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6 September 2022
Great Britain: NatWest Group breaking the menopause taboo
Since 23 August the UK banking group has made Peppy Health (an online women’s health application) available free of charge to its employees and their partners in a bid to support all those concerned by the menopause. More than 39,000 UK employees now have access to the app, including around 6,400 women aged 45-55.
6 September 2022
Italy: luxury group Valentino signs its first company agreement
Celebrated by the sector’s trade unions that view it as an important step in the development of industrial relations in the fashion industry, the first company agreement signed at Valentino (controlled by the Qatari group Mayhoola) concerns around 2,000 employees. Included in it are a 14th month benefit and measures aimed to improve work-life balance. 100% pay for the first month of maternity or parental leave Benefit of a 14th month for all employees Possibility of 10 days of teleworking per month
5 September 2022
Great Britain: positive results for the 4-day week at Atom Bank
At the end of August and following several months during which 4-day working week has been trialled, the app-based online bank operating in the northeast of England has concluded that the introduction of the shorter shortened week has been ‘overwhelmingly positive.’ Since 10 November staff at the bank have been able to work 34 hours over 4 days (c.f. article No.12809). Thanks to this new work organization, recruiting and retaining employees is easier, says the bank, which has also reported no negative impact....
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29 August 2022
Italy: Gucci intends to combine competitiveness and employee well-being
On 22 July, Gucci Italia (Kering Group) and the Filcams-Cgil, Fisascat-Cisl and UIltucs trade unions signed a new agreement that focuses on employee well-being, work-life balance and training. The agreement, which concerns around 900 employees in the boutiques and logistics divisions across the brand’s 29 sales outlets (excluding managers), also contains measures designed to ensure group competitiveness and productivity, at a time when the luxury sector has been strongly impacted by the pandemic and more...
21 July 2022
France: “Hybrid work requires us to redefine the meaning of coming to the office,” says Coralie Bianchi, deputy director of social affairs at Société Générale (interview)
The hybrid work agreement signed at French banking group Société Générale in January 2021, offering an average of two days of remote work per week to eligible employees, was applied in October of that year, upon the relaxation of measures to contain the health crisis. Coralie Bianchi, deputy director of social affairs at Société Générale, and the group’s reference point on...
8 July 2022
France: Dalkia turns to Mailoop to reduce volume of email traffic between employees
In an initiative that pre-dated the Covid-19 pandemic, EDF Group’s energy services subsidiary Dalkia embarked on a push to reduce the level of email correspondence among the 2,500 people employed by its branch in the Île-de-France region. With the help of start-up Mailoop, Dalkia has reduced the volume of emails sent and ensured an improved application of the right to disconnect. The two companies were handed the top prize for best innovation in human resources at the Newwork RHévolution event held on 5...
1 July 2022
France: PwC to offer paid miscarriage leave
On 2 June, the French business of audit and consulting giant PwC signed the Parental Challenge charter, which comprises 12 commitments designed to better support parenthood. By signing up to the charter, PwC France is looking to build on measures it has already implemented with its family and health policy, with a view to providing a sustainable and inclusive working environment. As part of this effort, the firm is creating a 100% paid leave allowance in the event of a miscarriage – both for the mother and second parent – and is to pay staff on days they need to take off work to prepare for an adoption.
21 June 2022
More than 40% of French and 20% of UK workers could quit their jobs because of a lack of meaning
Businesses are being forced to reimagine their HR strategies in a world of work that has been permanently disrupted by Covid-19, and because of the Great Resignation phenomenon that since 2021 has been affecting several Western countries. Two surveys, one French and one UK, published on 20 and 21 June respectively, reveal that,in addition to salary levels amid rising inflation, it is the question of the meaning of work (usefulness of work, career progression, QWL) that is fuelling this phenomenon.
16 June 2022
France: initial assessment of the Sage ‘benevolence programme’ proves positive
In order to prevent psychosocial problems, the human resources management software company is surrounding itself with intermediary support team members (‘relayeurs’). ‘Relayeurs’ are employees who voluntarily offer their colleagues an empathetic ear in complete confidentiality. One year after its implementation, this ‘benevolence programme’ system, is beginning to prove its worth.