Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Global as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Global: Ignoring undesirable information

There are many instances in the daily life of an HR professional where ignoring a problem seems a better option than confronting it …

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Global: Tracking coronavirus

A number of organisations are producing regularly updated global maps that allow us to maintain a broad picture of the way COVID-19 is moving through populations …

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Global: Taking disaster seriously

It seems odd to say that people can be bored with disaster, but that is unfortunately what appears to be happening …

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Global: Unpaid leave

FedEE’s helpline has been very busy recently and one of the most frequent questions relates to offering special unpaid leave weeks to take some pressure away from payrolls, especially when furlough schemes come to an end …

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Global: OECD outlook

We continue to be highly sceptical about economic forecasts produced by the OECD – as they appear to contain highly politically massaged figures …

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Global: Mandatory vaccination

Not only are we nearing the point when employers must have in place effective policies for vaccination against COVID-19 – when it becomes available – but, more immediately, whether they should introduce obligatory vaccination against influenza now that the annual round of vaccinations is about to begin …

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Global: Health declaration form

Travelers must remember to fill out a health declaration form prior to departure for a growing number of destinations …

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Global: Politics and employee relations

There has always been a tendency for those in the HR function to try to see their discipline as essentially insular and disconnected from other areas of human knowledge, such as economics and politics …

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Global: Labour shortages

From the Indian auto-sector to the Malaysian palm oil industry and Canadian apple farms, there are huge shortages of labour that are already slowing the global economic recovery …

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Global: What’s in your warehouse?

The recent explosion in Beirut could probably have happened anywhere around the World, but probably not on such a large scale …

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Global: IMF report

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a lack of human capital is a critical factor seriously impeding the economic development of Latin America …

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Global: Trade slump

According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), international trade has fallen 19% year-on-year and is now at a record low …

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Global: If, when and by how much?

The billion-dollar question facing all multinationals is how far should they “cut labour to deal with the next 2 to 3 years?” What cannot be relied upon are GDP forecasts, because they are too generalised and say nothing about demand over the longer term or in a particular sector …

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Global: Technology and inequality

Back in 2018, McKinsey reported extensive research indicating that a huge driver towards overall income inequality during the last two decades had been automation …

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Global: Keeping cool

When temperatures rise employers often revert to the use of fans, especially in large workspaces such as factories and warehouses …

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