For Employers

Get ready for the unknown
Get ready for the unknown

And so here we are.

An independent nation once again, determining our own trade policy and securing our own agreements with countries all over the world.

Our final transition out of the EU marked with those bongs from Big Ben at 11pm on December 31 means that almost everything you knew about doing business will have changed in some way or another.

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Why being on Zoom is just like being in the room
Why being on Zoom is just like being in the room

Every year at around this time, we HR professionals generally issue warnings about the perils of the works Christmas party.

In a nutshell these boil down to a simple piece of advice: Just because youre not at work, doesnt mean work rules dont apply.

This year, the office festive bash has largely been confined to the scrapheap. But theres another area where that piece of advice is growing ever more important the Zoom, Microsoft Teams or virtual meeting.

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Employee Monitoring Right or Wrong?
Employee Monitoring Right or Wrong?

It looks certain that working from home is the new normal.

With the current restrictions possibly set to stay in place until the spring there is very little chance of a widespread return to the office in the next few months.

And even after that it seems likely that employers will be reluctant to head back into the office to resume the sort of working life we knew this time last year. The benefits of working from home for both employers and employees look certain to mean that more flexible working arrangements will continue long into the future.

One spin off of the working from home revolution is that software companies are reporting a big increase in interest in devices which track or monitor staff remotely.

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For Employees

Good news  for now  for employees after Brexit
Good news for now for employees after Brexit

Heres some good news to start the new year (and heaven knows, we need it).

Brexit and the end of the transition period on December 31 is unlikely to have a huge effect on your rights as an employee.

At least for now.

Most of the employment laws which were in place prior to our final transition out of the EU will simply be adopted as UK law for the time being and will remain in place until the UK Government decides to change or amend it.

Of course, nobody can predict the future with any certainty (a lesson weve all learnt over these past 12 months) but there is unlikely to be an immediate rush on the Governments part to start tearing up all the employment legislation we have inherited whilst being a part of the EU.

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Video conferencing no excuse for sexism
Video conferencing no excuse for sexism

It might be new technology, but the emergence of Zoom, Microsoft Teams ad all the other video conferencing platforms weve had to get used to over the past eight or nine months has brought the return of an old foe.

Sexism, it seems, is back in the workplace (not that it ever truly went away).

Women across the country have been reporting a series of uncomfortable experiences whilst using video conferencing for work during the pandemic.

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Monitoring of Homeworking
Monitoring of Homeworking

For many, one of the few sliver linings in the midst of coronavirus has been the chance to work from home.

With the need to commute to the office replaced with a quick trip to the kitchen table, home office or spare room, we were able to take more control of our time, juggle the work-life balance more efficiently and even be more productive.

But for some bosses, the loss of control was just too much to take.

How did they know we werent spending our working day watching endless re-runs of Cash in the Attic, or out in the garden topping up our tan, or just doing all those odd jobs around the house which we had been putting off.

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