Staff on sick leave at record highs in the workforce

A report from the Resolution Foundation suggests that the number of individuals exiting the workforce due to long-term sickness has reached its highest level since the 1990s. According to the report, the count of economically inactive adults due to ill-health surged from 2.1 million in July 2019 to a peak of 2.8 million in October […]

Always On vs The Right to Disconnect

There can’t be many employees who welcome the 10pm email, text or WhatsApp message from the boss requesting a presence at an 8am Zoom call the next morning. Or request that report you’re working on to be ready two days sooner than you’d budgeted for with a 6.00am call. Whatever the reason, no matter how […]

A Rose by Any Other Name

A Rose by Any Other Name – Lessons to be Learnt from Yorkshire Cricket’s Handling of Race Discrimination Claims – Last month the rumbling disquiet over Yorkshire Cricket Club’s management of player and staff accusations of discrimination and abuse came to a dramatic head.  The negative publicity around Yorkshire Cricket Club sparked again when a […]

Covid Update

The Omicron Variant Each day brings fresh news of Omicron the latest twist in the seemingly never-ending story of pandemic threats and responses.  At the time of writing this article we have 15 confirmed cases in the UK, but that number is expected to rapidly escalate over the next few weeks. With a large proportion […]

STEM Returner Index 2021

The STEM Returners Index – Launch of Annual Survey A new initiative that will track the challenges faced by women returning to work after a career has been launched by STEM Returners. The STEM Returners programme helps employers recruit, develop and retain the best available talent. Enabling highly qualified and experienced candidates to re-start their […]

Calling it Out

A Tennis Lesson for Employers The focal point of this story is Ms Osaka’s statement that she would be refusing to participate in post-game media interviews.  Her reason for this move being her significant levels of anxiety when dealing with press questions and its impact on her on court performance. The Japanese player who’s become […]

All Reboard the Furlough

All Reboard the Furlough As we enter a new phase of tackling the Covid19 pandemic the restrictions on movement and social distancing are starting to relax. Alongside this return to a more mobile life, businesses are looking at the options regarding their staff and those many furloughed employees who are wondering what the future holds […]

Is it Time for a Four Day Week?

The Four Day Week – we review the recent renewed interest in the four-day week. Can employers make it work? There’s a growing body of opinion amongst leaders of countries and corporations that a four-day week may well be the answer to a phased return to work. New Zealand’s impressive PM, Jacinda Ardern, discussed the […]