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    Steep increase in mental health concerns since the pandemic began, new data suggests

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    68% of SME business leaders say they have witnessed an increase in mental health issues reported since the pandemic began. That’s according to a new report from HR firm Breathe, which surveyed 429 SME cross-sector decision makers were surveyed with questions around current and planned policy to tackle the surge in mental health problems. Key […]

    Over a third of Brits feel they can’t develop new skills in their current job

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    Thirty-five per cent of UK workers believe that employers do not provide them with enough opportunities to develop new skills, while less than half (49.9%) of UK staff indicate they can decide for themselves which training courses they may/can attend. That’s according to results of research conducted by payroll and HR services provider SD Worx […]

    Half of women reading more erotic literature during lockdown

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    Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Normal People And The Intimate Adventures Of A London Call Girl, have emerged among a list of the 20 most erotic novels of all time, according to research conducted among the UK’s female population. The study, by research and insights agency Perspectus Global, found almost half (45 percent) […]

    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 […]

    One in three female entrepreneurs face gender bias

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    35% of female business founders still face gender bias when raising their business capital, while female entrepreneurs also receive an average of 5% less funding than their male counterparts. That’s according to research from Instant Offices, which revealed that although there has been encouraging growth from a mere 17% to 32.37% over the past four years, men are […]

    International Women’s Day: 60% believe gender diversity is still an issue in the industrial sector

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    Despite campaigning for gender parity for more than 100 years, research shows that 60% of managers within the industrial sector believe their industry still struggles with a lack of gender diversity. The research, which comes from multi-discipline recruitment experts Search Consultancy was conducted with 1,000 managers and asked respondents to rate how they believed their […]

    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 […]

    Men ‘unsure of how to support gender equality’

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    98% of women want men to help address gender inequality issues, yet less than half of men indicated being ready to help. That’s according to a study conducted by LEWIS in support of the global HeForShe movement, showing the impact and perceptions of gender inequities during the pandemic across 13 countries. The report reveals women are looking for active support […]

    96% agree productivity for remote working is dependent on technology

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    Research shows IT teams are increasingly concerned about security and scalability of the remote work tools adopted early in the pandemic to address the sudden shift to remote work. As a result, 65 percent of those surveyed are actively consolidating remote work tools, citing the need for ease of administration, ease of use, and scalability. […]

    Only 44% of UK employers have a comprehensive wellbeing strategy

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    Only 44% of employers have a formal wellbeing strategy, despite significant investment in health and benefits by employers. In addition, 22% said they did not intend to have a strategy within the next 12-18 months. That’s according to Aon’s UK Benefits & Trends Survey, also showed that only 9% of employers are actively measuring the return […]