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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.

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.

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.

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.

Protecting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing during Restructuring: How do we make sure that the Survivors Survive and Thrive?

Karina Nielsen, Professor of Work Psychology and Director of the Institute for Work Psychology shares her thoughts on protecting employee mental health during restructuring.

Understanding Imposter Syndrome: Challenging Learnt Behaviours

This article outlines what imposter syndrome is, how it affects women, and what can be done in the workplace and wider society to tackle it.

How Flexible Working can Support Diversity and Inclusion

Covid-19 exposed inequalities in workplace structures and introduced a new way of working to many. Welsh gender equality charity Chwarae Teg report the need to work towards gender inequality, whilst highlighting the benefits of agile working to mitigate inequality.

In Conversation: Creating Better Diversity Policies in the Voluntary Sector

Implementing core diversity policies in the voluntary sector is essential in creating inclusive and representative workplaces and services. We invited three champions of diversity and inclusion in the sector to discuss the topic.

Creating a more inclusive workplace for Neurodivergent Staff

Supporting neurodivergent employees is essential to creating diverse and inclusive workplaces. Staff networks are a good way of creating a sense of belonging. Jess Gosling, co-Chair of The Civil Service Neurodiversity Network discussed how their network has benefitted colleagues and how this approach can benefit other workplaces.

Ensuring Voluntary Sector Leadership Promotes Diversity and Inclusion

ACAS works with employers and employees to improve workplace relationships. This article looks at ways that employers in the voluntary sector can better promote diversity and inclusion.

Understanding Digital Inclusion: Accessing Online Services

In a world that is becoming increasingly digitalised, digital exclusion is a widening social issue. This article looks at digital inclusion and why online exclusion needs to be tackled.

Recognising Neurodiversity in the Workforce

Around 1 in 7 of the UK population is neurodivergent. This article explores neurodiversity, highlighting issues surrounding diversity, inclusion and understanding neurodivergent people in the workforce.

The Benefits of Increasing Board Neurodiversity

In this article Meike Bliebenicht, Workstream Lead, Neurodiversity at the Diversity Project – Investment Industry explores the lack of neurodiverse representation on corporate Boards and why this needs to change.

Ensuring an Effective Transition to Hybrid Working Post Covid-19

On the 19th of July 2021, the legal instruction to work from home ended. This article will examine the changing face of work in the UK. With a focus on a move to hybrid office working after many months of prioritising remote working in light of Covid-19.

Supporting Employee Mental Health & Wellbeing after Covid-19

Mental health related absences were the most common reason for long-term absence prior to the pandemic, we looked at how Covid-19 might further impact that.