The Mayor’s Good Work Standard

Making London the best city in the world to work

The Mayor is committed to building a fairer and more inclusive London economy – one which works for all Londoners and in which more Londoners can access good jobs with good conditions. 

To make this happen, the Mayor is working with employers to celebrate excellent work practices and support others to improve practice by bringing together, in one place, a range of support and resources for businesses. 

The Good Work Standard sets the benchmark the Mayor wants every London employer to work towards and achieve. 

By implementing the criteria in the Good Work Standard, businesses of all sizes and sectors signal that they are committed to healthy, fair and inclusive workplaces. Research demonstrates this is an important measure for attracting and retaining diverse, talented and successful workforces. 

There are four pillars to the Good Work Standard – fair pay and conditions, workplace wellbeing, skills and progression and diversity and recruitment. 

The inclusive employment and workforce development practices in the Mayor’s Good Work Standard will help employers achieve high standards in areas such as working conditions, diversity and inclusion, flexible working, health and wellbeing, apprenticeships and training, and communication with employees. 

Employers can check their current level of achievement against the Good Work Standard, before undertaking a self-assessment to become accredited as a Good Work Standard employer. 

The Good Work Standard website hosts a range of free resources and information to support employers in adopting the highest standards and best possible working conditions. 

The Mayor of London’s Economic Fairness team will also be working with employers through a series of workshops over the coming months focused on how businesses can meet Good Work Standard criteria and become accredited. 

To register your interest for these events, please email fairness@london.gov.uk. 

Upcoming events

Mental health in the Workplace: Skills for Managers, 5 December 10.00am - 4.00pm

Cost: £225 per person

According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in six employees experience mental ill health each year. Whilst the reasons behind mental ill health are not always work related, managers need to know how to address it. This in-depth, full day event has been specifically designed for managers, providing them with the knowledge and practical skills to confidently and effectively manage mental health within their teams. This training is run by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

To find out more and register click here.

Ethnicity Pay Gap, Tuesday 10 December, 10.00am-12.00pm

Cost: £99.00

This will be organised by Inclusive Employers at a central London location. More information about this event to come. This 2 hour workshop costs £99 + VAT for members or £125 + VAT for non-members. All members are entitled to one free place at 10 workshops per year.

To find out more and register click here.

 

Employment law update, 9 January 2020, 10.00-13.00

Cost: 110.00

The legal landscape and how it affects your business, or workplace, is constantly evolving.

Our Employment Law Update brings you up to date on recent changes in legislation and also highlights what’s planned for the future; a key consideration for business planning.

Our experienced trainers explain the changes in a practical and straightforward way which will help you understand the legal changes and, importantly, the impact for your organisation.

For further information click here: https://obs.acas.org.uk/ViewEvent.aspx?EventId=201478

Top Tips for Managers, 13 January 2020, 10.00-16.00

Cost: 175.00 per person

This event will cover the fundamentals of management, from basic leadership styles to guidance on motivating and managing your staff.

It aims to provide a broad overview of the basic ‘do’s and don’ts’ for managers that will provide the basis for further training and study.

For further information click here: https://obs.acas.org.uk/ViewEvent.aspx?EventId=201479

What is an Inclusive Employer, Thursday 16 January, 12.30pm-1.30pm (Webinar)

Cost: Free

Diversity and inclusion are the hot topic in business but in reality what does it mean to be an inclusive employer? This 1 hour interactive talk will share best practice on practical ways you can make your business inclusive. Attracting and retaining the best talent, developing innovative products and services and enabling commercial success.

What You Will Learn:

Why to bother with diversity and inclusion
Where to start on your diversity and inclusion journey
Quick wins and practical steps for enabling an inclusive workplace

How to make inclusion and diversity sustainable and embedded into ‘business as usual’

To find out more and register click here.

Contracts, Written Statements and Pay, 17 January 2020, 10.00-16.00

Cost: 175.00

This full day event will provide detailed guidance on how to create, agree, vary and terminate a contract of employment. It will also cover zero hour contracts, pay and deductions.
Many Employment Tribunal claims arise from a disputes regarding undocumented terms, incorrect pay and deductions.

