How to create the RIGHT environment for hybrid working

Plan B In case you haven’t noticed, a lot has changed in the last 20 months and just as many employers were looking to get staff back into the workplace, we appear to be heading for another winter of working from home. As an employer, you need to look at your workforce and find ways […]

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What does a red dot mean?

Today I am talking about the red dot. Now that sounds like a very strange subject, but it’s something which I’ve had a couple of conversations with people over the last few days, who are returning to in-person meetings, returning to the office where people are together. There are still a lot of people who […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Loan Elephants – Bullying

Do you remember the school bully? If so, why? To misquote Maya Angelou, “It’s not what they said, but how they made you feel”. You forget the actual words, but you are left with the feelings. This is true whether the words are positive or negative and their impact can be felt for years. Bullying […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Loan Elephants – Domestic Violence

Many employers would like to bury their head in the sand and believe that what goes on at home has nothing to do with the employee at work, but this is not the case. The first thing to note here is that while it is fair to note that in most domestic violence (DV) and […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Loan Elephants – Sexual Harassment

It is naïve to think that sexual harassment does not exist within your workplace. It is naïve to think that you, as the business owner, would know if there is sexual harassment in your business. It is naïve to assume that because you don’t know about it, no one is feeling sexually harassed. It is […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Protected Characteristics – Disability

Starting with the assumption that the person can do the job, has done it before and has a proven track record…… Would you employ a disabled person? If not, why not? Would it depend on their disability? Would it depend on your location and working environment? If they are deaf, blind, wheelchair bound, an amputee […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Mental Health – Suicide

**TRIGGER WARNING** The content of today’s blog is heavy reading. If you are affected by any of the issues raised by today’s blog, please seek support and speak to someone immediately. Contact details are in the box at the end of this blog. There are a lot of myths which surround suicide, and it is […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Mental Health – Psychosis

The main forms of psychosis are schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, it often takes a long time to diagnose properly and to treat effectively. Psychosis is a condition in which the person has changes in their thinking, perception, mood and / or behaviour. As you might imagine, all of these can be a problem in […]

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The Elephant in the Room: Mental Health – Depression

Having clinical Depression is very different from being depressed. You can feel depressed when you hear bad news, when you read a sad story, or if you have had a bad day at the office. However, a medical diagnosis of Depression is made when symptoms last for more than two weeks and affects the employee’s […]

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