Happy Friday!

A round-up of thinking, news, and interesting things for your Monday coffee. 

Things I’ve liked this week:

  • Skittles asks people to write letters in support of Pride. Skittles is launching a campaign to celebrate and promote Pride that will see thousands of ‘Letters filled with Pride’ sent. Teaming up with Gay Times and Switchboard, the campaign will enable people to log into a website to create their letter, before submitting it to be printed and posted for free to a recipient of their choice.
  • Naked Wines (a company that I’m now using 300% times more than I did before) has today emailed all its customer to say that next Wednesday (1st July) they’re asking staff “to close their laptops for a well-deserved Naked Bank Holiday. To relax, to spend some quality time with their friends and family... maybe even book in a haircut. We’ll be back online on Thursday to help with anything you need.”


  • Could London jobs go nationwide? With a larger number of people working from home and companies closing offices (see below), could this be an equaliser for the London salary divide? It will be interesting to see how this new world impacts pay consistency and how roles will be advertised. By ditching the office, companies have a much bigger talent pool to recruit from. I don’t think ditching the office altogether is a good idea by the way – see last week’s post.
  • Consumers are shopping more locally during lockdown, with sales at UK convenience stores up by almost a fifth (17%) over the last month. One of my greatest joys in Coronatimes has been food. Where I’d once we spending payday evenings in the pub, yesterday lunchtime I was straight off to the local butchers, deli and fishmongers on Broadway Market. Now that panic buying had gone and the queues are just 2 or 3 people long, I’ve loved having a chat with the butcher and the fishmonger and asking their advice – it’s nice to feel part of a community in the middle of London even if it’s just on your errands. It’s things like this that will influence where people want to live in the future as well as how they want to structure their working day and week.
  • Bold move by North Face and Patagonia to boycott Facebook ads with their ‘Stop Hate For Profits campaign’. They're calling on brands to join the boycott during the month of July. This stems from Zuckerburg's decision not to remove Trump's controversial post whereas Twitter hid it behind a warning label. What does free speech mean on platforms where algorithms can be manipulated and there’s a lack of transparency? Will more organisations start re-thinking their Facebook spends?


  • Lee Griffiths shares his recommendations around job adverts and increasing diversity, praising Thames Water for their work
  • Robert Peasnell (TMP Deputy UK Managing Director) said “The last economic recession was a financial crash, and the focus was very much on CFOs and their role in helping organizations to weather the storm. Now, it's much more about the people agenda. There's a real opportunity for HR leaders to step up and be much more instrumental in driving corporate strategy.”


In the UK:

  • Almost one in 10 London businesses have permanently closed premises as a result of the pandemic, research has found. Out of 500 leaders polled, 13% said their company was planning not to use an office when the lockdown was over, while more than a third would allow staff to work from home more often. The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) carried out the survey. Chief executive Richard Burge said Covid-19 had shown firms "that their business can truly operate remotely".
  • Scotland will become the first nation in the world to put LGBTQ history into the curriculum of every public school in the country (Via The Female Quotient)


In the wider world:

  • HBR shares the results of their virtual working survey- How to dress for the remote job you want. “In our survey of 465 men and women, fielded in March and April 2020, participants were asked questions about their video conferencing preferences, expectations, and experiences. When it comes to the background they see behind the speaker, 60% of respondents said they do have a clear preference. (Spoiler alert: they don’t want to see a fake scenic background. Business casual was preferred, together with a real background with books and or framed décor. (Across the board, virtual scenic backgrounds averaged only 7.5% of the vote — suggesting that they’re best saved for your next virtual happy hour, not your next work meeting.)”

If you’d like to chat about any of the above or share your experiences, feel free to reach out.