We live in an inter-connected world which is getting more and more complex by the day. The pace with which the internet and digital revolution is changing our lives shows no signs of slacking – and the issues it throws up become seemingly more challenging. Take data collection as an example. Businesses are already familiar with their responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 1998. It is something we have all become used to – and adapted to - over the years. But from May 2018 those duties will be tightened up under the General Data Protection Regulation – the biggest shake-up in this area for two decades. The GDPR heralds a significant shift in the culture of how organisations handle data and comes with stiff penalties for falling foul of the law.
Banter. It’s part and parcel of office life, right? Who doesn’t engage in a bit of light-hearted teasing and joking with their colleagues from time to time? The 9-5 would certainly seem a lot longer without it. Fair enough – up to a point. Nobody wants to work in the sort of sterile environment where conversation becomes almost impossible for fear of causing offence. But there is never an excuse for going too far and crossing the line which separates harmless fun from workplace harassment or bullying. And the consequences for any employee of doing so can often be swift and painful – including losing their job.