It’s been nearly two years since the changes to data protection came into effect with GDPR. As an HR consultancy, we are continuously supporting our clients with data protection and ensuring that they are as compliant as they can be.
Gravitate HR held three consecutive seminars last week in Falkirk, Edinburgh and Glasgow on Mental Health in the Workplace. We were joined by Marianne McJannett, an Employment Lawyer at TC Young.
The seminars focused on looking at how we build resilient workplaces that empower staff and promote wellness. The sessions were fully interactive, making use of Vevox and asking our delegates key questions about Mental Health in the Workplace.
With almost 1 in 3 individuals having experienced some form of mental health issue(s) during employment, it may come as no surprise that mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK. With an average cost of £1300 per employee per year whose mental health goes unsupported, and a total of 12.8 million days lost in 2018-2019 because of work-related stress, depression and anxiety, there is evidently an ever-increasing need for employers to make mental health their number one organisational priority.
I love the new year and the idea of a fresh start but this January I needed a bit of a push. The holiday seemed to go forever, and I started to get used to my spot on the couch and not knowing what day it was.
Hopefully everyone had a relaxing Christmas and New Year, and what better way to start a new year than to post a blog! There has already been quite an interesting development at the start of the year with an employment tribunal ruling that ethical veganism is a ‘philosophical belief’ and thus is protected by the Equality Act under “religion or belief”.
Where has it all gone? Rapidly screeching towards the end of year 14 for Gravitate HR! I would never have thought that we would still be doing what we are doing in 2020! But we are not doing what we were doing in 2006 – by the end of 2006, there was me and one other employee, working out of a basement office, having a drink in Kay’s Bar on Xmas Eve, celebrating that we had work to come back to in January 2007 and I had to work out how to prepare a set of year end accounts.
Approaching the end of our third full calendar year and over 3.5 years since we opened our Glasgow office, so felt it was a good time to provide an update or two in what has been a busy and exciting year for Gravitate HR.
On Tuesday 22nd October we held our first ever Falkirk seminar at the Falkirk Business Hub. Marianne McJannett from TC Young provided us with a comprehensive Employment Law update which took us through current employment legislation and gave us an overview of things to come.
Whilst the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the extension of Article 50 until 31st October 2019 can make workforce planning difficult, employers should use this time judiciously. Organisations cannot only undertake contingency planning, but begin discussing EU Settlement applications with employees who are EU Nationals. By doing so, this will give your business and your employees the best chance at successfully navigating through Brexit and beyond.