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Will robots in the workplace increase wealth inequality?

Exposure to increased automation through robotics at work increases the risk of unemployment and decreases wealth accumulation, particularly for less educated households, finds new research from Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. 

Contributor: Peter Remon - Contributor | Published: 21 March 2023

Four-day working week: what are the legal HR considerations?

With the ground-breaking pilot of the four-day working week seeing 56 out of 61 firms extending the reduced working arrangement, business owners have felt the social and commercial value as well as the longevity of the scheme.

Contributor: Nicki Robson, Managing director - Breedon Consulting | Published: 21 March 2023

Are noisy offices preventing people returning to the office?

A recent study into employee productivity by Oscar Acoustics[iii] who spoke to 500 senior management workers found that offices are struggling to deal with the demands created by hybrid working, with excessive noise at the heart of employee grievances which is affecting productivity. They highlight that despite over three quarters of employers implementing hybrid working measures that noise levels were often unbearable, becoming so loud that a quarter of UK workers aged between 18 and 50, expressed serious concern about going back to workstations. Noisy colleagues were the main source of disruption, with office banter the most annoying trait affecting four in ten workers, whilst a third struggle to concentrate alongside near-by video conferencing.

Contributor: Adrian Lewis, Director - Activ People HR | Published: 20 March 2023

Number Crunch – lack of accountants and auditors causing recruitment woes

What is the fastest-growing challenge facing accounting firms and internal audit departments today? More than 90% point to hiring and retaining skilled accountants and auditors. Some are even turning away business due to a shortage of staff.

Contributor: Jill Quinn - Caseware International | Published: 20 March 2023

It needs men to disrupt sexism in the workplace

Gender parity statistics are still shocking and many solutions are leaving men defensive and unsure of how to be involved, and there is an ever-widening gulf between the sexes. Thom Dennis, CEO of Serenity in Leadership, takes a deep dive into the problem and explains 10 ways for men to get involved in neutralising gender bias and discrimination against women.

Contributor: Thom Dennis, CEO - Serenity in Leadership | Published: 19 March 2023

Grim outlook as HR leaders’ growing economic fears revealed

New survey reveals the number of HR leaders predicting business performance to plummet has doubled. They are now being forced to make tough choices on employees' futures, and to be more creative around staff pay and reward.

Contributor: Frank Creighton - Appreciate Business Services | Published: 19 March 2023

CIOs need to look beyond IT

Three years ago, CIOs were winning plaudits from the rest of the c-suite for the way the IT team scrambled to deliver a digital workplace within a matter of days. Now, however, the shine has faded badly. While traditional IT performance measures may point to great system uptime, utilisation and performance, the human digital experience is far from ideal. Indeed, the lack of subjective understanding of the individual employee digital experience is creating serious business problems, from plummeting productivity to staff retention and reputational damage. And yet many CIOs have no idea.

Contributor: Dave Page, Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Actual Experience | Published: 18 March 2023

Employees must act fast to make most of tax allowances

With the end of tax year looming, employees must act fast to make the most of their £20,000 ISA allowance before the deadline of 5 April. After all, the exemption is a ‘use it or lose it’ allowance; in other words, you cannot carry forward unused allowances from previous tax years.

Contributor: Jonathan Watts-Lay, Director - WEALTH at work | Published: 18 March 2023

Tech seriously needs role models for young women

New research commissioned by Samsung, reveals that while two thirds (67%) of 18-25-year-old can imagine a future career in tech, an overwhelming amount (91%) say there are barriers to even considering a role in the industry.

Contributor: Tanya Weller, Marketing Director - Samsung UK and Ireland | Published: 17 March 2023

Future leaders’ progression in jeopardy

A new survey by Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) has found that four four in five managers currently feel that they face a barrier to their career progression. More than half of respondents would like their employers to provide additional support by funding professional development courses or creating the time for employees to attend them.

Contributor: Professor Bryan Lukas - Alliance Manchester Business School | Published: 17 March 2023