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The 12 months of 2016: May

As our 12 Days of Christmas countdown we look at the most interesting HR happenings over the last year

Dress codes under fire

Temporary worker Nicola Thorp was sent home, unpaid, from her receptionist job at PwC for not wearing high heels. This sparked a petition and much debate on outdated and potentially sexist dress codes. The House of Commons launched an inquiry into workplace dress codes after the worker collected almost 150,000 signatures on her petition. Portico, the agency that hired Thorp, changed its dress code policies following the furore.

Room 101

May saw HR’s first ever Room 101 event, where we asked HR directors in Manchester which policies they wanted to see binned forever. From forced rankings to restrictive covenants, dress codes to poor employee handbooks, these disgruntled professionals tossed their most hated policies into oblivion. Which policies would you have picked?

The best bits of HR magazine in May:

We test... Mental Health First Aid training

Mental health is still a taboo in the workplace. We find out, firsthand, how to spot if someone is struggling and be a first line of defence.

Brexit: How will people work together post-referendum?

When discussing controversial issues it's important to listen, explore and analyse the different perspectives.

Case study: Ethical training at GlaxoSmithKline

Big pharma isn't known for its morals. GSK hopes to change that by training its salespeople to be more ethical.

How has HR evolved in the last 25 years?

We reached a milestone birthday in May – HR magazine was 25 years old! To celebrate we looked back at the profession's growth into what we know today, in our May cover story.