35 ideas for workplace wellbeing initiatives

4 April 2022

Improving wellbeing in the workplace has been proven to increase employee satisfaction and productivity. Nicola Jagielski from Health Assured suggests some ideas to support employee wellbeing.

Seven ways to support staff mental health at work in care

4 April 2022

Recent years have seen a growing awareness of the need for employers to address mental health issues at work and to provide adequate support for their staff. Martin Hodgson looks at seven ways in which adult social care employers and managers can help to support staff wellbeing and mental health in their organisations.

EU exit watch — Brexit on hold

1 April 2022

Although there has been no formal announcement, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has reportedly said that there will be no progress in the Brexit negotiations during the Ukraine crisis.

Green foundations

1 April 2022

Looking towards plant-reinforced building materials may be the next major step in carbon reduction. These materials could offer relief for supply shortages, improve on insulation needs and make significant efforts towards sustainable design. Carbon-conscious construction and development are essential for the UK’s journey to Net Zero. Here, we explore the current picture in the development sector and discuss some bio-composite materials, with their potential.

Gender-related pay differences — identifying and avoiding them

31 March 2022

The Equal Pay Act was introduced in 1970 and was the first bold move towards equality in pay between the genders. However, fast forward 52 years and this remains a problem today. The Office of National Statistics has presented the following findings from data reported in April 2021.

New Statutory Code of Practice on fire-rehire

31 March 2022

On 29 March 2022, the Government announced plans to introduce a new Statutory Code of Practice for employers using fire and rehire tactics. A parliamentary vote was held during the week prior on banning fire-rehire practices completely, driven by the Labour Party in response to the widely publicised large-scale redundancies of P&O Ferries staff. However, the vote lacked support from the Conservative Party and failed by 251 (against banning) to 188 (for banning), so new laws will not be implemented at this stage to prohibit the use of such tactics. However, it is hoped the new Code will act as a deterrent for employers acting unreasonably and safeguard workers’ rights.

Off-rolling in schools

30 March 2022

Research has been published on the practice of so called “off-rolling” in schools prepared by YouGov on behalf of Ofsted and was followed by an official online Ofsted blog seeking to explain the approach taken by inspectors in an effort to crack down on the practice. Martin Hodgson explains what off-rolling is, how common it is and what Ofsted are doing to stop it.

How to plan a safe demolition project

30 March 2022

The Health and Safety Executive asked construction firms in December last year, to double-down on how demolition works were planned following a number of accidents that had resulted in death or serious injury. Laura King considers what planning is required for a safe demolition project.