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Get Back to Basics in the Workplace: Get Training

January 26, 2024

You probably don’t expect me to quote Arnold Schwarzeneggar, bodybuilder, actor, US Governor, and now, self-help author and online influencer creating a ‘Positive Corner of the Internet’. Except I’m going to. In his recent Newsletter from ‘Arnold’s Pump Club’ he stated:

I think there is a tendency to zoom in and look at the tiniest details and research for days. I love research. I think it’s important to be curious, ask questions, and search for science-backed answers…

But I also think that obsessing over every detail leads to analysis paralysis, and what most people need to do is focus on the basics”.

A new year brings self-improvement and professional development into sharp focus for many. In the world of HR, HR managers are researching the top HR trends for 2024 and, armed with their findings, are asking for my advice about whether they are doing enough to tap into the ‘hidden workforce’, integrate AI into the workforce, and how to implement ‘alternative work lifestyles’ into their organisations.

While it’s good to be aware of what might shape HR and could have a positive impact on your workforce, as Arnie says:

Researching different training plans never put an ounce of muscle on anyone… I’d say 90 percent – and probably more – of being healthy and fit comes from doing the basics.”

Are you doing the basics?

Are you training your managers, supervisors and line managers on how to treat your business’ most valuable asset, your staff? For example:

  • Do they know how to avoid harassment during both their everyday interactions and formal processes with staff?
  • Can they recognise all forms of sexual harassment in the workplace?
  • Do they know what to do, should an employee raise a complaint of sexual harassment with them?

Are you up to date with your training? For example:

  • Are you ready for The Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023 coming into force in 2024?
  • What ‘reasonable steps’ will you be taking to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace?
  • Do you have the knowledge and resources to, among other things, create a policy, provide training to staff and take the appropriate disciplinary action against an employee who perpetrates sexual harassment?

Anyone who has ever dieted or trained knows that we can spend a lot of time reading about the best diet to follow or the best supplement to take, but that alone won’t generate results. Don’t spend all your time researching the latest HR trends. Do the basics. Get up to date training for yourself and educate your staff. The health of your workforce – and your business – will thank you for it.   

If you have any questions on this on any other area of Employment law, please get in touch with Blackadders Employment Team, working in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and across Scotland.

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