simplynews roundup: 16th July

Exciting announcements, studies and stats are on the agenda this week!

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  1. Ageism in the workplace spikes due to Covid-19

In a report by Serenity in Leadership, organisational change specialists, CEO Thom Dennis revealed how ageism in the workplace has been exacerbated by the pandemic.

With more than one million people over the age of 50 still on furlough until the end of September, older workers are at risk of redundancy and a tough job search, whilst older women in particular suffer discrimination due to the menopause.

The report shared some interesting stats, such as research from Rest Less that found that 107,000 people over 50 were made redundant between November 2020 and January 2021.

  1. UK job vacancies climb past pre-pandemic levels

New data from The Office of National Statistics shows that there were 862,000 job vacancies available between April and June this year – 77,500 more than in early 2020.

Whilst we continue to tackle the issues around staff on long-term furlough and the potential for more redundancies when the scheme ends in September, these numbers look positive for a bounce back.

For staff in the retail and hospitality industry, things are looking up as the increase is driven by these roles becoming available again.

  1. 15 winners of the 2021 Intranet and Digital Workplace Awards announced

During the pandemic, we’ve seen a shift in the way we work, and especially within the internal comms industry. The digital workplace and employee experience has been propelled to the forefront of our minds.

Australia based technology experts, Step Two, announced the winners, ‘recognising outstanding contributions to the fields of intranets, digital workplaces and digital employee experience.’

It’s great to see that UK household name John Lewis Partnership has a place on the Gold list!

  1. Microsoft announces Windows 365, a subscription cloud PC

On Thursday, 15th July, Microsoft announced via Twitter its latest rebrand of the 365 suite, as reported by the BBC. The brand-new cloud solution is designed to be ‘The first Cloud PC for every organization on the planet.’

Microsoft are marketing the solution to businesses first, as the new Windows 365 enables users to stream a full desktop PC to their tablet, phone and Apple Mac computer or laptop.

The company is using the hype around the new ways of working, saying that Windows 365 is ‘hybrid Windows for a hybrid world.’

  1. Oak Engage secures £2.6 million Series A Follow On investment led by Maven

It’s a great week for Oak Engage, the cloud-based internal communication and employee engagement platform, as they secure substantial Series A funding from Maven Capital Partners

Announced by UK Tech Investment News, the investment will allow for significant growth for Oak, with the creation of 26 new jobs in sales and marketing to support current and future customer contracts.

This news proves that the sector is growing at speed to keep up with demand for improved internal communication and employee experience.



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