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To boldly work how we haven't worked before

Last year was a challenging, tumultuous one. It forced us to change, and these forced changes collided with other emerging phenomena. Taken together, these offer an opportunity to radically rethink...

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My first year at Aviva: leading through coronavirus

When I joined Aviva in February 2020, no one knew what the year ahead had in store. I’d planned to be on the road, getting to know our people and the business… I made it to one site before we stopped...

Businesses lack policies for staff unwilling to return to the office

Almost one in six (16%) organisations expect to have staff who refuse to return to the office when coronavirus restrictions are lifted, yet 90% said they still lack the policies in place to deal with...

Rethink organisational design to maximise benefits of hybrid work

As businesses become more comfortable with remote work settings and routines, both employees and organisations are recognising that many roles can be performed just as successfully, if not more so, in...

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Coronavirus has highlighted missing piece in flexible working jigsaw

Flexible working has rocketed to prominence since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. While the concept is not new and many people have been quietly working flexibly for decades, we are clearly...

HR heads must find ways to combat loneliness

Nearly a third of UK adults are suffering from loneliness in the latest lockdown, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

What should HR keep after the COVID crisis?

Evolution is a messy process. Through random changes in DNA, new advantages emerge which are retained in a growing majority of the species.

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Bad technology is impacting company culture

Poor internet connection and faulty technology is demotivating and disengaging employees.

Homeworking – are we still loving it?

In May and June 2020, Liverpool Business School ran a survey to ask people about their early experiences of transitioning from office work to homeworking.

Remote working hours need to be monitored

UK employees are happier working from home, but the hours they work need to be better monitored by senior leaders, according to new research from the CIPD.

‘Iceberg’ of discontent over flexible working expected post-pandemic

Employers have been warned not to take away flexible working after restrictions are lifted post-coronavirus.

HR's leadership lessons to take into 2021: part two

2020 provided some steep learning curves for HR. The national lockdowns meant that the world of work was thrown into full remote working and HR teams had to react fast to support their teams.

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