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Labour shortage caused by post-Lockdown Boom – not “Brexodus”

“If you find the right person, move fast - much faster than you would have done two years ago. There are so many organisations looking to hire right now that, if you move slowly, you will miss out on the top talent"

Contributor: Brooke Vandenberg - Ranstad | Published: 19 September 2021

Nearly all fire doors would fail inspection

Businesses must take fire safety seriously. The fittings of the door can be the different between a passing or failing inspection not just the door itself and, in a serious situation, could actually make the difference between life and death.

Contributor: Gavin Scarr Hall, Health & Safety Director - Peninsula | Published: 18 September 2021

Office germ hotspots – hand sanitiser bottle can be dirtier than a toilet seat

COVID-19 and the long term effects of the pandemic has meant that businesses are all becoming more conscious of keeping communal areas safe for workers returning to the office. With many office workers returning to the workplace, at least on a flexible basis over the past few months, it is important to understand the danger areas for harbouring germs and bacteria.

Contributor: Eileen Calder, Product Manager Wipes, EMEIA - Chicopee | Published: 17 September 2021

Poor tech experience is draining engagement

London, Wednesday 8th September, 2021 – New research of 2,000 UK hybrid workers has revealed the scale of lost time and money businesses are experiencing as they undergo the post-pandemic shift to a hybrid model. The survey, from workforce analytics specialist, Scalable Software, finds an average of 6.96 hours per week are wasted as employees struggle with a lack of access to technology and with technology that doesn’t work. This equates to a significant annual productivity loss of £2.1bn for UK PLC*. The survey also highlights the impact that substandard technology and poor digital experiences are having on wellbeing. Employees are working an extra 2.2 weeks a year because of poorly designed workflows, a lack of user-friendly applications, and because they are not equipped with the right technology.

Contributor: Mark Devereux, CTO - Scalable Software | Published: 16 September 2021

What are the emerging threats to productivity in the new normal?

Despite their best efforts in facilitating remote work, many businesses and their employees have struggled when it comes to productivity; not because of laziness or geography, but due to something that could easily be referred to as a ‘notification overload’

Contributor: Alex Arundale, Chief People Officer - Advanced | Published: 15 September 2021

Female entrepreneurship is booming since pandemic

Coursera, Inc. (NYSE: COUR), one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, has released a new study that examines the pandemic’s impact on skills and learning trends among women. The Women and Skills Report compares pre-pandemic enrollment and performance data with trends observed on the Coursera platform since the onset of the pandemic through June 2021. Women in the UK are learning online at higher rates compared to pre-pandemic, representing 52% of new learners in 2021, up from 46% in 2019, according to Coursera data. This places the UK at 7th globally in terms of highest number of women learners, with more women also participating in certificate training programs aimed at entry-level digital jobs.

Contributor: Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO - Coursera | Published: 14 September 2021

Guide to a safe and secure post-pandemic workplace

As rush hour traffic returns to pre-pandemic levels and bosses call time on working from home, photo ID card specialists Digital ID share a handful of expert tips to help formulate your plan, ease re-entry anxiety and safely manage employees and visitors on their return to the workplace.

Contributor: Jonathan Fell - Digital ID | Published: 14 September 2021