Abandoning plans to force firms to put workers in the boardroom was one of the most egregious of Theresa May’s many U-turns after last year’s disastrous general election cost her majority. Her reduced political clout, as well as widespread corporate suspicion, saw potentially radical reforms watered down to the publication of largely meaningless pay ratios showing how much more the bosses get paid than their average workers. So the move by Capita’s newish chief executive Jon Lewis, who’s managing a turnaround at the previously struggling outsourcer, to bring two employees onto the main board is certainly eyecatching. Only one other company in the UK, FirstGroup, has done it, but there should be more to come following July’s update to the UK Corporate Governance Code, which comes into force next January. To help tackle boardroom groupthink, the Code says companies should appoint to the board a director from the workforce, a designated non-executive … [Read more...] about Russell Lynch: One size does not fit all for workers in the boardroom
One size does not fit all
Anyway, enough about me and my morning habits! How has your sleep been over the last few weeks? With the simple changes I've suggested in food and exercise, I hope you are seeing a big difference in how you sleep and also in the quality of that sleep. Now I want to look at two further aspects that can have a major impact on your rest: one is your bed and the other is your schedule. Both are crucial to a good night's rest and over the past few years I have seen huge improvements in my sleep by making adjustments to both. Your routineNow it's time to talk sleep patterns. In an ideal world you should go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time each day, especially at weekends. I know that probably isn't feasible at the weekend, as we all stay up later, but you should wake up at the same time regardless and get out of bed. This helps to establish a routine and a structure, which will lead you to a better sleep. Ever notice how you struggle to sleep on Sunday evening? Many … [Read more...] about Karl Henry: Irish children are staying up too late and it’s impacting their health
PUBLISHED: 12:31 22 May 2018 Sheena Grant Brian and Anita Sharp celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a party at Jamie Cann House on February 18 last year. Picture: Brian Sharp, contributed. Archant It’s Dementia Action Week, an annual campaign to improve the lives of the UK’s 850,000 sufferers. Sheena Grant reports on a housing initiative that helps couples stay living together after a dementia diagnosis, however bad things get. Jamie Cann House, Ipswich, is one of 12 extra care supported housing schemes run by Orwell Housing Association. Picture: Orwell Housing Association When Brian Sharp’s wife Anita became ill with dementia he promised that he would always look after her, no matter what the future held. “That was when she was still able to talk about what she had,” he says. “I said I would never leave her; I would look after her and she would never go away without me.” As her illness worsened and he struggled to … [Read more...] about Together until the end, thanks to Suffolk housing scheme caring for people with dementia
Parents whose kids have taken part in an inclusive modelling campaign want others to know their children are not defined by the labels put on them. River Island’s ‘RI Kids Squad: Be Incredible’ campaign is intended to stand out from other kid’s clothing adverts by championing diversity and features the slogan ‘labels are for clothes’. Karlie Batey, said she was so proud when her 10-year-old son River, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and ADHD when he was seven, was chosen to star in the campaign. “The message ‘labels are for clothes’, couldn’t be more pertinent to River and our desire to change people’s perception of additional/special needs,” she said. “We knew that River would face challenges that other children his age may not. What we weren’t prepared for, was the negative connotation attached to children with ASD and ADHD and the … [Read more...] about What The Parents Of The Kids In River Island’s New Inclusive Campaign Want You To Know
PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 April 2018 Raphael Park in Romford Archant Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week. Let’s vote to keep Havering special Cllr Damian White, deputy leader, London Borough of Havering, writes: Havering is special. It is a unique place with so many wonderful community facilities. It enjoys a sense of openness and space; a characteristic lost many years ago by most inner London boroughs. We now have award-winning parks and open spaces – some of the best in London – providing vital open space for us to relax and enjoy in. Since 2002, the Conservatives have invested heavily within our natural environment, creating a lasting legacy for future generations. However, this is now being put at risk by the Labour Mayor Khan’s plan to concrete over Havering, depriving us of what makes Havering so special. The Labour Party, under Mayor Khan, are proposing to increase our housing targets by over 60per cent which, if … [Read more...] about Recorder letters: election news, special Havering, death registration difficulties, Queen’s Theatre show and diabetes.