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Wellbeing | Five ways HR can ensure health and safety in the workplace

Although health and safety at work has not always covered employee mental health and wellbeing, it now needs to. Every UK business has a duty of care to look after the health and safety of their...

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Communication | Should you ever use kisses in work emails?

The headline of this piece is likely to prompt a simple, one-word answer: ‘Noooooooooooooo!’

D&I | Opening up the neurodiversity conversation in recruitment

Neurodiversity is often likened to an 'invisible disability, with many of its conditions being physically unnoticeable to the general population. This commonly means it receives less attention than...

Equality | Shared parental leave: The situation in higher education institutions 

Research reveals that the lack of employer support is a major factor behind why uptake of shared parental leave (SPL) is so low within UK higher education institutions (HEI). It’s been six years since...

Race | We all need to tackle racist bullying at work

We all want to feel valued at work. But not everyone is treated the same, and unfortunately it is becoming all too common for black, Asian and mixed-race employees to suffer bullying and harassment in...

Leadership | Resilience needs leaders who put their own oxygen masks on first

The go-to panacea for many leaders in times of uncertainty is to do more. When the going gets tough, we put more hours in. It’s no accident that we are now facing an epidemic of fatigue across a...

Talent | Parliament addresses the cost of the talent exodus due to menopause

Over the last few years it has been well established that people experiencing the menopause are not well supported by the health system, or in the workplace, resulting in huge loss of productivity and...

Employment law | Can an employee lose their job for the actions of their relatives?

Benedict Plowden, the director of Transport for London (TfL), has stepped down amid reports that his wife is a core member of Insulate Britain, the protest group which is causing widespread disruption...

Organisational design | The four-day week – does it really work?

Our perspective on working routines has shifted over the last 18 months as the pandemic has brought unavoidable remote working. It’s forced many companies who were previously reluctant to employ...

Black History Month | Racial equity: What to do when you fear saying the wrong thing

You want to support your black colleagues and build a more just, equitable workplace. But you’re concerned that an inappropriate word will upset or alienate your black colleagues, expose you and your...

Governance | SFO vs Petrofac: lessons from a compliance perspective

On 4 October 2021, Petrofac Limited was sentenced following guilty pleas to seven counts of failing to prevent bribery. Petrofac must pay a fine of £47 million by February 2022 and a further £29.5...

Standards | Avoiding the pitfalls of ISO 45003 for psychological health, safety and wellbeing at work

We have to applaud the release of ISO 45003, the first global standard on psychological health, safety and wellbeing at work.