As Earth Day 2021 arrived this past Thursday with its optimistic “Restore Our Earth” theme, it prompted me to imagine a world where we restore the planet, our workplaces and livelihoods in a new and reinvigorated way.
Advances in technology have been slowly but steadily influencing how we work for a number of years, through increased digitalisation and connectivity and advanced workplace communication tools. However, no one could have predicted, or indeed imagined, the seismic shift in the work environment we've seen since March 2020 from Covid-19.
Four-day weeks will have to be considered for some employees and office designs will need to be revamped with more thought given to everything from the materials used to the technology incorporated into them, according to the vice president of Mastercard’s Dublin Technology Hub, Sarah Cunningham.
Google says it won’t hold a staff Christmas party this year, other firms are going online, or hoping to squeeze smaller scale meet-ups in once Level 5 ends. After a tough 2020 there is pressure on employers to come up with an alternative way to bring teams together and mark or even celebrate the year, but the last thing some Zoom-addled staff want is to sit in front of yet another screen while the kids’ bed time kicks off in the next room. So how, in a pandemic, are companies marking the end of the year and showing appreciation for their hard-working employees? And what are the drawbacks of each strategy?
'This is the first time in seven months I've seen all of you," one of the participants said as I went around our virtual room asking each person to contrast how they felt before our session began with how they were feeling now that we were wrapping up.
It is now seven months since Covid-19 arrived in Ireland. If this crisis has taught us anything it's that we must value every worker in our country, especially in times of ill health. Yet the stark reality in Ireland is that workers do not have access to the basic right of paid sick leave.
Showing 1 - 30 of 568 results