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Working Dads’ editor Ben Falk and Working Mums’ editor Mandy Garner are back with the third episode of the WM People podcast, which you can find at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or at your podcast app of choice.
This week, we talk about the publication of the report into the UK’s four-day week trial, discussing some of the outcomes, where it could do better, as well as the logistics of having a shorter working week, whether it will change people’s attitudes towards work in the long run and how it might impact people’s carbon footprints.
We then move onto diversity and inclusion and the trend for ‘initiative-itis’ (Mandy’s term), as well as the way companies can effectively engage in unconscious bias training. Sometimes D&I training can feel like a tickbox exercise but they examine how important it is to get people to engage meaningfully in this training and be challenged by it, especially in the workplace.
Finally, we chat about calling in sick for week. It’s been a long seven days for Ben, whose daughter was struck by chicken pox, so we think about what it can be like calling in to work to ask for a child’s sick day. Whether you’re ill yourself or need to look after sick children, calling in sick for work can pose a lot of challenges to your work and personal life, so we talk about anxieties around that and how employers can be more supportive (N.B. luckily we have very sympathetic bosses!).