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Absenteeism and alien abduction 

It doesn't really matter whether the line manager thinks the reason for absence was genuine but if you want to make a dramatic impact on the statistics then dismiss those on long term sick. Contributor Blair McPherson former Director of Community Services and author.

Article by: Blair McPherson | Published: 13 February 2018


Modern work is making us fat and unhappy

Memories of Christmas are fading, but many of us will no doubt have gained a few pounds over the festive season. But, for nearly one third of the nation’s professionals, it doesn’t stop there, with 29.1 percent admitting that their work has led them to gain weight.

Article by: Lee Biggins | Published: 12 February 2018


Top tips on dealing with conflict at work

Managing conflict recognises that conflict in the work place is a regular occurrence and just one of many tasks undertaken by a manager. Managing conflict also implies not avoiding it. Some managers view this as more the role of HR but the role of HR is to provide advice and support.

Article by: Blair McPherson | Published: 12 February 2018


When managers get caught in the cross fire

 Would you really be surprised to learn that teachers in the staff room make some pretty derogatory remarks about pupils? That nurses have expressions for patients who are demanding or overly dramatic or that GPs complain about "regulars" with their non-specific aliments.

Article by: Blair McPherson | Published: 11 February 2018


How should HR handle suspected racism?

A rather silly attempt at a joke or evidence of racism? You're the manager you decide? The advice from HR is this isn't going to go away. It shouldn't influence your thinking but the manager at the centre of this has delivered a very impressive improvement in services, they get results, board members have noted this and expressed their approval.

Article by: Blair McPherson | Published: 11 February 2018


Are companies addressing the risk of burnout in their workforce?

The threat of burnout is real and immediate. It is not reserved for middle age or later life. Last year in the UK, younger workers took more days off work due to stress than older workers (roughly 65 percent of 16-24 young workers compared to only 24 percent of older workers). It also found that nearly half of all workers do NOT feel they get enough support from employers.

Article by: Rob Bravo | Published: 10 February 2018


Providing duty of care for a globally mobile workforce

Although duty of care may be engrained in many organisations’ policies and processes for dealing with risks in the workplace, this becomes far more complex when that workplace could literally be anywhere in the world. So how do you ensure that you’re providing adequate duty of care for those under your global care remit?

Article by: Matthew Judge | Published: 10 February 2018

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The best way to handle sick days 

Unfortunately sick days are an unavoidable part of running a business. Having absent employees can feel like productivity and performance stall. Whilst sick leave can cause some days of reduced outputs and overall efficiency, it is actually better for businesses in the long run to encourage staff to take the time off for their health.

Article by: Sarah Musgrove | Published: 9 February 2018

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2018 legal changes: What’s on the agenda?

Currently, the UK uses legislation from the Data Protection Act 1998, which was enacted following the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive. But, the new laws will supersede everything that came before it. They’ll vastly change how businesses and public sector organisations handle the information of their customers and stakeholders.

Article by: Richard Thomas | Published: 9 February 2018


Just what does it takes for a woman to become CEO?

Don’t wait to be asked, don’t count on others, play the long game, actively ‘own’ your career and develop a unique leadership style: these are the principal recommendations to aspiring women leaders that come out of a study of female CEOs by academics from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

Article by: Andromachi Athanasopoulou | Published: 8 February 2018