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Staff will not return to the office full-time post-pandemic, say business leaders

Staff will not return to the office full-time post-pandemic, say business leaders

Around four-fifths of business leaders have confessed that they do not believe employees will return to pre-pandemic ways of working, specifically working full-time in an office space. People will never return to the offices at the same rate as before the pandemic,...

Morrisons slashes sick pay for unvaccinated employees

Morrisons slashes sick pay for unvaccinated employees

Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket, is set to cut sick pay for unvaccinated workers who need to self-isolate. The company has justified the decision by saying that the intention is to encourage vaccine uptake, but also to mitigate the “biblical costs” of...

Counselling shown to be UK’s most popular benefit

Counselling shown to be UK’s most popular benefit

New research shows that nine in ten businesses (89 per cent) offer counselling as part of their reward strategy, making it the most popular benefit to provide among UK organisations. In fact, counselling itself has become more popular among UK businesses, with the...

Candidate supply falls to record low as hiring continues

Candidate supply falls to record low as hiring continues

As the country experiences an unprecedented drop in candidate supply, hiring activity continues to accelerate. The latest KPMG and REC, UK Report on Jobs has shown the sharpest increase in permanent placements on record, alongside temp billings expanding at a...

TUC calls for economic reset to tackle pandemic class divide

TUC calls for economic reset to tackle pandemic class divide

The TUC has called for an urgent “economic reset” in order to tackle the way the pandemic has exacerbated the class divide in Britain. This comes as the union has published new data showing that low-income workers continue to bear the brunt of the pandemic with little...

Lawyers urge caution over instating “work from anywhere” policies

Lawyers urge caution over instating “work from anywhere” policies

In a move to offer staff more ways of flexible working, many employers have chosen to allow their workforce to work remotely from a location of their choice. However, employment solicitors warn that this could have some unintended, negative consequences. Over the past...

Business confidence reaches four-year high

Business confidence reaches four-year high

According to a new survey, UK business confidence has reached highs unparalleled in recent years, with economic optimism continuing to grow. The latest Lloyds Bank Business Barometer has recorded a record growth in business confidence, increasing by six points to 36...

British Airways facing major cost issues as furlough ends

British Airways facing major cost issues as furlough ends

British Airways has warned staff that it is facing “serious” problems over wage costs as the furlough scheme is set to end in September. Officially known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, furlough is already winding down, with the current level of government...

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Howard Lewis: Managing the return to the office

Howard Lewis: Managing the return to the office

2020 was the year when employees in the UK proved work could get done no matter where workers were physically located. The pandemic has shown organisations should trust their people to be productive even when away from the office. Now, as rules begin to ease, a new...

Joanne Skilton: HR trends to watch out for in 2021

Joanne Skilton: HR trends to watch out for in 2021

5 HR trends to watch in 2021 After a year of unparalleled changes, many HR teams are taking a step back and asking what exactly makes for a captivating employee experience in 2021 and beyond. There’s no doubt that policies need to be altered as we move into the new...

Sabby Gill: How can HR leaders successfully strengthen their workforce

Sabby Gill: How can HR leaders successfully strengthen their workforce

It’s no understatement to say the way we work has changed forever. COVID-19 has thrown whole industries into disarray - hospitality, the arts and travel all but ceased trading in 2020. Millions of people still remain on furlough in the UK despite the easing of...

Thomas Seymour: The impact of COVID-19 on the future workforce

Thomas Seymour: The impact of COVID-19 on the future workforce

According to research by McKinsey, around 7.6 million jobs and 24 per cent of the UK workforce were at risk because of COVID-19- related lockdowns. The disrupted market has led to a soar in unemployment with it being revealed that over 307,000 people are still away...

Ruth Cornish: The pivotal role of HR during the pandemic

Ruth Cornish: The pivotal role of HR during the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the importance of human resources and people (HR) professionals unlike nothing else. Over the last year, HR practitioners (both in-house and the independents) have become a sought-after resource for anxious business leaders at firms...

Jason Fowler: How HR can make hybrid working a success

Jason Fowler: How HR can make hybrid working a success

Twelve months ago, HR teams were in sombre meeting rooms deciding what to do next. It was the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, not just in the UK, but globally, and protocol – at least for most – did not extend to COVID-19. Where once profit margins and pay...

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