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Flexible working comes into law

The right to flexible working has been extended in law to be a fundamental and universal right for UK employees. For many this threatens to become an issue; and it need not be so. This article is not intended to

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Supermarket shifts ’cause anxiety and insecurity’

A recent study by Alex Wood and Brendan Burchell from the department of sociology at Cambridge delivers more evidence about what many of us have suspected. Supermarket ‘super flexible’ working arrangements are not good for staff. In fact they impair mental

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How Expensive Is Your Shift Pattern?

All shift patterns have a cost. None are cheap. Some offer good value. And others are downright expensive. A shift pattern determines your staff deployment strategy, or put another way it controls your staff supply. You don’t want too many,

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Free Staff Cost Benefit Analysis Report

I had a discussion recently involving a Consultant Occupational Health Physician and Occupational Psychologist about why business owners – not managers that’s something quite different – ‘ignore’ important factors having a direct impact on their business. They arrived at the consensus it was not because business owners were lazy

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Staff Nursing Levels

For those of you that have been following my commentary about staff nursing levels highlighted in what has become a string of scandals in the NHS, it probably comes as no surprise there is now the call for hospitals in England should publicly display

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Finding out all there is to know about 12 hour shifts.

The average ‘project’ costs associated with working out the change to a 12 hour system comes in at around £17.9k per month. Of course I’m not talking about an individual ‘doodling’ around with various 12 hour shifts in spreadsheets. I

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The NHS staff shortage? – ‘manage it or measure it’ that is the question.

Out of the 14 nhs hospitals subject to rigorous review every one had short staffing ‘flagged’ as an underlying issue.

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Friendly Shift Patterns

This is the second publication in as many weeks about the latest research reinforcing the impact shift working has on women’s’ health. Last week it was about night shifts doubling the risks of breast cancer and now this week the University of

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Latest research “Night shifts can ‘double’ breast cancer”

“Women who work long-term night-shift jobs … are twice as likely to develop breast cancer,” is a headline which will naturally cause concern for many women working night shifts. And like most things a closer look brings things into sharper

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Short Staffing “We can get away with it…”

The recent CQC report into the care of the elderly has raised quite serious concerns as we are told our complicated world gets ever more complicated and our means to deliver good services weakens by the day – so it

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