Extending behaviour in the pandemic to help the climate

22 May 2020

Will the change in behaviour seen during the COVID-19 crisis help to solve the long-term environmental emergency? Expert views differ. However, this would be a good time for SMEs to reinvent and realign themselves to meet challenging times ahead. Jon Herbert reports in the fourth of our features on coronavirus and the environment.

COVID-19’s impact on UK occupations and employees

21 May 2020

How does coronavirus affect different occupational groups? Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, which highlights impacts on UK society, the economy and specific worker groups, is a searchable guidance resource — with added analysis drawing on US figures and experiences. Jon Herbert investigates.

Coronavirus in schools and early years settings

21 May 2020

What is coronavirus and what can schools and early years providers do to keep their pupils and children safe? Martin Hodgson provides comprehensive coverage of all the appropriate guidance.

Cultural issues in international business

20 May 2020

Everyone involved in exporting knows about the barriers to trade such as tariffs, quotas and product standards and it’s a given that, when we sell to another country, we need to understand the legal regime. However, cultural requirements can be just as important but are often much more difficult to define. In this article, Tim Hiscock discusses the cultural rules and how they are mostly generalities about how people in a particular country behave. Not everyone conforms, and in any case, the customs change over time, sometimes quite rapidly.

COVID Secure: working safely for construction and outdoor workers

19 May 2020

As businesses look to reopen following lockdown, the UK Government has published a set of guidance documents to assist a range of workplaces with advice on establishing safe operations. Roland Finch considers the advice given to people who work in or run outdoor working environments.

Self-directed learning

19 May 2020

Judith Christian-Carter, learning consultant, takes a look at how organisations can move from directed learning to self-directed learning and the role that L&D can play in this transformation.