The Health and Safety Executive has published a framework covering six areas that might result in an employee or employees suffering stress at work (the HSE Management Standards). These are things like lack of control over work and lack of management support. As we note in articles on our site, this framework is a good way of thinking about stress.
Many people work for not-for-profit organisations. So, the question arises, should employment contracts be any different, or in some way be weakened or watered down in those organisations? There are several key clauses that might change. We discuss how the confidentiality and intellectual property clauses might change. And we debate the use of the contract to set the organisation look and feel.
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires businesses with over £36m global turnover to make an anti-slavery and human trafficking statement. Check out how this act might impact your own business. And find out what you need to include in your statement.
It’s often said by managers in voluntary organisations that their volunteers can’t be managed. And yet, if that is so, the organisation faces rudderless chaos. The direction in which the organisation travels, what it achieves and whether it has a future are therefore all in doubt. In short, the situation is unacceptable. Volunteers must be managed for the good of the organisation.
Volunteering is the provision of effort for the benefit of an organisation without financial reward. There will be reward for the volunteer, but it will be psychological. Despite the nature of the relationship, there should be an agreement. But the volunteering agreement must not be legally binding and will set out expectations. Here's how to write such agreements.
There’s a curious notion amongst managers of volunteers that a person changes when they move from being paid for the work they do to become a volunteer. But, the motivation is the same - it's just that older managers forget that the employment environment has changed. Today’s volunteers and employees are not so different.