Michael Metcalf

Michael is a writer for Timetastic. He writes about HR, company culture and taking time off work. He's also a marketing strategist, copywriter and creativity enthusiast.

Manchester

40 posts

Does the 4-day work week really work?

There’s nothing quite like taking a Friday off work. Some companies are even starting to experiment with shorter working weeks in a bid to improve productivity…

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How to reduce sickness absence in your business

Sickness absence is an unfortunate fact of business life - projects have to get shelved, other employees have to take up the extra work, and calendars are jumbled up while everything gets shuffled around.…

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Why we all need more sleep - and how to get it

We know that keeping a healthy balance between work and life is critical for every member of a modern business. But not everybody’s got the message, especially when it comes to the most important rest of all - sleep.…

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What makes a truly ethical company?

Is it possible to make money and do good? We think it is. A quick look at some ideas behind ethical business models, and the steps we can take in the right direction.…

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How to Promote Better Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental health, and its relationship with our working lives, is becoming more of an acceptable topic of discussion for people round the country, and rightly so.…

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Taking time off properly with Very Good & Proper

We spoke to London-based furniture designers Very Good & Proper about their company culture, funky offices, and experiences joining the Timetastic way of life. This is a company that knows how to work hard and rest right.…

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Is it better to take relaxed or adventurous holidays?

If you’re yet to book a break this year, have you considered whether you want excitement or calm? And if you have booked already, is the entire thing planned out? Or are you keeping it casual?…

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How to encourage staff to take time off

Throughout many workplace cultures, one thing that isn’t given as much attention as it could be is taking full allowance of annual leave. Can companies do better to break the stigma of taking time off?…

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The importance of having a fair parental leave policy

For small companies - especially younger startups that might not have any parents yet - it might be tempting to ignore parental leave policies and deal with it when the time comes. That might be a bad idea...…

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