Wellbeing, trust and culture
Meaningful engagement with trust, culture and wellbeing are an expected and necessary part of workforce strategy.
Businesses have become increasingly aware of their role in supporting and improving health particularly following the negative impact that prolonged periods of remote working had on employees’ mental health during the pandemic. Actively engaging with employee wellbeing has become a critical part of workforce strategy.
We have also seen the wholesale adoption of technologies and ways of working which would have been unimaginable before the pandemic. 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.
Our Future of Work hub further explores these issues, including the rise of brand activism and the impact on the workplace.
Can you really bring your “whole life” to work?03 August 2022
The pandemic required many people’s personal and working lives to co-exist in a way they never had before. Caring responsibilities had to be accommodated alongside working life and the distinction between home and the workplace became blurred. But this has always been, and remains, a juggling act. We examine how much the law helps, or indeed hinders it.
Empathic AI – workplace data privacy and employment issues arising from this emerging technology04 May 2022
Smile! You’re on camera! And we are detecting your heart rate, pupil dilation, blood pressure, temperature, and other physiognomic measurements… Empathic Artificial Intelligence is a sub-group of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems which makes use of empathic technology: algorithms that purportedly have the ability to detect human emotions. In this article we consider the data privacy and employment issues for employers arising from this emerging technology.
Coronavirus vaccination - FAQs for employers06 April 2022
On 21 February the government launched its “Living with Covid” strategy”. As a result of this, many of the Covid measures in England have changed significantly with implications for employers wishing to adopt a particular stance on vaccination.
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.
Positive action speaks louder than words - five principles for employers02 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.
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
Covid-19: rethinking space, tech and workplace culture15 July 2020
How will workplace culture evolve as a result of the Covid-19 crisis?