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Carol Sheriff

Fluctuating health conditions – what does this mean for small business owners?

Authors: Carol Sheriff director of Wilson Sherriff Ltd

22 January 2015

I have to confess that until last December when I joined a roundtable hosted by The Work Foundation’s Health at Work Policy Unit, I didn’t know what ‘fluctuating health conditions’ were, much less that I have at least one such condition and, within the small business I run, we have more than 10 years’ experience of helping individuals manage such conditions.

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Professor Dame Carol Black DBE MD FRCP MACP FMedSci

Fluctuating conditions, fluctuating support?

Authors: Professor Dame Carol Black DBE MD FRCP MACP FMedSci

22 January 2015

It is estimated that by 2030, four out of ten working age people will have at least one chronic health condition, and some will have several. In many of them the symptoms will fluctuate, often unpredictably. This can present a challenge both to them and to their employers.

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Karen Steadman

Are we really doing enough to help those most at risk of falling out of the labour market to stay in work?

Authors: Karen Steadman

22 January 2015

Despite a number of advances in the way we are helping those with chronic and fluctuating conditions to stay in work, such as reforms to access to work, the introduction of the right to request flexible working and DWP’s latest initiative, Fit for Work , we have to ask ourselves – are we really doing enough to help those most at risk of falling out of the labour market to stay in work?

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Ian Brinkley

Do we have an hourglass labour market?

Authors: Ian Brinkley

21 January 2015

A recent paper published by Centre for Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) at Oxford University suggests that the UK has had an hour-glass labour market, with growth at the top and bottom of the labour market...

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Professor Stephen  Bevan

Can mental health be an asset in Europe’s drive for productivity growth?

Authors: Professor Stephen Bevan

21 January 2015

It has long been acknowledged that mental illness can have a devastating effect on individuals, families and communities across Europe. In recent years its impact on wider society, on productivity and economic growth have also been more widely recognised. Indeed, the challenges of deteriorating mental health in European countries where the financial crisis and high unemployment have hit hardest are still presenting challenges to policy-makers and healthcare professionals.

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Dr Zofia Bajorek

Promoting job and career opportunities for those with IBD

Authors: Dr Zofia Bajorek

21 January 2015

An estimated 300,000 people suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease ( IBD) in the UK. IBD is a fluctuating, chronic, long-term condition where individuals may experience symptoms such as stomach cramps, blood in stools, and an urgency of needing the toilet. The diagnosis of IBD can occur at any time, but IBD is common in an individual’s teens or early twenties, a crucial time when they are moving from education to employment thus having an impact on an individual’s career decisions.

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Professor Geraint Johnes

Director's January report

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

20 January 2015

At the start of a new year, we are all tempted to ask the question: what will the next 12 months bring? So let me try and answer this from the point of view of a commentator on the labour market in the UK. It’s an easy question to answer in a single word – uncertainty.

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Ian Brinkley

So how much has employment really grown since 2010?

Authors: Ian Brinkley

12 January 2015

In an article in the Independent published on today (Monday 12 Jan 2015), Professor Danny Blanchflower takes the Conservative Party to task for publishing what Professor Blanchflower believes to be inaccurate claims about job creation under the Coalition government. As with all these things, it depends a bit on where you start and what measure you select...

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Liz Pick

Are line-managers being left to do the ‘heavy-lifting’ when it comes to managing wellbeing?

Authors: Liz Pick

08 January 2015

This guest blog is a reflection on the challenges of performance management for today’s HR professionals and the role of line managers, a theme at The Work Foundation and Prospect conference on 8 December 2014.

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Professor Geraint Johnes

Rate of growth of weekly earnings now well above the rate of inflation

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

17 December 2014

The latest release of statistics on the labour market offer almost uniformly good news. Employment levels continued to rise, by 115000, in the latest quarter. Meanwhile unemployment fell by 63000, with the headline rate of unemployment remaining at 6.0%.

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Wendy  Cartwright

HR and employee relations in the 21st Century

Authors: Wendy Cartwright Director of Corporate Services at the University of East London

16 December 2014

Last week's event on the contemporary role of HR which brought together The Work Foundation and Prospect Union, posed a question for the function to consider: Essentially, is HR a ‘custodian of organisational conscience, a deliverer of financial targets or a strategic business leader? ’

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Alan  Bradshaw

HR has left the building. Who’s going to help me now?

Authors: Alan Bradshaw

15 December 2014

Last week I attended a stimulating conference at The Work Foundation organised with Prospect 'The contemporary role of HR: Custodian of organisational conscience, deliverer of financial targets or strategic business leader?'. As a business psychologist who focuses on stress. I speak to thousands of managers every year about stress and have done so since the late 90s. This blog has been informed by that experience.

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Professor Geraint Johnes

Director's December Report

Authors: Professor Geraint Johnes

11 December 2014

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement earlier this month set out plans for restoring budget balance by 2018-19. These are welcome not least because they have stimulated debate across the political spectrum about how fast government should go in closing the deficit.

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Ian Brinkley

Inequality and growth

Authors: Ian Brinkley

09 December 2014

The most recent OECD report in inequality and growth makes for rather depressing reading. Inequality has increased in most, if not all OECD economies, and in most but not all OECD economies it has reduced the economic growth rate.

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Laura Vernals

Cancer and work – how employers can support staff with fluctuating conditions

Authors: Laura Vernals

09 December 2014

Last month I represented Macmillan at a roundtable event organised by The Work Foundation’s Health at Work Policy Unit, to discuss how employers can be better supported to deal with fluctuating conditions at work. This was a precursor to a report being launched by the Unit in January 2015. Following this event, I was keen to share some thoughts about work and the fluctuating symptoms which cancer can cause.

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