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Fifty-five percent of organisations face digital skills shortage

55% of UK private and public sector workers say their employer is experiencing a digital skills shortage, according to new national research from Virgin Media O2 Business and Censuswide.

Contributor: Mike Smith - Virgin Media O2 Business | Published: 21 September 2022

Few employers support men’s urology health

Just 18% of employers provide urology support for their male employees. Employers who do not address this will pay a high price in terms of the health and wellbeing of their male employees and those who were assigned male at birth.

Contributor: Mridula Pore, CEO - Peppy | Published: 20 September 2022

What’s causing a serious breakdown in employee connectivity?

UK employees with a lower sense of belonging have an 80 per cent stronger intention to quit their jobs than those who feel comfortable at work, according to research by BetterUp Labs1, which  is BetterUp’s behavioural research lab that brings together business, academia, and science to conduct validated and peer-reviewed studies.

Contributor: Erin Eatough, Manager of Behavioral Science and Lead Researcher - BetterUp Labs | Published: 20 September 2022

Queen Elizabeth II – 1926 – 2022

In remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II, all of the team at theHRDIRECTOR would like to express our sincere condolences and best wishes to the Royal Family. While we should all rightly mourn her sad passing, we should also celebrate her extraordinary life, her unstinting service of 70 years as Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth and the incredible legacy she leaves behind.

Contributor: Jason Spiller - theHRDIRECTOR editor | Published: 17 September 2022

There are now 9.9 million home workers in the UK

Peterborough-based Anne Corder Recruitment says now is as important as ever to ensure that employees are supported in their home/hybrid working role, with employers maintaining a duty of care to their team.

Contributor: Nel Woolcott - Anne Corder Recruitment | Published: 16 September 2022

Lack of investment in ‘frontline’ managers will lead to mental health crisis

According to a recent WorkNest poll, 79% of employers and HR professionals have not provided line managers with training to support employees with their mental health and wellbeing. This is despite most (93%) employers being aware of their mental health and wellbeing responsibilities.

Contributor: Rob Evans, Senior HR Consultant - WorkNest | Published: 16 September 2022

Concerns over-the-counter CBD products contain psychoactive constituents

Workplace drug testing and the regulation of CBD products have come under scrutiny, following reports of illegal cannabis levels in over-the-counter CBD products and a failed workplace drug test linked to the consumption of these products.

Contributor: Lolita Tsanaclis, Chief Scientific Officer - Cansford Laboratories | Published: 15 September 2022

Most FTSE 100 companies have failed to publish menopause support commitment

Almost two-thirds of FTSE 100 companies (60%) have failed to publish menopause support policies, new research has found. The research, released by INvolve to mark the release of the annual Heroes Women Role Model Lists, demonstrates how far workplaces still have to go in their commitment to the inclusion of women – particularly as they age.

Contributor: Suki Sandhu OBE, Founder and CEO - INvolve | Published: 15 September 2022

The Queen’s funeral will be a bank holiday – what do businesses need to know?

Employers may wish to look back at how they have treated extra bank holidays in the past and do the same now. The difference is that there has always been lots of notice for previous extra bank holidays which isn’t the case with this one. To understand the baseline position on time off, contracts of employment need to be checked to determine whether employees have a contractual right to time off even if they don’t have a legal right.

Contributor: Kate Palmer - Peninsula UK | Published: 14 September 2022

Remote workers with cancer could become more isolated

With more employees embracing hybrid working than ever before, RedArc urges employers to ensure that all employees, but especially those with severe illnesses like cancer, do not become increasingly isolated.

Contributor: Christine Husbands, MD - RedArc Nurses | Published: 14 September 2022