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News in brief: Editor’s picks

Since returning from the holidays, a few articles from other news outlets - relating to pay, reward and HR -  have spiked my interest, so I thought I would round them up and continue to do this on an ongoing basis. 

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What Reward Strategy is reading...
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Here is the first collection of news that’s caught my eye. If any intrigue you, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, on social or via email: apritchard@shardfinancialmedia.com

 

Greggs to pay workers £7m bonus after vegan sausage roll success

The Guardian has reported that Greggs employees are being rewarded with a £7m special bonus after the successful launch of the bakery chain’s vegan sausage roll last year boosted sales and profits.

 

These bonuses will be one off-payments, so I wonder if such a short-term reward will achieve anything or foster engagement?

 

Finland’s new 34-year-old prime minister wants her citizens on a four-day workweek
CNBC published an article on a popular story this week which included proposals from Finland’s new 34-year-old prime minister.

 

Sanna Marin has previously proposed putting the entire country on a four-day workweek consisting of six-hour workdays, in a bid to transition the country to what she called “the next step for us in working life.”

 

I’m sure most employees would enjoy this, but if that were to be replicated in the UK (could we be so lucky?), could the public afford for public sector workers (teachers, nurses, HMRC advisors) to work less?

 

Ethical veganism is philosophical belief, tribunal rules

Late last week the BBC reported on a tribunal ruling where an individual claimed he was sacked by his workplace because of his ethical veganism. The courts ruled ethical veganism is a "philosophical belief" and so is protected in law, but they are yet to rule on his dismissal.

 

The individual believes he was sacked by his employer, an animal welfare charity, after disclosing it invested pension funds in firms involved in animal testing. This is a very concerning case and of course a question of morals, but we will have to wait and find out what the law says about his dismissal. What conclusion do you expect?

 

Gossip in the workplace can be good for you

New research from The University of Salford has found that gossip in the workplace can have a positive impact on employees.

 

The release stated that 61 percent of gossip in the workplace is positive and that encouraging a more open attitude towards “water cooler/kitchen chat” should not be viewed as wasting time, but as an important mechanism for facilitating interactions. Can this really be the case?

 

What about you, what have you been reading this week? What’s caught your attention? Let me know at: apritchard@shardfinancialmedia.com

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