Thoughts

How much data are you willing to share with your employer?

Companies are now starting to seek data about their workers’ professional and personal lives. Data collection is always useful - but can it go too far? How much data is too much?…

Michael Metcalf

Company culture should be fluid, not fixed

A look at company culture and the notion that it shouldn't be a fixed state, it should be something that develops and gets better over time.…

Michael Metcalf

What is a "Workation"?

Workations have grown in popularity recently, yet apart from the name, it’s not too clear what they actually entail. Is it just another word for sabbatical? Or is it a disruptive new trend that's set to revolutionise work as we know it?…

Michael Metcalf

Can employees take sick days as holidays?

In most circumstances, yes they can. But depending on the context, that might not be a great idea.  You might know this situation. You’re expecting…

Michael Metcalf

What are the different types of absence in an office?

You might be surprised about how many different types of workplace absence there are. In our other guides, we've mentioned the fact that there's not many universal agreements for things like maternity and paternity leave - as many policies are decided by companies themselves.…

Michael Metcalf

What sick pay entitlements do part-time employees have?

In the UK, part-time workers are protected from being unfavourably treated in comparison to full-time workers.  Importantly, part-time employees are eligible for sick pay. Read on…

Michael Metcalf

10 of the Best HR Books

Human resources is continually evolving. To stay on top of the HR game, leaders need to understand the latest trends and best practices, while learning from…

Gary Bury

Can you share parental leave?

Yes - parental leave can be shared. But there are certain conditions that need to be met for eligibility, which we'll cover below.Shared parental leave…

Michael Metcalf

Bradford Factor Alternatives for absence management

In the previous blog, we talked about what the Bradford Factor is, and whether or not it's a fair method of absence management (our conclusion: it's…

Michael Metcalf