Reflecting on 10 Years of Working from Home

Working from home, the buzz words of 2020. I used to be in a minority and now “everyone” is doing it. We’ve seen debates about increased productivity, decreased productivity, interrupted zoom calls and now we’re seeing talk of decreased pay for those working from home and even ideas of increased tax as thoughts turn to money saved. 

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Remote working – Is it really the new normal?

We’ve seen increasing numbers of organisations announce plans to continue remote working for set periods of time or permanently. Whilst tech firms seem to be leading, traditional industries including law firms are also seeing announcements of homeworking. Announcements have been mixed between enforced and optional remote working.  

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Why asking questions is vital to stopping everyday racism

With the current situation in America following the murder of George Floyd, I finally got the kick I needed to write the blog I have been thinking about writing for a while. You may be thinking, another blogger jumped on the bandwagon and to a certain extent you’d be right. My planned blog was actually in response to reading Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez, a different form of inequality I know, but events this week have got me thinking more about how the theme applies. Continue reading “Why asking questions is vital to stopping everyday racism”

Underestimating Harassment, Power and Control

“If you wouldn’t say it or do it in front of your parents, partner or a close friend of the same or opposite sex, don’t say it, don’t do it;”

This is a line from an Employee Handbook, a line I’ve seen not just once in my career.  With recent focus on sexual harassment, this may seem like well meant advice to potential perpetrators. Continue reading “Underestimating Harassment, Power and Control”

Businesses are starving themselves of skills by insisting on the Nine to Five

Working nine to five, commuting to an office where everyone else works the same hours, is a working pattern that’s familiar to most and useful to few.

Increasingly we’re seeing recognition that nine to five doesn’t suit parents.  I’m not convinced working mums are as new a phenomenon as we’re lead to believe, however we have seen women’s role in the workplace change.  This is also men’s role in the home and therefore their role in the workplace as well. Continue reading “Businesses are starving themselves of skills by insisting on the Nine to Five”