Category: Analysis

Maggie Berry: Dress codes, patronising or practical?

With Gen Y firmly established in the workplace, traditional dress codes are largely a thing of the past. For women, “smart” no longer necessarily translates to a black skirt suit (below the knee) and a white blouse, and chinos and a shirt are often considered relatively smart for men. However, with the departure of dress…

Jean Kelly: How to investigate harassment and bullying complaints robustly

Here are some more tips to help ensure your formal investigations of harassment, bullying and discrimination are sound and effective. Tip – Prepare, prepare, prepare Prior to each interview, the investigator should prepare questions based on the written complaint and relevant documentation received in relation to the complaint. A series of questions should be written…

Stephen Smith: The benefits of remote working

A new younger workforce reflecting different attitudes to work may be more receptive to greater flexibility in working practices. However, many businesses have historically harboured objections to the introduction of remote working: employees too have often resisted change, concerned that this would lead to more work and longer hours. This needn’t be the case. There…

Caroline Essex: Changes to employment law in April 2011

This April there was a wide range of changes due to be introduced in employment law.  However, not all of the changes originally proposed for implementation this April will in fact be coming into force.  So, what is and what isn’t happening this April? What’s not coming into force? The Bribery Act 2010 will now…

David Ogilvy & Elizabeth Bremner: Online social networking from an employers perspective, part 2

Part Two Best practice would be for employers to devise a specific set of rules which regulate the use of social networking sites both within and outwith the workplace, in the form of, for example, an ‘acceptable use’ policy. This would cover the situation discussed above involving harassment and online bullying, as well as the…

Hays plc, the global specialist recruiting firm, has called on governments and industries across the world to take joined-up action to tackle the looming threat of increased global unemployment as the world’s working population is set to increase dramatically.  With many countries already at record levels of unemployment, co-ordinated action needs to be taken now…

David Ogilvy & Elizabeth Bremner: Online social networking from an employers perspective, part 1

Part 1 of 2 The increasing popularity of social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook has undoubtedly heralded a sea change in how people interact with each other in their daily lives. It is now commonplace to share the minutiae of their existence with a variety of contacts across online communities, some of whom…

Richard Evens: Employee want access to life saving equipment

Every year thousands of people die of cardiac arrest when first aid could give them the chance to live. Recent research by St John Ambulance has revealed that currently 72% of businesses don’t have access to an AED (Automated external defibrillator), which can shock the heart back into rhythm, and increase chances of survival up…

If you are an HR manager and also happen to be among the many Brits and Americans who are monolingual, you may have never wondered how Employee Benefits terminologies are expressed abroad or in your company’s foreign subsidiaries. Certainly a name is oftentimes just a name, but when the name expresses a concept that affects…

Caroline Essex: Employees shouldn’t bank on the Royal holiday

Before buying their Will and Kate flags and their commemorative crockery, some employees will need to check their Employment Contracts and Handbooks to find out if they will be entitled to receive the extra ‘Royal Wedding’ bank holiday. In case you have been living on the moon recently, Prince William, the 2nd in line to…

Jean Kelly: The importance of a robust harassment and bullying investigation procedure

Over the next few months I will be sharing my top tips on investigating formal complaints of harassment and bullying. These are based on over 16 years conducting investigations for large, high profile employers. Tip – Follow your procedures When a formal complaint of harassment, bullying or discrimination is received, it is essential that you…