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Michael Gates

Cultural Stereotyping

Cultural diversity is becoming an increasingly pressing topic for HR as many companies become more global. At the same time, it is something that has to be approached with sensitivity, avoiding judgemental stereotyping. Yet, to talk or write about culture ... View Article

Article by 6 July 2018

Christine Husbands

Why employees don’t speak out about mental health concerns

Mental ill health covers a very diverse range of conditions with symptoms which fluctuate in frequency, severity and can easily reoccur. It is also often hidden and can affect the ability of the individual to make rational choices .Treatment pathways and patient responses to treatment are often not as predictable as they are for physical conditions. These factors make it very difficult for employers to deal with.

Article by 4 July 2018


An Introduction to the Fear Cognition Scale (FCS) for the Digital Workplace

Workplaces are undergoing profound transformations to accommodate the varying expectations of a multigenerational workforce and the increasing influx of AI-enabled entities.  The inevitable need to maintain robust talent pipelines for assuring a healthy supply of capable leaders has galvanized progressive organizations to place greater emphasis on effective talent development and employee engagement activities.

Article by 2 July 2018

Jim Lythgow

Eye care saves lives!

Routine checks A routine eye examination will of course check any visual issues an individual may have and provide a prescription for corrective glasses or contact lenses. More than this, it will also enable the optometrist to consider the health of the eye itself – checking for signs of conditions like glaucoma and cataracts. What may be less obvious, however, is that an eye examination can tell the optometrist a great deal about the overall health of the individual and about systemic conditions, not even related to eyesight.

Article by 29 June 2018

Sarah Dennis

Three ways to beat recent price rises when buying IPMI

Has the cost of your international private medical insurance (IPMI) ballooned? If so you are not alone. There have been significant increases in the cost of international policies for many employers, with prices up by as much as 50% in some cases.

Article by 27 June 2018

Nick Hobden

World Cup 2018 Fever

The games kicked off on 14 June 2018 with the final whistle set for 15 July 2018.  As is now customary, ACAS have produced an updated guide to employers (and employees) on surviving the World Cup.  Ultimately, the goal is to strike the right balance between keeping employees happy but not getting caught offside.

Article by 26 June 2018


Transforming HR through strategic data

Across all the business departments, Human Resources has potentially the most to gain from the intelligent use of analytics. From improved resourcing and performance reviews to identifying problem areas that can improve policies, data analytics can drive deeper insights into management and operational issues that can improve overall organisational performance, argues

Article by 21 June 2018

Brett Hill

The value of specific mental health training as a part of health and wellbeing

If the UK's workplaces want to achieve the goal of having happier, healthier and more productive environments they need to address mental health in the workplace. Mental health charity Mind reports that even though the incidence of mental health issues is not increasing, our ability to cope is diminishing, as more people are self-harming or having suicidal thoughts*. They estimate that in the UK one in four will experience a mental health problem each year.

Article by 18 June 2018



Businesses with ‘best-of-breed’ solutions soon became frustrated with the limitations imposed on them and as such, ‘best-in-class’ solutions proliferated. Organisations began to select these alternatives which could perform a range of functions. However, of the plethora of functions offered, only a small percentage would be relevant to individual businesses and they found themselves paying for features which they did not use.

Article by 14 June 2018