Category Archives: Bullying & Harassment

Morbid Obesity – a barrier to successful employment

On reading the news about obesity in yesterday’s Guardian, I was struck at the scale of the problem facing the UK. In a BBC item a leading bariatric surgeon said “severe obesity threatens to bankrupt the NHS”. Clearly the problem … Continue reading

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Overweight – an issue affecting us all.

On 3 May this year I posted an article about the nine protected characteristics of the Equality Act, asking why stop at nine. Today I read an article on an NHS Choices website about doctors who discriminate against overweight people, … Continue reading

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Over-Demanding or Bullying – a short case study

This brief post came about following a phone call I received today. As ever questions posed are to be answered. Alan works for a company with just over two hundred employees. He believes he is being harassed daily by his … Continue reading

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Women on the Board – as proposed by Richard Branson

Having recently been involved in many discussions about women in senior management positions and on the boards of companies, I intended writing an article on the subject. However, when I was sent the article below via my Twitter feed, I … Continue reading

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Staff Team Communities – an ideal for all workplaces

In the last year I have worked with various groups on team development, change management or diversity programmes. What has struck me time and again is the level of disconnect between people who spend a good proportion of their lives … Continue reading

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Who is Invisible – the boy on the stairs

At 8:10 one morning last week, I boarded the 125 London bus to work. It was raining and the bus was crowded. On the stairs, standing in his usual place a teenage boy on his way to school; I had … Continue reading

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Equalities in the News – drip-drip, but is it enough?

Let me start in my usual way, by describing the stimuli for this article and prepare you for the usual questions I am posing at the end of it. Yesterday I read with interest findings from a BBC research into … Continue reading

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Taking a Risk – the Obama way

Last week, I was delighted to listen to Barack Obama’s speech in support gay marriage. I thought this would make an excellent subject for a blog article and readied myself to make appropriate equality statements. As a question of human … Continue reading

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Nine Protected Characteristics – why not ten, eleven or more?

A few weeks ago, I was co-presenting a leadership and diversity programme with my colleague Chris Markiewicz, during which we asked the participants to reflect on the nine protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act. “Why stop at nine” I … Continue reading

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A Plea to Managers – respond to the signs.

David, the owner of a company with seventy staff contacted me via LinkedIn last week to ask my advice on a particular problem that has been brought to his attention. He has just received the third complaint this year from … Continue reading

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