The top HR stories you may have missed this week

Listed below are the biggest stories you may have missed this week.

Tips on how to be an effective virtual manager

The spread of COVID-19 has led to an explosion of remote working, transforming our usual workplaces in to “virtual workplaces”. This has created a new challenge for managers, to provide strong virtual leadership, Hogan Assessments, a company that offers personality assessment and leadership consulting has offered some help in doing so.

Remote working could lead to more of a sedentary lifestyle

Over a quarter of workers are sitting down for more than nine hours a day, with worries that the spread of COVID-19 and remote working may lead to this figure increasing even further, with nearly three-quarters of those in HR stating there is a link between physical fitness and absenteeism.

Does COVID-19 discriminate?

The roles that carry the highest chance of catching COVID-19 tend to be held by women such as nurses, pharmacists, carers and several other health jobs, where the majority of workers are female.

Out of the 3.2 million high risks jobs in the UK at the moment, 2.5 million of these are held by women. It has also been found that those on lower pay are more likely to catch the virus, 98 per cent of lower-paid jobs are held by women.

Tips on how to manage stress whilst working at home

As April is stress awareness month, a director has given her top tips on how to have a stress free remote working environment as this is now a new trend due to COVID-19.

Rachel Irons, director, and founder of Complete Health and Protection a company that offers advice on a range of health and protection insurance solutions has given her seven tips on how to manage stress whilst working at home.

Employees listening to podcasts whilst working at home assists productivity

Remote working has led to an increase in the number of employees listening to a podcast, with research stating it can help with productivity and help staff unwind.

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Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.