Kent: Passengers on South Eastern Railway take their dogs to work today

It is National #Takeyourdogtowork day which is great for mental health in the workplace, and gets the dog out too, and, of course, immensely spoiled.

I was pleased to see some railway passengers taking their beagle to work this morning, on my way to London Bridge. The lady took the dog after 10am and avoided the crowded rush hour so he was quite comfortable.

Hope to see more and more people take their dogs to work, perhaps more often than a day, to help animal welfare charities and reduce workplace stress and sickness. It also makes the workplace more fun and ‘human’.

To take part next year, keep a note of this website: for details.

UK: It’s Bring Your Dog to Work Day on 23 June, 2017

Improve your wellbeing in the workplace and help raise money for animal welfare charities by bringing your dog to work on Friday. Bring some ‘pet therapy’ to help reduce workplace stress.

If you would like to take part see for details.

Bear mind in mind that it could be hot as here in the UK we are having a heatwave, so avoid taking it to work in a car or hot workplace etc.

Thanks to the list of fantastic Sponsors supporting this day :-</em

UK Age Discrimination & Job Ads

Age discrimination is a big problem in British society and some job ads are targetting younger employees to avoid paying higher wages or for other reasons.

This is just one example from of a job ad in Kent:-

“The XXX organisation is seeking to recruit a full time receptionist for their main office located in Sevenoaks.

The role will be responsible for operating the Group switchboard, meeting and greeting visitors to the building as well as providing assistance to the Facilities department during busy periods.

This would be an ideal role for a school or college leaver, looking to start their career within an office environment.”

Beaulieu has got in touch with the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and ACAs for their comments. The organisation concerned has also been contacted.

If you see any other similar job adverts,  please show them to us and share your experiences of age discrimination and any positive outcomes.



UK: Mint Staffing – Agency staff & Businesses claim they’ve been unpaid

Several angry staff employed by @Mintstaffing , who supply highly trained hospitality staff for such events as  Pride Brighton, football events and the Grand National, claim that they have not been paid  on Twitter.

Many people who have contacted Mint Staffing  about have  been blocked by the Agency.Their website is  also down, and goes to a white page with ‘GONE’ on the banner:-

(10/08/2016) Update: The website above now works, all very strange.

Companies House confirm they do not have a company registered Mint Staffing Solutions but have a Mint Staffing Limited, based in Manchester.

Those who have not been plan to  take this matter up further.


Stupid Corporate High Heels policies, this is only half of it


I fully support Nicola Thorp, the temporary receptionist who refused to wear high heels at her assignment at accountancy firm PwC. What a sexist and impractical policy.

In my experience as a receptionist,  I was told by a young twenty-something female boss to wear make up. Sometimes I did, sometimes I didn’t, after all, it is a free country and I had to be there for 7am after all, so getting up much earlier could be a real nuisance. I also felt that if I didn’t wear much make up, I would get less sleazy customers hanging round my desk and get less sexist comments. As a woman, it is up to us, not the company if we want to put on some slap anyway.

I generally wear flat shoes or one inch heels at the workplace, and I have never had a problem. My job involved doing a lot of walking, and going up flights of stairs.  One of my main reasons for not wearing high heels is safety. I can avoid tripping, getting my feet stuck in wooden floor boards, damaging carpets and I can run to escape things. I can’t walk in very high heels at all, and they get ruined so quickly whch is timeconsuming and expensive.  In over 30 years, I have never had any company comment on this issue. Only stupid companies would do this. I am very happy with my good quality Clarks shoes.

I was lucky enough to be allowed to wear smart trousers, and not get any grief from wearing these, though if I wore a skirt and didn’t shave my legs  I would have got my knuckles wrapped for that.

Working in companies is about now about image. In fact you could be a really horrible person inside, but the fact that you ‘look the part’ you are more likely to get that job.  I have seen some staff who look ‘good’, but have run away with the office cash. Integrity is more important than image.

Big companies are getting more institionalised, and our private lives are now ‘becoming part of the working life’ as staff get into trouble for posting unsuitable things on Facebook that their company may not agree with.

They are even encroaching onto your charity work too. One organisation I worked at didn’t like me having a Charity sponsorship form at the my desk, as he thought it may ‘upset’ customers.  I was asked to remove it. There was nothing in the contract telling me not to do this.

I would love to hear from others about what petty rules their workplaces inflicted upon them, and did you stand up to them?

It is time we did what Nicola Thorp did, and stand up to corporate bullies and petty rules.  

Please sign the Petition on There are now over 100, 000 signatures  and I am pleased that this issue will now be debated in Parliament.