Commentary and analysis

All items: Managing employees/workers

  • How should employers support returning mothers' mental health?

    Date:
    9 May 2019

    Returning to work after maternity leave can be a stressful time for a new mother and managers should be alive to the signs of poor mental wellbeing. But such risks can be minimised when careful thought is given to training, communication and flexible working opportunities, as Boma Adoki explains.

  • What challenges will HR face in the next 10 years?

    Date:
    29 April 2019

    Making predictions for the workplace is fraught with risk but Emma Shipp and Lynne Adams take a punt on technological change, new legislation, societal trends and, yes, Brexit, to lay out the likely challenges for HR professionals over the next 10 years.

  • Should we rethink our working hours to boost productivity?

    Date:
    17 April 2019

    UK employees work on average two-and-a-half weeks longer than their EU counterparts over the course of a year, new analysis has found, but does it make it a more productive nation? Ashleigh Webber looks at the UK's long-hours culture and whether a four-day working week could ever take off.

  • Why it's time to compel all employers to publish parental policies

    Date:
    5 April 2019

    Recent research claimed that top employers' parental policies are "invisible", and a number have now publicly committed to publishing their practices upfront. Sue Macmillan, chief operating officer of parenting community site Mumsnet, argues that more should be done to compel all employers to be open about the support they offer.

  • BNY Mellon's flexible working policy review: what can HR learn?

    Date:
    14 March 2019

    Last week US bank BNY Mellon informed its employees it was reversing its policy on allowing them to work from home. But what are the implications if HR decides to scrap an existing policy, and how should they go about it? Andrea London explains.

  • Men's parental leave is key to women's progression

    Date:
    8 March 2019

    Encouraging men to take a greater share in parental caring responsibilities can have a profound effect on female career progression. On International Women's Day, Lauren Touré looks at policies abroad and what employers can do to champion parental leave.

  • How to make homeworking a success

    Date:
    14 February 2019

    When Dolly Parton sang about working 9 to 5 in 1980, the song reflected most employees' regular office hours. Brian Hall looks at how things have changed in the past 40 years and asks if working from home always works?

  • Employee 'class actions' on the rise: what does this mean for employers?

    Date:
    16 January 2019

    The courts have seen a significant rise in the number of employment claims brought by large groups of individuals. The most common employee 'class actions' relate to equal pay and worker status. Caroline Stroud from Freshfields looks at the types of class action claims on the increase and how employers should respond.

  • How can employers manage changes in childcare provision?

    Date:
    14 November 2018

    The longstanding Childcare Vouchers scheme ended on 4 October and has been replaced by the government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme. How can employers navigate the new incentive and communicate the changes to staff? Julie Barker from Hawk Incentives looks at the options.

  • CIPD ACE 2018: Are employers putting enough trust in their staff?

    Date:
    12 November 2018

    Agile working is often pitched as the solution to the UK's productivity and engagement issues, but do employers trust staff enough to deliver what is needed? Or are current flexible working policies too restrictive? Ashleigh Webber reports from the CIPD annual conference and exhibition.

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