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Quarter of firms looking to downsize or close locations post-pandemic

With many office workers having worked remotely or in a hybrid environment for over a year, business attitudes towards on premise locations and flexible working are changing . 26% of UK businesses are now set to close, downsize or consolidate their offices post pandemic as a result, while over half (53%) will now enable some form of flexible and remote working.

Contributor: Duncan Casemore, Co-Founder & CTO - Applaud | Published: 11 May 2021

Construction sector falling short on COVID testing

A new survey, conducted by Structural Repairs via PollFish found that 42% of respondents have reported they do not get tested regularly for COVID-19 when working jobs which are on-site.

Contributor: Ana Delgado - Structural Repairs | Published: 11 May 2021

UK businesses braced for surge in litigation claims

The risk of business litigation is both financial and reputational plus is highly time consuming for management. Organisations should speak to their insurance broker to check they have insurance cover in place and seek risk management advice to help prevent and defend any potential claims.

Contributor: Gary Fletcher, South Managing Director (Retail Division) - Gallagher | Published: 7 May 2021

Virtual international assignments are expected to stay post-pandemic

The global pandemic has forced the widespread adoption of remote working around the world, meaning companies have naturally seen a reduction in employees travelling and relocating overseas over the last year. It is expected that it could take up to two years for international assignment numbers to return to pre-pandemic levels. A survey by global mobility expert, ECA International (ECA) analysed how firms have adapted throughout the pandemic, as well as how this experience is expected to affect the nature of future international assignments. Currently, over a quarter (27%) of companies have virtual assignees and a further 6% are planning to in the near future.

Contributor: Natalie Garland - for ECA International | Published: 5 May 2021

Phased return to work schedule – what are the steps to consider?

The return to work after COVID-19 is a much-anticipated milestone – but for employers who work with expats, there’s the added complexity of international rules. Understanding the government guidelines and protocols can help to secure a safe return for your overseas staff.

Contributor: Kim McClatchie, Head of HR - William | Published: 3 May 2021

Employers must understand the ongoing issues of long COVID

Long Covid could have a big impact for employers for many months to come. It is a relatively new illness that is not yet fully understood and may keep employees from returning to work for indeterminate amounts of time. So how can employers support employees with Long Covid?

Contributor: Brett Hill, distribution director -Towergate Health & Protection | Published: 22 April 2021

64 percent don’t want to return to work until everyone is vaccinated

As lockdown starts to lift, more people are having to think about going back to work as normal. That means commutes, offices, cafeterias, and face to face meetings. When asked how they feel about returning to work, 60% of respondents said that they are worried about going back to the office before everyone is vaccinated.  64% of UK workers said that they don’t believe that anyone should go back to an office until everyone is vaccinated. 

Contributor: David Lee, MD - CPD Online College | Published: 21 April 2021