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I knew nothing about the probation service I was joining. I was merely Joe Public from a privileged existence. “What does ‘the social’ mean?” I asked colleagues who looked at me in disbelief.  Sixteen years ago, I began my employment …

How I turned a full-time job into a job-share

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Want a job share, but don’t know where to start? For those dreaming of  working part-time in a job share, the biggest challenge is often finding your professional ‘other half.’ Some simple steps in your recruitment campaign will increase your …

How DfE helped learners access education. Period.

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When the government launched a state scheme providing free period products in English schools and colleges, it not only helped tackle period poverty, but broke the stigma and raised awareness about menstruation. In January 2020, the Department for Education launched a …

Virtual reality: job inductions in the pandemic and beyond 

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Carrie Griffin from the Government Skills and Curriculum Unit shares how the new cross-Civil Service online induction course is shaping up. “Like so many others, I joined [the Civil Service] during the pandemic. My colleagues were very welcoming, but it …

World Menopause Day 2021

Angela MacDonald explains that for many women who struggle with health issues approaching, during and after the menopause, it’s good to talk. Yesterday, Monday 18 October 2021, was World Menopause Day (WMD), a day to raise awareness and keep the …

The power of workplace adjustments - Ruth's story

Ruth Wylde, Senior HR Policy, Services Consultant, CSHR,

Chris Wilson discusses the launch of the Civil Service campaign Workplace Adjustments Change Working Lives and explains how making changes helped one civil servant to continue her career. Even making small adjustments can dramatically improve our lives in the workplace.  …

Inside Policy: Laptops for learning in lockdown  

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Graham Archer, Director for Qualifications, Curriculum and Extra-Curricular, Department for Education, speaks about the challenge of delivering more than 1.3 million laptops and tablets to UK pupils in lockdown. It has been a trademark feature of working in this pandemic …

Take 5 Minutes - and Help Beat Meeting Fatigue

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Adrian Chesson offers some simple tips on how taking just five minutes can create a little bit of space to give a big boost to your wellbeing.  I am proud to be part of a team here at the Office …

Disability and Diversity in Leadership

Sarah Healey, Permanent SecDMCS

DCMS Permanent Secretary and CS Disability Champion Sarah Healey reflects on the success of this new programme. As the Civil Service Disability Champion, one of my priorities is to ensure we continue to provide opportunities for disabled colleagues to progress …