2014
A blog post by Mara Thorne was featured

“They’ve advertised my job!”

I recently received a call from an individual needing some advice about his employment situation. He had seen his own job advertised, which had alarmed him, so he’d gone to talk to the MD. He was told that the company was restructuring to save money and three existing roles were going to be combined into two. This would normally be a redundancy situation but the company wasn’t minded to go through a proper selection process – they were just planning to replace him.As he had less than two years’…See More
Jan 27, 2014
Mara Thorne posted a blog post

“They’ve advertised my job!”

I recently received a call from an individual needing some advice about his employment situation. He had seen his own job advertised, which had alarmed him, so he’d gone to talk to the MD. He was told that the company was restructuring to save money and three existing roles were going to be combined into two. This would normally be a redundancy situation but the company wasn’t minded to go through a proper selection process – they were just planning to replace him.As he had less than two years’…See More
Jan 27, 2014
Mara Thorne is attending Keith Grover, Copy Writer's event
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FREE Lunchtime MyTeam RoundTable, Cobham at The Fairmile & Premier Inn KT11 1BQ

January 21, 2014 from 12:30pm to 2pm
My Team Working Lunch at the FairmileMy Team Network is a new concept in networking developed by Keith Grover, creator of Networking in Surrey. Find out how it all works at this informal lunchtime session.You can get a decent lunch for around £6 - or just join me with a drink as I enjoy mine! Today's RoundTable Business…See More
Jan 16, 2014
Mara Thorne might attend Keith Grover, Copy Writer's event
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FREE Lunchtime MyTeam RoundTable, Cobham at The Fairmile & Premier Inn KT11 1BQ

January 7, 2014 from 12:30pm to 2pm
My Team Working Lunch at the FairmileMy Team Network is a new concept in networking developed by Keith Grover, creator of Networking in Surrey. Find out how it all works at this informal lunchtime session.You can get a decent lunch for around £6 - or just join me with a drink as I enjoy mine! Today's RoundTable Business…See More
Jan 6, 2014
Mara Thorne posted a blog post

Are your employees "legal"?

The arrest of four people following a raid on a restaurant in Leatherhead in April is a timely reminder of the importance of immigration status checks by employers. In this case, four Bangladeshi men were arrested for over-staying their visas, and a fifth was escorted from the premises pending a decision on whether or not he had the right to remain in the UK.You may think you have nothing to worry about – all your employees are British nationals so it’s not a problem. But are you really sure…See More
May 31, 2013
Mara Thorne posted a blog post

Job insecurity at a 20 year high

According to the 2012 Skills and Employment Survey, feelings of insecurity and pressure at work among UK employees have reached a 20 year high. Worries over the possible loss of their jobs are highest among public sector workers, who are also anxious about being transferred to less well-paid, less interesting work, with less autonomy. This probably reflects the effects of the Government’s austerity programme on public sector budgets. But the picture in the private sector is not much…See More
May 26, 2013
Mara Thorne posted a blog post

Resign in haste, repent at leisure

On the face of it, you’d think resigning from your job was pretty straight forward. You just pick up the phone or walk into your manager’s office and say “I’m leaving. Bye bye!” Simple, right? Wrong! As with most things in employment, there’s more to it than that.Most people have heard of the phrase “handing in your notice” but may not be sure exactly what it means. It stems from the fact that employment contracts cannot normally be terminated immediately – you need to give "notice” (i.e.…See More
May 11, 2013
Mara Thorne posted a blog post

Disabled - or just fat? The Employer's dilemma...

With obesity levels in the UK topping the 20% mark, making us the fattest nation in Europe, employers are now facing the possibility of employees claiming that their obesity amounts to a disability, and that reasonable adjustments should therefore be made.Before you scream: “Don’t be ridiculous, the adjustment needed is to lose weight!”, consider the recent decision of the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) in the case of Mr Walker, who worked for an IT company.Mr Walker weighed 21.5 stones, and…See More
Apr 12, 2013
Mara Thorne posted a blog post

When festive cheer turns sour…

Tis the season to be jolly, but sometimes employees overstep the mark at the office party under the influence of alcohol, and Christmas merriment can lead to New Year disciplinary action or even dismissal.But is what employees get up to underneath the mistletoe any business of an employer? And how should you react, faced with evidence of fighting, allegations of sexual harassment, or other unacceptable behaviour at your staff Christmas party?A recent tribunal case illustrates how things can go…See More
Dec 17, 2012
Mara Thorne posted a blog post

