Welcome to Quest Leadership’s blog, where we regularly share news, views, insights and tips relating to the worlds of business consulting and leadership development.

 

Helen Green

Leading an ageing workforce

There are more than 10 million people in the workforce today who are aged over fifty and the number is growing. So much so that by 2020 a third of the workforce will be over 50. Of those currently in the workforce, 63% are now looking to retire later than they thought they would ten […]

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Helen Green

Taking the temperature of the business

With the hot weather set to continue into August the CBI is encouraging employers to take steps to help their people to stay cool at work*. Measures suggested include relaxing the dress code, offering more flexible working hours in order to move employees away from having to travel at peak commute times, and providing easy […]

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Helen Green

Governance – fit for the future

Following consultation the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has released a revised corporate governance code* for premium listed companies. The new code, which will come into effect for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019, highlights the importance of relationships with stakeholders and employees as well as looking towards culture as a means of […]

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In celebration of the end of another school year the BBC has compiled a guide to understanding the school report. Amidst remarks such as ‘open to new ideas’ and ‘lively and enthusiastic’ one in particular struck a chord with us. Apparently the comment ‘has shown an interest in self-guided learning’ better translates as ‘decides on […]

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Helen Green

Reporting the pay gap

The Business Secretary, Greg Clark, has increased the stakes in respect of executive pay. In legislation being laid before Parliament on Monday 11 June, the Government has set out plans to require businesses with more than 250 employees to annually publish and justify the pay gap between executives and employees. This legislation was first mooted […]

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Helen Green

The myth of equality

In Victorian times there was a widespread belief that a woman’s brain was in danger of overheating if it was taxed too much with tasks such as learning mathematics. Thank goodness then for the pioneering women of Victorian times and since who have through their actions set out to completely debunk the myth of inequality. […]

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Helen Green

Whistleblowing policy

As a leader, what would you do if you became aware of a whistleblower within your organisation? Before you answer, it may be worth taking a look at the case of Barclay’s Group Chief Executive James Stanley and a fine of £642,430 levied by the FCA and PRA. In their press release, the authorities commented […]

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Helen Green

Leading mental health awareness

This year’s Mental Health Awareness week* has been highlighting the consequences of stress. Whilst not identified as a mental health problem by itself, stress has been shown to contribute to a range of mental and physical conditions including depression, anxiety and cardiovascular disease. As a result, anything we can do to help people to manage […]

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Helen Green

Leading into danger

Young people in Europe are 40% more likely to suffer an injury at work than older workers.* That statistic comes from an International Labour Organisation report into the impact of Health & Safety measures on younger workers. One of the conclusions from the report is that being new to the workforce, young people (aged between […]

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Helen Green

Promoting diversity and inclusion

As the sun sets on the twenty-first Commonwealth Games it brings us the opportunity to reflect on not simply sporting success but also the way in which the games has promoted diversity and inclusion. Manchester in 2002 had the honour of being the first games to integrate para-sports into the main program, but these Gold […]

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