A third of UK business leaders unhappy with how they handled the pandemic
Jul23

A third of UK business leaders unhappy with how they handled the pandemic

A third of UK business leaders say the pandemic forced them to prioritise financial and productivity over employee wellbeing, according to new research from NerdWallet. The finance comparison platform commissioned an independent survey of 989 decision-makers within UK businesses. It found that 34% were not satisfied with the way staff have been managed throughout the pandemic, with 33% admitting that employees’ health and safety has...

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Post ‘Freedom Day’ – masks or no masks?
Jul22

Post ‘Freedom Day’ – masks or no masks?

Six tips to consider when developing a face mask policy post ‘Freedom Day’  Leading law firm, Howes Percival, is urging organisations to review their policy in respect of face coverings post ‘Freedom Day’ and clearly communicate their approach to staff and customers.  From 19 July 2021, dubbed ‘Freedom Day’, the legal requirement to wear a face covering in England will cease.   Although there will...

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May Cause Side Effects: the Challenges of Managing a Partially-Vaccinated Workforce
Jul22

May Cause Side Effects: the Challenges of Managing a Partially-Vaccinated Workforce

By Daniel Parker, Associate in the Employment practice at Winckworth Sherwood After over a year of dismay and disruption, the relaxation of COVID-related public health measures in parts of the UK this summer suggests a potential return to some form of normality, whatever that may look like. Badged as “Freedom Day” in the press, the guidance from the Government has seen a removal of almost all restrictions in England, including the...

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Managing a safe return to office life
Jul21

Managing a safe return to office life

As UK organisations brace themselves for a return to office life, it’s in the interests of HR professionals to ensure that the physical return of people is safely and thoughtfully managed. But what needs to be considered? Here, John Nicklin, Managing Director of Juggl Desks, a desk management solution to support a safe return to the office, gives his insights. What does Freedom Day mean for HR? 19 July 2021 has been coined...

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Work perks: How Covid changed benefit strategies
Jul21

Work perks: How Covid changed benefit strategies

Marcus Beaver, UKI Country Leader at Alight Solutions The pandemic has changed everyday working lives for millions. We are no longer fixed to desks five days a week and have learned that we can work from almost any location. As a response, the benefits that employers have been offering employees to keep them sweet have changed dramatically. There’s been a huge shift from office-centric benefits such as subsidised meals, complimentary...

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UK workers hesitant to return to the office
Jul21

UK workers hesitant to return to the office

New research* commissioned by Chargifi has today revealed that despite restrictions being lifted, office workers in the UK are resistant to a full-time office return. The survey of 1,500 UK and US office workers found that over half of British workers (55%) still expect to spend fewer days in the office per week, with more than a third wanting to come and go as they please (35%). Meanwhile, almost twice as many Americans (62% versus...

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Will Remote Working Spur Office Rental Savings Across Europe?
Jul16

Will Remote Working Spur Office Rental Savings Across Europe?

With CFOs and financial leaders predicted to move up to a fifth of their workforce to remote work permanently, how much will SMEs save, and how will offices be affected? Industry-leading health and safety consultants Arinite have collected data and analysed the Gartner survey on remote work, along with office rental and vacancy rates across Europe, to reveal the cost-savings that SMEs could make with the move towards homeworking. ...

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1 in 6 entrepreneurs worked an average of 60 additional days during the pandemic
Jul15

1 in 6 entrepreneurs worked an average of 60 additional days during the pandemic

With lockdown lifting, a need to redress the balance of working life will fall for one in six owners and employees at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK, who are now working the equivalent of a six-day week in five days. According to PayPal’s Business of Change: Recovery & Rebuild report, 16 per cent of SME staff have revealed they worked at least two extra hours per day on average over the year, compared to...

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Living with the Virus: Workplace Wellness Post-Pandemic
Jul07

Living with the Virus: Workplace Wellness Post-Pandemic

Many Brits are both excited and nervous as they contemplate their return to the workplace following yesterday’s announcement on the lifting of restrictions. With continued talk of new variants, Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the nation must “begin to learn to live with this virus”. However, experts agree that it’s prudent to continue to think smartly about health and safety measures at work, and are placing greater emphasis on...

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Staff shortages set to reach crisis level following June 30th deadline
Jun25

Staff shortages set to reach crisis level following June 30th deadline

Staff shortages in sectors such as hospitality and leisure could reach crisis levels following the June 30th deadline, after which it will become more difficult to hire EU workers, says Bates Wells, the City law firm. Hospitality and leisure have experienced severe labour shortages since the sector reopened following lockdown. This is due in part to workers from overseas leaving the UK to return to their home countries either because...

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Poll reveals 84% think COVID-19 has affected employees’ retirement plans
Jun25

Poll reveals 84% think COVID-19 has affected employees’ retirement plans

A recent poll* conducted by WEALTH at work found that 84% of respondents think employees have changed their retirement plans in light of the pandemic. Jonathan Watts-Lay, Director, WEALTH at work, comments; “The pandemic has affected nearly all of us and not least those employees who are approaching retirement. It therefore comes as no surprise that nearly all of those polled believe that employees have changed their retirement plans...

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Unpaid overtime soars since advent of Covid-19
Jun25

Unpaid overtime soars since advent of Covid-19

The amount of unpaid overtime that workers around the world are doing has soared in the past year; unpaid overtime in the UK has steadily risen from 6 hours in 2019 to 7 hours in 2020 in the advent of COVID-19, to a whopping almost 8 hours in 2021, reveals a new study by the ADP® Research Institute, People at Work 2021: A Global Workforce View. UK employees are currently working an average of 7.8 hours per week without pay, almost a...

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Four Lessons Covid-19 Taught Us About Employee Engagement
Jun23

Four Lessons Covid-19 Taught Us About Employee Engagement

Employee engagement defines the emotional commitment and sense of responsibility that an employee carries towards his/her organisation, its goals and visions. The repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic have urged employees to shift to working right from their dwelling places. This has impacted their work lives in both positive and negative directions.  It has been a steep learning curve for all of us. The responsibility has been...

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Businesses need clear vaccination strategies that put their people first
Jun23

Businesses need clear vaccination strategies that put their people first

HR surveys reveal a high level of confusion amongst employers around their employee’s COVID-19 vaccination status and how to protect the health and safety of workers. A recent Gartner HR survey revealed that nearly half (48%) of large global organisations will not track the vaccination status of their employees, with less than one in ten (8%) requiring staff to show proof of vaccination. While a nationwide survey in Ireland this month...

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Is sustainable travel the future of work?
Jun22

Is sustainable travel the future of work?

The commute as we knew it may be gone for good, new research conducted by e-bike subscription service DASH Rides reveals. DASH and Sapio Research surveyed over 2,000 city-dwelling, full-time workers, who used to work primarily in the office and now work primarily at home, and discovered that three quarters of those returning to the office will be actively avoiding public transport or seeking new ways to travel.  Time away from the...

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