Lone workers can face risks those in an office environment may not even think about. Walter Brennan explains how to evaluate these and handle them effectively. As with any other form of work, employers are expected to undertake a risk assessment befo More...01 March 2013 00:01
Proposals to extend flexible working rights to all workers could prove more trouble than they are worth for employers and their staff and could lead to more workplace disputes, according to Paula Whelan, an employment law partner at Shakespeares. Fle More...15 November 2012 08:48
With high stress levels and long working hours, is it still sensible for people to spend hours commuting to the office? Norman Baker, the transport minister, argues that organisations should adopt a more flexible approach to working hours and locat More...19 May 2011 16:29
One-third of large companies plan to allow staff to work flexibly during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, according to research from Deloitte.
Thirty-two per cent of companies surveyed said that they would be happy for employees to take time off wo More...15 March 2011 15:58
The right to request flexible working has been extended to parents of children aged under 18 and will come into force on 6 April 2011. Currently the right applies to parents of children aged under 17, as well as parents of disabled children aged unde More...21 December 2010 15:10
Employers that force staff to work on April 2011's extra bank holiday will create "huge resentment" among their workforce, the TUC has warned.
Warning: there will also be an additional bank holiday in 2012
In 2012 there will be a More...26 November 2010 12:45
The growth of homeworking has helped to cut average commute times to a 10-year low of 47 minutes and 48 seconds per day, TUC analysis of official figures has revealed. Using figures from the Labour Force Survey, the TUC has calculated that £339 milli More...11 November 2010 00:01
The Government has announced plans to extend the right to request flexible working, a move that it claims will benefit up to 300,000 people.
The extension will mean that parents of children aged under 18 will be able to request flexible working. Cur More...30 September 2010 14:05
Something like two-thirds of UK employers ban employees from online social networking at work. To some extent, this action is understandable; there are risks from the use of social networking and other social media tools, writes media blogger John More...19 April 2010 00:01
For more information, see XpertHR's ' Disruptions to public transport: model policy ' 1. Make sure you have a policy in place dealing with disruptions to public transport. This should cover issues such as the steps your emp More...01 April 2010 14:56
Another day and another story about how much the snow has cost the UK economy, but does it really have to be this way? More...19 January 2010 12:01
Employers must be flexible during the harsh weather conditions and should not force staff to "risk life and limb" getting to work, business groups have warned. As the cold snap continues, with up to 40cm of snow forecast overnight for some parts of More...05 January 2010 15:01
Chaos ensued yesterday after heavy snowfall caused widespread delays and train cancellations for thousands of commuters on their way home from work.
Buses were left at the roadside and cars got stuck in the snow as icy conditions made it near imposs More...22 December 2009 12:19
New guidance on flexible working that aims to improve staff productivity, lower business costs and help meet the needs of the modern family has been published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
Working Better: The managers' guide More...16 October 2009 08:11
One of Europe’s leading business support organisations is urging business owners to consider introducing flexible working in a bid to boost motivation and productivity, slash overheads and retain skilled staff.
According to figures from the Office o More...12 October 2009 14:28
Rising unemployment has led to traffic congestion falling by almost one-third in two years, the BBC has reported.
The poll of 75,000 drivers, by insurance group the AA and road information company Trafficmaster, has shown that congestion on m More...07 September 2009 08:30
A council asking its staff to work reduced hours or take unpaid leave to save jobs has been applauded by industry experts, who predict other councils will follow suit.
Cherwell District Council is thought to be the first local authority to ask its s More...19 August 2009 11:47
Remote Employment has announced the launch of the Remote Worker Awards, to highlight how remote and home working benefits the environment, business productivity and employees' quality of work life.
The awards could become one of the highes More...05 June 2009 09:39
BT has asked hundreds of home-working staff to return to the office so the telecoms giant can retrain them in new skills to improve their division's performance. About 200 home-working staff in the global services division will go back to the office More...27 May 2009 10:08
Over half (55%) of employees are working from home more often since the financial crisis began, according to new research from BT Business1, released as people prepare for National Work From Home Day this week.2 The need to save money is th More...13 May 2009 14:08