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    Mental Health Awareness Week: Work affected as Covid takes its toll

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    New research shows that employees’ mental health is being affected by Covid and that this is having a knock-on effect on their working life. For Mental Health Awareness Week, Towergate Health & Protection urges employers to look after employees at all levels. Data from the Office For National Statistics shows that the proportion of adults […]

    7 in 10 workers feel optimistic about returning to work

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    As pubs, shops and other workplaces re-open, the success of the vaccine rollout has helped workers feel much more optimistic about their return to work than they were following November’s lockdown, according to Aviva’s research of more than 2,000 employed adults across the UK. Aviva’s third Employee Back to Work Index shows that 71% of workers […]

    UK workers fearing a return to work

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    More than half of British workers would be happy to never return to the office – due to fears of germs, a lack of social distancing and being in a room with lots of other people. A study of 1,000 employees who are currently working from home found two thirds would also feel uncomfortable about […]

    Inefficient contact tracing costs each UK business more than £660,000

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    Some 84% of large businesses and organisations in the UK have lost working days due to a lack of effective contact tracing, according to a new study. The resulting lost productivity is estimated to have cost the country’s economy over £11b in the last 12 months – equivalent to 4.3 million working days. The study, […]

    How to support staff with Long Covid

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    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. It is the mortality rate that has grabbed headlines, with Covid-19’s biggest effects seen among older […]

    The Challenges of Managing a Partially Vaccinated Workforce

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    By Daniel Parker, Associate at Winckworth Sherwood… The rapid development of a number of coronavirus vaccines has offered us a sign of hope that the end of the current pandemic may be in sight.  However, just as those who have been fortunate enough to receive the vaccine have been urged to continue exercising caution, employers […]

    Get staff vaccinated before they can return, say UK workers

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    Seven in 10 office workers believe colleagues should only be allowed back at their desks when they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, research has revealed. A survey of 1,000 UK office workers who are currently on furlough or are working from home revealed more than half (51 per cent) can’t wait to head back in […]

    How can employers introduce COVID-19 rapid workplace testing?

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    XpertHR offers some advice… The Government has announced that its rapid workplace testing initiative, which allows employers in England to order free rapid lateral flow tests, would be expanded to cover businesses of all sizes, having previously limited the scheme to businesses employing 50 or more employees. According to the Government’s web site, ‘around one in […]

    One third of organisations reshaping workforces post-COVID-19

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    33% of organisations globally are reshaping their workforces since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic began. In addition, two thirds of organisations have a “future of work” taskforce, yet just one third has defined what the future means for them. Aon’s sixth Global COVID-19 HR Pulse Survey, conducted in December 2020, garnered respondents from over 1,400 organisations […]

    Small businesses plan for growth but one in two fear the long tail of Covid

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    Schools may be going back and the UK may be bracing itself for the easing of Covid restrictions by 21 June, but the long tail of Covid is still causing the majority of business owners concern. New research from Hitachi Capital Business Finance reveals that 44% of UK small businesses are still concerned about the […]