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Let’s get innovative

‘We must be innovative’, say the Board, ‘we must be creative’.  ‘Yes’, say the workers, ‘but can we look at that next week, we don’t have time for that right now?’ Perhaps I am being unfai...


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Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 - A reactive approach

I was recently asked to do a presentation about the Fire Safety Order, and its benefits to businesses. The Order has been law for more than five years, yet continually a lot of businesses are not getting it right. In preparation for my presentati...


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Safety doesn’t stop at Passport Control

I have been asked many times – What do we need to do to comply with health and safety legislation when employees are working in offices outside the UK? My response would always be: Why should an employee be provided with a lesser standard of...


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The demise of Clinton, was it on the cards?

May saw the demise of Clinton Cards, a company that opened its first store in 1968 and which, after a number of struggling months, finally succumbed to the tough trading conditions. It is sad to see yet another of our high street stores fall into ...


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Are friends electric too?

Dealing with electronic and electrical waste (e-waste) is often seen as particularly onerous by business in the UK and an area in which legislation has not performed well in protecting the environment.  There is a huge black market in e-wast...


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How do you sleep at night?

As often happens when working in HR, mention your occupation at a social event and someone usually wants to discuss an issue they have. I had this recently where an MD of a small organisation discussed a recent dismissal they had made and how this...