UK unemployment rate back to pre-pandemic levels
May18

UK unemployment rate back to pre-pandemic levels

Data discovered by payroll experts, Staffology, has discovered that the UK unemployment rate has recovered to pre-pandemic levels, and is 0.4% off the lowest ever rate of unemployment for 49 years. Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic saw a rise of 1.2% in unemployment from February to December 2020, which peaked when the vaccine was introduced. Unemployment in relation to COVID-19 was at its worst during the time period of October to...

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What enables the future workforce?
Apr25

What enables the future workforce?

Retail relies on an engaged and committed workforce. Never was that clearer truer than at the peak of the COVID-19 crisis where the critical role of frontline staff was laid bare – a Waitrose store worker even featured on the cover of Vogue as part of a collective appraisal of their role.    It’s why it’s so critical that retailers take the time to understand the health, wellbeing and engagement of their workforce – and...

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PPE changes for the workforce: Guidance for employers
Apr19

PPE changes for the workforce: Guidance for employers

With new PPE regulations that came into force on 6th April, under the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022, employers that supply safety equipment to employees must carefully assess their health and safety responsibilities.  Micheal Brown, Health & Safety Contact Manager at Citation explains what the changes really mean and addresses key considerations for employers.  Under previous legislation, it...

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Updated PPE Regulations: What you need to know
Apr04

Updated PPE Regulations: What you need to know

From 6 April 2022, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations are being updated. Alex Minett, Head of Product & Markets at CHAS explains what you need to know.   The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 2022 come into force on 6 April 2022, updating the 1992 Regulations to extend employers’ and employees’ duties around PPE to a wider group of workers. PPE is defined as equipment that protects the...

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Top 5 Effects the Pandemic Had on the Recruitment and Staffing Industry
Mar29

Top 5 Effects the Pandemic Had on the Recruitment and Staffing Industry

The onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic had caused havoc worldwide. Not just had the economy sunk, but everything came to a standstill. Recruitment was no exception. Pandemic has fundamentally changed the entire business sector, how we do things at the workplace, and most importantly, how we interact. For example, recruitment is people’s business. It involves communication and in-depth evaluation of candidates at every stage. But...

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Tips for Helping Employees Readjust to Office Life Post-Covid
Mar24

Tips for Helping Employees Readjust to Office Life Post-Covid

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work. For many of us, working from home has become the new normal. But as businesses begin to reopen, employees will have to readjust to office life. Here are 13 tips to help employees make the transition. Set up regular check-ins with your team It’s important to stay connected with your team, even if you’re not in the same physical space. Set up regular check-ins, whether...

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How can employers continue to ensure workplace safety in a post-pandemic world?
Mar24

How can employers continue to ensure workplace safety in a post-pandemic world?

Anil Champaneri, Senior HR Consultant and Technical Lead at Alcumus Two years on from the pandemic and as we adapt to the new normal ways of living, we continue to see a major reset in workplace trends and workforce management strategies. More and more employers have started rolling out hybrid working policies and encouraging staff to return to offices. Last month, the UK government ended the remaining legal COVID-19 restrictions in...

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Many executives swap early morning gym sessions for Covid-19 tests
Mar24

Many executives swap early morning gym sessions for Covid-19 tests

As Covid-19 cases rise, The Regenerative Clinic in Cabot Place has brought opening times forward to deal with the trend of workers testing before starting work each day in the City of London. Office workers returning to their desks have begun daily testing using both PCR and lateral flow. Once they receive certified confirmation of their Covid-19 status they go to work in the office.  The new 7am start will enable those people...

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How to hire remote workers in a post-Covid world
Mar23

How to hire remote workers in a post-Covid world

Needless to say, the workforce has changed dramatically due to Covid-19. Old rules have been set aside, giving rise to the world of hybrid-working, remote-working, and digital nomadism. Never before has such a rapid occupational shift occurred so quickly, raising important questions for hiring and selection. Those soft skills that were essential to face to face working, the detailed competency frameworks that emphasised team working,...

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Employers prefer Covid positive staff to continue working from home
Mar11

Employers prefer Covid positive staff to continue working from home

WITH guidance around Covid testing and self-isolation changing again from 1 April – over half of employers would still recommend that staff who test positive should work from home. While the self-isolation rules have now been lifted, individuals who test positive are still advised (although not required) to stay at home for at least five days. But despite this Government guidance also coming to an end from April 1, employers voting in...

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Supporting employees with long Covid, what can employers do?
Mar04

Supporting employees with long Covid, what can employers do?

Kerry Dulac, Occupational Lead and rehabilitation case manager, HCML As the world begins to ‘re-open’, businesses across the UK are facing a new set of challenges. Employers are now having to navigate the world of hybrid working whilst also having to support employees suffering from long Covid. With an estimated 1.3 million people in the UK [1] suffering from the lasting effects of long Covid, it is integral that employers have...

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A third of businesses plan to scrap self-isolation for workers
Feb22

A third of businesses plan to scrap self-isolation for workers

New research suggests that many British employers won’t require staff who test positive for Covid-19 to self-isolate at home once any remaining legal restrictions are lifted. A poll of 250 business owners, CEOs and senior managers, by HR software provider CIPHR, found that less than half (48%) are planning to keep staff with Covid at home and away from the workplace. One in five (21%) of those surveyed are still unsure how they’ll...

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Over One Million Resignations: Employees’ Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Feb14

Over One Million Resignations: Employees’ Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The number of job vacancies within the UK reached a new record of 1.2 million between October and December last year 2021, which is 462,000 more than pre-pandemic levels according to latest ONS figures. The human health and social work sector, in particular, saw the biggest increase in job vacancies between October and December 2021, rising to a record high of 206,000 openings. This latest figure is a 50% increase on the same period...

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How to support deskless workers through winter blues and COVID fatigue
Feb11

How to support deskless workers through winter blues and COVID fatigue

By Steve Tonks, Senior Vice President of EMEA at WorkForce Software Ask a group of marathon runners to describe the mental stages they go through during a race, and they’ll often give you eerily similar answers. The first few miles pass in a blur of nerves and excitement, before you find your stride around a third of the way through. But push on for another third, and you suddenly ‘hit the wall’. Physical and mental exhaustion,...

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The New Normal
Feb04

The New Normal

As omicron levels drop, it does now feel that we may be heading towards the so-called ‘new-normal’. So, what does this move mean for the workplace? Many employers will have seen the benefits of remote working over the last two years in terms of reduced overheads and better productivity, but they will also be conscious of the challenges remote working presents when trying to create a workplace culture, encourage collaboration or manage...

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