Latest trends in learning technology

17 May 2022

The importance of technology to both learners and the L&D function cannot be underestimated. Recently, the provision and use of technology to enable people to learn what they need and when they need it has been the focus of many articles and research. Here, Judith Christian-Carter looks at some very recent research that explores the latest trends in learning technology in 2022.

Hiring young workers: summer staff and beyond

12 May 2022

As organisations continue their preparations for a busy summer season, they may be considering where they will be able to source their staff from. There are the usual sources, of course, comprising of local job agencies, various job sites and local advertising. Forward thinking employers, however, might be thinking of talent pools that could make for permanent staff in the future: young workers and children over 14.

What should employers do about sexual harassment?

11 May 2022

Employees deserve dignity and respect whilst at work. Sexual harassment undertaken by colleagues or third parties can impact that and have negative consequences on the physical and mental health of the individual, as well as their productivity and efficacy at work.

Employing seasonal and atypical workers

6 May 2022

As we move towards the summer season, employers are likely to face disruption as a result of employees making the most of the lifting of Covid restrictions and the return of many public and social events. This is now, therefore, the time to put plans in place to manage this and limit the impact on productivity.

What impact has the pandemic had on employee mental health?

27 April 2022

The Government’s Office for Health Improvement and Disparities recently published its updated Covid-19 mental health and wellbeing surveillance report. This report looks at population mental health and wellbeing in England during the coronavirus pandemic. Its information is used when deciding on policy, planning and commissioning in health and social care. However, individual organisations can also benefit from the findings of the report and use these to develop their own HR strategies.

Changes to May 2022 Bank Holidays

22 April 2022

To commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, there will be changes to bank holidays in 2022. The late May Bank Holiday, which would have fallen on Monday 30 May 2022 will be moved to Thursday 2 June 2022 and there will be an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June 2022. The adjustment will take effect in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Building skills for the future

22 April 2022

As workplaces constantly change, L&D is faced with the challenge of supporting individuals, teams and the organisation as a whole with the future-fit skills that will allow everyone to thrive going forward. In this article Judith Christian-Carter considers the value of five evidence-based principles, each one of which has at its heart the need to connect in order to ensure that the end result is a mature learning organisation.

Should employers offer domestic violence leave?

22 April 2022

A number of GB organisations have announced their intention to introduce domestic violence leave, or “safe” leave, for those in their workforce who are subjected to abuse in their personal lives. While not strictly a workplace matter, employers are increasingly recognising that suffering trauma outside of the office can have a real, and often significant, impact on their employee’s professional lives.

How to make the workplace more understanding of neurodiversity

19 April 2022

With a continuing focus on making workplaces more diverse and inclusive in order to support and grow a workforce that is made up of individuals from all walks of life, we take a look at how businesses can be more understanding of neurodiversity.