H&S Updates, HR Updates

City News August 2011

As promised in my last blog and following on our ‘Winning Cards’ theme, we’re now looking at ‘Harassed Helen’. Harassment is just one grievance that can affect any business – other common complaints include discrimination and bullying and I’ll go into those in more detail next time. For now though, let’s be clear about what exactly is classed as harassment.

Harassment is when a person is subject to any form of unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct. That conduct could be an underlying atmosphere of hostility, intimidation, humiliation or degradation or it could be much more visible, such as bullying, banter, direct abuse, name-calling or people making inappropriate jokes in the workplace. Whatever form the harassment takes, it’s unwanted and unsolicited behaviour.

Being harassed is potentially a form of discrimination, for various reasons. If Harassed Helen for instance, works in a male-dominated environment, she could be vulnerable to sexual harassment. That could come in all forms, from calendars with topless women hanging on the walls to sexual innuendos. We’ve even had to deal with instances of inappropriate physical behaviour and women being put under pressure to go for drinks at lunchtime or after work – her boss might be making suggestions as to how she might get her next promotion or she might be put in a compromising position in the office. It sounds like these instances belong in an episode of ‘Life of Mars’ with DCI Gene Hunt in the starring role but forms of harassment do still occur and they could be occurring in your workplace without you even being aware.

That’s why it’s particularly important for you to a) make yourself aware of what’s going on in your organisation, and b) have very clear policies and procedures in place to protect your staff – both male and female! [Read more]

Human Resources

  • Retailers count the cost of City riots
    HR Managers are implementing disaster planning to assist employees in the retail businesses who have been hardest hit by the wave of riots and looting that has recently spread across our cities. [Read more]
  • Are you ready for London 2012?
    With the Government predicting significant disruption to travel and communications, mobile networks and the internet during the period fo the Olympics it is essentiall that businesses use the fact that employees know the exact dates and times that they need to book holidays or request authorised absence in order to ensure that their business has the staff resources to continue to operate as normal. [Read more]
  • ‘In conversation with…’
    This month, we’re talking to Kelly Halls, Park City’s Sales & Marketing Coordinator [Read more]
  • Next month, I’m ‘in conversation with…’ Doug Betts, one of Park City’s HR Consultants. Watch this space…!

Health & Safety

  • Judge, Jury and Chancellor of the Exchequer…?
    The Government is currently consulting on a scheme to implement cost recovery by the HSE and how it aims to implement the recovery. It is already the Government’s policy to extend cost recovery, so the consultation focuses on how it will work and not on whether it should be done. [Read more]
  • Looking after your staff during troubled times
    We hope none of you have been adversely affected by the recent riots but are now mindful of the duty of care we, as employers, have to ensure the safety of our employees. With this is mind, we would like to share the following checklist with you. [Read more]

Training & Development

MOTIVATING WITHOUT MONEY – 2½-hour Practical Seminar – Friday 9 September 2011, 9.30am – 12.00pm.

FIRST TIME MANAGER – 3-hour Management Skills Training – Friday 16 September 2011, 9.30am – 1.00pm.

For bookings or further information on our HR Training Programme, please contact Kelly Halls on 01206 752100 or by email to kelly.halls@park-city.local.

Health & Safety Training

BASIC AWARENESS TRAINING IN MANUFACTURING – ½-day Training Course – Tuesday 23 August 2011, 9.30am – 12.00pm. Park City H&S Training Vouchers are redeemable against this course.

DSE ASSESSOR – ½-day Training Course – Tuesday 23 August 2011, 1.30 – 4.00pm. Park City H&S Training Vouchers are redeemable against this course.

For bookings or further information on our H&S Training Programme, please contact Laura Chambers on 01206 752100 or by email to laura.chambers@park-city.local.

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Saul HunnaballSaul Hunnaball
15:44 12 Aug 22
We have worked with Park City for our HR and Health and Safety support for many years now and have always received an excellent service.Carley is our Consultant and she is always so helpful, as are... her colleagues when she is unavailable.I would highly recommend Park City.read more
Lea CuttingLea Cutting
08:31 27 Jul 22
Park City have worked with us for many years, advising and guiding us regarding HR and Health & Safety, along with supplying valuable training.We work with many people in several areas of expertise,... Sara Godfrey, Jennie Galione, Ashley Williams, Sam Parcell, Stephanie Devans, Poppy Hayhoe.They build confidence within our company and are always available with support and advice.They provide a consistent, professional, hands-on service, second to none!Thank you from DH Industries Limited.read more
Vikki PringleVikki Pringle
11:12 20 Jul 22
The team at Park City offer us the right level of service needed to confidently run a small business. They keep us up to date with UK policy HR requirements, help us manage any staff changes or... issues and policy documents. The team are informed, friendly and remain professional in my experience.read more
Tracy MeadTracy Mead
07:12 20 Jul 22
The DS Group have been working with Park City now for a number of years and we have found their HR services to be invaluable. The service received is always to the highest professional standards and... they have assisted our business in becoming more efficient and effective in all HR matters.My consultant Sam Parcell is always on hand to help answering any questions quickly and professionally and she offers vital guidance, advice and support to us.We as a company will continue to use Park City’s services for many years to come and we cannot recommend them enough!Tracy Norton-Mead, Operations Director at the DS Group.read more
Katie HerbertKatie Herbert
13:35 07 Jul 22
We have worked with Park City for almost 10 years and have built up a great professional relationship over the years. The team are so friendly and helpful, and nothing is ever too much of an ask for... any of them. Our main HR contact is Carley, who is lovely, and she is very prompt in dealing with any queries we have regarding our 100+ staff. We would highly recommend their services for any local business.read more

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