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Is this what the office of the future looks like?

Experts from Specialist Glass Products share their predictions on what office design trends will be popular this year following on from 2020 which dramatically changed how all types of businesses were able to function.

Contributor: Frankie Lyons - KC Communications | Published: 8 February 2021

Minority ethnic talent progression impossible without “deep work” of stakeholders.

The Middle: Progressing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Talent in the Workplace Through Collaborative Action*, is one of the only reports to offer actionable frameworks for businesses, specifically tailored to addressing the challenges of the UK market.

Contributor: Sophie Chandauka, Co-Founder - Black British Business Awards | Published: 8 February 2021

Lockdowns are sending “liveability” in cities spiralling down

*The 2021 Location Rating research and analysis took place between June and November 2020, with all scoring accurate at the time of publication, in terms of pandemic-related restrictions, on 13th November.

Contributor: Neil Ashman, Senior Location Ratings Analyst at ECA International | Published: 7 February 2021

Could 2021 be the year of the freelancer?

For HR professionals looking to make the leap into self-employment, the moment might just have arrived. Insurance broker PolicyBee has uncovered that online searches for freelancers in the HR industry increased by more than 11% over the last year

Contributor: Kerri-Ann Hockley, Head of Customer Service - PolicyBee | Published: 7 February 2021

How will the pandemic experience shape the future of L&D?

Without tangibly evidencing employee improvement and competency to key stakeholders, L&D teams are a putting their own roles at risk and may actually be providing firms with further leverage to consider slashing learning budgets in the future.

Contributor: Adrian Harvey, CEO - Elephants Don't Forget | Published: 6 February 2021

Disruption to cancer services means more employers predicted to fall back on PMI

The latest lockdown is causing growing concern about the potential disruption to cancer services, leading more employers to consider Private Medical Insurance (PMI) for their employees. Early referral, diagnosis and treatment can be the difference between life and death.

Contributor: Cheryl Brennan, Executive Director for Health and Benefits at Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing | Published: 5 February 2021

The office is not dead… some even miss the commute

We were expecting everyone to say they looked back upon commuting and physical meetings in the same way most people view the practice of dressing for dinner in the 19th century. But almost twice as many people miss business travel than think it looks outdated

Contributor: Victoria Short, CEO - Randstad UK | Published: 5 February 2021

Employers urged to show common sense and understanding over home schooling

Businesses face longer-term problems if bosses do not show common sense and sympathy to help staff balance work and home schooling, an employment law expert says. Ben Doherty, Head of Employment at Scottish legal firm Lindsays, has issued a reminder that flexible furlough can be used to help manage professional and personal demands.

Contributor: Ben Doherty, Partner and Head of Employment - Lindsays | Published: 5 February 2021

So what are the big five issues for HR in 2021?

Launched to market in January 2021, caseflowhr is more than just a case management system. Co-founder and Managing Director, Greg Hartigan discusses the five HR changes to watch out for in 2021.

Contributor: Greg Hartigan, Co-founder and Managing Director - caseflowhr | Published: 4 February 2021