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What are the 10 most popular Natural HR blogs this year?

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In 2021, the Natural HR team published more content than in any previous year, and as a result, we’ve delved into some of the most important topics facing HR teams.

From COVID related insights and looking at the future of work to the importance of absence management and employee engagement – the Natural HR team has produced over 100 articles that have provided critical insights into the challenges faced by HR professionals during a challenging year.

So, to make sure you don’t miss out, the team has put together a curated list featuring ten of our most read articles from the past year.

1. 10 reasons why the world needs more women in leadership roles

2021 has shown that the need for more female leaders has never been more critical. Over the past year there have been calls for greater gender equality while also enhancing the need to close the gender wage gap. Although tremendous strides have been made in this aspect, there is still a fundamental lack of women in leadership roles.

With this said, in this article, Natural HR delved into the world of women in the workplace, outlining the need for their presence and mindset and providing 10 core reasons why organisations should no longer overlook the prospect of employing more women in leadership roles.

Read the full article here.

2. 9 ways to maintain employee engagement during lockdown

It’s no hidden secret that employee engagement is a major contributing factor towards building a successful business. Yet, driving employee engagement doesn’t come at the click of your fingers. Only 15% of employees worldwide are considered fully engaged in their job roles.

As far as buzzwords go, employee engagement will always be on the HR community’s tongue, with initiatives proving to make employees more productive, customer-focused, loyal, and better yet, companies with highly engaged workforces are 21% more profitable.

Keeping employees engaged and motivated amid a global pandemic is no mean feat, and that’s why we sourced nine different ways you can maintain engagement levels during the lockdown from business leaders.

Read the full article here.

3. Virtual team-building ideas: 30 people share what they are doing

As we approached the year mark since remote working took charge, we’ve now all got our own set working routine, with some of us looking like Quasimodo, hunched over the dining table.

This is why Natural HR decided to ask LinkedIn users what they are currently doing to engage remote workers through virtual team-building. The Internet has spoken, whether that is Zoom quizzes, a set time for a tea and a chat, or setting up a company multiplayer game on Call of Duty.

Read the full article here.

4. Absence management and why it’s important

Absence management is the process of managing absences in your workplace. It’s important to have a plan for dealing with employees absent from work because it can be disruptive and costly when too many people are out at once.

When you’re putting together an absence management plan, you should think about how often people are taking off, what percentage of your staff will need coverage when someone is gone, and whether or not there are any consequences for being absent.

The most important thing you can do as an employer is listening to your team members about what they need to feel more comfortable going into work each day. This article looked at the best strategies for staff absence management and explored its importance on productivity and employee engagement.

Read the full article here.

5. 16 remote work experts share their top tips for working from home

The surge in flexible working has led many organisations to entirely reconsider their flexible working policies. Shopify, Salesforce and Slack have all implemented policies that will see remote working become the norm with employees transitioning to 100% remote work.

For those new to the world of remote work, those who have started jobs in lockdown or even for the next generation joining the workforce during these isolated times, finding your ‘mojo’ for productive remote work can be challenging.

That’s why we reached out to the remote work community and asked experts, serial WFH’ers and business leaders to share their top tips for effective work from home.

Read the full article here.

6. Reflecting on a year in lockdown: insights from 8 business leaders

We asked the HR and business community to share their reflections and learnings from the last 12 months. From reconsidering the need for a physical office to developing flexible working policies, our business and HR leaders have made a remarkable effort to accommodate the changing needs of employees that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about.

In this article, you’ll find insights from business leaders, HR professionals and company founders as they share what they have learned from lockdown and the new practices they are adopting as a result of their own remote work experience.

Read the full article here.

7. 8 innovative wellbeing strategies for the future of work

The last 18 months have entirely flipped everything we knew about the future of work on its head. Entire businesses moved to remote work, and some were forced to close for prolonged periods of time and others were devastated.

As the nation tentatively nears the return of some semblance of normality and HR teams look to steady the ship, many have improved or entirely redeveloped their wellbeing strategies to accommodate changing employee needs.

The future of work looks increasingly more hybridised, and employers had to adjust entire strategies to account for this. In this article, we discovered insights from 8 business leaders and HR experts on how they have adapted their wellbeing strategies in light of this ever-changing world of work.

Read the full article here.

8. HR in 2021: trends, challenges and priorities

The last 24-months have been challenging for many businesses, especially for HR leaders. From dealing with furloughing staff to managing remote workers and, unfortunately for some, making redundancies, the pandemic’s uncertainty magnified the need for talented HR professionals in businesses.

At Natural HR, we began the year by publishing a report into the state of the HR profession in 2021. We surveyed over 100 HR leaders from across the country to explore the trends, challenges and opportunities facing HR departments. It also examines the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and the hurdles they have faced during this time.

Read the full article here.

9. Ask an expert: what does employee wellbeing look like in 2021?

In recent years wellbeing initiatives have come under more scrutiny than ever before. With online searches for ’employee wellbeing initiatives’ rocketing by 200% in the last 12 months alone, it is clear that many companies are still adapting to this new normal of remote work and how they can best support their people as remote work becomes the norm.

As such, we were delighted to welcome the founder of Grays Wellbeing, Dr Dee Gray, to the Natural HR blog, who shared her advice, tips and guidance for HR leaders developing or adapting their employee wellbeing strategies in these remote times that we find ourselves in.

Read the full article here.

10. Why mental health must be on your HR agenda in 2021

According to the Mental Health Foundation, more than eight in ten (82%) UK adults have experienced stress because of COVID-19, while a further 42% of employees wish to experience less anxiety at work during 2021.

But with the mental health landscape changing enormously in recent times, where does HR begin? In our sought-after HR Expert series, Founder of PsycHR, Helen Pericleous, provided key insight into building an employee wellbeing strategy that will help tackle the heart of mental ill-health in the workplace.

Read the full article here.

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