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Breaking diversity barriers

Breaking down barriers in diversity isn’t an easy task and there will be individuals who are against the changes. But by creating a workplace environments that is open about gender-related issues and making women feel comfortable to talk about issues, you are setting a trend that shows that the workplace is an open and free space, not just in diversity but for all social issues. Remember, change can only be possible if you are all open to moving together.

Article by: By Alexandra Anders, EMEA Talent Director -Cornerstone OnDemand | Published: 22 January 2020


 Bettering the workplace transition

The transition from a full-time mother to both a full-time mother and an employee is challenging. The emotional impact this can have on a new parent has the tendency to raise internal dilemmas as to whether or not to return to work at all.

Article by: Rachel King | Published: 22 January 2020

Open plan coworking spaces is it the most productive solution for your business? 

It may seem like a no-brainer, but many of these types of businesses are conducted in open-plan environments. However, 700 respondents from industries like software, creative, marketing and architecture were asked about their workplace, and it was discovered that 58% craved more private spaces for problem solving and 54% found their current working environment too distracting.”

Article by: Todor Madzharov, Co-Founder - MEAVO | Published: 21 January 2020

How to overcome career fear and find genuine happiness

“My hope is that older professionals develop the same attitude as millennials to their career. I’d advise them that age means little – one of our aims is to alter that mindset, and to show the older professional that their potential is limitless. Ultimately, we spend a lot of our lives in work, and we all deserve to feel happy in that environment”.

Article by: Penny Strutton, Business Psychologist | Published: 17 January 2020

Global Talent Trends for 2020

If this doesn’t happen, reskilled people who go back to their old jobs and culture will create a recipe for failure. Transformation must occur at every level of the organization. Middle managers—and even entry-level employees—are being given more control in how to structure their own work, as well as the work of their teams and colleagues.

Article by: Byrne Mulrooney, Chief Executive Officer - Korn Ferry RPO, Professional Search and Korn Ferry Digital | Published: 16 January 2020

Five legal developments for employees and employers in 2020

Kirsty Thompson, an employment partner at national law firm Devonshires, says: “Nobody is under any illusion that IR35 is being replaced to help people; rather, it is to help the Treasury raise more taxes. The new off-payroll working rules will make engaging consultants more expensive and may cause a shift towards fixed-term employment contracts, resulting in such individuals being employees for the purposes of employment law as well as tax law. Employers need to be assessing any existing arrangements that they have which will still be in place in April 2020 and ensure that they understand the additional steps they will need to go through in relation to those and any new arrangements.”

Article by: Kirsty Thompson, Employment Partner - Devonshires | Published: 13 January 2020

The power of purpose

For those who can’t be in the room, we live stream on Workplace, O2’s employee social media platform. This allows us to bring people who are in different locations right into the heart of the conversation as it happens, taking staff questions from the audience, from online or via the phone app (particularly great for those in stores). It means everyone feels present and included, and as a result they are more likely to engage which is vital. Every one of our people plays a part in achieving success for the business, so everyone should be able to communicate, share knowledge and align during financial results.

Article by: Ann Pickering, CHRO and Chief of Staff - O2 | Published: 11 January 2020

To Stay or To Go: Career Advancement in Saudi Arabia

This conundrum becomes more problematic when switching jobs also involves moving abroad. The thought of settling into a different culture is daunting for some, and there are personal questions to consider in terms of family relationships, friendships and so forth.

Article by: Eddie Finnigan | Published: 10 January 2020

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Make mental health your organisation’s New Year resolution

Creating an environment that encourages open conversation around mental health is another important part of a whole organisation approach. There are a number of useful guides that exist, such as the Workplace Wellbeing Toolkit, to support organisations taking their first steps. This toolkit gives guidance on raising awareness, sensitising an organisation to talking about mental health, as well as advice on embedding Mental Health First Aid England skills. 

Article by: Vicki Cockman, Workplace Lead - Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England. | Published: 8 January 2020