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Lockdown fuels rise in livingroom entrepreneurs

Economic turmoil and a significant change in people’s daily routine has allowed much time for reflection. The survey data found the top reason for people wanting to start their own business was the prospect of being their own boss [24%] and a further 21% wanted a sense of purpose.

Contributor: Irana Wasti, President GoDaddy EMEA | Published: 13 July 2020

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How can HR teams manage holiday leave challenges post Covid-19?

During the crisis, the government announced that untaken statutory holiday leave could be carried over for two years if it wasn’t practical to take it in the current year because of coronavirus[ii]. However, Adrian Lewis says whilst this is good news for the employee, it could leave businesses short staffed at a critical time.

Contributor: Adrian Lewis, Director - Activ Absence | Published: 12 July 2020

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Seventy-five percent don’t have sufficient savings to fall back on

According to a recent survey from Smarterly, three quarters of individuals say that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has made them realise the importance of having a savings pot to fall back on in the event of unexpected circumstances.

Contributor: Steve Watson, Head of Proposition - Smarterly | Published: 12 July 2020

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Right now, all workers are key workers

As the nation’s businesses return to work after the national lockdown, Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing (Howden) is strongly encouraging employers to learn some important lessons from the last few difficult months.  In particular the benefits intermediary believes that employers should perhaps more readily recognise two – often underinsured – people risks within their businesses. 

Contributor: Steve Herbert, Head of Benefits Strategy - Howdens | Published: 11 July 2020

Many long-term absent employees are not being well supported

A third of employers (31 per cent) do not make any early interventions to help staff return to work in the event that they’re absent for longer than six months owing to ill health, disability or injury.

Contributor: Katharine Moxham, spokesperson, GRiD | Published: 11 July 2020

Working women under huge pressure during lockdown

Working women face immense pressure at home, despite lockdown measures being lifted, as the burden to perform professionally collides with domestic duties, according to new research from NEOMA Business School and emlyon Business School.

Contributor: Natalie Clavijo - NEOMA Business School & Ludivine Perray-Redslob - Emlyon Business School | Published: 10 July 2020

London commuters have saved thousands in travel costs over lockdown

A study has revealed that working from home saves London commuters an average of 23.5 days per year in travel time or the equivalent of £10,020 in unpaid time. It also saves workers an average of £5,114 in travel costs (i.e. 18% of the average annual London net post-tax salary).  

Contributor: Brendon Craigie, Managing Director, Tyto PR | Published: 10 July 2020

Chancellor must ensure disabled job seekers are not left behind

There was much to be welcomed in the Chancellor’s economic statement today. But we are concerned that there was no acknowledgement of the specific barriers facing many disabled job seekers. Even before the pandemic, disabled people were far less likely to be in paid employment than their non-disabled peers.

Contributor: Diane Lightfoot, CEO - Business Disability Forum | Published: 9 July 2020

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41% of leaders looking to recruit in next three months

Survey conducted in May, and repeated in June, shows leaders are working harder, but not smarter as lockdown increasingly takes its toll

Contributor: Orlando Martins, Founder & CEO - ORESA | Published: 9 July 2020