There are believed to be no more than 12 black portfolio managers in the entire UK investment management industry, according to a 2018 study by New Financial (1). The lack of people of colour in the finance industry is still at a staggering low, especially at manager or higher positions, although 118 directors in the FTSE 100 are from an ethnic minority – defined as those who “identify as or have evident heritage from African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Central and South American regions” – up from 92 in 2020 (2). This may look like the numbers are on the rise, however it is still significantly lower than the number of white people in the same position.
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A few years ago, a new café opened in Japan consisting entirely of robot staff (1). An unusual idea, but it went beyond being a simple gimmick. Each robot waiter was being remotely piloted by people with paralysis, allowing them to directly speak with customers to take orders and serve them their drinks. Suddenly through this remote working innovation, a whole new sector of talent was able to connect with the working world in a way they previously never could.
Can we go back to ‘normal’ when ‘normal’ no longer exists? 92% of people expect to be able to work from home at least once a week after the pandemic. Reopening offices and encouraging people back to work isn't going to be an event, it’s going to be a process. Each individual person is going to feel different about returning to work after working remotely for such a long period of time. So how do you cater to those individuals and their unique needs?
Unfortunately even in this day and age it is incredibly shocking to learn that over 60% of women in the UK have experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace. A study has revealed the seriousness of harassment can range from groping to inappropriate comments. ‘Me too’ is a movement for sexual violence/ harassment survivors. People being able to share their own experiences helps other people to not feel so alone if they are being sexually harassed and perhaps gives them the confidence to speak up about what they are experiencing.
How to know you’re being bullied at work
Plenty of people find that work is good for their mental health. A job can help protect your mental health by providing a source of income, sense of identity, contact and friendship with others, a steady routine and structure, as well as opportunities to contribute and gain skills.
The number of remote workers is on the rise. In fact, it is expected that 92% of people are expected to be able to work from home at least once a week after the pandemic.
A key way to look after your well being is to ensure you have a healthy work life balance. A mental health survey found that one third of employees feel unhappy or very unhappy about the time they devote to work. More than 40% of employees are neglecting other aspects of their life because of work which may increase vulnerability to mental health problems
Since the pandemic 92% of people are expected to work from home at least one day a week and 80% of people are expected to work from home at least three times per week. There have been many concerns for UK employees and what the new expectations will be for hybrid working. Employees are assuming their employers will expect them to work from their office for more than 66% of the time, When employees would actually rather have an even split.
As lockdown is now easing throughout the UK, many workplaces will be reopening for staff to return to the office. We Love Work have put together 3 useful tips to support your employees in their return to the office.