Work/life balance

Case studies: How employers strike a healthy balance with tech use

Striking a healthy balance in terms of tech usage can be a fine art. Here's how GitHub, Zurich and Howes Percival are mindful with technology.

The future of work is freelance - here’s what HR needs to know

Freelancing is not just a job, not a stopgap, but more of a career choice, and there are benefits for both workers and employers. If HR invests in freelancers now, they’ll reap the rewards for years...

Stress forcing women out of the workforce

Women in the UK feel more stressed today than they did a year ago, and nearly half (47%) say it is the reason they will likely leave their job in the next two years.

An employer’s role in supporting family issues within the workplace

There are two ways of dealing with family issues of staff in the workplace.

HR's efforts to boost wellbeing could be failing its people

A worrying 41% of employees suffer from stress and burnout, despite 44% of HR workers believing that their staff are faring well mentally, according to Caba, the charity which supports ICAEW...

What makes an employee hide a pregnancy from their employer?

Everyone should be able to show up in life as their true authentic self both in their personal and professional life.

Employees more optimistic of four-day week than employers

Nearly half (44%) of employees believe a four-day week will happen within the next five years compared to 37% of employers.

A four-day working week is great for some, but not for all

Iceland, Belgium, and now the UK. Four-day working week trials are becoming increasingly popular as we start to challenge the rigid five-day working week that we have embraced for decades. These...

Night shifts slow down workers' memory

New research has revealed the long-term impact working night shifts has on the human body, with data suggesting those that work in the early hours have worse memories and slower mental speeds than...

Four-day week needs careful planning to succeed

Nine in 10 UK employees reportedly support a four-day week, yet experts warn that HR needs to take a measured approach to reap its benefits.

The four day week: getting productivity right

The four-day working week has once again fuelled public debate with more than 30 UK companies are to take part in a trial to reduce working hours, without impact productivity. But productivity is...

Why compressed work weeks benefit both employees and businesses

Employees at 30 companies across the UK will trial a four-day working week, with no impact on salaries, in a six-month pilot launched last month. Researchers from Cambridge University, Oxford...