Quite a few interesting stories going around this morning relating to the world of work. The first is about Royal Mail and how it rewards good attendance with new cars and holiday vouchers. The only catch is, like life, it's a lottery. Entry to the lottery, by the way, involves having no sick time in 6 months. However, attendance levels have risen 11 per cent in the last year - sickness absence went down from 6.7 per cent to 5.7 per cent. It remains to be seen if the same happens next year (i.e. a further substantial drop) or that it creates ill-feeling between people who have good health and those who do not, and between those who take time off sick when the kids are ill, etc. and those who don't.
POSTAL ATTENDANCE REWARDS RETURN - BBC NEWS
The second story concerns HSBC bank offering all its employees nursery places and vouchers. However, its interesting to note that the plan is unfurled at the latest pay round. As it stands the scheme is excempt from tax and NI payments and HSBC claims this is tantamount to a 6.5 per cent pay rise. Again, an example of where the government is subsidising big businesses through the backdoor.
HSBC STAFF OFFERED NURSERY PLACES - BBC NEWS
A final article concerns probably the most important matter of all in today's news. The matter concerns the act of corporate killing. The article suggests the government has again talked tough and appears to want to deliver very little.
CORPORATE KILLING DIVIDES OPINION - BBC NEWS