simplynews roundup: 13th August

The future of work conversation is hotting up, as household names make the headlines this week.

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1. Rishi Sunak warns young that home working may hurt their career

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has expressed concerns over young people working from home. Talking to LinkedIn News, Sunak used his early career experience as an example, saying: "I doubt I would have had those strong relationships if I was doing my summer internship or the first bit of my career over Teams and Zoom. That's why I think for young people in particular, being able to physically be in an office is valuable."

It's worth bearing in mind that Sunak spent some of his career at banking firm Goldman Sachs, which recently made headlines due to its lack of flexibility offered to employees, expecting them back in the office full time. Our research so far shows that young workers are keen to resume some face-to-face working, but not in the same way as pre-pandemic.

2. Bosses battle over rights and wrongs of ‘no jab, no job’

It's no surprise that the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out is dividing opinion in the workplace as much as it is in our personal lives. You only have to read the news or open social media to see debates between the vaccinated and those who don't want to or can't be vaccinated.

The Guardian reported that whilst US companies such as Morgan Stanley are embracing a 'no jab, no job' policy, for companies in the UK, it's not so straightforward. A recent survey by the Chartered Management Institute found that 24% of managers would only be prepared to work with employees who are double-jabbed.

UK businesses risk losing talented employees if they adopt this policy, but respecting personal choice presents the challenge of how to approach this in the workplace - do managers allow the non-vaccinated to work remotely full time to avoid exposure for their vaccinated employees?

3. 62% of employers to consider hybrid working model

Research from HR company, Factorial HR has revealed that in a survey of 2,300 UK adults, two thirds responded that their employers are considering a hybrid working model. The group consisted of full time employees with experience of both office and remote work. 

Reported by Employee Benefits, the stats revealed that pre-pandemic, only 8% had requested to work from home full time, which has increased to a staggering 42%. 58% of those surveyed cited that they felt more productive from home, compared to 27% who felt they work best in an office environment. 

Bernat Farrero, CEO of Factorial HR said: “We’ve seen an increase in companies discussing hybrid working models and as the world has adapted with many companies now digital first, the option of hybrid working is a lot more accommodating.”

4. TikTok overtakes Facebook as world's most downloaded app

Asian news platform, Nikkei Asia, reported that TikTok has overtaken platforms Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger to become the most downloaded app in 2020. 

Although there have been security concerns surrounding the app – Donald Trump famously tried to get it banned, which has since been withdrawn – TikTok became popular during lockdown as users created video content from home. 

Businesses are seeing the potential in TikTok, as job ads are now asking for candidates who know how to create promotional videos using the platform. 

5. Google's WFH Employees May Take Salary Cut, Pay Calculator Shows

Google has attracted attention this week as its thought that the company has created a pay calculator to determine how much an employee should be paid, based on location.

NDTV reported that the trial is being conducted across Silicon Valley, which hints at the possibility of other big companies following suit. A Google spokesperson said: "Our compensation packages have always been determined by location, and we always pay at the top of the local market based on where an employee works from. Pay will differ from city to city and state to state."

6. BBC staff will work from home permanently with taxpayer-funded offices partially empty

Various news outlets including The Daily Express reported that the BBC has confirmed that its 22,000 staff will be allowed to continue in a hybrid working model. 

There has been some backlash in the press as the offices are taxpayer-funded, thanks to the TV license fee revenue of £3.25billion. 

The BBC said: "As additional numbers return to our sites, in common with many organisations we are moving towards a hybrid office and home working model. We will continue to prioritise the health and safety of all our staff, alongside the protection of our output."

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