Today has resurrected the debate about equality for women after the sacking of Andy Gray from his role as a presenter on Sky Sports. The sacking today followed comments off air that he made about a female linesman, I mean assistant referee, and then further fuel was added to the fire in the form of a remark he made off air in the studio to a female co presenter.
I went on a really interesting and very useful course today, and now I am certified for the next three years in First Aid having done the Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) 1 day course. I signed up to the course in Ripon a while ago and this weekend I was having doubts about going, mainly because I’m always apprehensive about going places where I won’t know anyone and the dreaded “right all find a partner” type activities.
Anyone running a business will know that change management is a key factor if you want to implement any changes that will affect the staff or customers. It’s a very hard thing to do and I kind of relate it to “trying to please everyone”. If a change takes place you want to make sure everyone sees it as a positive move.
Over the last week or so I have been thinking about this more and more as the new Con-Lib Government wade in with a whole host of changes. Have they worked on their change management procedures and thought about the potential negative impact of making the changes that they are planning. The biggest change so far is the big plan to cut public spending by a massive amount. It kind of sounds easy and sensible as it’s just the “public sector”, and we do need to save a vast amount of money as a country. But the “public sector” is a big thing and it’s not just saving money on paper clips in Whitehall, it means savings that will not only affect public servants but a wider sector of businesses and individuals.
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In a move that has been kept pretty quiet, it was announced that from today if an employee has been off work for more than 7 days, that instead of being able to get a sick note from the doctor they will be issued a “fit note”. Previously if a person has received a sick note it has been used by the employer to issue Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) to the employee, until they are well enough to return to work, but this is all changed.
The “fit notes” puts the doctor in an odd situation as they will still be able to declare the person unfit to be able to return to work, but there now has to be a discussion with the employee / patient to look at options as to where they feel that they would be able to return to work. This then puts the onus on the employer to make provisions for the recovering employee to return to work earlier, maybe doing light duties or a different task.