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30 March 2017

Westminster Attack Highlights Need For Compassionate Continuity Planning

Last week, a traumatic event managed to bring one of the most protected and best prepared employers to a halt. An attack was highly anticipated, but when it came, even though it wasn’t high-tech and featured only a single man armed with just a car and a knife, it was nevertheless serious enough to bring the business of government to a standstill. Given the high levels of security in place, it’s reasonable to assume there was never any real threat to MPs and other staff, who were nonetheless told to lie on the floor and locked inside while police shot dead the attacker responsible for killing members of the public just outside their place of work. That it was right to put these precautions in place isn’t in dispute, that so many other organisations have yet to put specific plans in place for supporting employees exposed to sudden death is worrying.

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15 November 2016
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Will Christmas Make Your Employees Mentally Unwell?

Christmas is traditionally seen as an event to be spent around loved ones. However, in addition to the 500,000 elderly people due to spend Christmas by themselves, another 3.5 million Brits are expect…

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22 September 2016
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Sexual Harassment Victims Lack Trust In HR

It’s little surprise that victims feel lonely and unsupported when many companies still turn a blind eye to harassment, says Anne Payne The only thing more shocking than the recent finding that two-t…

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06 September 2016
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Managers are key to reducing sexual harassment

Despite the introduction of the Equality Act in 2010, making it an offence to make someone feel distressed, intimidated or offended through behaviour of a sexual nature, sexual harassment at work is s…

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04 September 2013
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Why domestic violence is a workplace issue

Anne Payne, co-founder of psychological health consultancy The Validium Group, on why domestic violence is a workplace issue and what directors can do to assist staff. Domestic violence used to be con…

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