Workplace.

Autism: Can't We Just Be Reasonable?

Oli Monks | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Oli Monks

If we are all to start improving things, it's not going to take any fundamental changes in laws but simple, practical steps in our own lives that will make a HUGE difference. What can these be?

Say Hello to Your New Workforce: Generation Z

Janvi Patel | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Janvi Patel

Brace yourselves: the first cohorts of Generation Z are about to march into your office. Born after 1995, Gen Z are graduating this summer and will be finding their feet in work places up and down the country not long after. The question is, are businesses prepared for their arrival?

Should We Be Able to Use E-Cigarettes in the Workplace?

Dr Richard Heron | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Richard Heron

Since 1 July 2007 smoking had been banned in all enclosed public and work places in England. There was real disquiet before the legislation - how would it work? The reality is the younger generation of workers probably can't quite imagine a workplace with a designated smoking room, or a smoking carriage on a train. So is it a step backwards to say in some circumstances businesses might introduce a policy that permits e-cigarette use in designated areas?

Stepping Out of the 9 to 5: Three Stressful Careers That You Can Turn Around

Tayana Simons | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Reaching breaking point in your current role doesn't necessarily mean you have to break away from your career completely, a side step might be just the thing you need to refresh your interest in your profession whilst freeing up more time to the other things that you enjoy. Life is about balance, stretching yourself to within an inch of your sanity is not going to do the best for you...

The Future World of Work Is Changing - Are We Ready?

Chris Jones | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK
Chris Jones

We'll never be able to predict perfectly what the future workplace could look like. But the bottom line is, businesses and individuals need to be prepared so they are in a stronger position for whatever the new world holds.

When The Cracks Appear

Lisa Hoptroff | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Hoptroff

Sometimes in life, shit happens. Relationships change, jobs come and go and kids grow up. That's just life, right? Ups and downs with no guarantee of what may be next. So what happens when the 'bad days' become something more serious?

How It Feels Getting Dumped By Your Work

Anita Shargall | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Anita Shargall

I come out of the meeting and feel overwhelmed with emotion, armed with a pack of redundancy docs, now known as 'the white envelope of doom'. My face is puffy from all the crying and the fact my HR colleague has been plying me with cheap kitchen roll. Word of advice to any HR advisors- invest in Kleenex.

#CSuiteSoWhite: Lack of diversity at the top prompts launch of UPstanding Executive Power List

Suki Sandhu | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK
Suki Sandhu

It may only be March but the issue of diversity, specifically ethnic diversity, has been one of the most widely covered topics of 2016. From University admissions to the Oscars, there is an unsettling sense of regression in the number of visibly successful BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic-including Hispanic and Middle Eastern) people in both the UK and America.

Battling an Eating Disorder in the Workplace

Habiba Khanom | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

I am sitting at my desk in the newsroom, watching my colleagues working, preparing for their next report. They seem to be full of energy and not a care in the world about whether they should eat or not or how they look like. Why can't I be like them? I ask myself...

Return to Work as an Outcome - Good for Mental Health?

Dr Richard Heron | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK
Dr Richard Heron

The recent report by the Mental Health Task Force chaired by Paul Farmer of Mind is the latest call for employment to be recognized as a "health outco...

Have LGBT Workplace Indexes Turned Into Corporate Beauty Pageants?

Ian Johnson | Posted 13.02.2016 | UK
Ian Johnson

We have received more than 100,000 responses in our global LGBT2030 research program from LGBT people and some say that even though they work at the highest-ranking employers, they still face daily problems, because they try to be openly LGBT at work.

Does the Service Industry Encourage Sexism?

Rhiannon Tapp | Posted 12.01.2016 | UK
Rhiannon Tapp

We need to consider whether implicitly this part of the job is encouraged, and whether customers themselves could avoid intensifying the underlying dynamics within service environments.

9 to 5 Is Dying, Let's Celebrate

Stephen Canning | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK
Stephen Canning

It is estimated that home workers make up a substantial 13.9% of the UK workforce with around 4.2 million workers taking advantage of this as an option in the first 3 months of 2014.

Mindfulness in the Workplace: Five Practical Tips for 2016

Stephen Canning | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Canning

A very simple technique, the one minute meditation can easily be built into the working day. Consider introducing them during breaks, for instance, which are meant to refresh us but so often end up being extensions of work as we battle to finish something, check our emails or catch-up on calls.

Why Employers Shouldn't Worry About Equal Pay Litigation

Ben Black | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Politics
Ben Black

There's a new report out from Eversheds to the effect that employers are terrified that new requirements for gender pay gap reporting will lead to lit...

It's a Myth: The Swedish Six-Hour Workday

Sofie Sandell | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sofie Sandell

Sweden was the home of the Vikings and now exports furniture and great music all over the world. Of course, as a Swede, I love the idea that we are starting the six-hour workday movement as well. But for most people the six-hour workday is far from a reality, and the headlines in the newspapers are misleading.

Flexible Working - A Missed Opportunity?

Tracey Bleakley | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Bleakley

Embracing flexible working can actually bring substantial benefits to an organisation. Many small businesses know this instinctively. They hire in roles on a part-time basis as and when they need the resource in order to keep costs low and survive the tricky first few years.

Stop and Take a Deep Breath: Change How You Connect and Interact With Others

Swatee Jasoria | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK
Swatee Jasoria

It's a busy world. You run to work, have a jam-packed day and an even busier evening. But in the rush to accomplish your day's "To Do" list, you are l...

A Message From the Future Leaders

James Gilmore | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Gilmore

Some of the most inspiring, intelligent and creative people I know are below the age of twenty and all industry's (not just media) should start taking us really seriously - if only for one simply reason: We are the next Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.

Is Complexity Causing Us to Work Differently?

Araceli Camargo | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK Tech
Araceli Camargo

We are seeing the rise of a new technology era, which is changing our infrastructure and the way we usually engage with the world. This is creating a gap we have yet to understand, which will bring difficult challenges.

Tackling the Taboo of Flexible Working

Janvi Patel | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK
Janvi Patel

I think flexible working is the new way forward and for us and our market, it is the only way forward. Now is the time for employers to be brave, to seize the opportunity and embrace the future model of working. Flexible working is not just about a better work/life balance, but about making us all - employees and businesses alike - more effective.

Ageism at Work Is Widening the Leadership Skills Gap

Charles Elvin | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK
Charles Elvin

The benefit of diverse teams is that it encourages innovation through different skills sets, and people working longer contribute to the success of the economy. Essentially over 50s are still the leaders of tomorrow.

Can We Help Boardrooms Find an Untapped Reservoir of Talented Women?

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK
Debbie Bannigan

I'm an old-school feminist. I joined the workforce a week after my 16th birthday, less than two years after the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act hit the statute books. Although we had an Act of Parliament to say that we couldn't be discriminated against, I'm not sure that everyone believed it. Certainly my dad didn't.

It's Okay Not to Be Resilient All the Time

Vicky Bullen | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Bullen

A quick straw poll of some of my friends and colleagues revealed that, whilst many of the emerging themes were common resilience themes, a real plethora of slightly unexpected techniques came through - so I thought I would share some of those.

How Does a Sceptic Beat Stress at Work? I Go for a Walk

Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Tamblyn

I don't particularly like the word 'wellness'. For me it immediately conjures up images of people drinking overpriced coffee in sweatpants after having spent a fortune on some revolutionary new yoga routine that involves balancing your cat on your head.