Talk Business – 24 Ways to Support your Employees on World Mental Health Day

Talk Business – 24 Ways to Support your Employees on World Mental Health Day

  Mental health has been moved top of the agenda in recent years. On World Mental Health Day employers need to move mental health to the top of the discussion, understand and work out how to support their employees on a daily basis. World Mental Health Day has been around since 1992, promoting advocacy, education and awareness against the social stigma of poor mental health in the workplace. Businesses should use World Mental Health Day to open up conversations around mental health. Unlike other injuries and illnesses, mental health is not easily using a pill or medication. It takes acceptance and constant support...
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Y is for Youth of Today, Talent of Tomorrow

Y is for Youth of Today, Talent of Tomorrow

So, our youth of today are our talent of tomorrow. It's therefore important for organisations to reach out to the local youth communities through schools and colleges and develop a network and a connection with young people who are just deciding what they want to study or what industries they want to work in. (more…)...
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Diversity and Inclusion – Five Top Trends for 2019

Diversity and Inclusion – Five Top Trends for 2019

There has been plenty of progress in the world of diversity and inclusion but will it be such a hot topic in 2019? Here are my predictions, in no particular order, for trends to watch out for, or act on, if you want to get ahead on your D&I journey. 1. Improved Gender Pay Gap Reporting There will be continued scrutiny on gender and ethnicity pay and representation and the gaps which still exist. I think we will also see smaller companies taking proactive steps to review and analyse their data and build inclusive companies, despite the government rejecting calls to widen...
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W is for Work Life Balance

W is for Work Life Balance

So, work life balance initiatives are essential to ensure that employees are motivated to do their work effectively,and to give their best. It's also important to recognise that work life balance looks and feels very different for each individual. Some individuals have family or childcare responsibilities. Some individuals might have caring responsibilities. Whilst other individuals may not have  any particular responsibilities but equally value the importance of flexible working to enable them to enjoy activities outside of the workplace or manage their lives more effectively. Enabling individuals to bring their whole self to work and to recognise the importance of mental and...
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V is for Value Differences

V is for Value Differences

We all have our own unique differences and it's important that we recognise these. Instead of seeing these as something negative, we should see them as an opportunity to leverage the strengths that a diverse workforce bring. Tools such as Insights Discovery, the psychometric tool, are a great way to enable individuals to really start to recognise the differences that they bring to work. (more…)...
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U is for Unconscious Bias

U is for Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias training and women in leadership programs are all important components of an inclusive learning strategy. However, they should not be the only elements. Research has shown that when unconscious bias training is a stand-alone programme it actually causes individuals to have their awareness raised about their potential unconscious biases. If you then provide little support or direction, in terms of what to do as a result of these feelings, you could even be in danger of this being reinforced. (more…)...
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Q is for Quotas

Q is for Quotas

There has been much historical debate about the appropriateness of gender quotas, i.e. a fixed proportion, a percentage, of something that has to be achieved by a certain time. To date, the government has resisted imposing formal quotas on organisations; its approach to closing the gender gap has been one to encourage organisations to adopt a business led attainment of diversity inclusion balance targets. (more…)...
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How to Choose Respect in the Workplace

How to Choose Respect in the Workplace

This week is #AntiBullyingWeek and the theme this year is Choose Respect.  This very much fits in with my philosophy in life in that we all need to create a respectful culture where our differences are valued and individuals feel safe. I was recently asked to be the keynote speaker at a seminar organised by solicitors Trowers & Hamilns who were hosting their autumn seminar about #metoo and sexual harassment in the workplace. (more…)...
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O is for Open Attitude

O is for Open Attitude

O is for having an Open Attitude which is important in any workplace or society.  So, we know that diversity is the demographic mix in each environment that's essential for fuelling innovation. For individuals, we also know that inclusion is a sense of belonging, feeling respected and valued within an environment so that all people feel able to achieve their true potential. To achieve this environment in our workplaces, we have to understand and recognise that everybody has their own unique differences, some of which may be unfamiliar. (more…)...
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