The research, conducted by global HR services group Penna Plc, has found that a fifth of employees are not currently mentoring or being mentored – but would like to be. Conducted amongst 2,000 respondents, the research also found that that a further 40 per cent of employees have never been given the opportunity to be a mentor or mentee.
Being fat is a disability, EU judges have ruled, meaning that companies in Europe must offer obese staff bigger chairs, special parking spaces and a lighter work load.
Thursday’s judgment by the European Court of Justice means that fatness “can constitute a disability” under EU equality at work legislation – a ruling that is legally binding for all British employers.
The ruling follows a case brought by Karsten Kaltoft, a Danish childminder, who claimed he was sacked because he was overweight.
Faced with a barely growing economy, the government has targeted smaller companies as a major source of growth and has introduced reforms to encourage start-ups and make it easier for existing businesses to expand, reports The Telegraph.
Stress had a noticeable impact on businesses in 2012, with decision-makers from British SMEs indicating that the negative effect of stress levels, low morale and staff absence could be set to continue unless the economic environment improves. 29 per cent of SMEs polled state that these issues are having a negative impact on overall business performance.
According to a fifth of SMEs surveyed, workforce absence levels have risen over the past two years, with 12 per cent reporting more short-term stress-related absences of less than four weeks in the last year.