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Workplace summer dress codes

Robbie Sinclair

I was amused by a tweet from a man complaining that men had to wear shirts, jackets, trousers, socks and closed-toe shoes at work while women could float around in the office in sandals and dresses. It made me smile, particularly as I once wore smart shorts to the office on dress-down Friday and it 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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Employee disciplinary investigations and criminal/regulatory investigations

Robbie Sinclair

Multi-dimensional misconduct When an employee is involved in serious misconduct such as a sexual assault, theft or financial impropriety, it is important to have sight of the bigger picture. If the misconduct has criminal or regulatory implications, does the employer’s internal disciplinary process have to be parked or can it run in parallel with third 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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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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Difficult conversations in the workplace

Melanie Arnold

Nobody likes delivering difficult messages in the workplace. Why would anyone relish discussing poor performance, personal hygiene or personality clashes? This is why line managers often procrastinate and the conversation never happens or it takes place too late to be meaningful. As a manager I have learnt that if these issues are not tackled in Read More

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