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Matrix of pain threatens hybrid workplaces

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Contributor: Andrew Mawson, founder - Advanced Workplace Associates | Published: 20 October 2020

Massive rise in employee assistance requests for legal issues

New figures from employee benefits provider Personal Group reveal a 65% increase in calls to employee assistance programme (EAP) for legal concerns.   The data, which shows nearly a third (30%) of calls were for legal reasons, comes at a time when employees are grappling with new issues in the workplace – ranging from health & safety to furlough rights. It also reflects a post-lockdown rise in divorce enquiries, with Citizens Advice recently sharing that views on its divorce webpage are up by 25%.  

Contributor: Rebekah Tapping, Group HR director - Personal Group | Published: 19 October 2020

Hidden fractures point to a ticking timebomb of remote working

At a time when WFH looks set to continue for many in both the short and long term, ‘hidden fractures’ are forming in the workforce which risk causing irreparable damage to cultures and productivity. That’s according to new research from Totem, the digital culture platform, which is urging employers to take action now to better manage remote working and prevent employee engagement and retention levels falling to an all-time low.

Contributor: Marcus Thornley, CEO - Totem | Published: 18 October 2020

Five ways to rethink talent acquisition

Talent acquisition should be a key focus now as businesses need people with the necessary skills to adjust to changes that occurred due to Covid-19.

Contributor: Nicolas Speeckaert, Co-founder and Director - Skeeled | Published: 17 October 2020

Disability equality cannot be parked during pandemic

A leading non-profit membership organisation is calling for urgent action from Government and business to change the narrative on disability inclusion. The call follows a panel discussion of key employers, campaigners and business organisations which took place at Business Disability Forum’s conference today (14 October) sponsored by HSBC. The panel entitled ‘How do we build on the positive and tackle the negative for disabled people post Covid-19’ highlighted the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on the lives of disabled people.

Contributor: Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum | Published: 16 October 2020

Half of employees feel they cannot be honest about mental health absence

Only half of UK adults would be honest about taking time off work for poor mental health, according to new research from not-for-profit healthcare provider, Benenden Health. For more information about Benenden Health, download its new report ‘The elephant that never left the office: Why stigma is still preventing employees from telling their boss the truth about their mental wellbeing in the workplace’.

Contributor: Benenden Health | Published: 15 October 2020

Emotional reaction to COVID-19 akin to grief for many

RedArc believes that the pandemic is causing many people to experience some of the same emotional reactions as they might during bereavement. The organisation has witnessed employees at various stages of denial, anger, bargaining depression and acceptance, as set out in Kubler-Ross’s Grief cycle, a theory widely accepted by therapists.

Contributor: Christine Husbands, MD - Redarc | Published: 15 October 2020

Mental health is the top priority now

Out of the four key pillars of wellbeing (mental, financial, physical and social), mental wellbeing is the number one priority that employees believe their employer should be responsible for supporting.

Contributor: Katharine Moxham, spokesperson - GriD | Published: 14 October 2020