The value of open dialogue

Cafe owner Martha-Renee Kolleh put up a sign informing customers that she is a black woman, sparking wide ranging debate, including Guardian Comment is Free (1948 comments). Comments appeared covering perspectives on racism in the UK overall and Ossett, West Yorkshire...

Managing diversity

Two high profile diversity surveys are currently underway: the CIPD asks Is Diversity and Inclusion Fringe or Fundamental? while HR Magazine is asking Diversity: Business strategy or just a ‘nice thing to do’? In the context of globalisation and...

Workplace relationships and work related stress

Employment cases with large pay outs or headline catching behaviour are high profile, sometimes sensational. The media excitedly focus on both the amount of compensation and the inappropriate workplace behaviour. The less high profile cases, or those that don’t...

Prevent allegations of bullying at work

The pressure is on in today’s workplace, and the working environment can be intense and stressful – worries over job security; budget cuts; redundancies; increased workloads; competing with colleagues for the same job in a shrinking workforce and watching...

Dealing with a difficult colleague

During my work with organisations to repair the damage caused by unhealthy conflict at work, including formal grievances and allegations of “bullying”, I was struck by how many of these situations could  easily have been avoided if the matter had been...