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Shared Services – outdated resource or pivotal protagonist in the new work landscape?

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on how firms operate across the world. Longstanding traditions which were synonymous with the office environment were eradicated almost overnight, creating a brand-new workplace landscape in its wake. As employers adapt to this new normal, it brings a new debate to the forefront of conversations across the nation: what is the future of shared services in HR, and does it have the capabilities to play a pivotal role in today’s modern work landscape or is it simply an outdated resource that is unfit for purpose?

Article by: Neil McLeese, Director - BeyondHR Managing | Published: 21 June 2022

Heightened State of Preparedness – Print – Issue 207 – January 2022 | Article of the Week

COVID-19 exposed the HR profession to crisis management in ways not seen or experienced before in the modern era. As we progress through this insidious pandemic, perceptions and expectations of HR have heightened, with people reliant on answers and solutions. That people bore the brunt was inevitable, with many working remotely, isolated, some vulnerable, they looked to HR for support. That a closer relationship with greater understanding and trust between employees and HR has formed, could be an unexpected positive outcome.


Long COVID: Who does it affect and what are the risks for employers?

There’s still a lot we don’t know about long COVID and its prognosis, making it hard for employers to properly support staff and manage the potential impact on the workforce. Here, Michael Redston, Employment Law Solicitor at law firm Aaron & Partners, answers five questions HR and managers will have about the condition

Article by: Michael Redston, Employment Law Solicitor - Aaron & Partners | Published: 30 December 2021

The double-edged sword of hybrid working

The return to the office was never going to happen in full. Too many upsides have been discovered to return to the way things were: greater flexibility and increased productivity, and reduced commuting costs and real estate needs. It seems that, for those who can, a blend of office-based and remote working is becoming the norm. The upsides make for a great narrative to support this shift to hybrid working, but what of the less-than-positive impacts?

Article by: Ian Lee-Emery, CEO - Head Light | Published: 28 October 2021

WFH employees fear career disadvantages, a leading UK CV writing service, conducted a survey of 3,000 workers and discovered that more than 1 in 3 (39%) employees who are working from home indefinitely are concerned they’re at a disadvantage when it comes to things like leadership visibility and receiving promotions. And when broken down across the UK, this figure was highest in the following counties, where half felt they were at a disadvantage compared to their in-office peers: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire. 

Article by: Andrew Arkley - Purple CV | Published: 18 October 2021

Life after furlough: Its impact on the UK’s unemployment problem

Simon Reichwald, Strategic Lead for Talent at MyKindaFuture, the leading HR tech company specialising in engaging and onboarding underrepresented talent, talks to us about the current unemployment crisis in the UK and looks at the role furlough has played in hiding the scale of the problem.

Article by: Simon Reichwald, Strategic Lead for Talent - MyKindaFuture | Published: 4 October 2021

What UK employment law has to say about COVID-19 and the workplace

An important consideration is, of course, the will of the employees. Employment rights legislation protects those who refuse to go back to the office because they reasonably believe that there is a serious and imminent danger to do so. The protections also apply if an employee takes appropriate steps to protect themselves or others from danger.

Article by: Dee Coakley | Published: 27 September 2021