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How to avoid staff holidays causing summer stress

Written by KATHRYN HATHAWAY

The sun is out, the sky is blue… but there’s still a lot of work to do! While most of us look forward to a long summer holiday, the August rush to the sun, sea and sand can cause headaches for employers and for those left covering for colleagues who are on annual leave. Particularly… Read More

Take a common sense approach as temperatures soar

Written by SALLY-ANN HALL-JONES

The sun is out, the sky is blue and the temperatures are rising – great news for those of us who love the summer. However, some people struggle in the sun and for employers, there are potential pitfalls to negotiate when a heatwave hits. While it’s an urban myth that there is a legal “maximum… Read More

Lad banter: what is acceptable in the workplace?

Written by KATE SCOTT

Light-hearted conversations are an important part of workplace life – nobody wants to work in miserable silence. But at what point does ‘banter’ become a form of bullying, and is it damaging to workplace culture? Communication between employees is generally to be encouraged, even if the conversation isn’t directly related to work. Jovial conversations can… Read More

How should employers support staff with cancer?

Written by HEIDI WADSWORTH

It is now a known fact – reported by Macmillan UK – that in one year a HR department for a large organisation will see more cancer diagnoses than a GP. It is vital that you know what support you can offer your employees if they are faced with a cancer diagnosis. Many people decide… Read More

The five C’s of restructuring your business

Written by KAROLINA BOOTH

As a company grows, issues can start to appear that can reduce productivity and profitability. Lines of communication may become blurred, creating subtle inefficiencies that add up over time. Work areas may get duplicated or neglected, senior staff may be used to holding on to tasks when delegation would be more appropriate and employees might… Read More

Is the future of work a four-day week?

Written by KATE SCOTT

Is it possible to be more productive, healthier and happier by working four days a week instead of five? Since the last recession, average working hours in the UK have increased, and it is well documented that as a nation we are overworked and stressed. Against that background it’s perhaps no surprise that many employees… Read More

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