The Tech & Digital Issue
Technology has dominated the last 12 months. Microsoft Teams and Zoom have replaced face-to-face communication, L&D is now carried out via virtual workshops or webinars, and appraisal systems are all hosted online. What was once the new way of working is now the way of working.
Speaking of new, you might have noticed a new face in this section (mine) as I have taken over from Dan Cave as Editor of myGrapevine magazine. Dan hasn’t left the team and is still very much part of the furniture when it comes to writing pieces for the monthly edition, but I will be taking over the reins moving forward. Part of this change involves streamlining the content, bringing you different ways of drilling into the HR function.
It is a pleasure, therefore, to introduce an issue all about the ongoing change that businesses must face. As restrictions ease, HR teams and business leaders must think about the digital structures and technology they have relied upon over the last year and how it plays a role in a world that is tentatively opening up again.
To help understand this, for this month’s cover feature we speak with the largest operator of pubs, restaurants and bars in the UK – Mitchells & Butlers. Recognised for owning brands such as All Bar One, Harvester and Toby Carvery, the firm’s Group HR Director shares how the business has used tech to maintain communication and engage its workforce over the past year, as well as how it hopes to continue doing so now that its sites are open again. Also included is insight from Sharp UK’s HR Director on how she has evolved its people team, as well as exclusives from Avon and Sony Music Publishing.
I hope you enjoy reading.