Creating safer workplaces for black and minority workers

4 September 2020

The experience of black, Asian and minority ethnic people in the workplace is distinct in many ways. Racial abuse from customers, race-based bullying and harassment along with subtle and overt workplace discrimination can all come together to create a powerful and toxic cocktail which can have damaging ill-health effects on workers — as well as negatively impacting the organisation. Vicky Powell looks at the latest advice on creating a healthier working environment for black and other minority ethnic workers.

Face coverings for employees on public transport

24 July 2020

Mike Sopp considers the issue of whether employers should be providing face masks or coverings for those employees who have to use public transport to get to work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Containing the corona-coaster

2 July 2020

Tricia Palmer, HR consultant, leadership expert and personal coach considers how the NHS has sought to protect staff wellbeing through the most destructive outbreak in its history.

Mental health at work and suicide prevention

30 June 2020

The stress, disruption and isolation of the coronavirus pandemic is having a severe mental health impact. More people are being trained to help those feeling suicidal. The key message, as part of a wider drive to reassure those under duress, is that they are not alone and help is not far away, writes Jon Herbert.

Solving our sleep struggles in the pandemic

23 June 2020

Whether it’s weird, vivid dreams, tapping away on the laptop at 3am or just feeling exhausted — the Covid-19 pandemic is dramatically affecting work patterns and workers’ sleep. Vicky Powell highlights the latest research on sleep and shares the current advice from sleep experts on how to help workers cope — and feel rested — in the UK’s new working reality.

Deep cleaning the workplace in the time of coronavirus

1 June 2020

Within a relatively short space of time, the coronavirus has radically changed working life around the world, perhaps forever in the case of some organisations. Never before has workplace cleaning taken on life and death implications across so many different types of ordinary, non-specialist, work settings. Vicky Powell looks at how to deep clean workplaces to best protect workers and others from the COVID-19 virus.

Being a family-friendly employer

27 May 2020

Working parents are afforded certain rights under employment law and employers need to ensure they are aware of them. Not only can failure in this area result in costly discrimination claims, it can also mean the difference between a low or a high retention rate. Ben McCarthy, employment law writer at Croner-i, outlines points that employers can consider when aiming to be family-friendly employers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) — what are the current health concerns for the UK?

26 May 2020

Within a few months the global coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has spread to almost every country in the world. In the UK at its peak, the number of patients in intensive care was estimated to be doubling every 3-4 days. Now numbers of new cases are beginning to decline in most affected countries. Deborah Bellamy reviews current the information available about the virus and what the public health concerns are for the UK.