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    Can employers only hire new workers who have been vaccinated?

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    Advice by Alan Price, CEO of BrightHR… Various companies across the UK have said they will consider only making hires if the individual has been vaccinated, prompting whether this is discriminatory. The first thing that employers should bear in mind is that getting a vaccine for Covid-19 has not been made compulsory by the Government, […]

    3 in 5 bosses admit the pandemic has positively impacted workforce productivity

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    Three in five bosses (60%) say that the pandemic has unexpectedly impacted the productivity of their workforce in a positive way. The new research from Hitachi Capital Business Finance has also revealed that one in five say their staff are now more independent since working from home (20%). The survey of over 1,000 small businesses asked […]

    Surge in 2021 annual leave requests follows vaccine announcement

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    New data from global HR software and employment law advice service BrightHR has revealed there has already been a surge in 2021 annual leave requests by UK workers, following the news that the UK’s medicines regulator has authorised a COVID-19 vaccine and rollout of the injection is imminent. Over the past few weeks, 42,010 users […]

    5 Minutes With… Emirates Old Trafford’s Angela Hodson on managing the challenges of COVID-19 within corporate hospitality

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    In the latest instalment of our events and corporate hospitality industry interview series, we spoke to Angela Hodson (pictured), Sales Director at Emirates Old Trafford, about how the famous venue has adapted for a COVID-safe future, how learnings from managing bio-secure sporting bubbles can be applied to business events and the return of live… Q: Emirates Old […]

    COVID-19 ‘a tipping point for workplace transformation’

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive impact upon organisations in the UK, with many making redundancies and placing employees on furlough. That’s according to a study from ManpowerGroup, which encompasses talent management experts Right Management, which found that the pandemic has also led to many employees rethinking the relationship with their employer and reprioritising […]

    What are you missing about the office?

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    More than two thirds of office workers have admitted they’ve missed their workplace during the pandemic – with their desk, gossip and even meetings among the most longed for things. The study of 2,000 office workers found simply speaking to people face-to-face topped the list of the most missed aspects. Having equipment including printers and […]

    New research shows worker burnout up 33%

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    Employee burnout is reaching new highs, with aggregated data from 1.75 million employee-engagement surveys carried out this year showing 5.41% of employees provided free-text comments that spoke to fatigue, being overwhelmed and other potential signals of burnout. By contrast, January’s reading was just 4.08%. The past two years have averaged 4.12% — a 33% rate rise. […]

    New report highlights COVID-19 office design considerations

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    A quarter of office workers feel their wellbeing has been negatively impacted by working from home, showing the importance of access to an office for elevating employee wellbeing. That’s according to a new report from workplace design consultancy Peldon Rose, commissioned in conjunction with workplace strategy and employee engagement specialists WKspace. The research, “The Office of […]

    CASE STUDY: Warwick Conferences gets seal of approval from British Mensa

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    When Warwick Conferences re-opened its doors following the lockdown period, one of the first companies to return was British Mensa. The high IQ society not only held its first post-lockdown board meeting in the COVID-secure facilities, but also hosted its first ever virtual annual general meeting (AGM), for its 18,000 members. Lifting apprehension The lockdown […]

    Where would you like to work today…?

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    Office workers are adopting a ‘work from anywhere’ approach – by looking for temporary ‘home offices’ on the coast or away from the cities. A study of 2,000 ‘WFH’ adults found six in 10 would consider working remotely from somewhere other than their primary residence. And the average office worker would like to pack up […]