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Finalist for SME of the Year Award 2019

We’re so proud to be chosen as a Finalist for the upcoming South and Vale Business Awards in the SME of the Year South Oxfordshire category!

Useful Questions on Flexibility During the School Holidays

With the school holidays fast approaching You HR are often asked about flexibility for parents during the summer break.  ACAS have recently published a newsletter containing some of the most frequently asked questions about annual leave during school holidays and we thought we would share them with you.     Can an employee take three weeks holiday during the school summer break? As long as the employer agrees to the request then yes, the employer will look at the levels of staff off at any one time and they may agree to someone taking three weeks leave. However, they can also refuse this request if too many people are off.... Read More

LGBT Pride Month 2018

Known as the “Mother of Pride”, it was Brenda Howard who coordinated the first LGBT Pride march. As well as sparking the idea for a week of events around Pride Day. These events then developed into the annual LGBT celebrations held every June. Every year the LGBT community celebrates in a number of different ways. Across the globe, various events are held during this special month as a way of recognising the influence LGBT people have had around the world. LGBT or Gay Pride is a movement that celebrates sexual diversity. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people it is a way of protesting about discrimination and violence. It... Read More

What Constitutes Healthy Eating

With the healthy eating week nearly done, many clients have been asking me this question, and it’s a very interesting one. You could ask a million different experts or professionals, and get an equal number of different answers. Many experts will have different approaches, or protocols, and advice tends to change over the years. Even leaving aside expert advise, we are subjected to daily stories about what we should, or should not eat, in the press, sometimes even seeing two contradictory articles in the same publications. Little wonder then that people are confused, and that around 60% of us are categorized as overweight, and 27% of us are classified as... Read More

Diabetes is decimating men

This year the focus of the week will be on men and diabetes.  Men are more likely to get diabetes, more likely to suffer complications, more likely to face amputation as a result of diabetes and more likely to die from diabetes yet the sex inequalities in diabetes have not been fully recognised by health policymakers or practitioners. More attention must urgently be paid to engaging men in diabetes prevention, early diagnosis and improving care and treatment delivery. A diabetes crisis is unfolding in the UK and men are the worst affected. One man in 10 now has diabetes and in middle-aged men the disease is expected to increase sharply... Read More

Carers Week 2018

Who is a carer? A carer can be anyone! A carer can be anyone who cares for a friend or family member who is unable to cope without support due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, and the carer is not paid. A carer could be a young person looking after a parent with a drug addiction, a middle-aged man caring for his partner who has a terminal illness, or an elderly woman looking after her husband who has Alzheimer’s disease.   How do you identify a carer? It’s important to be approachable as an employer and understanding so that the carer can approach you. Signs... Read More

Dying Matters

  This week is Dying Matters Awareness Week and in 2018 the focus is on “What Can You Do… in your workplace?”. This gives us an unparalleled opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement firmly on the national stage. Dying Matters is the biggest campaign in the UK that encourages people to talk about death. It lets us think about these topics and to put plans in place: your will, funeral plans, future care and organ donation. Death affects us all, and we can only help each other if we are comfortable talking about it.   Grief Everyone is affected by loss and grief at some... Read More

National Walking Month

The days are getting longer, and the weather has been good, so it’s a perfect time to get outside and get walking. Here’s why:   Walking is good for your heart During exercise the heart becomes more efficient and delivers more oxygen and nutrients to other organs. Regular walking can reduce the risk of a heart attack, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and raise (good) HDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure, helps manage weight, and improves your mood.   Walking is a form of exercise so can help you lose weight If you are new to exercise walking can be that start that you need. This can be as fast paced or... Read More

Mental Health Awareness

In 2016/17, the HSE (Health, Safety Executive) research showed that 12.5 million working days lost due to individuals experiencing work-related mental ill health (namely stress, depression or anxiety)  with 526,000 people (40% of all work-related illness) in the UK reporting work-related stress at a level they believed was making them unwell. Psychological problems, including stress, anxiety and depression, are behind one in five visits to a GP. In 2018 for Mental Health Awareness Week, the focus is on stress, with The Mental Health Foundation reporting that over the last year 74% of people have at some point felt so stressed that they have felt overwhelmed, unable to cope, and a number... Read More

Benefits of Flexible Working

Flexible working is helping employers retain their top performing staff. Here at You HR Consultancy we promote all types of flexible working, ensuring our top talent is retained! All parents and guardians will know the challenge of balancing their working lives with childcare, and research shows the detrimental effects such pressure can have on morale and motivation. Flexible working arrangements to help with the school run or to fit work around childcare are vital in enabling parents and guardians to continue their careers while looking after their children. Employers who discuss flexible working options with staff that choose to exercise their ‘right’ to request flexible working, have a much better... Read More

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