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Employers warned not to force employees to take COVID-19 vaccine

UK employers can’t force their employees to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, XpertHR warns as it launches new HR resources on vaccinations for staff - but they should inform their workforce about the vaccination programme and encourage them to be vaccinated.

Contributor: Jeya Thiruchelvam, Managing Editor - XpertHR | Published: 13 January 2021

Employers reveal top skills required for 2021

As the New Year gets underway, there is a renewed focus on skills and development within the world of work. However, according to new research from recruiting experts, Hays, the skills which organisations are most in need of and those which employees want to develop are different.

Contributor: Simon Winfield, Managing Director - Hays UK & Ireland | Published: 12 January 2021

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Will Covid-19 level playing field for disabled workforce?

Ahead of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Thursday, and as we mark the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act, The Instant Group, the flexible workspace providers, hope that Covid-19 will finally level the playing field the UK's disabled workforce. And not because the large majority of workers are now working from home - but because the pandemic has forced businesses to think more flexibly about the way they work and where they work from. Agility and flexibility have been bought to the fore and this opens up a whole new world of possibility and opportunity for the disabled workforce.

Contributor: John Duckworth – Managing Director UK & EMEA - The Instant Group | Published: 11 January 2021

Leaders and managers lack the skills they need to lead through times of crisis

In what has been an incredibly difficult year for many businesses, leaders and managers have truly been put to the test and, in some cases, their skills have not been up to scratch. That’s according to new research from ILM – a City & Guilds Group business and the UK’s leading provider of leadership qualifications – which finds that nearly three quarters of employees surveyed (73%) believe that some part of the company’s leadership has been lacking during the pandemic.

Contributor: David Phillips, Managing Director - City & Guilds and ILM | Published: 10 January 2021

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Endometriosis – support in the workplace is vital

One of the country’s leading endometriosis specialists has said that communication is key when it comes to employers supporting members of staff who have been diagnosed with the condition. ..

Contributor: Angela Yates, Physiotherapist and Ergonomic Consultant - Ergonix | Published: 9 January 2021

Managing a fragmented and isolated workforce during this winter is a big concern

 Wales is going into a ‘firebreak’ lockdown from Friday[i]. Other areas of the UK are in different tiers of the new Covid tier system, with several northern regions now living under the most severe restrictions of tier 3. Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence, says as the situation is continually evolving, employers will find the next few months hugely challenging. Adrian says, “While the government’s advice is for people to work from home where possible, the reality is that many work in roles not designed for remote working, some will be isolating and there are different restrictions in regions across Britain – making it exceptionally difficult to manage people and keep track of where they are working.”

Contributor: Adrian Lewis, Director - Activ Absence | Published: 8 January 2021

What will influence future employee benefits?

The unprecedented impact of Covid-19 on our needs and how we work has already impacted employer thinking around benefits engagement – helping employees get value from the benefits and associated services on offer. Whilst for many, flexible benefits will continue to work as a pillar of their strategy, the focus on day-to-day support for employees, from fitness and wellbeing, to managing budgets and taking advantage of discounts and savings, will take centre stage for the foreseeable future.

Contributor: Matthew Gregson, Head of Corporate - Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbein | Published: 7 January 2021

How Collaborative Technology Can Revive Internal Communication For Remote Workers

For the majority of professionals this year, the traditional bustle of career life has shifted to a slower pace of working remotely, with this in mind, organisations need to find better ways to help engage and support their employees. If you haven’t adopted explainer videos into your operations, now is a perfect time to consider a shift.

Contributor: Natasha Swycher | Published: 6 January 2021

2021 will be “a year of movement”, despite pandemic

New research by reed.co.uk, the UK’s largest online jobs board, has found that the majority of workers were not put off looking for jobs this year and remain optimistic about future prospects, despite the impact of the pandemic on the economy. In a survey of 1,521 respondents, 59% said they continued to seek new opportunities, and this has lead James Reed, Chairman of REED, to predict that 2021 will be a year of positive movement in the UK labour market.

Contributor: James Reed - reed.co.uk | Published: 4 January 2021

Lockdown appears to have improved employer/employee communications

Lord Price and Andrew Hirsch launched WorkL and Engaging Business back in 2017. The company now helps over 250 businesses globally improve the happiness and engagement of their teams and has seen over 20,000 individuals globally take the free WorkL Happy At Work Test which helps people determine how happy they are in their current job.

Contributor: Andrew Hirsch, Co-Founder - Engaging Business | Published: 4 January 2021