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Diversity Champions - Episode 4 - Kirsteen Allison from Leonard Cheshire

Diversity Champions - Episode 4 - Kirsteen Allison from Leonard Cheshire

May 4, 2022

We are thrilled to welcome our latest guest to Yolk’s Diversity Champions podcast; Kirsteen Allison – Disability Awareness Trainer at Leonard Cheshire.

In conversation with Nici Jones of Yolk Recruitment, this podcast covers Kirsteen's experience as a disabled person and the work she does to remove barriers and increase disability inclusion and what employers can do to start their disability inclusion journey.

A big thank you to Kirsteen for joining us on this episode, we thoroughly enjoyed the conversation!

HR Insights, ESG: Get On Board - 23rd March 2022

HR Insights, ESG: Get On Board - 23rd March 2022

March 24, 2022

If you think we’ve faced change in the last two years, you should be aware that even bigger changes are around the corner. With COP26 having highlighted key problems, it is clear that environmental and sustainability challenges and social issues present even bigger development changes, now more than ever.

​​What can businesses and HR be doing regarding environmental and sustainability challenges, and the social issues that come with it?

In this session, Anna Denton-Jones of Refreshing Law Ltd spoke about what’s around the corner and what HR can be doing. 

  • ​What is ESG, why is it important and what is HR’s role?
  • The areas that are impacted
  • Measures HR might be considering
  • Reshaping pensions

HR Insights, Ask Anna - 24th November 2021

HR Insights, Ask Anna - 24th November 2021

November 30, 2021

As our last HR insights session of the year, we invited our listeners to pose their questions to HR expert and employment solicitor, Anna Denton Jones of Refreshing Law Ltd.

The session answered the burning questions you've had on HR and employment law, covering the validity of electronic signatures, what employers can do to help prevent mental health crises in their employees and whether an employer can enter a homeworking employee's home.

We also covered the three most essential training sessions for employees, what happens with GDPR if emails are taken outside of the workplace, the menopause, and more. 

Diversity Champions - Episode 3 - Denise Currell from Careers Wales

Diversity Champions - Episode 3 - Denise Currell from Careers Wales

October 15, 2021

We are thrilled to welcome our latest guest to Yolk’s Diversity Champions podcast;

 

DENISE CURRELL – HEAD OF PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT at CAREERS WALES.

 

In conversation with Nici Jones, Yolk’s Director of Public Sector & Not-for-profit, this latest episode delves into the challenges involved with ensuring you’re seen as a diverse employer of choice within the public sector.

 

Denise shares a range of tips and gave us some fantastic examples of the processes she has developed and put in place at Careers Wales. These range from ensuring the language in your job adverts is as inclusive as possible, through to auditing and improving your application processes so that you’re encouraging a diverse candidate audience to apply and not alienating those with protected characteristics.

 

And of course, hear Denise’s top tips for other employers starting out on their journey to improve Diversity & Inclusion.

 

A big thank you to Denise for joining us on this episode, we thoroughly enjoyed the conversation!

HR Insights,  Supporting LGBTQ+ employees - 15th September 2021

HR Insights, Supporting LGBTQ+ employees - 15th September 2021

September 15, 2021

This topic for HR Insights came about as a result of 2021 Pride where we wanted to continue supporting the LGBTQ+ community outside of just the one month of June, and make it all year round.

The session focused on the support employers can offer LGBTQ+ workers and what HR professionals should keep in mind when ensuring their work environment is as inclusive as possible.

We also covered choices employers can make to help improve diversity and inclusion for their workforce and LGBTQ+ employees, as well as discussing the positive broadening of legal protection for the LGBTQ+ community.

We also discussed the correct terminology, as well as trans rights employment cases and disputes faced by groups with competing beliefs.

HR Insights, The employer’s role in tackling domestic abuse - 8th June 2021

HR Insights, The employer’s role in tackling domestic abuse - 8th June 2021

June 9, 2021

Domestic Abuse is something all employers need to be aware of and understand their role in tackling.

A bill is currently going through Parliament to ensure there is a statutory definition everyone can work to.

It’s on employers minds as we all became aware in lockdown that for some, home was not a safe space.

In this episode, Anna Denton-Jones discusses what it is, what to look out for, how it can affect the workforce and the measures employers might take.

 

Useful links discussed in the episode: 

HR Insights, The Impact of Vaccinations on the Workplace - 24th February 2021

HR Insights, The Impact of Vaccinations on the Workplace - 24th February 2021

March 2, 2021

Our first HR Insights webinar of the year was a packed one.

Anna Denton-Jones of Refreshing Law focused on the topic of Covid-19 vaccinations and the impact they will have on the workplace and HR professionals when rolling out new HR policies and procedures.

This included issues such as; vaccine hesitancy from employees, data protection, staff contracts, the risks of discrimination, impacts on recruitment, awareness of unfair dismissals, and legislation to stay on top of.

An incredibly timely and important webinar, loaded full of information, with our most virtual attendees so far! Have a listen to this month’s HR helping hand.

(Please excuse some of the background noise in the first minute due to some unmuted mics. Noise levels out from 1.20.) 

Diversity Champions  - Episode 2 - Annette Masonfrom Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

Diversity Champions - Episode 2 - Annette Masonfrom Dwr Cymru Welsh Water

February 17, 2021

This week I am joined by:

ANNETTE MASON – HEAD OF TALENT AND DIVERSITY AT DWR CYMRU WELSH WATER – the not-for-profit utilities provider.

We talk about the EDI forum she has established at Welsh Water and the employee network groups they’ve subsequently set up with the input and direction of their Inclusivity Ambassadors.

We discuss the engagement initiatives and activities they are running such as reverse mentoring, a national Inclusion Week of events and their ‘Be Yourself’ campaign.

And of course we look at the way they gain and share best practice from and with other organisations and hear Annette’s top tips for other employers starting their journeys to improve Diversity & Inclusion.

Here's the link to the Youtube video mentioned in the podcast:

https://youtu.be/VKAifNbjcz0

It was great to catch-up with Annette on a topic about which she is clearly genuinely passionate – and I hope you enjoy listening to the conversation too.

Diversity Champions Episode 1 - Lesley Babb & Nicola Smith at the Intellectual Property Office

Diversity Champions Episode 1 - Lesley Babb & Nicola Smith at the Intellectual Property Office

January 26, 2021

This week we are joined by Lesley (Head Of Pay, Reward, Diversity & Inclusion) and Nicola (Inclusion & Cultural Diversity Advisor) at IPO

We discuss the great work they are doing to positively affect the culture of their organisation, some of the networks they have established and their success stories so far, as well as hear their top tips for other organisations who may be starting their journey to address the D&I agenda.

Music: The Right Direction by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

HR Insights - The HR Update with Anna Denton-Jones, November 2020

HR Insights - The HR Update with Anna Denton-Jones, November 2020

November 26, 2020

Hosted by Yolk Recruitment and presented by Anna Denton-Jones of Refreshing Law, we held another virtual HR Insights webinar in November to continue with our HR updates during Covid-19. 

 

We retraced a few topics from September, including the latest on the new furlough goal-posts, working from home, and well-being, as well as new topics including lockdown 2, domestic violence, Brexit, vaccinations and DSARS.

 

Listen today for your latest HR news. 

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