If you’re reading this post, congratulations! You survived the 20-teens and have arrived in the brand-new decade that is the 2020s. 

It goes without saying that with the turn of a new year comes the obligatory reflection over the past 12 months. So we thought what better way to do this than to look back over some of our previous posts and see why they were so popular in 2019. 

Real-Life Examples of Discrimination in the Workplace

This post explores three big workplace discrimination stories that have hit our newsstands over the last few years.

Even in today’s society, discrimination is still a real issue – and the workplace is, unfortunately, no exception. More than 25% of UK employees have reported having experienced workplace discrimination in one way or another, with prejudice towards gender, race and age being the most common offenders. 

Employers across the country are working hard to combat discrimination amongst their workforces, and the first step towards making this a reality is to understand exactly what is happening in other companies. With this knowledge, management put themselves in a much better position to find ways to put a stop to this poor and disrespectful behaviour once and for all. 

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Shift Work vs 9 to 5 

There are so many variables in the working world which affect the working pattern requirements for a particular job role or company as a whole. All sorts of elements including opening hours, customer requirements and industry need to be considered when working patterns are arranged. 

There are both advantages and disadvantages to whether you work shifts or a set weekday pattern. Ultimately, working hours are a very important factor to consider when looking for employment. After all, the time we spend at work largely influences the way we manage our time at home. 

This post explores the pros and cons of both patterns including the impact they have on the employee and employer alike, as well as how holiday allowance can be affected. 

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Disability Discrimination in the Workplace: How to Accommodate Employees with Disabilities

While age, gender and race discrimination are currently top of the polls when it comes to workplace prejudice, a large number of employees across the UK are victim of discrimination based on disability. 

Employers have a duty of care to their staff and this includes ensuring that they are protected from unfair treatment at the hands of anyone, be it a colleague or a member of management. 

This post looks at what disability discrimination in the workplace looks like, and helps management to understand how they can help staff with disabilities to fit in and work without any barriers. 

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Bank Holidays: Should they Deduct from Holiday Entitlement?

A topic on many a mind. Employees would like to think that they should have bank holidays off without eating into their holiday allowance, while employers are looking at the matter with a business-savvy hat on. 

There’s an argument for both sides here, but the question will always boil down to what is best for the business. 

Whatever the case may be from company to company, this post looks at what staff are actually entitled to and the pros and cons of giving staff bank holidays in addition to their annual holiday allowance. 

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Top 10 Ways to Build Employee Loyalty

Have trust and respect in your workforce is possibly the most invaluable asset you can hope for as an employer. Loyal employees work harder, provide better service and care to your clients, reduce your staff turnover and, ultimately, just make your company a much better and happier place to work at. 

This post dives into some of the best ways for employers to ensure that their staff feel valued and respected which, in turn, will earn their loyalty. 

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How to Deal with Bullying in the Workplace

No one likes a bully – especially since we would have hoped to leave them behind when we walked away from the school playground at 16! Sadly, this isn’t the case – many people continue to experience negative behaviour from their peers even way into their adult lives. 

Managers with a superiority complex or jealous colleagues who have a chip on their shoulder make life at work hard for some employees. This can lead to many detrimental effects. Not only does it have an impact on the staff member’s mental and physical health, but it can also have negative outcomes on the wider team and company as a whole. 

In this post, we look at how employers can work to prevent bullying within their company and how best to deal with it when it does happen. 

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Why you Should let your Staff Use their Phones at Work

Mobile phones are practically an extension of our arms these days. If we aren’t texting or calling someone in our phonebooks, we are squared eyed whilst checking in on our social media accounts or updating our status’ to let our ‘friends’ know where we are and what we’re up to. 

When you look at it like that, it’s pretty hard to understand why any employer would feel comfortable with their staff having access to their phones during work hours. However, there might actually be more benefits to giving your staff more freedom to make personal calls or send the odd text throughout the day as you would have first thought. 

I could go into detail as to all the reasons why you should consider giving this a go in your own office, but I’ll let the post do that for me! 

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What Does Sir Richard Branson Say About…?

Now the face and founder of a multi-brand business which includes more than 400 companies across 30 countries, it is not the magnitude of his companies that have launched Richard Branson to the 4.12 billion US Dollar net worth that he holds today. Instead, it’s the quality in the services that are provided.

No wonder so many people look to Sir Richard Branson for inspirational quotes to boost their confidence and determination. Check out our favourite 60 lines from the man himself. 

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How to Deal with Difficult Employees

As a manager, you are faced with many challenges on a daily basis. Focuses such as managing workloads, arranging cover when someone calls in sick or conducting regular staff reviews are all demanding tasks to have on top of keeping up with your own work. 

So it’s no surprise that people are looking to posts like ‘How to Deal with Difficult Employees’ to gain a better understanding of how to handle different types of people and what to do to resolve certain situations. 

This post gives insight into the five most common types of ‘difficult employees’ and provides tips on how best to manage them. 

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Whistleblowing: What is it and why is it Important?

Whistleblowing. What an interesting word. Don’t you think? As a whistleblower, you’re basically ‘blowing the whistle’ on the misconduct of a person or business for the greater good of the community. That should be a good thing. Unfortunately, this isn’t quite the case. Many people who blow the whistle on a colleague or employer are frowned upon and ridiculed as if by speaking up, they’ve done something terrible. 

The aim of this post is to explain exactly what whistleblowing is and the laws that surround it, with the hope that seeing the benefits of this act will encourage a much more positive outlook on the people brave enough to stand up for what’s right. 

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Other Posts you Might be Interested in

With a staggering number of unique page views, the aforementioned posts have proven to be extremely popular during 2019, and it’s unsurprising that amongst them are topics covering employee loyalty, workplace culture and work:life balance. With this in mind, other articles you might find interesting include: 

Why 85% of People Hate their Jobs

Social Media – Why it’s an Invaluable HR Tool

What Makes a Great Manager?

Why it’s Important to Understand your Employees’ Personality Types

Net Promoter Score – What is it and how can it be used to Monitor Employee Engagement?

Not found what you’re looking for? This is just a small selection of the wide variety of HR topics covered in our blog. Check out some of our other posts here