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Key topic areas covered include: Health & Wellbeing, Diversity & Inclusion, and Workforce & Leadership.

The Gender Pension Pay Gap: An Unhidden Pay Gap

In March 2020, the UK Government launched an initiative to improve pay transparency in the job application process to improve opportunities for women. Sam Dewey is the Reward & Wellbeing Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support where he has worked for over 2 years. In this post, he discusses what the gender pensions pay gap is and some of the causes of it.

The Positive Impacts of Staff Networks in the Workplace

In 2018, 35% of LGBTQ+ staff reported hiding their sexuality at work for fear of discrimination, according to Stonewall. Ian Adams, Director of Engagement at NHS Resolution shares some reflections on his experience as an Equality Diversity and Inclusion Champion and the positive impact staff networks are having at NHS Resolution.

Supporting and Accommodating Disabled People in the Workplace

Recent research from the University of Derby found that a quarter of those surveyed in the research had hidden their disability from their HR department and that only 36% were open with colleagues about their condition. In this post, Acas share ways employers can make adjustments to better support disabled candidates and colleagues.

Adapting to Future Ways of Working to Improve Workforce Wellbeing

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly transformed working practices and cultures. Before the pandemic, around 5% of the UK workforce worked mainly from home. In this post, Jane Fawkes, Deputy Principal and University College Secretary at the University College of Estate Management shares how the college has adapted to future ways of working following the pandemic.

Using apprenticeships to support recruitment and retention in social care

There were 1.9 million requests for adult social care support received by local authorities in 2020-21, according to NHS Digital. We heard from Skills for care about improving recruitment and retention in the social care sector with the use of apprenticeships to help meet the demands for social care requests.

Training Schemes that Promote Teacher Wellbeing

In May 2021, the UK government launched the Education Staff Wellbeing Charter to support schools in promoting the mental health and wellbeing of staff. Laura Fordham, is a Senior Trust Consultant at HEART Academies Trust where she oversees staff wellbeing and development. She shares some of the training schemes available to staff working at Bedford Academy to help them with their wellbeing and development.

Building an Age and Disability Inclusive Workforce

A diverse workforce can improve productivity as the range of employee perspectives increases creativity, leading to greater innovation and better problem-solving. Championing inclusive recruitment policies and providing equal opportunities to all employees is key for attracting and retaining top talent from a range of backgrounds. We heard from Patrick Thomson, Policy Institute Director at the Shaw Trust, about building age and disability inclusive workplaces.

Improving Workplace Relations to Drive Higher Staff Satisfaction and Retention

Two-thirds of university staff are considering leaving the sector, according to a new University and College Union report. Deteriorating work conditions have been cited as a contributing factor. Emma Slaven, Senior Advisor at ACAS, shares how transforming workplace relations and simple workplace adjustments can improve staff satisfaction and retention.

Championing the Rights of Non-Binary and Transgender Employees

All LGBTQ+ people are protected from discrimination in the workplace under the Equality Act, which employers have a legal obligation to uphold. In this video, Liz Ward, Director of Programmes at Stonewall, shares some simple changes that can be made by employers and colleagues to make workplaces more inclusive for trans and non-binary employees.

What are Companies Doing to Tackle Workplace Maternity Bias?

All workers are protected against discrimination if they are dismissed or treated unfairly because of pregnancy or childbirth. Dr Emma Waltham, Maternity Returns Specialist discusses how companies can better support those returning from maternity leave and dismantle the bias associated with this.

Creating Inclusive Environments to Promote Neurodiversity in Police Forces

The National Police Chiefs’ Council’s ‘Policing Vision’ states by 2025 policing will be a profession with a more representative workforce that better reflects its communities. In this video John Nelson, Chair of the National Police Autism Association shares some of the challenges neurodivergent people face in the police force and advises on workplace adjustments that can help to create more inclusive work environments.

Esther Kent, Academic Director, Employability & Placement Lead for Sport, Sheffield Hallam University

We’re delighted to welcome Esther Kent, Academic Director, Employability & Placement Lead for Sport, Sheffield Hallam University, as a new content contributor to MyGovCentral. Esther is responsible for providing strategic leadership to shape the design and delivery of an integrated range of services to achieve a transformative and exceptional experience for all students, graduates, academics, and industry partners (present and future) that maximises student employability.

The McKenzie Delis Packer Review: A Holistic Approach to Improving Inclusion and Diversity

Studies have shown diverse organisations perform better and have higher financial returns. We heard from Leila Mckenzie Delis, Chief Executive at DIAL Global, about findings from the recent Mckenzie Delis Packer review into diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace.

Taking a Whole-Organisation Approach to Workforce Wellbeing

Promoting wellbeing in the workplace helps reduce presenteeism and mental health-related absence. We heard from Jessica Easterbrook, Lead HR and OD Consultant at East Sussex County Council, on why implementing a whole-organisation approach to workforce wellbeing is essential for improving overall productivity.

Creating Inclusive and Supportive Workplace Cultures for LGBTQ+ Colleagues

More than a third of LGBTQ+ staff have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination. In this video, Ian Adams, Director of Membership and Stakeholder Management at NHS Resolutions, shares his personal experiences and insights into how organisations can strive to create more inclusive working environments for LGBTQ+ colleagues.

Understanding Neurodiversity to Improve Productivity and Widen the Talent Pool

Around 1 in 7 of the UK population is neurodivergent. We heard from Dr Jill Miller, Policy Adviser - Diversity and Inclusion at CIPD , to gain a better understanding of how neurodiversity impacts colleagues at work and explore workplace adjustments that can benefit everyone.

The impact of Loneliness in the workplace

More than 9 million people in the UK say that they often or always feel lonely. Heather Girling is the Staff Wellbeing Manager at the University of Bath, she shared with us how to better tackle loneliness in everyday life.

Interview: Workplace Allocation Strategies at Brunel University

Nearly two-thirds of staff in higher education are unhappy with the level of support they receive from employers. Workload is one of the main drivers for this dissatisfaction, with some staff working an average of 50 hours per week. We spoke to Strategic Planning Manager, Erica Moses Neacy, about how Workplace Allocation Management has helped improve staff workload at Brunel University.

In Conversation: Tackling Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace

Throughout the pandemic Higher education providers have had to devise new ways to support student and staff wellbeing. In this interview with University of Bath, Staff Wellbeing Manager, Heather Girling, we explore how to remove the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace.

Online Training for New Anti-Social Behaviour Practitioners

The Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Department at Stockport Home Group have developed a new virtual programme to train new anti-social behaviour practitioners. We heard from Liz Smith, Head of ASB as she discussed the benefits of digital onboarding programmes.