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Return-to-Office Plans Largely on Course, but concerns over hybrid

Littler, the world’s largest employment and labour law practice representing management, has released its fourth annual European Employer Survey Report, completed by more than 530 human resources executives, in-house attorneys and business leaders based mainly across Western and Southern Europe. The survey data provides insight into the myriad forces transforming the European workplace and how employers are approaching return-to-office plans, new work models and other emergent workforce issues amid the continued uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contributor: Laura Jousselin, Littler partner in France. | Published: 21 November 2021

LGBTQ+ and minority ethnic groups worst effected by discrimination

Almost a quarter of employees have experienced discrimination in the workplace, despite half of companies implementing diversity policies, according to new research from the world’s largest job site Indeed. This proportion increases to nearly half (49%) for employees from a minority ethnic background and 47% for employees who identify as LGBTQ+. A third (33%) of workers with disabilities say they have also experienced discrimination at work.

Contributor: Misty Gaither, Senior Director, Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging - Indeed | Published: 20 November 2021

Flexible working ranked top priority

Cendex, part of XpertHR, reveals that flexible working is now a top priority for job candidates, identified by 70% of HR professionals surveyed when asked about their experience of the recruitment process.

Contributor: Scott Walker, Managing Director - Cendex | Published: 20 November 2021

Leaders concerned they are failing to focus on diversity and inclusion

New findings from the Advanced Business Trends Report 2021/22 say that 58% of UK senior employees believe the main focus of their organisation to be business growth and development, not D&I. in fact, only 40% believed that improving D&I is a business priority over the next 12 months

Contributor: Gordon Wilson - Advanced | Published: 19 November 2021

Hybrid working could save the NHS more than £4 billion per year

A major new study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research and Virgin Media O2 Business has found that the positive effects of hybrid working, ranging from more time for exercising to extra hours spent caring for family members, could save the NHS more than £4 billion per year.

Contributor: Jo Bertram, Managing Director, Business and Wholesale - Virgin Media O2 | Published: 19 November 2021

Highest death risks for global employee health revealed

Employers sending staff to overseas assignments will be governed by Foreign Office advice on safety and security regarding civil unrest and natural disasters, but what of the silent killers that can have a devastating impact an employees’ health? Deaths from cardiovascular disease and cancers far outweigh deaths from conflict, terrorism, and natural disasters, and must be given consideration.

Contributor: Sarah Dennis, Head of International - Towergate Health & Protection | Published: 19 November 2021

Skills shortage is becoming extremely concerning

Almost all (94%) retailers are ‘worried’ about talent shortages in the retail industry, with four in 10 (40%) ‘extremely worried’, according to new market research by the leading global software provider for the retail and hospitality sectors, Fourth. This number is as high as 100% of retail leaders in attractions, clothing, and automotive industries.

Contributor: Sebastien Sepierre, Managing Director – EMEA, Fourth | Published: 18 November 2021

Employers must ensure application process is inclusive for disabled workers

These insights are in response to the findings of a survey of more than 2,100 adults which indicated that two in five disabled workers said they have faced financial difficulty during the pandemic compared with around one in four non-disabled workers.

Contributor: Tom Lakin, Innovations Director - Resource Solutions | Published: 18 November 2021

Time to reimagine the commute

To mark Commute Smart Week, employee benefits provider Sodexo Engage shares 3 ways employers can support employees travelling to and from the office. With more commuters venturing into the workplace, employers need to consider how they can support and reduce any burden, ranging from costs to safety measures. By following Sodexo’s guide, employers can make a real difference to their staff’s commute and look to ease their work routines.

Contributor: Jamie Mackenzie, Director - Sodexo Engage | Published: 18 November 2021

Privileged candidates are far more confident in job searching

A new report from Totaljobs and the Social Mobility Foundation reveals how a lack of career confidence among people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and is holding millions back from applying for the record number of vacancies currently available.

Contributor: Jon Wilson, CEO at Totaljobs | Published: 17 November 2021