Gen Z prove to be more productive than the average worker during lockdown
May13

Gen Z prove to be more productive than the average worker during lockdown

New research from Milkround, the UK’s leading graduate careers website, reveals that video conferencing has surpassed email as the most widely used form of business communication during lockdown. Younger workers are taking advantage of their tech savvy status as 60% are proving more productive in isolation, more-so than the average UK worker. 70% are also taking to Zoom and other video platforms to interview for new jobs. The...

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SMEs lose a third of their income due to COVID-19 but many are now fighting back
May13

SMEs lose a third of their income due to COVID-19 but many are now fighting back

New research from Aldermore, the specialist bank1, reveals that the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a 34% loss in business income for millions of the UK’s small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Despite this, many business owners are fighting back against the impact of the outbreak on their bottom lines by reacting quickly and adjusting their business plans (39%). Tim Boag, Group Managing Director, Business Finance at Aldermore, said:...

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Life After Lockdown: A new business infrastructure
May13

Life After Lockdown: A new business infrastructure

It was inevitable that we’d end up working from home and having virtual meetings with global pressures on organisations to reduce their carbon footprints and address the employee work/life balance, but the shift towards remote working has been a gradual process until now. With more video calls, less travel and the ease of instant digital communication, combined with flexible working, businesses have been embracing the trend at their...

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UK workers eager to return and ready to accept new safety measures
May12

UK workers eager to return and ready to accept new safety measures

Half of employees in the UK are ready to return to work post-lockdown, assuming their employer has the right safety process in place, according to a survey of 2,000 workers by the global legal business, DWF. A further quarter of workers say they may be ready to go back to work, however 18% believe it is too soon to return regardless of additional safety measures. Younger workers are the most eager to be allowed back to work, with 68%...

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Half of the UK’s Service Professionals Fear They ‘Won’t Survive’ Lockdown
May12

Half of the UK’s Service Professionals Fear They ‘Won’t Survive’ Lockdown

UK-based professional marketplace www.Bidvine.com has surveyed almost 500 of its service providers to uncover how lockdown measures have affected their business. Of the businesses on the platform, 65% are sole traders and 35% are small businesses with 2-3 employees.  Bidvine found that 50% of those surveyed have not requested help from the government, although a further 19% said they might be forced to if lockdown continues for much...

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COVID-19: Dealing with flexible working requests post-lockdown
May07

COVID-19: Dealing with flexible working requests post-lockdown

COVID-19 has forced millions of employers to adopt a flexible working approach since so many employees are now required to work from home. It is therefore likely that the pandemic will result in an increase in the demand for flexible ways of working. Now is the time to review your flexible working policy so that you are ready to deal with any such requests, once the lockdown ends. Rachel Ford-Evans explores how flexible working can be...

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Don’t overlook employees’ financial concerns during Covid-19
May06

Don’t overlook employees’ financial concerns during Covid-19

Covid-19 is putting a lot of pressure on many aspects of employees’ lives, and financial worries are often at the core. Whether managing with less money whilst furloughed, considering a big life change such as divorce as a result of self-isolation* or just dealing with a financially uncertain time, not knowing where to begin with sorting finances are just some of the realities people are facing during the pandemic. Brett Hill,...

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70% of UK businesses implement multi-factor authentication to secure remote workers during Covid-19 crisis
May06

70% of UK businesses implement multi-factor authentication to secure remote workers during Covid-19 crisis

Over two thirds (70 per cent) of British businesses are using multi-factor authentication (MFA) and a virtual private network (VPN) to manage the security risks posed by the increase of remote working during the Coronavirus pandemic. This is according to official polling released by Centrify, a leading provider of Identity-Centric privileged access management solutions, into how companies are adapting to the Covid-19 crisis....

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Property Industry Employment Post COVID-19
May05

Property Industry Employment Post COVID-19

With staff furloughed or working from home across multiple industries, the COVID-19 crisis has already significantly impacted the world of employment as we know it.  At the same time, the UK property market has ground to a halt – just as the sector was beginning to pick up following the months of Brexit-related uncertainty. So what will happen after the eventual lifting of the lockdown? Will employment in the property...

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Resolving commercial disputes from your front room
May05

Resolving commercial disputes from your front room

By Stephanie Reeves and Ted Powell at national law firm Irwin Mitchell The coronavirus pandemic is having a significant impact on the personal and professional lives of people worldwide. In such an uncertain economic climate, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is highly important; it provides a way for commercial conflict to be resolved smoothly, quickly and efficiently outside of the often costly and lengthy court process. This is...

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Market survey reveals 38% of tech companies across UK and Europe freezing most or all tech recruitment during COVID-19
May05

Market survey reveals 38% of tech companies across UK and Europe freezing most or all tech recruitment during COVID-19

As the impact of COVID-19 continues to force tech companies to hold their spending, new research from talent.io has revealed that 38% of European firms are freezing most or all of their tech recruitment. In London alone, there has been a 57% drop in the number of companies creating new permanent tech job listings. “Our insights into the state of the recruitment market reveals the harsh reality of the current pandemic,” comments...

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Creating a safe workspace – how businesses need to act now to protect employees after the lockdown
May05

Creating a safe workspace – how businesses need to act now to protect employees after the lockdown

Written by Shaun Doak, CEO of REACT Specialist Cleaning  With Boris Johnson set to outline plans to take the UK out of lockdown and kickstart the economy imminently, it’s likely that people across the country will soon be returning to their workplace after several weeks of working from home.  As this happens, many people will still be cautious about catching Coronavirus and will expect a safe workplace. Now is the time for...

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Identifying and Managing Cyberbullying During the COVID-19 lockdown
Apr30

Identifying and Managing Cyberbullying During the COVID-19 lockdown

Identifying and managing bullying and harassment in the workplace can be a tricky task for employers, even in normal every day circumstances. With the UK currently in lockdown and the majority of employees now working remotely from home, Damian Phillips explores how employers will need to be extra vigilant and keep an eye out for any signs of cyberbullying amongst employees. Cyberbullying usually involves abusive, offensive and/or...

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As coronavirus changes the way we work, is it time to update your reward strategy?
Apr30

As coronavirus changes the way we work, is it time to update your reward strategy?

Employee priorities have changed over time, with workers today wanting a lot more than just a pay slip and the coronavirus pandemic will likely shift these values even further. With many people across the country now working from home for the foreseeable future, remote working doesn’t mean employee reward strategies or recognition schemes can go out the window. More than ever, workers need their efforts to be recognised, otherwise...

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1 in 4 of us know someone who has found a new career in retail
Apr30

1 in 4 of us know someone who has found a new career in retail

Retailers and retail workers have been working hard over the last few months to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 and ensure they’re able to provide essential supplies to those that need them. So much so, that the vast majority of Brits (77%) believe that retail workers deserve more respect within society, with over half 58% pledging to be nicer to retail staff following Covid-19. What’s more, one in four (24%) of us know someone who...

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