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Age Friendly Employment: Supporting and Valuing Older Workers | Supporters Network Webinar

Our recent Supporters Network Webinar was on the topic of age-friendly employment, and looked specifically at how employees over 50 can be supported and valued – sharing ideas and good practice to overcome potential issues. This was delivered with speakers from the Centre for Ageing Better, Rest Less and Electricity North West. This blog details the key findings from the event, alongside resources including the presentation slides, and full video recording. 

Chat Roulette: Connecting Colleagues | Sharing Snippets of Good Practice

Guest contributor Alexia Rhodes details a snippet of good practice from the Business Growth Hub. Like many firms over the last 9 months, all Business Growth Hub employees have been working from home since the outbreak of the pandemic. We had a wonderful office environment and many of us missed seeing familiar faces and having informal catch-ups and chats over a coffee. Our office space had no fixed desks for staff which meant that you could be sat next to someone new each day, which allowed staff to get to know people from other areas of the business and not just their team.

Hospitality Support Session: Employment Law Updates | Supporters Network Webinar

For employers in the hospitality sector, it is an incredibly challenging time on many fronts. While furlough may seem on the surface to be a simple fix, we recognise that furlough isn’t free for employers – and for those making tough decisions, it may be difficult to find the balance between seeking immediate solutions and considering the potential long-term impact. Our last Supporters Network Webinar was a hospitality support session, delivered in partnership with Acas.

New Members Announcement

The Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter is proud to announce seven new Members of the Charter. Among other characteristics of good employment, Members of the Charter have inclusive and fair recruitment practices, recognise that “one size fits all” does not work when looking at flexibility of work, offer training and development opportunities which allow employees to grow their skill set, focus on improving health and wellbeing within their organisations, and pay all of their staff the real living wage.

In Conversation With Joeli Brearley: Pregnant then Screwed | Supporters Network Webinar

Joeli Brearley is the founder of charity and campaigning group, Pregnant then Screwed, which works to end the motherhood penalty and supports mothers who face discrimination. Our recent ‘In Conversation with: Joeli Brearley’ event covered the barriers and discrimination pregnant and working mothers experienced before the pandemic hit, and how those have changed or amplified during this time. She shared with employers best practice lessons, areas for consideration, and the strong business case for addressing these issues.

Getting Accredited: Exploring Challenges to Pay the Real Living Wage | Supporters Network Webinar

While many aspects of our lives have changed this year, a hard day’s work still deserves a fair day’s pay. The business case for paying the real living wage hasn’t changed, but we recognise and acknowledge that the context has. Our latest Supporters Network Webinar, in partnership with the Greater Manchester Living Wage Campaign, was on the topic of living wage accreditation in the current climate. Our panel - made up of representatives of the Living Wage campaign, employers who have been through the process and a trade union voice, provided guidance through accreditation.

Coffee Chat: Mental Wellbeing | Supporters Network Webinar

Even in normal times, employee health and wellbeing is a top priority for Good Employers. However, additional challenges have presented themselves in recent months, as we learn more about the wider health impacts of Covid-19. In addition to the virus itself, this includes the impact of different lifestyles, activity levels, nutritional habits and methods of working on the physical and mental health of employees. With this in mind, our recent Supporters Network Event was on mental wellbeing – partnered with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

Employing Autistic and Learning Disabled People: Key Benefits | The Greater Manchester Autism Consortium

Since February 2020, the Greater Manchester Autism Consortium has been running a campaign called the Greater Manchester Enabling Employment Campaign. This campaign has a single aim, to raise awareness of the strengths and gifts of autistic and learning disabled people within the workplace. The strengths are not only corporate social responsibility, or filling equality and diversity policies, but your business and organisation benefitting greatly from employing autistic and learning disabled people.

Redundancy the Right Way: Best Practices to Follow | Supporters Network Webinar

In light of the pandemic and subsequent economic impacts, the unfortunate reality is that not all businesses or roles within organisations will be able to weather the storm. On the surface, redundancy doesn’t seem to have a place in ‘Good Employment’, but now the ‘furlough’ scheme is ending and the alternative measures may not provide sustainability for all, we understand many employers will be considering redundancies. With this in mind, our last Supporters Network Webinar was on doing redundancy right, and our panel provided insight on good employer considerations, guidelines and practical elements – equipping employers with the necessary tools to do so with good employment in mind.