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Spoilsports?

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2019 at 11:20 am

It’s the summer which means it’s a peak time for sports tournaments – whether it’s the football world cup, Wimbledon, the Olympics or many other major events; your employees may be keen to keep up with the action.

But how can employers maintain productivity without being kill-joys? Can you boost morale by allowing staff to participate?

A Flexible Approach

  • One way to facilitate employees following major tournaments is to allow games/events to be screened or listened to in the work place if your type of business allows. Remember not all employees will be fans so consider a sport free zone as well.
  • Allow employees to start or finish earlier or work later to fit in around key events.
  • Consider your internet/social media/mobile phone policy – can this be relaxed to allow employees to follow the action?

Annual Leave Requests

  • More organised fans may have already requested time off but in the case of knock out competitions as teams progress to the next round you may get a flurry of leave requests. Follow your usual policy and be fair and consistent in how requests are granted.

Absence

  • An employee calls in sick or fails to arrive on the day of the big game? Follow your usual procedures.

Hungover Staff

  • Sport and a few drinks often go hand in hand. But what if your employees are turning up for work in an unfit state? Again, your usual policy should be followed. You should also have a policy in place regarding drinking during working hours.

And as we head to the finish line…

  • Don’t forget it’s not all about UK sports. You may have staff supporting a number of different countries so make sure any flexible arrangements include them as well.
  • Some people hate sport! Avoid them becoming resentful by being open in your communications and not allowing them to have an increased work load due to others taking advantage of a flexible working approach.

If you need advice on developing or implementing your workplace policies RBA would be pleased to hear from you.

Rob Bryan Associates Limited Main Office: 01462 732444 www.robbryanassociates.org.uk

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A Burning Issue

In Employment law, Uncategorized, workers on June 27, 2019 at 9:38 am
Pineapple wearing a hat and sunglasses

So what has a pineapple wearing sunglasses and a hat got to do with your business?

Today (27th June 2019) is ‘International Sunglasses Day’; raising awareness of the damage that can be done to the eyes by the sun’s harmful rays.

Still wondering?… We’re talking about sun safety. With cases of skin cancer on the rise in the UK (since the early 1990’s incidence rates have more than doubled) consideration needs to be given to the risks of sun damage associated with outdoor working. This could particularly affect workers in construction, agriculture or leisure. Research has shown that 55% of skin cancer incidences are from those employed in the construction industry.

Some groups are particularly at risk:

  • Pale or freckled skin that tends to burn
  • Fair/red hair
  • Skin prone to moles
  • Family history of skin cancer

Although the risk is lower for those with darker skin, sun damage can still occur, along with the same need to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion.

According to Cancer Research 86% of Melanoma skin cancer cases are preventable.

What can employers do?

  • Educate – make sure your employees know that sun exposure can lead to skin cancer and what they can do to minimize the risks. Encourage them to check their skin regularly and report any concerns to their doctor. This can be part of your health and safety training.
  • Provide shaded space to take breaks
  • During particularly hot and sunny periods schedule work to avoid the midday sun / have more frequent rest breaks
  • Encourage workers to keep covered up and wear a hat.
  • Encourage workers to wear a high factor suncream and reapply during the day
  • Make sure water is available

For advice on all your employment matters contact Rob Bryan Associates – 01462 732444 / www.robbryanassociates.org.uk

More summer advice:

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Carers Week

In Uncategorized on June 10, 2019 at 12:18 pm

10th-17th June is Carers Week, raising awareness of the challenges carers face day to day.

Research by Carers UK shows that 600 people a day leave the workforce to provide care for a loved one. 5 million people juggle caring responsibilities with paid work. And the numbers are increasing.

Those in their thirties to fifties, known as the ‘sandwich generation’ may be balancing caring for elderly parents while also bringing up children and working.

How carer-friendly is your business? Do you have policies in place to support those who wish to more flexibly?

Carers who meet the qualifying criteria can make a request for flexible working and can also ask for ‘time off for dependants’ to cover an emergency or unforeseen circumstances. It is at the discretion of the employer whether this time off is paid or unpaid. Some employers offer further support such as carers leave or flexible leave situations when a more intensive period of care is required. Even simple adjustments such as allowing an employee to make a phone call can make a big difference to their ability to be in work.

If you would like help reviewing your employment policies please get in touch – 01462 732444