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How are your organisation’s parents coping with balancing work and family life? If you can’t answer that with any great conviction, you need to start asking the right questions to get a clearer picture of the situation. A major new study suggests many parents are finding...

It’s at this time of year when people obsess over New Year’s resolutions. This year, how about adopting a business-wide resolution? Something that could improve the lives of all your people. As a suggestion, why not take heed from the French and encourage employees to disconnect...

We recently discussed the idea that businesses need to do more to help mothers return to work after maternity leave. But what about dads? Research by First4lawyers published earlier this year revealed that the UK lags behind 28 countries when it comes to parental leave provisions. In...

The UK's rate of maternal employment is 27% lower than other Western countries. Isn’t it about time we did something about that? Some businesses are already doing their bit to help mothers return to work after maternity leave, offering on-site childcare for staff. However, only 5%...

Businesses have scant reason not to ensure their working practices and technologies are fit for today’s workforce – but as we outlined in the previous two blogs, many are lagging behind the times. In fact, for some, progress has been so limited, a 2013 talk by...

While you’re probably expecting me to immediately link the title above to one of the more technical aspects of ERP software, the fact is that I’m actually talking about the soft skills every business needs to realise the potential of its most valuable resources: the...

Four years ago, Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft, spoke about embracing the “empowering potential of technology and [encouraging] a truly open working culture”. He cited how millions of people were unhappy at work, with technology a contributing factor. That was then, though, right? Well,...

Most businesses with the capabilities to do so now offer the option of working remotely – or are at least thinking about allowing employees more flexibility about where they work. In a new global report by video conferencing firm Polycom, nearly three out of every four...

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