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National Hug Day Alliance

When is it acceptable to hug at work?

21st of January is National Hugging DayTM, yes that’s right an annual day dedicated to hugging. It was created by an American, Kevin Zaborney in 1986 to encourage everyone to hug friends and family more. How about hugging at work though? Where are the boundaries and when is it ok? Personal contact at work In some organisations there may be hard and fast rules about hugging or being in close contact at work. This tightrope subject can be a topic…

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Blue Monday Infographic

Why employers should care about blue Monday

What is blue Monday? As it is, Mondays can be tough for all of us. It is the day of the week staff are most likely to call in sick. As we know, the third Monday in January has been dubbed blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year. The day when it really dawns on people that the celebrations are truly over, winter has us in its grip, debts from Christmas may be mounting up and the pressure…

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Calibre Leadership Programme

The Calibre Leadership programme has been specifically designed to address the workplace issues that, both, disabled staff and their organisations face. Run for five years, more than 10 organisations ranging from numerous universities, the NHS, CQC and also Sport England have participated in the programme. Calibre has proven track record of successfully turning disabled staff into real assets for their organisations and this boosts disability confidence across all levels of staff and management. If you are really serious about building…

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Top Ten Tips to being a dyslexia-friendly employer

Top Ten Tips to being a dyslexia-friendly employer

As Dyslexia Awareness Week is just around the corner, I have put together these top ten tips from by experience of supporting staff and organisations with dyslexia. Dyslexia is often spoken about in the educational context and is often diagnosed at school or university. Support for dyslexic pupils and students is more commonplace now, however, the majority of staff I supported when working at Imperial College London were in their forties or fifties. Not being supported and knowing what could…

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Imperial College London Dyslexia Champions 2017

Dyslexia Champions for a positive, engaged, and forward-thinking workplace

One of the greatest pleasures of my career has been working with Janette Beetham of Right Resources over the last five years to develop a process of support of dyslexic staff and managers at Imperial College London. The process we developed and implemented was a collaborative one with dyslexic staff at the heart of the process. The emphasis is on ensuring the staff members feel empowered and the line manager knows how to support them from start to finish. Over…

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