The Acas Podcast


Covid and Christmas: supporting your people's wellbeing

With Christmas 2020 looking very different this year, we ask what managers can do to support their people at this time of year. Robbie Hurley is joined by Acas head of mental health and wellbeing, Francoise Woolley, and Acas workplace adviser, Susan Raftery, to uncover: 

  • What’s unique about this time of year for our wellbeing
  • Why leave, keeping in touch and (remote) Christmas parties matter
  • What to do if you think senior managers will not support Christmas fun 

Episode Resources

Holiday, sickness and leave advice

Coronavirus and mental health advice

Webinar: Managing mental health (for managers)

Talk to an Acas adviser about your workplace challenge

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LGBTI+: pride and support at work

Do all employers take pride in their people? In this episode we focus on the importance of organisations supporting their LGBTI+ communities and what practical steps they can take to be a more diverse and inclusive workplace.We are joined by Lucie Garvin, Deputy Chair of the Acas LGBTI+ & Allies staff network; Tom Price who is the Senior Leader Champion for the Acas LGBTI+ & Allies staff network and Emma Dunn, Chair of a:gender, the cross-government network supporting trans and intersex staff across government. We discuss:·Issues affecting LGBTI+ people at work·How to set up an LGBTI+ & Allies staff network·Celebrating Pride and continued LGBTI+ supportEpisode resources:Advice and guidance on how to improve equality, diversity and inclusion in your workplace: our free equality, diversity and inclusion policy template: Dunn’s blog on the Equality Act 2010: Garvin’s blog on how Acas relaunched it’s LGBTI+ & Allies staff network: the findings from research conducted by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) on supporting trans employees in the workplace: contact an Acas adviser for specialist support,get in touchFor podcast and event updates sign up to our free email newsletterTranscript available