Freelance journalist and writer from Teesside with recent bylines in the Guardian, Vice, Independent, Women's Health UK and more. Say hello at Laurenbrown.firstname.lastname@example.org!
To say I was uncharacteristically apprehensive to meet a friend for a socially distanced coffee would be a huge understatement.
Sure, I was excited to catch up with her, hear all about her new flame and their seemingly Austenian dates governed by restrictive lockdown rules that somehow intensified their chemistry, about what TV she’d binged recently, what books, takeaways.
At the beginning of the pandemic and shift to homeworking, L&D experts worried that learning might be curtailed. In reality, quite the opposite has happened: people have embraced the convenience of online learning even more than before.
As we slowly return to normality, HR leaders’ attention is turning to future L&D models. Now that many of us have worked from home, what will tomorrow’s L&D programmes look like? And how can people professionals arm themselves with the right skills? Find out m...
The coronavirus pandemic has had and continues to have a devastating effect on all sectors of the UK economy. But banking has been uniquely burdened by the double jeopardy of having to manage the impact on financial services and take on the pivotal role, as Michelle Prance, Consulting Head of Banking and Culture Officer, Capita, puts it, “of helping the rest of the economy through the transition as well.”
As a second lockdown commences and cases of Covid-19 rise, COO at Aldermore Bank Zish Kh...
If you've ever experienced a 'brain zap' – the term typically used to refer to the startling feeling that a shot of electrical current has run through your head – you'll know that they can be disorientating and, frankly, terrifying.
The occurrence is commonly understood to be related to decreasing or stopping medications, especially some antidepressants. The neurological mechanism behind the phenomenon, however, remains a mystery.
Here, writer Lauren Brown explores what we do know.
Errant leaves tickled my cheek as I triumphantly carried my latest plant acquisition, hitched to my hip like a toddler, back to my flat. I felt exulted, as brand new as the thin-branched eruptions of green, every green, that swayed in the cool air with every step I took. The idea had washed over me like divine inspiration that morning, shocking my languorous brain awake like bright sunlight pouring through a window. Yes, a new plant. That would be just the thing, I thought. Just the thing.
In this People Management Insight short read, produced in partnership with Softworks, we discuss why intelligent deployment of HR tech is more important now than ever
Wagner and Elaine Araujo quarantined for 11 days after landing in the UK the day new rules came into force.
At the Radisson Blu Hotel at Heathrow, they washed laundry in the tub and watched 70 episodes of "Suits."
They left the modest twin room just once to stretch their legs in the car park.
I have a chronic anxiety disorder that causes me to suffer from delusions of persecution, as well as irrational and overblown fears of authority figures and the commensurate web of bureaucracy I can so easily see myself unwittingly trapped in. It also means that the very topic of money management leaves me in a cold sweat—that is, it did until I put my money in the one place I didn't expect would revolutionize my mental health: I hired an accountant.
I was one of those people who would feel f...
We vaccinated 1,200 people in 2 days in a rural area without wasting a single dose. Here's how we did it.
Dr Eilir Hughes and his colleagues vaccinated 1,200 people over a single weekend.
They didn't waste a single dose of the Pfizer jab as they inoculated people despite snowfall.
"I wanted to prove that it could be done better and it could be done faster."
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As a general practice (GP) doctor, I was keen and ready to deliver vaccines to my local community — the Llŷn Peninsula, a rural beauty spot in North Wales. So I was frustr...
Proactive buy-in at the most senior level is urgently needed to tackle ‘huge and persistent stigma’ around talking about menstrual health in workplaces, charity says
You know – likely from keenly felt personal experience, as well as countless headlines and reports – that the pandemic has poured gasoline on a pre-existing issue of loneliness in the UK.
Data collected by Women's Health in 2020, after we polled 2,000 of you, our readers and listeners, found that 79% felt more lonely now than since before the novel coronavirus changed our collective lives (this rises to 87% for single people). Our findings chime with recent national figures. A YouGov survey c...