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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Three quarters of business leaders admit to hiding pandemic-induced stress from their team
Jan28

Three quarters of business leaders admit to hiding pandemic-induced stress from their team

Three quarters of business leaders have admitted that the last two years have been incredibly stressful, but they had hidden that stress from their team. This is according to a major new report from Capitalise, the small business platform that gives small businesses and their adviser transparency and control over their business finance all in one place. The report, titled Get Fit for Business, commissioned independent research company...

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How to Eat Mindfully When Working Remotely
Jan24

How to Eat Mindfully When Working Remotely

Working remotely has so many benefits – constant access to a kettle and answering those pesky emails in your PJs! While there are certainly many benefits, working from home can come with some downsides as well. One of the main ones being a struggle to eat mindfully. After all, you have access to your fridge, countless shops and delivery services to tempt you. This article considers the main ways that you can maintain mindful eating...

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Employers are failing staff on helping reduce home energy costs
Jan21

Employers are failing staff on helping reduce home energy costs

Following yesterday’s government announcement to relax working from home guidance, millions of workers will be today discussing with their employer when they might return to the office. But will they be discussing the impact of all this working from home on their rising energy bills? Probably not.  New research reveals businesses are not providing enough support or advice to employees on how to reduce energy costs. Neither are...

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HR Dilemma of the Day: Can I force my staff to work if they are showing Covid symptoms?
Jan21

HR Dilemma of the Day: Can I force my staff to work if they are showing Covid symptoms?

Almost 1 million Brits are self-isolating right now, leaving a lot of businesses short-staffed and struggling to keep up with their workload. Whether testing positive for Covid or being identified as a close contact in the case of someone who is unvaccinated, current self-isolation rules mean at least five full days of staying at home. The Government recognises the issues for businesses across the country right now and so has reduced...

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Employers must provide overseas staff with support for everyday illnesses, not just Covid
Jan12

Employers must provide overseas staff with support for everyday illnesses, not just Covid

Employees working abroad need support for everyday illnesses and chronic conditions, not just major health incidents such as Covid. Although the pandemic has taken the headlines recently, it’s important that other illnesses and conditions are not forgotten. Sarah Dennis, head of international at Towergate Health & Protection, says: “There is a tendency to think of the bigger health issues when it comes to supporting employees...

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Can employers cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff?
Jan11

Can employers cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff?

Companies including IKEA and Wessex Water are reportedly cutting sick pay for unvaccinated employees who are self-isolating; instead of receiving full pay, they will now only be eligible for SSP. Under current Government guidance, people in England who have received at least 2 doses of the Covid vaccine are not required to self-isolate, however, unvaccinated people contacted through the test-and-trace system must still do so by law....

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Productivity, not Presenteeism: 2022 Predictions
Jan10

Productivity, not Presenteeism: 2022 Predictions

As we step into year three of the pandemic, it has become clear that uncertainty is the new certainty. Since Covid-19 swept the globe in 2020, organisations have scrambled to adjust to the disruption, taking whatever steps they can to survive. But while the pandemic is still devastating parts of the world, we are starting to see some transition towards normalcy, helped...

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How to Best Look After Your Team
Jan07

How to Best Look After Your Team

Looking after your team is a no-brainer as a business. They’re the people who drive your productivity, and even a couple of absences can have adverse ripple effects across your firm. But perhaps more pertinently, from a business perspective, there are understandably strict protocols and regulations in place to protect workers in the workplace. If you’re found to have contravened these, you could be liable for fines and litigation. As...

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6 tips to enjoy working from home
Jan07

6 tips to enjoy working from home

Over the last couple of years, there have been several seismic changes to how we work. Unprecedented events like the Covid-19 outbreak have meant that office spaces have been left empty or at reduced capacity for months. The number of people working from home has more than doubled since the pandemic began, which has meant that many people have had to adapt to this new way of working. Although many have taken happily to the flexibility...

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‘Ride out the wave’? Only by keeping available staff on board
Jan07

‘Ride out the wave’? Only by keeping available staff on board

With Omicron surpassing 200,000 daily cases and the government warning that some workforces could see absence rates as high as 25%, many businesses are facing enormous staffing challenges as they begin the new year. Will it be possible for companies to ‘ride out the wave’, as per Boris Johnson’s aim for the NHS? Only with a crystal-clear employee relations strategy and optimised management processes, asserts Toma Pagojute, chief HR...

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How to support your workforce remotely this January
Jan05

How to support your workforce remotely this January

Amy Tomlinson, Head of HR at MetLife shares five tips on how you can show your workforce that you’re there for them as they continue to work from home this January. “A supportive workplace is essential. Happy employees are more engaged, creative, and open to making constructive suggestions that can help the business prosper. It’s important to maintain momentum to regularly check in with colleagues and employees, particularly in the...

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