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How to plan for winter weather disruption
With some harsh winter weather heading our way its very likely that there will be disruption for commuters trying to get in to work. In an age of global warming, many recent British winters have been very mild, but not all. The winter of 2010-11, for instance, was exceptionally cold by UK standards. Last winter, much of the period was fairly mild, only for March to bring extreme conditions as the
5 New Year’s resolutions your company can stick to
The middle of January is a tough time of year for many. The fun and frivolity of the festive season has gone, the days are still short, the weather is cold and most people will have already broken their New Year's resolutions. However, the new year is a good time for taking stock and setting new goals, so now may be a very good time to make some resolutions that every company should be able to stick
Battle of the sexes – is your office equal enough?
Back in the 1970s, the world of work was a somewhat different place to that of today. Forms of sexist behaviour that would not be tolerated today were accepted as the norm then, while it was only in 1970 that the Equal Pay Act was introduced. Despite that ground-breaking piece of legislation - updated in 1995 and in the Equality Act 2010 - making it illegal to pay women less for doing the same job
The art of consultation: How to involve staff in your plans for 2019
With the new year upon us many businesses will have already planned or be in the midst of planning ahead for 2019. A key question for any company is to what extent it is appropriate to consult staff about plans for the year ahead. On the one hand, your firm is not a member's club where everyone has a vote. On the other, a top-down approach of simply imposing plans on people can lead to resentment,
Understand the value of good listening
Communication is essential for every business. In an age when knowledge and the ability to respond swiftly to changing data and information is central to the success of firms, ensuring staff know what is going on in their sector, among their customer bases and also internally within a firm is crucial. When it comes to the latter, staff will also appreciate being in the loop. Nothing is more likely
The pros and cons of an office pet
There are many ways to liven up an office. You can paint the walls bright colours, decorate it with attractive art and company mottos, bring in flowers and have a games corner, where staff can wind down from stressful moments with a computer game or by playing table football. An alternative that may really capture the imagination is to have an office pet. A furry friend could help make the day more
How good career development plans aid retention
Every business likes to recruit good talent and there are many ways to do this - not least by clear and flexible career progression strategies. Many employers will put an emphasis on attracting staff through good salary packages, lots of perks, an appealing company ethos and family-friendly flexible working options. However, all of this might be negated by a lack of scope for career progression.
Dos and don’ts of rearranging teams
Every office needs things freshening up now and again. It may be the decor needs to change to brighten the place up, or something structural like the way teams are organised. On other occasions, it can be beneficial just to move people into different teams based around new desks. However, such moves can have pros and cons, which are important to bear in mind. The following considerations should be
Promoting healthy eating at work
Employers will be increasingly familiar with initiatives aimed at increasing workplace well-being, with issues like stress being taken far more seriously than they were in the past. But that does not mean the most familiar health issues have gone away. The truth is that the human body is not designed either for over consumption or sitting down all day, and while there is only so much that can be done
Is your workplace equipped to tackle disability issues?
Public understanding of disability issues in the UK has soared in recent years. Achievements such as those of Britain's Paralympians in the London 2012 games and the late physicist Stephen Hawking have helped to transform perceptions of what those with disabilities are capable of. As a result, there is a greater appreciation that disabled people can contribute great things in the workplace and play