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The four-day week – does it really work?

Our perspective on working routines has shifted over the last 18 months as the pandemic has brought unavoidable remote working. It’s forced many companies who were previously reluctant to employ...

A working parent’s lessons learned from COVID-19

At the onset of the pandemic, working parents were forced to completely readjust. Almost overnight, what had been considered 'home' evolved to encompass both 'office' and 'classroom'. 

Outlook inequality is holding back young talent

Businesses need young, diverse talent, but many struggle to find them. Not because young people don’t want the roles on offer, but because many discount themselves from opportunities before they’ve...

Businesses urged to think green before returning to conferences

If businesses revert to pre-pandemic ways of working, they may risk increasing their carbon footprint.

Flexible commuter tickets could support shift to greener travel

New train tickets for commuters who will be flexible working post-pandemic are now available and may even support a shift towards greener commuting.

Outdated benefits costing businesses talent

Companies that ignore the needs of graduates are at risk of missing out on top young talent, as nine out of 10 graduates say benefits play a key role in attracting them to a role.

Healthy workers, healthy organisation? How a ‘sporty’ vision of leadership can harm wellbeing

A sporty senior leader in a multinational company, promoting a variety of athletic events and competitions to staff, rated employees from green to red to categorise their fitness. Meetings were held...

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Early Friday finishes are employees' most desired perk

The most popular employee benefit in the UK is to finish work early on a Friday, highlighting a potential quick win for HR.

Core benefits need to be extended to all workers

Many employers are not providing employee benefits that support the core needs of their workforce, according to a new survey by consultancy Howden Employee Benefits & Wellbeing.

Shift to real living wage would improve employee loyalty

Workers’ personal lives have suffered due to pandemic-related pay cuts and a commitment to a real living wage could help retain staff and productivity levels in the still-turbulent months ahead.

Pay rises and bonuses will be sparse for white-collar workers

Just five per cent of white-collar professionals have been told they will receive their January bonus, despite working all of 2020, putting pressure on HR teams to provide alternative bonus...

Four-day week is affordable and could boost productivity, finds report

Reducing hours to a four-day work week could be offset by an increase in productivity.