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Wellbeing, trust and culture

The pandemic has made meaningful engagement with trust, culture and wellbeing an expected and necessary part of workforce strategy.

Business has become increasingly aware of its role in supporting and improving health. 2020 had a profound effect on almost everyone through illness; anxiety around finances; and mental health issues arising from lockdown. Actively engaging with employee wellbeing has become a critical part of workforce strategy, particularly as vaccination programmes roll out.

We have also seen the wholesale adoption of technologies and ways of working which would have been unimaginable at the start of 2020. The availability of worker surveillance and analytics technology to monitor employees working from home is on the rise. How employers respond and adapt to new and emerging technologies while meeting their privacy and health and safety obligations will play a significant part in defining employee trust and culture.

In our second podcast of our new series, we speak to Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD who shares his thoughts on what 2020 has changed for businesses, the end of the 9 to 5 working pattern, the future role of the office and importance of employee voice.

Our Future of Work Hub further explores these issues.

 

Further reading

Vaccine

Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers

30 April 2021

Employers are facing many difficult and untested employment law issues as the UK rolls out its Covid-19 vaccination programme. These FAQs cover whether an employer can make vaccination compulsory for its employees, alternatives to a mandatory requirement, time off for vaccine appointments, dealing with vaccine objectors, data privacy concerns and other issues.

Social distance office

Looming lockdowns and remote working – to what extent can employees be monitored?

28 October 2020

With reports of businesses increasingly taking steps to monitor staff who are working remotely, this article discusses the legal considerations and how employers can strike an appropriate and fair balance between work and home life.

Checklist

Positive action speaks louder than words - five principles for employers

02 September 2020

This article explores the legal limits of positive action in the workplace, including the situations where it is permissible to give preferences on gender or ethnicity grounds to make up for historic lack of opportunity, and what employers can and cannot do to improve diversity in their shortlists or hiring slates.

Business Office

How will the current crisis shape the social contract and business landscape?

23 July 2020

“We’re facing the twin-track challenges of creating a society with better 'good work' yet also facing the headwinds of an economic crisis. Few want to return to the world exactly as it used to be. In the world of work, we have a unique opportunity but also a unique once in a generation challenge, for both employers and the government, in re-thinking the who, how, what, and where of work.” James Davies, Partner, Lewis Silkin LLP

FOW

Covid-19: rethinking space, tech and workplace culture

15 July 2020

How will workplace culture evolve as a result of the Covid-19 crisis?

Data

Data privacy and trust in the workplace – is a profound shift underway?

02 July 2020

“It takes a lot to inform massive shifts in our thinking, ways we work, ways we live, ways we imagine our worlds. What it takes for that massive shift isn’t just technology, it is apparatus and systems sitting around that to make it appear trustworthy and safe.” Genevieve Bell Director 3Ai, VP and Senior Fellow at Intel

This Place Minds

Welcome to This Place Minds, a useful resource for ideas, collaboration, information and legal insight on how we can create a supportive and understanding mental wellbeing culture.

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