1 in 7 women claim that becoming a mother has cost them their job. Can the right to ask for flexible working help put an end to the discrimination epidemic?
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2014 sees the implementation of long-planned legislative changes, which will afford every worker in the UK the right to ask their employer for flexible working hours, regardless of whether or not they have children.
As a working mother, and one with a vested interest in the job market, I hope this will spark cultural and behavioural change, because something needs to be done to tackle workplace discrimination. Continue reading “The Secret Scandal of Pregnancy and Maternity Redundancy” »
The economic downturn has been tough for almost everyone, but if you’re a woman you might be feeling particularly hard done by. We look at the evidence and the hope that better times are ahead…
Over the past year, a steady stream of surveys and reports has shown that women still face significant issues of pay inequality and discrimination in the workplace.
Continue reading “The Recession and Women’s Careers” »
The first thing that many people will tell you about redundancy is that, with hindsight, it can be a positive experience because it can push you to get a new and better job. But if you’ve just been made redundant, it can feel like a hammer blow. Being told “chin up, this could be the making of you” is about as useful as telling someone who’s been dumped that there are plenty more fish in the sea.
Unexpected redundancy can be particularly cruel because the initial feelings of confusion, distress and low self-confidence hit right at the point when you need to be at your most positive and energetic to find new work. The question, then, is what can you do now so that, if you are made redundant, it can be as painless an experience as possible?
Social media lends itself to people making comments on the spur of the moment, some of which may be intended as a joke, but are later regretted. But when it relates to your workplace, it can cost you dearly.
It is increasingly becoming a source of friction in employment law, with some recent decisions shedding light on how employees can be caught out.
We asked our legal expert Philip Landau to explain more…
“You may have read about the general issue before – how the posting of adverse comments relating to your work can get you into trouble.
But with a string of recent cases, some of which have reached the employment tribunals, there is a potent reminder of the perils of posting about your workplace or colleagues on Facebook and other social media sites, especially where this is in clear breach of your employer’s social media policy. Continue reading “Implications of Abusing Social Media in the Workplace” »
This guest post comes from experienced career consultant Simon North, Founder of Position Ignition and creator of the Career Ignition Club. Here he looks at the range of thoughts and emotions that come with being made redundant.
“Redundancy is horrible; it is also a fact of life and it’s happening to more and more people with more and more regularity. It’s just a part of our changing world and it is the acceleration of change that is impacting on employment. So what is it that we can do to help ourselves if we’re affected by redundancy? These 10 steps will help you to deal with redundancy.
If redundancy is a shock to you, you are going to recoil from that, and dip into the classic stages of change, which will mean that you move from shock to denial. Whether your redundancy has been quick and came out of the blue, or whether it’s been a slow burn through a long period of time, you are likely to go through those emotions. You have to get through it. We always do but the sooner you can focus on what’s important to you, the sooner you will move on. Continue reading “10 Steps to Coping with Redundancy” »