Paul Hollywood, judge on Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off made a joke which referred to a plate of Chelsea buns being “Diabetes on a plate”. Given he made the remark on TV, Twitter instantly came to life with people pointing out the inappropriateness of the comment. Continue reading “#Diabetesonaplate – When employees get it wrong”
I recently watched Panorama, The Hunt for Britain’s Slave Gangs, what an eye opener! (it was actually broadcast on 5th September, my habit of watching these things on iPlayer puts me a bit behind the times). Continue reading “Modern Slavery: Small business falling victim to Britain’s slave gangs”
It’s World Mental Health Day, whilst awareness of mental health in the workplace is so much higher than a few years ago these days are still useful reminders of what we should be considering everyday.
Stigma is still a significant issue in preventing us talking about mental health, particularly amongst men. 60% of people say that discrimination and stigma are as damaging or more damaging than the symptoms of their mental health. Continue reading “It’s Good to Talk!”
I’m often asked, “what benefits should we be offering?” I think there’s a more important question “What’s the point in offering benefits?” Continue reading “Stop! Rethink Employee Benefits!”
According to a TUC poll, one in three requests for flexible working are being turned down and this rises to nearly two thirds for those in “working class” occupations. Continue reading “Is rejecting flexible working harming your business?”
I confess I still like SMART* objectives despite the groans of “yes we know that” when I present it in training. I’ll agree, it is massively over used and often misused. It’s also overly relied upon as something that can be used on it’s own. Continue reading “Is SMART still Relevant?”
What employers want and what candidates want are increasingly two very different things. If you’re keeping an eye on the job market, you’ll notice the same role with the same advert reappearing as an employer struggles to recruit. Whilst candidates keep looking for that perfect role. Continue reading “Employers overlooking great people?”
I was asked by a client recently whether it’s OK to ban mobile phones. Their plan was to establish a box in to which mobile phones would be placed on arrival and collected at the end of the day.
Notice periods, however long, are an interesting time for employees and managers alike, attitudes are changing, often the employee mentally left before they even handed in their notice, so why do we use them and how do we manage an employee in their notice period?
When communication fails we’re quick to blame those who didn’t talk.
If we want people to talk we need to be prepared to listen, having an “open door” policy isn’t enough. Being present in the same office isn’t enough. Working from home isn’t the reason for poor communication. Continue reading “When the talking stops”