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There is such a thing as a free lunch and it makes you happier

It seems pretty clear to us that their success proves that supporting employees’ wellbeing can lead to a serious competitive advantage. Of course we know that not every business can provide nap pods and on-site hairdressers. But offering nutritious meals and snacks is a powerful - and affordable! - way to have a happy and healthy team.

Article by 27 April 2018

Sarah Dennis
   

Stop overseas assignments failing

Employers need to think about the greater range of needs of this more diverse workforce during each stage of moving away, adapting to a new country and returning home, to ensure that everyone, regardless of age or life stage, are properly supported.

Article by 25 April 2018

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THE DILEMMA OF HIRING WORTHY INTERNAL SUCCESSORS FOR TOP LEADERSHIP POSITIONS WITHIN ‘TOO BIG TO FAIL’ ORGANIZATIONS (CRAVING FOR AN ENDANGERED SPECIES)

The atmosphere in the boardroom is tense and laden with an overwhelming burden of uncertainty.  Silence reigns with impunity across the assembled group of impassive faces.  Wearily, the Chairman’s voice takes the courageous route to an evocative conversation, ‘Time to take the vote.  Let’s see a show of hands’.  The decision is taken with an inevitable sense of forlorn resignation.  It’s time to find a new CEO…

Article by 24 April 2018

Christine Husbands
   

Practical solutions to manage mental health in the workplace

Mental health is clearly high on the agenda for employers, not surprising due to awareness campaigns by people such as the royal family, high profile reports of recommendation such as the recent independent review into workplace mental health; Thriving at work report[1] and the government’s response (Improving Lives).

Article by 23 April 2018

John Varney
   

Binary Vision – Bringing a different perspective

I like to read two books concurrently.  I choose two unrelated books and find myself discovering connections – or rather the contrasting contents stimulate new ideas. So in a sense I get the content of each book and a third content which my mind discovers or produces from the relationships and dissonance between the two narratives.

Article by 18 April 2018

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IT’S MORE THAN A WHITE HOUSE ISSUE – RETAINING TOP TALENT

I recently read two interesting articles on the struggles of holding onto top industry talent. The first described how, in his first year of Presidency, Donald Trump had recorded the highest level of turnover in senior staff in the history of the White House. The second commented on a new report which found that two thirds of UK SMEs experience recruitment and retention difficulties.

Article by 16 April 2018

Brett Hill
   

10 top tips for tackling stress

As April is stress awareness month it is a great opportunity for employers to look at how they are nurturing good mental health in the office by reducing stress. There is a human and an economic cost attached to stress. By following these top tips organisations can make their workplaces better places to work.

Article by 13 April 2018

Nick Hobden
   

Shared parental leave for the self-employed

Shared Parental Leave (SPL) was introduced to the UK in 2015 and allows mothers going on maternity leave to split up the 52 weeks of maternity leave and 39 weeks of statutory pay with their partners. 33 of those weeks are paid at the Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) of £140.98 with the leave being split in blocks of time.

Article by 11 April 2018