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Flexible Work

Resources for extending flexible work. 

GMCVO Caring, Living, Working Toolkit

Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO) is a voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector support and development organisation, covering the Greater Manchester city region. 

Their Caring, Living, Working toolkit contains guides on how to recruit and retain employees requiring flexible working arrangements. Employers and returners are involved in the development of the toolkit, to ensure it contains appropriate and helpful advice to help work towards the good employment characteristics. 

External web link - https://www.gmcvo.org.uk/caringworkingliving/employers#Toolkit

Timewise: Guide for Line Managers

Timewise are an organisation which tackle the lack of quality part-time jobs, and promote the potential for more widespread flexible working options. They are called upon by policymakers and businesses to shape flexible working policy and practice.

Access their guide for line managers - 'From crisis to opportunity: Redesigning the Workplace'. This is a practical toolkit on how to design flexible jobs, in workplaces that have been fundamentally changed by the Covid-19 lockdown.  

External web link - https://timewise.co.uk/request-line-manager-guide/

TfGM Business Portal

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the public body responsible for co-ordinating transport services throughout Greater Manchester.

To help businesses to encourage and enable sustainable travel choices as part of a safe, inclusive and resilient recovery for all, TfGM has launched a business portal with useful information on funding, support and resources available. 

External web link - https://tfgmbusinesstravel.exhibition.app

Health & Wellbeing

Resources for fostering employee health and wellbeing.

The Good Employment Charter Mental Health Toolkit

Partnered with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, The Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter is working to promote how to take care of health in the workplace.

The Mental Health Toolkit for Employers includes information and key approaches employers can take to address Mental Health and Wellbeing in the workplace. This resource is applicable to SMEs and larger firms.

External web link - https://www.gmgoodemploymentcharter.co.uk/media/1479/gm-mental-health-toolkit-final.pdf

Domestic Abuse During COVID-19 Employer Pack

The government has put together this campaign and employer pack to guide organisations on how to support their employees who may be experiencing domestic abuse during this time. The pack signposts to guidance for employees and support services available, as well as a host of resources from the Employers' Initiative on Domestic Abuse.

External web link - https://www.gmgoodemploymentcharter.co.uk/media/1187/domestic-abuse-employer-pack.pdf

GM Health Hub Guidance

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority have developed the GM Health Hub, full of free health and wellbeing resources to ensure people across Greater Manchester enjoy happier, healthier lives. 

The GM Health Hub contains guidance and signposts to support on a range of topics, including smoking, drinking, nutrition, physical activity and mental health. 

External web link - https://www.gmhealthhub.org/

GreaterSport Active Workplace Toolkit

GreaterSport is a charity that is changing lives through physical activity and sport to help make Greater Manchester the most active region in England.

The Active Workplace Toolkit is a free, one stop shop to help you get your workplace moving more. With information ranging from explaining the business case for physically active employees, ways to embed activity within the working day and success stories from other organisations across Greater Manchester.

External web link - https://www.greatersport.co.uk/what-we-do/live-age-well/active-workplaces

Mind Resources for Businesses

Mind is a mental health charity which provides advice and support for anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They also campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

This resource page outlines the various free resources they offer to help organisations develop open and supportive workplaces. This includes a mental health at work commitment guide, guide to wellness action plans, and advice on how to support staff that are experiencing mental health problems. 

External web link - https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-your-staff/useful-resources/

The Growth Company Organisational Improvement Resource

The Growth Company Organisational Improvement is a social enterprise business, passionate about enabling growth and prosperity for individuals and businesses.

This document outlines the personalised services they offer to help organisations provide well-being and resilience programmes. These services include consultancy support, one-to-one mentoring and workshops to build better employee support frameworks, which align with the good employment characteristics. 

External web link - https://www.gmgoodemploymentcharter.co.uk/media/1129/the-growth-company-organisational-improvement-2020.pdf

Time to Change: Activities for Your Workplace

Time to Change was a social movement to change the way people think and act about mental health problems. The campaign started in 2007 and closed at the end of March 2021.

Challenge misconceptions, start conversations and change attitudes around mental health with these materials for your workplace.

External web link - https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/take-action/resources-your-workplace/activities-your-workplace

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Resources for supporting equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

Acas: Improving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Your Workplace

Acas is an independent, publicly-funded organisation that provides up-to-date information, independent advice, high quality training and works with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance.

Acas have developed key guidance on improving equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace including policy templates, fair recruitment advice and diversity monitoring forms.

External web link - https://www.acas.org.uk/improving-equality-diversity-and-inclusion

CIPD: Diversity and Inclusion

CIPD is the professional body for experts in people at work, championing better work and working lives by setting professional standards for HR and people development, as well as driving positive change in the world of work.

Their 'Diversity and Inclusion' page includes resources on a number of workplace diversity and inclusion issues such as disability, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation. These resources include guides, tools, courses and podcasts. 

External web link - https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/fundamentals/relations/diversity

CIPD: Ethnicity Pay Reporting

The CIPD has hosted a series of roundtable discussions in London, Manchester, Leicester, Edinburgh, and Cardiff to gather member views on the potential challenges, approaches, and processes that ethnicity pay reporting could bring.

As well as this, the CIPD created a survey for HR professionals and consultants which received more than 240 responses. 

External web link - https://www.cipd.co.uk/news-views/policy-engagement/consultations/ethnicity-pay-reporting

Centre for Ageing Better: Becoming an Age Friendly Employer Guide

The Centre for Ageing Better is a charity, working to create a society where everyone enjoys later life. They create change in policy and practice, informed by evidence, and work with partners across England to improve employment, housing, health and communities. 

Their 'Becoming an Age Friendly Employer' guide is a comprehensive description of how to be more inclusive of an ageing workforce, with five key actions that employers can take to improve the way they recruit, support and retain older workers.  

External web link - https://www.ageing-better.org.uk/sites/default/files/2018-09/Becoming-age-friendly-employer.pdf

The Clear Company: Racism in the Workplace

The Clear Company is a diversity consultancy that helps organisations ensure inclusive recruitment and employment. They aim to make sure that diversity and inclusion are accessible to all types and size of business, whatever stage they are at in their inclusion journey. 

Access their 'Taking action against Racism in the workplace' resources, which includes an Anti Racism toolkit, Race in the workplace audit, and training programmes which are relevant across the characteristics of Good Employment. 

External web link - https://theclearcompany.co.uk/racism-in-the-workplace/

Quality Standards

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The simplest and best way for an employer to demonstrate meeting this characteristic is to become an accredited Living Wage Employer with the Living Wage Foundation.

Quality standards that will demonstrate good practice in this characteristic is Investors in People.

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