Employee relations

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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Equal Pay Audits – is ignorance bliss?

Rachel Reeves

2018 was the first year in which employers with more than 250 employees had to report on their pay data. The purpose was to highlight gender pay gaps showing the difference between the average pay of men versus women. If women occupy more of the less-well paid roles and fewer of the better-paid roles in Read More

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More leadership lessons from horse trainers

Robbie Sinclair

Almost a year ago I blogged about finding leadership inspiration from the horse trainer, Willie Mullins. When one of his star performers, Paul Townsend, messed up by riding dangerously and lost a race he should have won, Mullins did not lose faith in his jockey. Far from it. Townsend was back in the saddle riding, Read More

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