A round-up of thinking, news, and interesting things for your Monday coffee.
The news in our recruitment world hasn’t been too cheery this week so I’m flipping my normal format to start with ‘things I’ve liked’ and thoughts up front. Scroll down for the bad stuff.
First up though, Simon Wright, Robert Peasnell and I recorded a webinar (I’ll let you guess which one of us thought it was an audio recording). You can access the on demand webinar ‘What ‘work’ means now – How to attract and retain the talent you need’ here.
Things I’ve liked this week:
- Tea brands show #solidaritea for Black Lives Matter. In response to a tweet praising Yorkshire Tea for apparently not supporting Black Lives Matter, the brand took a bold step and publicly replied saying “Please don’t buy our tea again” The discussion which followed sparked the hashtag #solidaritea, as brands including PG Tips and Teapigs also weighed in.
- Twitter is launching audio clips for tweets. So now you send your voice note as a tweet. Keeping in the tradition of Twitter, voice tweets captures up to 140 seconds of audio. You can even create voice threads too.
- This week we saw Marcus Rashford, at the age of just 22, become a national hero. His actions in writing an open letter to ask for the extension of free school meals for children in England is a sign of the new position that athletes and sport have in society and the power of social media too. The letter forced the hand of the UK Prime Minister to u-turn on his decision and support children who are living on the poverty line.
- In reference to Black Lives Matter, Harvard Medical School Mind-Body Medicine doctor Dr. Aditi says, "change starts by having difficult conversations with the people we know and love.
- If you’re not saying anything about BLM and Pride right now, you’re shouting a different message loud and clear. I’ve been particularly impressed with Mother New York who are amplifying the stories of their black queer community this month. “For the remaining month of June, we will only be sharing content from leaders in the Black queer community. We are turning over Mother in New York's Instagram to amplify their voices, stories, content, and activism in a series we’re calling, “Resistance in Celebration.” Head to @MotherNewYork now to check out the series”
- The period of reflection that we’ve had since lockdown means that there are many people who now understand more about themselves, what motivates them to work, and how they want to work. Employers need to listen and segment more than ever before. We can’t be lazy with catch-all messaging and propositions, now’s the time to really reflect on the different levers organisations can pull to attract and retain talent.
- So many EVPs and brand values are created around hypotheticals. Due to Covid and BLM, we now have this perfect exam question for employer brand. Candidates comparing two job offers can now compare how company X and company Y treated their employees and customers. Your values should be guiding your actions.
- I cycled into London Bridge at lunch today to see my sister (a breezy 10 mins with no traffic – long may that last!) and it’s strange to see London waking up. Heading through Borough Market and seeing people in suits drinking pints and eating oysters was thoroughly bizarre but I can recommend the Roasting Plant for a socially distant Flat White with friends from the other side of the river.
- This week I have really been missing my wonderful colleagues and the disconnect from home/work that comes with commuting. I really hope that organisations resist the hype around “it’s the end of the office”. For me, the important thing will be around providing choice for employees, but also thinking about how offices can be better used to foster collaboration and creativity.
- Joanna Majewska shares her thoughts on the future of the office
- Caroline Lowe discusses how diversity has never been more important but UK boardrooms fail to embrace it
In the UK:
- As this week (15-19 June 2020) is Loneliness Awareness Week, a health and wellbeing service has outlined that people often spend the most time with their colleagues, and any changes to their work environment such as remote working or being furloughed can have a big impact on them. This article is a good reminder of what employers and managers can do to fill that gap.
- Fresh figures reveal that three million workers in the retail and hospitality sectors have been furloughed, highlighting the extent of the threat to jobs across shops, pubs and leisure sites. Workers serving customers face-to-face are among those hardest hit by the lockdown and so most at risk from their jobs never coming back, new figures from HM Revenue and Customs indicate.
In the wider world:
- One of the biggest accountancy companies has been criticised after developing a facial recognition tool to monitor staff working from home. The organisation is in talks with other financial companies about using the technology, which could monitor how many lavatory or tea breaks their staff took. The tool is designed to help companies to ensure that their staff working remotely meet strict rules to prevent behaviour such as insider trading.
If you’d like to chat about any of the above or share your experiences, feel free to reach out.