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HR News Round-up May

Posted On: 08/05/2018

At P3 People Management, we have a great working relationship with each other and with our clients; we believe this is just one of the reasons we can provide a first-rate, personal service. In this month’s news roundup, we look at the latest multinational corporation to come under fire for their actions and how many businesses are still ignoring the importance of a healthy workplace culture. To end this month’s roundup, we learn how watching television can influence team-building activities in the office.

Starbucks to close 8,000 branches for training

On 29 May, almost 175,000 Starbucks’ employees will attend racial bias training in response to claims of discrimination [1]. This follows the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia branch who said they were waiting for a friend to arrive.

The afternoon of training will address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure all of their customers feel safe and welcome.

Howard Schultz, Starbucks Executive Chairman, said: "The company's founding values are based on humanity and inclusion, and we will learn from our mistakes and reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for every customer."

The CEO of Starbucks, Kevin Johnson, has met with the men to personally apologise.

Crumbs on your keyboard – you’re fired!

We recently blogged about how to give your workplace culture a spring clean. It appears that some businesses really need to read this. A great workplace culture keeps employees enthusiastic, motivated and happy. A poor workplace culture can give the employee the impression that they can’t be trusted and many will move on to where their uniqueness and personality will be embraced. Here are 10 unnecessary and frustrating rules which have been put in place by some London based companies [2].

  1. No food or drink at your desk, not even a morning cuppa!
  2. A doctor’s note needed for any kind of illness
  3. Pay docked for being a few minutes late
  4. No personal items on desks. Not even a picture or a small plant.
  5. Time limit for bathroom breaks
  6. No talking to colleagues unless in the break room
  7. Not allowed to grow a beard
  8. Leave all personal items at the door
  9. Not allowed to wear perfume
  10. Stand when a manager enters the room

We all know that some rules and regulations are needed, but it’s so important to get the balance right.

Financial support

According to Thomsons’ Employee Benefits Watch 2018/9 report, 67% of organisations do not offer any form of financial support to their employers despite many facing financial pressures, and only 10% have a financial well-being strategy in place [3].

From a survey of 450 employers, almost a quarter suggested that they didn’t want to get involved with the finances of their staff, a fifth stated it was not their role to help and just under a quarter had concerns over any associated costs.

David Dodd, Thomsons Online Benefits’ Consulting Director, believes that organisations are failing to deliver a holistic well-being strategy by ignoring financial support, he said: “At a time when employees are struggling financially, and the top talent is in higher demand than ever, it’s paramount employers work to help employees with their financial health, or risk losing them to competitors”.

Professionals who play well together, work well together

It has been reported that 67% of employers say good work colleagues were a reason to stay in a job [4]. Allowing your workforce to demonstrate their non-professional skills and talents is a great way to bring individuals together who may not necessarily strike up a relationship through their work alone.

Following the success of Gareth Malone’s The Choir: Sing While You Work, many businesses have formed their own choirs. Forming a collective singing group at work will improve the employee well-being, communication, creativity and trust.

Singing in a choir releases endorphins known to make people feel good about themselves, it breaks down barriers, encourages communication, brings a great sense of belonging and it keeps the mind thinking innovatively. Plus, it’s lots of fun too!

So, go on, get your thinking caps on and come up with some new team building activities to engage your workforce.

[1] The Telegraph

[2] Recruiting Times

[3] Personnel Today

[4] HR News

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