How to completely switch off from work and relax

You finished work three hours ago, so why are you still anxiously checking email on your phone? And is it essential to hit refresh on Twitter every two minutes when you’re supposed to be winding down? If you feel as though you’re always switched on, and are struggling to chill outside of work, then you’re not alone. A recent study … Read More

Managing an autistic employee

Working with someone on the autism spectrum (including those with Asperger syndrome), can be an enriching experience for managers and colleagues alike, but it may also present some challenges. Here we explain how to avoid or overcome any difficulties, in order to ensure enjoyable and effective working relationships. Many autistic people have a variety of sometimes exceptional skills that enable … Read More

How can your organisation become digitally inclusive?

The Covid-19 crisis has required entire workforces across the world to change their working practices at very short notice. This has brought our relationship and our reliance on technology into very clear focus. To exist in today’s digital society, you will have to use technology. There are more than a billion people on the planet with a disability so our technology … Read More

Diversity and inclusion: 8 best practices for changing your culture

Diverse and inclusive companies drive innovative results. Yet the tech industry still struggles with diversity and inclusion, often failing to attract diverse talent due to inclusivity issues in the workplace. For organizations looking to shape up their diversity and inclusion programs and policies, the change can be challenging — and rewarding. Most companies enact change to deliver business value, and many who launch … Read More

John Parker decries slow progress on ethnic minority board representation

John Parker, author of an influential report into ethnic and cultural diversity and chairman of utility company Pennon, has called on British business to step up their efforts on ethnic minority board representation after painfully slow progress in recent years. “I’ve been a supporter of diversity in boardrooms for a very long time,” said Sir John, a former chairman of … Read More

New Gender Pay Gap Research Again Signals The Need For Unconscious Bias Training

With research from the European Parliament showing that a 14.8% gender pay gap still exists within the EU and with new research from Instant Officesshowing that more than half of UK women still feel uncomfortable asking their boss for a payrise, it’s evident that reaching pay parity will be a slow and painful process..  According to the European Parliament, one … Read More

How organisations can enable workplace diversity and inclusion

Organisations with diverse voices are able to innovate holistic solutions to business and societal challenges, encourage creative thinking and win success with customers Research supports that Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is a fundamental differentiator for businesses and key to driving innovation and powering the growth of customers and the ecosystem. With technology permeating through societies, across industries and the broader … Read More

Lesbian, bi and trans women face serious health inequalities in the UK and nobody is doing anything about it

While the gap in healthcare between genders is becoming more well-known, the fact that LBT women face poorer care than straight, cisgender women remains an underreported issue.   “The health inequalities faced by LGBT+ women, and the existing good practice to address these, are rarely discussed in either the health system or the LGBT+ sector,” says Sarah Humphreys, chair of … Read More

One in five of UK’s top FTSE 350 firms warned over gender diversity

One in five of the top 350 UK companies have been warned about the lack of gender diversity at senior levels. A government-backed review has written to 63 firms asking them how they plan to improve gender balance. The Hampton-Alexander Review wants a third of board-level and leadership positions at the UK’s top firms to be filled by women by … Read More

Quotas alone can’t fix diversity – it’s time to go further

Many of the International Women’s Month panel discussions I have sat on turn to the topic of quotas. I always defend them. I reject the criticism that quotas somehow usurp “meritocracy” because meritocracy does not exist (it is no coincidence that the Oxbridge-educated children of other journalists, for example, just happen to “deserve” so many journalism jobs). That said, I … Read More