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Flexible working has become a bit of a buzzword. But, for me, this is where small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) should start if they want to support family-friendly working. When I say flexible, I really mean agile, working patterns that can scale up and down when both the individual and business requires it. Truly agile working goes beyond flexi-time policies, which tend to be fairly…

How to retain an older workforce

Wednesday, 09 November 2016
The number of people aged 65 and over is expected to nearly double to 19 million by 2050. According to a report titled Age in the Workplace conducted by Business in the Community, between 2012 and 2022, an estimated 12.5 million jobs will be created from people leaving the workforce – meaning an additional 2 million jobs will be left open. This is why retention…
Almost every month there is a new survey about remote or agile working. Some say it is more productive than conventional office-based work, others disagree. Many of these pieces of 'research' are sponsored by organisations interested in seeing that the results prove their case. So maybe we shouldn't be surprised that we see conflicting results. A recent survey from Peldon Rose, office space designers, reckoned…
According to a new report by Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer: Then and Now, earlier diagnosis and advances in treatment have contributed to improvements in cancer survival rates. In fact, people are now twice as likely to survive for at least a decade after being diagnosed than they were at the start of the 1970s. But for many survivors, cancer leaves a lifelong legacy of side-effects.…
National Stress Awareness Day is now a yearly event, and whilst there has been lots of press attention on rising stress-related absences in UK businesses, managing stress in the workplace remains a massive challenge for many UK employers. The biggest concern for many companies is the cost of stress related absence, which according to estimates is costing the UK economy £6.5bn a year. We are…