It’s a dog’s (working) life

The concept of work-life balance has never really been about keeping the two separate. More about managing the way they interact so that we don’t become overly engaged in one or the other (though, to be fair, it’s usually ‘work’ that is seen as needing balance). Usually, the focus is on supporting employees at an individual level but organisation-wide events and activities are also common. For example, open days, in which non-employees can go behind the scenes to better understand what goes on. A more explicitly family-focused event is the ‘bring your child to work day’ enabling them


Can your managers manage… diversity?

How we deal with (and work with, and provide services to) people different to ourselves is a topic that springs in and out of the headlines, depending on what’s going on in the world. No surprise then, that articles about anti-Muslim prejudice appear in the wake of

Religion at work requires common sense

Freedom of religion. Nobody has a problem with it until somebody says you can’t practise it, or until somebody else’s practice impacts on you. Then it becomes a subject of complaint and resentment. The latest report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) seeks to pour some oil on often-troubled waters. The EHRC is the UK’s national independent equality body and part of its role is to be a centre of excellence for human rights law. No surprise then that it’s just conducted comprehensive research into how the UK’s religion-related legislation is really being applied in the

Under the influence

Most business have a ‘no drinking at work’ policy (except maybe the occasional Christmas party). Whether your employees driving, operating heavy machinery, or just piloting an internet browser, part of the employment contract is that your people do their job clear-headed, not after a few gins. And yet, social drinking, after hours, outside of work, and with colleagues is still often seen as an ideal ‘teambuilding’ exercise – a way for everyone to get to know each other better, build connections, friendships even, and work together better as a result. The benefits of a ‘swift pint’ are

Are your people well-balanced?

Work-life balance has been an on-again-off-again hot topic for decades. You’d think we’d all have got the hang of it by now, employers and employees alike, but no, for some reason it continues to be a tricky act to pull off. What exactly is work-life balance? The idea of a conflict between time spent working and time spent at leisure dates back to the 19th century, but the modern-day idea of balancing your job or career and your lifestyle (often defined as health, leisure, family, friends, spiritual goals, etc.) was first used in the UK in the 70s.

Parental leave – the basics

Time off work when a new baby arrives can be a divisive subject. Maybe you take a close-to-home view like Katie Hopkins, who a couple of years ago was up in arms about babies being luxury items that employers shouldn’t have to fund with paid time off (ignoring the reality that the government will refund up to 103% of statutory maternity pay to small