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Warning of extensive productivity concerns ahead

New findings from Agility in Mind reveal widespread concern about productivity from leading business decision makers with hybrid working models setting in post pandemic. The report shows that over half (51%) of UK business decision makers are worried about productivity in the workplace, with 74% showing at least some concern as we move into the next stages of the Covid crisis.

Contributor: Andrew Jones, CEO - Agility in Mind | Published: 27 October 2021

Toxic workplace cultures are impacting mental health

Two in five employees across the UK have experienced problematic behaviour, such as bullying, harassment or discrimination at work; with 42% confirming toxic workplace culture has impacted their mental health, according to recent research from Culture Shift. The research from the impact software developer also uncovered over one third have felt silenced on issues that matter to them in the workplace, while 29% have taken time off due to an incident that happened at work, such as bullying, harassment, discrimination or sexual misconduct. A further 41% confirmed bad workplace culture has impacted their productivity and 42% have previously left a job due to negative workplace culture.

Contributor: Gemma McCall, CEO - Culture Shift | Published: 27 October 2021

Gov green jobs revolution needs to speed up by 25 times to hit target

Green jobs need to be created at 25 times the current rate if the Government is to meet its target of 440,000 new jobs in green industries by 2030, according to new analysis by the world’s largest job site Indeed. Yesterday ministers announced sweeping new green targets for homes and vehicles, but Indeed's analysis suggests the Government's plans for a Green Industrial Revolution could be “tripped up” by the acute lack of green workers. Indeed's data reveals the salaries paid by many green jobs are below the UK average. The most common green job vacancies this year are for recycling workers, representing 19% of all green job postings on Indeed. This is followed by environmental managers, with 15% of postings, and ecologists at 10%.

Contributor: Jack Kennedy, UK Economist - Indeed | Published: 27 October 2021

Rising concerns remote working will impact career progression

Young professionals and students have far greater concerns about the rise of remote work than their senior counterparts, according to a new report from employer branding specialist Universum.

Contributor: Steve Ward - Universum | Published: 26 October 2021

Graduates outlook on careers is confident despite pandemic

New survey finds finance remains a top career choice, graduates consider more education and credentials, and that optimism exists – but young people are reevaluating their career trajectories

Contributor: Peter Watkins - CFA Institute | Published: 26 October 2021

Many believe equal opportunity will never happen in the workplace

Over half (51%) of professionals don’t believe people from all backgrounds will ever have opportunity to succeed within their organisation according to new research by recruiting experts, Hays.

Contributor: Yvonne Smyth, Group Head of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion - Hays | Published: 26 October 2021

Why it’s time to rethink payroll

Companies use a variety of resources to make strategic decisions, but not many have considered their payroll provider as a resource to make that next move. Here is an industry perspective that dives into how the payroll department has evolved from a service provider to a strategic partner. Businesses don’t think of payroll providers as strategic partners, but payroll data can enable strategy at the c-suite level with a full suite of advanced payroll reporting tools.

Contributor: Fidelma McGuirk, CEO - Payslip | Published: 25 October 2021

Hand SOS signal introduced for victims of modern slavery

Construction leaders back a new SOS Hand Signal to help victims of modern slavery to seek support which has been launched on the UK's Anti-Slavery Day (Monday, 18th October).

Contributor: Mitch Price, Communications Officer - Stronger Together | Published: 25 October 2021

Birthday bonuses and ‘dog days’ top favoured job perks

“What we are experiencing is that candidates are in the driving seat right now, and there is a need for employers to offer an attractive, hybrid working strategy.”

Contributor: Nel Woolcott - Anne Corder Recruitment | Published: 25 October 2021