13 March, 2009

Part-time, part-pay: how firms are cutting workers’ hours

piece by Tim Webb in the Guardian with interesting additional comments from readers

Companies and unions .. doing more to find ways to avoid compulsory redundancies than the government.

... partners might change roles as a result. “If a husband goes on to a three day week, maybe his wife or partner will take up part-time work in another part of the economy.”

For the lucky few, shorter working hours mean a better work-life balance. But many will struggle to meet household bills out of a smaller pay packet. “It has a huge impact on quality of life,” Reeves said. “It depends on how close to the edge you are in the first place.”

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10 March, 2009

Monkeys also give in to their children’s temper tantrums

piece by Kate Devlin in the Guardian
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Possible reassurance for parents: Giving in to a child’s temper tantrum because of disapproving stares from other adults could be an evolutionary trait, a new study suggests.

06 March, 2009

Ernst & Young report Groundbreakers - Using the Strength of Women to Rebuild the Economy

Ernst & Young report “Groundbreakers” on the significant contributions women make towards economic growth

The current financial crisis presents a real need to challenge ourselves and to rethink the way we do things. We need to draw on the widest range of talent. Now is the time to realize and harness the positive effect that women’s economic empowerment and leadership can have on the global economy.

Report on European Coaching Psychology Conference in Coaching at Work

News report by Jennifer Liston-Smith and Alanna O’Broin published Coaching at Work, Volume 4, Issue 2

Different ways of “meaning making” in an uncertain economic environment was a strong theme from the end-of-conference speakers’ panel, as were paths to transformational adult learning ... Stephen Palmer, commenting on the 2,300-strong membership of the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology, expressed a strong wish to see further coaching psychology conferences in Europe.