Employee relations

Please can I have a pay rise?

Sheila Fahy

What are the chances of me asking my boss for a pay rise? Low. That’s because I am a woman, and women are less likely to ask for pay rises, with 27% saying that they have never asked for one. Compare this with men who often relish the discussion, with a fifth having these conversations Read More

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Sleep: part of the wellbeing matrix

Sam Webb

Traditionally, employee workplace health issues have been couched in terms of health and safety at work, and the employer’s duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of its employees. While the law remains the same, in recent years the language and focus have changed and softened. The emphasis now is on the importance of Read More

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Pride and Prejudice

Sheila Fahy

How times have changed! London is draped in rainbows to mark Pride week. The LGBTQ+ community is being celebrated from within and without, loudly and proudly. I don’t need to tell anyone that it hasn’t always been like that. When I started work many moons ago, there was no legislative protection in the workplace. For Read More

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“Oh beware my Lord, of banter …it is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the doughnut it feeds on.”

Charlie Bowden

In the news this month was the story of a senior member of staff who emailed his team regarding some doughnuts that he had brought into the office, stating: “I hope people like Krispy Kremes – I know [female colleague] enjoys a glazed ring.” BANTER! The female colleague responded with the team on copy, noting Read More

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Bereavement – what employers can do to assist grieving staff

Abigail Holmes

Bereavement is likely to affect almost everyone during their working life, and can have overwhelming and debilitating effects on an employee. It is surprising then that there is very little law regulating this area, although there are developments on the horizon in relation to parental bereavement. Even so, there are many things an employer can Read More

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A workplace culture reminiscent of roses

Sheila Fahy

Call me old-fashioned, but there is something about roses that ticks every garden box for me. Extrovert, intoxicating, diverse. In the front garden, I have grown a hedge of Wild Eric roses, which – even if I say so myself – is stunning. As people pass by, they almost always stop to admire them and Read More

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Minds matter, so let’s talk about mental health

Sheila Fahy

In Mental Health Awareness Week, talking about depression is a good place to start. A chap at work – I don’t know him personally – has been telling everyone on our intranet site that he has suffered from depression and anxiety for years. He kept it secret though from work colleagues and friends, and only Read More

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