12 months of 2022: December

As we reach the end of the year, our 12 Days of Christmas countdown revisits each month's most notable happenings.

As the year came to a close, the HR Excellence Awards recognised the hard work of those in the industry, flexible working rights took a major step forward, and the Business Disability Forum (BDF) released new guidance for discussing disability at work.

The full list of winners from the HR Excellence Awards 2022

HR magazine held its annual HR Excellence Awards on 6 December at The Brewery in London.

Judges assessed worthy winners across 19 categories, with the winners selected from nominees across the public and private sectors.

Wincanton scooped both HR Team of the Year and HR Future Leader of the Year via Ben Wrigley, while Carol-Ann White of Landor & Fitch took home the HR Director of the Year award.


UK workers given day one flexible working rights

The government introduced flexible working as a day one right for employees in response to the consultation over making flexible work the default held in September 2021.

Employees will be able to make two flexible working requests in any 12-month period, and employers will have to respond to within two months rather than three.


How should we discuss disability at work? New guide from BDF

The BDF released a new guide explaining the language employers and workers should use when discussing disability in the workplace.

The guide contains advice on using more inclusive and appropriate language in the office and on promotional materials, developing practical ways to include employees and customers in discussions around language, and what to do when language unknowingly causes offence.


Best of HR magazine from December 2022:

Will 2023 bring an end to strikes and workplace unrest?

Employee experience trends for 2023

Government stalls proposed workers' rights watchdog