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How can we democratise maternity care?

In a 2019 UNICEF report of the wealthiest countries, the UK ranked among the lowest for family-friendly workplace policies, including parental leave and childcare services for children aged 0-6 years old.  

Contributor: Chris Brown - Loytech | Published: 26 November 2021

Outdated attitudes risk widening inequalities in hybrid workplace

Employers could undo the progress made over the last 18 months and deepen workplace inequalities if organisations fail to override the deep-rooted perceptions of ‘office culture’, new Work Foundation research suggests. Led by the Work Foundation and the Chartered Management Institute, the study reveals almost 9 in 10 workers don’t want to return to pre-Covid working patterns but finds ‘outdated’ views of the workplace still stand. Without the right planning and support, researchers say the new ‘hybrid model’ could exacerbate already existing inequalities in the workplace.

Contributor: Ben Harrison - Work Foundation | Published: 25 October 2021

Hybrid working set to bring 3.8 million “locked out” Brits into employment

Major new study by Virgin Media O2 Business and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) shows an increase in hybrid working could bring 3.8 million people previously unable to work back into the workforce and could boost GDP by £48bn annually as part-time workers increase their working hours.

Contributor: Jo Bertram, Managing Director, Business and Wholesale - Virgin Media O2 | Published: 5 October 2021

Overcoming the return to the office challenges

Research from LifeSearch highlighted that  44% of British employees want some form of hybrid working, but this dropped to just 27% for over-55s, with 46% saying they would rather be full-time in the workplace and 21% preferring to be at home full-time. But how do employers manage these different demands successfully and keep track of staff?

Contributor: Adrian Lewis, Director - Activ Absence | Published: 3 October 2021

Is an asynchronous working environment really viable?

With so-called Freedom Day drawing near, organisations are putting plans in place for reopening workspaces, primarily on a hybrid basis. But on top of a newly distributed workforce, the traditional 9 to 5 could cease to exist once restrictions ease, according to new research of over 2,000 UK-based office workers from identity firm Okta and Censuswide.

Contributor: Samantha Fisher, Head of Dynamic Work - Okta | Published: 1 July 2021

Top tips for a stress-free return to the office

Alex Hattingh, Employment Hero's CPO, shares tips and advice for HR officers and managers to ensure a stress-free transition back into the workplace.

Contributor: Alex Hattingh, Chief People Officer - Employment Hero | Published: 3 June 2021

How homeworking is changing the bricks and mortar proposition

Stonewater will be continuing its shift to more digital ways of working, following a survey of its 700 colleagues. The survey revealed that 89 per cent of its colleagues wanted to continue working from home, with future workspaces shaped around providing opportunities for collaborative, creative and lone working.

Contributor: Jenny Sawyer, Director of People, Culture and Change - Stonewater | Published: 1 June 2021