The business landscape post-covid has seen a dramatic change; people used to fit their lives around work but covid is teaching people that it doesn’t work that way anymore. People are turning down opportunities because they don’t offer remote working, and they would rather sit tight and wait for the right job to become available.
A new study reveals that ongoing Covid-19 uncertainty and pressure to get back to normal are causing high stress levels for many with 92% of UK GPs reporting an increase in patients seeking help for work-related stress.
UK Google searches for the ‘signs of burnout’ have soared by 300%, between September 2020 and now. With everyone returning to the office after COVID, it’s now more important than ever to know if you are feeling burned out by the changes.
Indeed Flex reported that the number of jobs requiring workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 soared by 119% between August and September. Although these are mainly in customer facing roles, 70% of HR directors said they would require staff to be vaccinated with 22% stating they would make vaccinations mandatory.
Firms throughout the UK face losing an astounding 71% of their workforce if they cannot provide the flexibility that employees have grown accustomed to over the last year. However, this is something that will affect businesses globally.
The pandemic encouraged many of us into flexible working and, as restrictions continue to lift and employees return to the office, employers are anticipating an influx of requests around working remotely and flexibly.
It is therefore vital that employers accurately track absence and manage it effectively to reduce costs, such as loss of productivity and paying other staff overtime. Being informed is the best way to manage costs and ensure that absence rates don’t get out of hand.
On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a plan to require all private employers with 100 or more employees to ensure that their workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or produce a negative COVID-19 test each week.
With job vacancies reaching a record high
SME’s are now less worried about laying off staff; in March 2021 25% of firms saw it as their biggest challenge but this has now reduced to only 14%.
The positives that have come from offering training online The pandemic caused professionals to make a quick change in the way they carried out training; relying on virtual technologies to deliver courses online. Many found that providing training opportunities boosted productivity and increased morale, at a time when employees needed it most. It is clear that, even a year later, […]