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Compassion – a compass for business leaders, cultures and outcomes

17th February 2021 Posted by

Compassionate leadership is a concept that’s been debated and advocated for at least a decade now. Despite inevitable scepticism in a ‘cut-throat’ world of competition, many in both the private and public sectors have been won over by the appeal of a style of management which fosters humanity. And now, as we work through the pandemic, the need for compassion

The apprentice – you’re hired and highly regarded

8th February 2021 Posted by

National Apprenticeship Week is always something to celebrate, but this year – amid all the disruption to schools and young people’s education – it seems more important than ever. If anything, in the aftermath of the pandemic, the value of apprenticeships to trainees, employers and UK Plc is set to grow even faster than it would otherwise have done.

A burning issue of our times

19th January 2021 Posted by

The country is braced for the peak of the winter wave of Covid-19, and concerned not only by the rising toll of casualties, but also the inordinate pressure on NHS staff. As managers and HR professionals, we too need to be mindful of the toll on the mental health of our own people, now more than ever.

Can Covid shift the needle on equity at home and at work?

19th November 2020 Posted by

A lot has been written, since the onset of Covid-19, about how it has accelerated change. The huge shift to home working amid the pandemic is the most obvious. And it, in turn, has unfolding ramifications for urban offices and shops, the housing market, public transport services, traffic levels, and more. But could these impacts also include speeding up progress

Trust matters – in good times and bad

21st October 2020 Posted by

Who do you trust in a crisis? It’s a question we answer instinctively as we think of friends and family. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, that same question has been asked ever more increasingly in respect to companies, government and other institutions.

Passing the agility test – the work has just begun

28th September 2020 Posted by

The COVID-19 pandemic may be unprecedented, but like most if not all previous crises, it has accelerated change. Most obvious is the shift to working from home. When push came to shove – or rather, pandemic to shutdown – many organisations and employees surprised themselves with their own agility. But of course, agile working means more than working from home,

How to be in the room, when meeting virtually

17th August 2020 Posted by

As a business we’ve been promoting tele-conferencing for internal meetings for over 10 years and more recently video meetings with our introduction of Microsoft Teams. Along with car sharing, it is one of many SUEZ’s initiatives for managing the carbon footprint of our activities. The need to have a fairly large number of our people working remotely has certainly increased

Feeling our way on the road to recovery

6th August 2020 Posted by

When going back to work after a summer holiday, maternity leave or being off sick, it’s not unusual to have mixed feelings. After months of lockdown amid a pandemic that has turned lives upside down, those feelings can run to new extremes. Some of our people have been ‘virtually’ hammering the office door to be allowed back in so they

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