CIPD Report on NIHCE Guidance on Promoting Wellbeing at Work

I read with interest the CIPD article on wellbeing at work. I was particularly interested to note the examples of steps employers could take to achieve employee well-being as provided by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence provides. In my Stress Management workshops I ask organisations what steps they take to manage stress at work, most have …


Let’s Talk Health at Work

My time with People Management magazine I was honoured to be invited to Haymarket Publishing to take part in a round table discussion that appeared in the November issue of People Management magazine – the article is entitled CIPD Does HR understand Health? I was one of eight people asked along to share my thoughts and …


Managing Stress at Fawlty Towers!

I have just returned to the office following another successful workshop introducing the competencies required to prevent and reduce stress at work. Unfortunately, the venue were not really prepared to host us, there were a catalogue of errors which included providing a projector that was so poor that anyone sitting more than four feet from the screen …


Another successful workshop

Yesterday I ran my third free workshop introducing the competencies managers should have to enable them to effectively identify stress at work and to take action to prevent and reduce stress in the workplace. I love running these workshops, delegates are generally all new to me, although I did have one face I knew which …


Google admit their hiring procedures were worthless

It was interesting to read this article from Google where they admit that using hypothetical questioning and brainteasers are a complete waste of time when recruiting. I have long supported behavioural interviews, questions should be prepared on the basis of what is needed to do the job; asking candidates for examples of their experiences and using probing …


Employment Law Update

The latest in the world of employment law, lots of changes were planned for April, some have gone live others have been delayed. Employee Shareholder Contracts – Delayed to September 2013 For a little while common sense prevailed, the House of Lords voted against the proposal to introduce employee shareholder contracts, unfortunately the Government still …


National Apprenticeship Week runs from 11 to 15 March

So what? I might hear you ask. Well, nothing if you are not an employer or considering employing someone. If you are an employer have you considered taking on an apprentice? Some key facts: An apprenticeship is a work-based training programme that fits the needs of the business. Apprenticeships are there for new and existing …


Where will you take your business in 2013?

The start of a new tax year is a time when businesses look at their goals for the year ahead and decide what areas they want to grow and how to go about it. Often businesses experience intense growth and major successes resulting in fast paced change, but when constant change becomes ‘business as usual’ it can result in …


Planned Employment Law Changes for 2013

2013 is going to be a busy one for employment law changes. Lots of these changes have come about as a result of the Government’s promise of a ‘one-in-two-out’ policy for regulation from 2013. Here is my roundup of changes that are planned through to summer and how to prepare. February 2013 Statutory Compensation Rates …


2012 Employment Law Changes – what employers need to know

2012 saw some significant changes to employment law and with more on the horizon employers should review their procedures to ensure they don’t fall foul of the law. Here is a run-down of the main changes in 2012: Illness during Annual Leave In June 2012 the European Courts of Justice ruled that anyone who falls …

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