Hot or Not | Biggest trends impacting HR in August 2020

Biggest trends impacting HR in August 2020
Biggest trends impacting HR in August 2020

Last month, wellbeing and skills dominated the headlines as organisations began to chart what they needed to survive – and help their staff thrive – on the long-term pandemic-defined business landscape…


£££s for pets
Being aware of the potential for employees to feel isolated or have their mental health impacted by long-term remote work, one employer decided to invest in pets for his staff. The Zebra, a US-based insurance firm, has offered animal-loving staff members a whopping £228 ($300) stipend to adopt a new pet. This will ensure that ‘pet parents’ spend more time bonding with the new addition to the family rather than worrying about the costs associated with their new furry friend. The firm’s CEO, Keith Melnick, said that he devised this work perk to help remote staff feel less lonely when working throughout the coronavirus crisis. He said: “I know this kind of companionship can make a huge difference in quality of life. Especially now that we’re all working remotely for the foreseeable future, I want to make sure that anyone at The Zebra who wants to, can experience that.”

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