When festive cheer turns sour…

Tis the season to be jolly, but sometimes employees overstep the mark at the office party under the influence of alcohol, and Christmas merriment can lead to New Year disciplinary action or even dismissal.But is what employees get up to underneath the mistletoe any business of an employer? And how should you react, faced with evidence of fighting, allegations of sexual harassment, or other unacceptable behaviour at your staff Christmas party?A recent tribunal case illustrates how things can go…See More
Dec 15, 2012

Profile Information

Business Name (the main name you trade under)
M Thorne Consulting Limited
Type of Business
HR Consultancy
Tell Us About Your Business
M Thorne Consulting helps local SMEs with all your people-related issues, from recruitment to retirement. Whether you need help with sourcing great candidates, contracts for new starters, staff learning and development initiatives, reward and benefit structures, appraisal systems, conflict resolution, discipline, grievance or dismissal procedures, restructuring or redundancies, just call Mara Thorne.
What Type Of Networking Events Are You Interested In?
Breakfasts, Informal, Seminars, Speed Networking, Workshops
Which Local Towns Are You Likely To 'Network' In?
Chertsey, Cobham, Cranleigh, Egham, Epsom, Esher, Ewell, Guildford, Ham, Leatherhead, Oxted, Redhill, Reigate, Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, Woking
Business Website Address
http://www.mthornehr.co.uk
Contact me: Main email (you may prefer to enter using 'AT' instead of @ - eg keith AT freelancecopy.co.uk) plus your business phone number - and any other Website or Blog URL
mara AT mthorneconsulting.co.uk

01372 700139
Which online or offline business networking groups do you belong to? (Please type 'none' if you're new to networking)
My Team, Leatherhead Chamber of Commerce, Whole in One Golf
What's A Good Business Lead For You? (potential customers, and anyone else you would like to connect with)
An owner or manager of a small or medium-sized business in Surrey or surrounding areas who employs people or is about to employ somebody for the first time, and has no in-house HR assistance.
How Did you Hear About Us?
Other

Mara Thorne's Blog

A tale of two bullies... Can you help?

Posted on July 13, 2017 at 10:00 0 Comments

My cousin Laura told me when we caught up recently that she’d left her job with nothing else to go to, and she was sure she’d made the right decision. I was surprised: Laura has always been a very solid and responsible woman, and has worked continuously since the children were in their teens. Perhaps she had taken early retirement? No, despite being 62 years of age, that wasn’t it. She’d left because she’d been bullied at work for about six months, and had…

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Appraisals - what's the point?

Posted on February 3, 2016 at 12:30 0 Comments

The HR community has been buzzing recently, following the announcement that some very large, high profile organisations including Microsoft and Deloitte have abandoned their formal Appraisal Schemes, in favour of on-going performance discussions between managers and their team members. "How sensible!", many people have said. Appraisals are old hat. They are too bureaucratic. They are tick-box exercises that don’t motivate anybody or improve performance. Far…

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“They’ve advertised my job!”

Posted on January 27, 2014 at 12:00 0 Comments

I recently received a call from an individual needing some advice about his employment situation. He had seen his own job advertised, which had alarmed him, so he’d gone to talk to the MD. He was told that the company was restructuring to save money and three existing roles were going to be combined into two. This would normally be a redundancy situation but the company wasn’t minded to go through a proper selection process – they were just planning to replace…

Continue

Are your employees "legal"?

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 12:55 0 Comments

The arrest of four people following a raid on a restaurant in Leatherhead in April is a timely reminder of the importance of immigration status checks by employers. In this case, four Bangladeshi men were arrested for over-staying their visas, and a fifth was escorted from the premises pending a decision on whether or not he had the right to remain in the UK.

You may think you have nothing to worry about – all your employees are British nationals so it’s not…

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At 19:33 on October 24, 2011, Charlotte Grant said…

You too Mara - have a great week xxx

At 22:06 on August 15, 2011, Keith Grover, Copy Writer said…

Hi Mara

Lovely to meet you at 4N Cobham last Thursday...

Thanks for joining us, and welcome to the Networking in Surrey community. I hope you find the site useful for planning your networking.

When you get a moment, it would be great to see your photo in place of the 'anonymous silhouette' provided by the software!

Best regards

K

 
 
 

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