It is a legal requirement that all workers are given terms and conditions of their employment – a written statement. As an employer, you must also ensure that your workers receive the correct rate of pay.

Delegates attending this event will learn about the different types of contracts and the legal issues surrounding them, pay and the legal implications of lawful and unlawful deductions.

We will also share good practice helping you to avoid unnecessary pitfalls.

For further information click here: https://obs.acas.org.uk/ViewEvent.aspx?EventId=201483

Managing Absence at Work, 23 January 2020, 10.00-13.00

Cost: 110.00
Recent evidence suggests that the average level of employee absence is 6.3 days per year, per employee.

This half day event will update you on the law relating to workplace absence and provide you with practical management techniques to help improve attendance in your workplace.

Employee absenteeism can put significant strain on an organisation in terms of a variety of costs. It can also place an additional burden on colleagues, resulting in low morale and loss of productivity.

Having an attendance policy will help employees understand what standards are expected of them and will help managers deal with these issues in a fair and consistent way.

Balancing the health and welfare needs of staff with a robust and fair policy can help to reduce absence, increase productivity, improve staff retention, motivation and employee engagement. The reputation of your organisation may also be enhanced, assisting in employee recruitment.

From a management perspective, a policy will prevent small problems becoming larger ones and help identify and tackle underlying problems such a work life balance, conflict at work or lack of adequate training.

For further Information click here: https://obs.acas.org.uk/ViewEvent.aspx?EventId=201486

Better You-Better Work Places Panel, 29 January 2020, 8.30am- 10.00am

Cost: 00.00

Want to know how to make your workplace the best it can be? Do you want to attract talented employees and encourage them to stay with your business?

Join us to learn how to make your workplace the best it can be. Hear expert views on different aspects of good employment standards and use this opportunity to put your questions to them.

Better Bankside is bringing together a panel of specialists who will introduce the Mayor’s Good Work Standard and discuss how different factors can make your business more attractive to current and potential staff.
The panel will discuss:
• Healthy workplaces aspect of good employment standards, especially around mental health.
• Diversity, recruitment and unconscious bias
• Health and wellbeing
• Fair pay and contracts
• Skills and progression.

Speakers will include representatives from the GLA, Thrive London, Fora and more to be announced.

Breakfast will be provided as part of the talk

To register: Click here

Social Inclusion Roundtable, 4 February 2020, 12.00-14.30

Cost: 00.00

Enei has held many social inclusion roundtables over the years, focussing on specific aspects of achieving social inclusion in the workplace.

This roundtable will focus on pertinent best practice issues that will enable you to move closer to this target. Facilitated by Becky Brooks, UK Membership Director, who will present on best practice on social inclusion in the workplace.

HMRC who are kindly hosting will share their leading edge approach to social inclusion in the workplace. If you would like to showcase your approach please contact Becky Brooks.

For further information click here

Other initiatives

Business Healthy

Business Healthy is a free community of businesses in the City of London, aimed at providing support to supercharge their workforce through improving health and wellbeing. Funded by the City of London Corporation’s Public Health, the Business Healthy website is full of resources, campaign materials and information covering a wide remit of workplace health and wellbeing, including mental, physical, emotional, financial and more.  

The unique and award-winning Business Healthy also delivers a programme of “masterclasses” to the business community on a range of topics, which aim to share knowledge and expertise and bring businesses together to network, share ideas and best practice. It’s free to become part of the network – visit the website here, or contact the team.

Timewise

Timewise is a multi-award-winning social business and leading change agent, working to unlock the flexible jobs market in the UK. Through their partnership programme, they share market insights with employers, helping them to attract, retain and progress the best talent through flexible working. Timewise also delivers training and consultancy to upskill employers around flexible job design and improve understanding of the business case for flexible working. Timewise Jobs, is a jobs board where employers who want to improve diversity and inclusion can place roles that are part-time or open to flexibility. Click here to learn more.