Building Back: Making Working Lives Better - ACAS
The challenge for British policymakers, stakeholders and employers in the 'new normal' world of work is, in many ways, the same as it ever was: to make working life better for everyone in Britain. Yet coronavirus (COVID-19) has put into even starker relief the diversity and complexity of working life, with the pandemic's differential impacts on sectors and demographics; on knowledge workers versus frontline workers; on those in secure and insecure working arrangements; and around what kinds of work we value most as a society.
This paper argues that, in order to 'build back better' we must capitalise on valuable lessons learned about working life during the pandemic crisis; and seize the opportunity to make sure momentum is not lost on balancing the importance of employee wellbeing with that of productivity. In short, we need a new 'workplace contract' that reflects our shifting values, new working practices and business priorities as we work towards economic recovery.
To read the full report visit https://www.acas.org.uk/building-back-making-working-lives-better-html