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  • Employment News for Busy Managers

    Zero Hour Contracts, Holiday Pay, Caste Discrimination and Gender Pay Reporting

    A one page summary of employment news for busy managers Brexit and Employment The scheme to protect EU citizens’ right to remain in the UK, once freedom of movement ends following Brexit, is now fully open for applications after its initial pilot period. EU citizens who have already been in the UK for five years may apply for settled status, while those who have been here for under five years can apply for pre-settled status. Kay’s comment:…

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  • Making Flexible Working Work

    Making Flexible Working Work

    The demands of modern living, together with technological advances, are eroding traditional work patterns, so flexible working should be prevalent in most 21st century organisations. Yet, in reality, it is taking much longer to make the cultural shift to fully integrate these more modern working practices into our businesses and making flexible working work. So what is meant by flexible working? It is a generic term used to describe a wide range…

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  • 2019 HR News: Brexit, Statutory Rate Changes, Itemised Pay, Sexual Harassment, Domestic Abuse

    Brexit and Employment There will continue to be uncertainty and speculation over the coming months regarding the employment challenges of Brexit. Please read my Brexit, Business and Employment Predictions Article for some early insights. National Living Wage, National Minimum Wage and Statutory Rate Increases (April 2019) The National Living Wage will increase to £8.21 p/hr; the NMW for 21-24 year olds will increase to £7.70; for 18 to 20 year…

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  • Brexit, Business and Employment Predictions 2019

    Brexit

    Brexit Brexit and EU uncertainties will continue to challenge and unsettle employers and their people. It will be important to equip managers and their staff with the skills and strength to cope in such changing and unpredictable times. Supportive well-being programmes and resilience training integrated into overarching people strategies will benefit not just employees, but the productivity of whole organisations. The UK government has stressed…

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  • Depression is not a Dirty Word

    Depression is not a dirty word

    What is Depression? The Mental Health Foundation broadly defines depression as: “A common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy and poor concentration.” The more specific term of dysthymia is used to describe mild, but long-term depression, usually lasting two years or more. How Common is it? At any one time…

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  • Workplace Happiness

    Workpalce happiness

    There’s been a lot of debate recently about the relevance of happiness at work: is it a fad, does it actually link with engagement levels and can it influence business productivity? Firstly, it’s important to clarify what kind of happiness is being debated. This isn’t the quick-fix superficial kind associated with momentary amusement, pleasure or even ‘what’s-in-it-for-me’ type attitudes, but the healthier kind that comes from…

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  • Workplace Bullying

    Workplace bullying

    The theme of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is ‘Choose Respect’. Although the focus on the week is aimed at children and adolescents, the message is equally relevant within today’s workplaces. If more organisations concentrated their efforts on establishing and maintaining supportive and respectful cultures, the risks of bullying going on unchecked, or even happening in the first place, would be significantly reduced.   What is…

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  • Workplace Loneliness

    workplace loneliness

    What is Loneliness? Throughout evolution, social bonds have been essential to human survival. Loneliness is an important natural emotion to help make people seek out the company of others. Loneliness occurs when there’s a discrepancy between the quantity and quality of social relationships desired and those actually possessed. However, it also carries a stigma in the modern world, preventing people from talking openly about loneliness and…

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  • Well-being, Mental Health at Work, Childcare Vouchers and the Gender Pay Gap

    CIPD Shropshire Well-being Event and Exhibition

    CIPD’s Shropshire Branch Well-being Event & Exhibition (10th October 2018) This Event is being held in response to an increased demand from local businesses for more information and practical support to help improve the health and well-being of their workforce. There will be an opportunity to hear from top speakers and take part in a series of well-being themed workshops. Kay’s comment: The Event is open to members and non-members of…

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  • Technology, Long Hours and Well-being at Work

    Well-being

    We live in a fast-paced, ‘always-on’ culture where modern communications preside over the way we live our lives both at work and at home, affecting our health and well-being. The increased use of communication technologies is blurring the lines between work and non-work hours and making it harder to switch off from work. Research is also showing a clear link between technology, longer work hours and health problems. People’s access to too…

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