EU exit watch — New year, new Brexit negotiator

7 January 2022

In a New Year’s Eve speech on Brexit, Prime Minister Boris Johnson put returning the crown stamps to pint glasses and scrapping a ban on selling goods in pounds and ounces in his list of the “key successes” since the UK left the EU.

L&D predictions for 2022

7 January 2022

Predicting the future is never easy and, in a world that changes constantly, it has become extremely difficult to predict what is just around the corner. 2021 was a very tough year for most people and for those working in learning and development (L&D) last year was no exception. Here, Judith Christian-Carter takes a look at what some influential L&D professionals predict for 2022, including their hopes and dreams, and how L&D can prepare to make the year a successful one.

Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

6 January 2022

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme repays employers the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid to employees. SSP can be claimed for employees who were off work on or before 30 September 2021 and is payable even where individuals no longer work for the business.

Supporting staff through Blue Monday

6 January 2022

Blue Monday is set to take place on Monday 17 January 2022. This marks the supposedly “most depressing day of the year.” Whilst the come-down after the festive period is undeniable — many are worn out from running from pillar to post and entertaining those family members, who for the most part, are successfully avoided. However, there has been growing criticism in previous years over the toll such a day takes on individuals who are already struggling with their mental health. Many worry in advance, thinking the Monday will be gloomier than all others. As such, it’s important for employers to leverage their stance on this carefully, to ensure they are supporting their people in the best possible way.

An air pollution crisis both indoors and outdoors

6 January 2022

New research shows that air pollution in the natural environment, the built environment, and within buildings is harming and shortening the lives of millions of people in the UK and globally. Jon Herbert highlights that air pollution needs to be tackled as part of the international environmental emergency.

Work in a warming world

5 January 2022

Belinda Liversedge explores what businesses need to do to protect their workers and organisations from the impacts of climate change.

Using evidence to make better decisions

5 January 2022

Never have we heard more about decision-making “being guided by the science”. Here, Laura King explores how business leaders can use evidence to make better decisions.