Employee relations

What a man, what a man, what a mighty good man….

Nicola Bartholomew

There’s a day for everything now: National Pizza Day, International Talk Like a Pirate Day (apparently) and there is even a day for men. Yes. It may surprise you to know that today is International Men’s Day and, perhaps even more surprisingly, it has actually been celebrated for over two decades. Now, my Mum would Read More

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Gender Equality and Culture: Be the Change

Rachel Reeves

My 11-year old daughter was one of only two girls when she took part in the MCC Cricket Academy at Lord’s cricket ground during half-term but, even so, it made me realise just how far we have come. I am encouraged and reassured that for her generation there are no barriers and believe that, whatever Read More

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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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