Commentary and analysis

All items: Health and safety

  • We're living in capsules now, but let's take the positives

    Date:
    9 April 2020

    In the first in a series of posts about living and working at home, dealing with the challenges and conflicts that may occur, Professor Binna Kandola finds that the "capsule environment" can be a positive experience, one we will look back on with pride.

  • Working from home: Do staff have suitable equipment?

    Date:
    8 April 2020

    With the UK entering its third week of lockdown, the majority of the workforce continues to work from home. However, there still remains numerous challenges with this almost-overnight switch to remote working.

  • Mental health support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

    Date:
    7 April 2020

    Regular communications, mental health first-aiders, employee assistance programmes and online resources all have an important part to play in employers' efforts to support their employees' mental health during the current crisis.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Recruitment challenges during the pandemic

    Date:
    6 April 2020

    What should employers do if they have new hires due to start work during the current crisis? Jo Faragher asks HR professionals and recruitment specialists for their advice.

  • Five ways to keep employees engaged during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis

    Date:
    6 April 2020

    With workers up and down the country being furloughed or forced to work from home, Graham Brown looks at what HR can do to help employees stay motivated, engaged and connected.

  • Annual leave and furlough under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

    Date:
    6 April 2020

    With HR now grappling with the question of how furloughing under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme impacts on employees' ability to take - and their employer's ability to require them to take - annual leave, consultant editor Darren Newman examines the relevant issues.

  • How HR practitioners are coping in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

    Date:
    2 April 2020

    The unprecedented circumstances that businesses are currently working in has led to a surge in workload for the HR department. Sheila Attwood looks at how HR is coping as a profession and what steps practitioners are taking to look after themselves.

  • Working from home: How HR can deal with the daily dilemmas

    Date:
    24 March 2020

    With schools potentially out for summer, the practical challenges of managing a remote workforce and supporting managers to deal with their own teams have just got even more difficult. From dropped video calls to managing expectations around working with children at home, how can HR professionals cope?

  • Coronavirus crisis accelerates digitisation of employment tribunals

    Date:
    24 March 2020

    Last week, employment tribunal judges were advised to hold all hearings remotely because of coronavirus fears - a move that could form a key step in long-awaited plans to digitise the legal process, writes Richard Fox.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): Potential absence and attendance scenarios and how to deal with them

    Date:
    19 March 2020

    We set out some possible scenarios related to absence and attendance that HR professionals may face during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and explain how they could tackle them. Additional scenarios (added on 19 March) now cover an employee being unable to work because their child's school has closed or an elderly relative has fallen ill, and an employee due to return to work has been stranded abroad.

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