Acas has recently published guidance to facilitate employers to consider whether hybrid working is an option within their organisation and, if so, offering practical tips on how it could be fairly introduced.
An analysis of the results of two large trials which took place between 2015-2019 and involved over 1% of the Icelandic working population. The trials reduced the working week to 35-36 hours with no reduction in pay and have been found to be an overwhelming success. In addition to productivity and service provision remaining the same or improving across the majority of trial workplaces, the results found, “Worker wellbeing dramatically increased across a range of indicators, from perceived stress and burnout, to health and work-life balance.” Since the trials completed, 86% of Iceland’s workforce are now working shorter hours or gaining the right to shorten their hours in the future.
The Health and Safety Executive now have sector specific toolkits available on their website which have been developed with input from those sectors. With the aim of helping to prevent stress, the toolkits provide a framework for line managers to have simple, practical conversations with employees. They are available for construction, education and the NHS (which has separate editions for England, Scotland and Wales).
The charity Mental Health at Work have a toolkit on their site which includes the definition of the acronym they have chosen to use. They have also put together a collection of resources to be used and shared in organisations which are aimed at improving the culture around LGBTQI+ lives and making workplaces inclusive for all.
On this page of their website, the Equality and Human Rights Commission provide a video highlighting how to prevent sexual harassment at work in 4 steps together with some sources of support for employers and individuals. Links to new guidance on sexual harassment and harassment in the workplace and a 7-step employer guide to preventing sexual harassment at work are also included.
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