Category: Analysis

Teresa Budworth: I’m a bit obsessed with toilets!

Look, I know it’s something people generally don’t like to talk about, but I’m a bit obsessed with toilets, especially with people washing their hands! And there’s good reason for it. According to studies by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, around a quarter of people in the UK neglect personal hygiene by…

Jeanette Makings: Pension tax relief – do employees know where they stand?

In recent times, the government’s stated aim of making the pensions system fairer and simpler for all has meant that employers and their workforce need to understand the new regulations.. We recently carried out research to find out what employees understand about the changes and discovered that, while the government’s end goal is to make…

Chris Leeson: Hiring and remuneration update

Morgan McKinley has recently released its UK Accounting, Finance & Support Salary Guide for 2011. This report provides insight into current salary and hiring trends for accounting, finance and support professionals working in commerce and industry (C&I), professional services and the public sector. These are clearly diverse markets but overall, the recruitment outlook is much…

Richard Evens: A certain amount of regulation is essential to ensure safety and wellbeing at work

At the end of last month, the government announced plans to reduce unnecessary health and safety regulation for businesses. Whilst I’d welcome this move, it’s worth remembering that a certain amount is essential to ensure the safety and wellbeing of businesses, their customers and their employees. According to the HSE’s most recent statistics, over 170…

Deborah Lewis: If you want to change something, change yourself

I was co-running a workshop yesterday with a group of around 50 delightful engineers, partners, co-owners and leaders in the one of the world’s most prestigious consultancies. I could write several blogs on this workshop – and I probably will! – but I wanted to jot down two key learnings from the event yesterday. The…

Jean Kelly: How to investigate harassment and bullying complaints robustly

More tips to help ensure your formal investigations of harassment, bullying and discrimination are sound and effective. Select impartial investigators An investigation should not be carried out by anyone who is involved in the allegation, such as line managers or HR staff who might have to be witnesses. It is preferable that the investigators are…

Any business today that isn’t exercising a tight grip on its budgets is either very lucky or very foolish. Buyers and procurement specialists are under increasing pressure to achieve more with less. So what happens? Companies making purchases develop a single-minded focus on cost, with products and services commoditised as a buying tactic designed to…

A recent NEBOSH study revealed that just one in 5 people (21%) had received information or training at work about ways of avoiding stress. Given that stress is the second most commonly reported work-related illness, I’m surprised more employers aren’t doing more about it. To be honest, I sometimes think part of the problem with…