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    Dressing for success post-pandemic: is smart casual here to stay?

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    Specialist recruiter Randstad has revealed that three in ten (28%) of Brits want to ditch smart casual or formal office dress codes once they’re back in the office. In a poll of 586 jobseekers, 48 per cent would like to keep the pre-pandemic smart casual dress code, while nearly a quarter (24%) would like to […]

    67% of UK employees will keep wearing masks at work, CIPHR research shows

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    A new survey of over 1,000 UK workers, carried out by HR software provider CIPHR, has revealed some key insights on employee attitudes to returning to their ‘usual’ workplace and how employers have (or in some cases have not) helped prepare their staff for the transition back. Before the coronavirus pandemic, when everything changed, that ‘usual workplace’ for […]

    Unlocking business growth through hybrid working

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    By Sridhar Iyengar, Managing Director at Zoho Europe… The global Coronavirus pandemic has completely transformed working practices, ushering in a new era of remote and flexible working standards that are set to continue indefinitely, even when full restrictions lift in the UK this month. With millions of workers set for an at least partial return […]

    The challenges of managing a partially-vaccinated workforce

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    By Daniel Parker, Associate in the Employment practice at Winckworth Sherwood After over a year of dismay and disruption, the relaxation of COVID-related public health measures in parts of the UK this summer suggests a potential return to some form of normality, whatever that may look like. Badged as ‘Freedom Day’ in the press, the guidance […]

    FREEDOM DAY: Relaxation of workplace Covid rules will create new stress points for companies

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    Employers will from today (Monday July 19th) no longer have to comply with Covid restrictions set by the Government. However, the removal of restrictions does not mean an easy situation for employers. Decisions about how and when to bring staff back into the workplace and how to manage employees who have different views about safety, […]

    FREEDOM DAY: Bosses facing backlash about future working confusion

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    80% of UK office workers could fight back against short sighted bosses who are not planning future place of work options or not preparing effectively for flexible working after Freedom Day on July 19th. This is according to research from the UK’s largest online venue booking platform, VenueScanner. The research, based on survey responses from 1,000 […]

    What do you do with your dog when you return to the office?

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    The pandemic saw a huge rise in pet ownership, going from 41% of households to 59% in just one year. Dogs remain the most popular choice. Furlough, home working, limits on outdoor activities and loneliness all contributed to the rise. However, the imminent return to the office, for most people (at least part time), means that […]

    The 5 most Googled questions about dressing for the office

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    As the rules for working from home are set to be relaxed on July 19th, BrandRated’s stylist Alice Reed answers the most Googled office-wear related questions and offers tips on how to dress comfortably and professionally at the office… The rules surrounding working from home are set to be eased on July 19th, with the […]

    A fifth of UK workers don’t intend to commute again post pandemic

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    As employees across the UK are to set to embark on their return to the workplace following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, new research reveals that commuters are reluctant to return to the office in the coming months – mainly due to increased concern over infection control and social distancing on the daily commute. According to […]

    Are you ready to return to the office? Many aren’t…

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    More than a half a million UK employees could be made to return to their normal workplaces before they are comfortable doing so, according to new research from not-for-profit healthcare provider Benenden Health. When asked about their plans to return to the workplace as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, almost two thirds of SME business […]