Supporting your people back to the office

Supporting your people to return to the office I was surprised by the findings of a survey just published by the Manpower Services Group: workers in the UK are far more negative about returning to the office than those in other countries, like France or Germany.  What’s going on?  It seems that we are much more worried about the likelihood of a...

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Five benefits of gender balance in the workplace

The five benefits of more gender balance in the workplace A gender-balanced workforce and workplace are crucial for a business to reach its maximum potential. There are multiple advantages for companies who have a gender diverse workplace and an equal representation of women in the workplace. Increasing numbers of businesses are reaping the benefits...

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What International Women’s Day 2020 means to me

What International Women’s Day means to me … International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. Across London and the world, events are being held to commemorate this day and to highlight...

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Redefining Conventional Families

Redefining conventional families There was a time when everyone could tell you what an ‘average family’ was. A Mum and Dad and 2.4 children (never quite understood that number myself) were the norm and every TV advert featured a stereotypical family of four with matching hair colour. But what is a conventional family now? Is there such a thing...

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A look at good company culture

A Look at Good Company Culture: How Performance (and Everything Else) Will Follow Despite some improvements in happiness levels among the UK workforce, The Independent reveals that nearly half are still set on searching for new jobs. And the biggest culprit? Poor management. Poor management is an expensive weakness that can cost companies lost productivity...

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Reverse Culture Shock

Reverse culture shock Reverse culture shock describes the phenomenon of ‘culture shock’ in reverse, i.e. the difficult feelings people experience when they return home after having lived abroad. Initial happiness may give way quickly to dissociation, isolation, boredom, sadness and even depression. Unlike culture shock, which tends to be widely...

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LGBT and Diversity – a corporate example

LGBT and diversity – A corporate example To understand how LGBT inclusion features in into a Diversity & Inclusion strategy we asked our corporate Partners Northern Trust to give us an insight as to what they are doing … Northern Trust is a global financial services firm, employing 18,000 people across the globe. We work hard to ensure that...

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Mothers in the workplace is vital for diversity

Why being a working mother is vital for diversity in the workplace “I recently read that there are more CEOs named John than there are women CEOs. I’m changing my name to John.”    (Overheard at ‘She Runs It’ – Working Mother of the Year Awards, 2017) Seven years ago, I had my first child. I was in my early 30s, and I had worked in the City...

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