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12 months of 2021: May

It was another year of turbulence for people professionals. Our 12 Days of Christmas countdown reviews what made the headlines in 2021.

HR in post-COVID burnout 

HR professionals began to recognise  COVID-19 burnout , according to research by CultureAmp. 

Just 40% of respondents to its survey said they felt equipped to balance the requirements of their HR role in the first quarter of 2021. 

This was 4% fewer than the already low 4% in the first quarter of 2020.

People teams based in the UK were found to be suffering more than their global counterparts.


Critics claim right to work checks have been left too late 

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) wrote to home secretary Priti Patel to highlight major concerns about the date set for the start of physical Right to Work checks.

Patel said physical Right to Work checks would return this month on 17 May however the APSCo have argued it has been left too late.

Tania Bowers, APSCo’s legal counsel and head of public policy said: “The short deadline for the return to in person checks is a real concern given that we are expecting the government ‘work from home if you can’ advice to remain in place into June." 


Employers need to change 'outdated' office-centric mentalities

Employers with an office-centric mentality must adapt and move away from outdated ways of working,  Alexia Cambon, research director at Gartner HR urged.

Speaking at a roundtable hosted by research and advisory firm Gartner on 12 May, Cambon presented new research about how the pandemic has changed employee mindset around hybrid work.

According to Gartner, 56% of UK employees will judge whether to stay with their current organisation on what flexible working polices are offered." 


The best bits of HR magazine from May 2021: 

What do you do when a member of staff says they plan to take their own life?

Why now is the time to reinvent HR from the ground up

Why employee resilience is the future of work