Help workers kick the smoking habit

8 October 2019

Stoptober, the Government’s 28-day national stop smoking challenge, officially kicked off on 1 October 2019. Vicky Powell looks at all the good reasons why employers should help workers kick the smoking habit and the best strategies to achieve this.

Applications for job vacancies through social media

28 August 2019

A very short time ago, jobs were advertised in the local or national newspaper, at significant expense, and a candidate would post his or her completed application form and curriculum vitae (CV) hoping that the Royal Mail would deliver this paper copy before the deadline. Every stage of this process has changed significantly and remarkably quickly. The question, asks Gudrun Limbrick, is are employers keeping up with the myriad ways in which potential candidates now communicate about important matters such as jobs?

Menopause: managing the change of life in the workplace

24 April 2019

Treating women as equal to men does not mean treating the two sexes the same. Women are different biologically and this may need to be taken into account at work. Gordon Tranter investigates how the menopause can affect women’s health in the workplace and suggests how employers can provide support to enable women to continue to work comfortably and productively during this time.

Vaping at work: e-cigarettes in the spotlight again

4 March 2019

Vaping has dramatically risen in popularity in recent years, and is increasingly seen as a viable aid to quitting cigarette smoking. Consequently, employers need to ensure they set out clear policies in order to deal with e-cigarettes in the workplace, particularly since official health advice now unequivocally states that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking. Vicky Powell examines the work-related health implications of these trends.

The right to work in the UK

28 February 2019

An employer may only take on an individual to work if they have the right to work in the UK. This article by Stuart Chamberlain is intended as a general guide and update on the right to work in the UK for employers and HR practitioners.

Time to Talk Day — 7 February 2019

30 January 2019

According to NHS Digital, one in six people have been reported to have experienced a common mental health problem in any given week in the UK. On 7 February 2019, the UK acknowledges Time to Talk Day (TTTD) — a campaign created by the UK mental health charity, Time to Change.

The wellbeing agenda

30 January 2019

Anyone who began their career before 2000 could be forgiven if they find it challenging to keep pace with the many current shifts in thinking about work, employment and organisations says Tricia Palmer.

What people predict for eLearning

30 January 2019

The start of a new year often sees a plethora of predictions as to what the future holds and L&D is no exception in this regard. The world of eLearning may have been comparatively quiet recently but much has been going on behind the scenes with new tools, techniques and technologies being developed. Here, Judith Christian-Carter takes a look at what some L&D professionals are predicting for eLearning in 2019.

Responding to highly inappropriate language in the workplace

23 January 2019

The founder of Papa John’s resigned because of a single use of the n-word. Gudrun Limbrick considers whether resignation or dismissal is the right response to using a single word which, in some arenas, is in common use.