Strategic HR

"Diversity in boardrooms is not an option; it’s a strategic necessity"

We know that diverse boards make good business sense, but there was a 12% decline in ethnically diverse candidates for non-executive board appointments across the UK’s 150 biggest listed companies in...

Avanti West Coast under fire for menopause gift bags

Avanti West Coast has faced criticism after its employee support group offered staff a gift bag that rail union representatives described as demeaning and insulting.

Half of neurodivergent employees don’t feel supported at work

More than half of neurodivergent employees don’t feel that their organisation (52%) or team (54%) is open or supportive enough to discuss neurodiversity, research by the CIPD revealed.

Strike the right balance between national skills policies and local talent needs

Last year, it was reported that the UK was seriously underperforming in skills development, dropping 26 places to 64th out of 100 countries.

Hot seat: Your work-from-home policy must address the drawbacks

Flexible, remote and hybrid working has been high on the agenda for most companies. Closing central city offices enables a cost saving as well as allowing for a much more agile workforce, which...

LGBTQ+ employees have lower wellbeing at work, report reveals

LGBTQ+ people have a significantly lower wellbeing at work than heterosexual employees, a report by WorkL revealed.

Whistleblowing reports rose by a quarter last year

Calls to the advice line for whistleblowing charity Protect increased by 23% in 2023.

Are auto-enrolment saving schemes a good idea?

The government should introduce auto-enrolment (AE) saving schemes to help more people save, the Resolution Foundation has urged.

Legal ease: Flexible working update for April 2024

The latest changes to flexible working regulations are intended to reflect the continuing evolution of the world of work. Employers should take note of their new responsibilities.

Could mobile minimalism solve digital burnout?

If burnout – characterised by the World Health Organisation as exhaustion, job negativity or cynicism, and reduced professional efficacy – is acknowledged as an occupational phenomenon, a rapidly...

Hundreds of NHS nurses suspected of faking qualifications

More than 700 NHS nurses are under investigation for providing suspected fraudulent qualifications.

Violence against retail staff escalates

Violence and abuse against retail staff has increased by 50% in the last year, according to a report from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).