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Clare Makowski

Increases to National Minimum Wage rates from April 2022

  • Wed 9th Mar 2022
  • Alex

Did you know the rates of the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) will increase from the start of April 2022? Clare Makowski, HR Business Partner at International Workplace, looks at the increases that will come into force in April and the penalties for not paying your staff the correct wage.

Dec 08

Virtual classroom: a new form of live learning

  • Wed 8th Dec 2021
  • Alex

Employers are making decisions around employees’ training needs post COVID-19 and many are concerned about bringing high numbers of people into a physical classroom. As a result, the pandemic appears to have pushed virtual classroom training to the forefront; it has allowed employees to keep learning during a time when meeting trainers in-person is not necessarily safe. In this blog, David Sharp explains the many benefits of virtual classrooms.

Nov 25

Dementia in the workplace – considerations for employers

  • Wed 25th Nov 2020
  • AdamBublickiadambublickiinternationalworkplacecom

Dementia is often thought of as something that affects people who have retired, but with the state pension age rising and the default retirement age a thing of the past, people will increasingly experience the first symptoms of dementia while at work. Employers therefore need to consider how they can make their workplaces more dementia-friendly and the legal duties that arise when an employee has dementia.

Aug 04

David Sharp

NEBOSH certificate programme: the ‘new’ normal

  • Tue 4th Aug 2020
  • Jane

Changes are underway at NEBOSH – both in the face of growing competition for a slice of the global health and safety qualifications market, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. NEBOSH has made changes to make its certificate-level qualifications even more accessible and attractive for training providers and learners alike. International Workplace CEO David Sharp looks at the new opportunities.

Jul 24

David Sharp

Why there isn't an app for that

  • Fri 24th Jul 2020
  • David

Contact tracing via smartphone usage has brought our reliance on mobile apps into question. International Workplace's CEO David Sharp explains why, when it comes to digital learning, mobile apps are not the best choice.

May 18

David Sharp

The DNA of digital learning: it's not magic

  • Mon 18th May 2020
  • David

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven most organisations to switch to digital channels in the absence of physical meetings and face-to-face communication. Nowhere has that sudden change been more strongly felt than in the training sector, where traditional instructor-led or 'classroom' courses have been magically ditched for webinars, virtual classrooms and eLearning. Can it really be so easy? asks International Workplace CEO, David Sharp.

Mar 04

David Sharp

Coronavirus: remote learning in safe hands?

  • Wed 4th Mar 2020
  • David

The spread of Coronavirus is forcing us as a society to think differently about the way we interact, including within and without the workplace. With official government warnings that forced isolation could come in the near future, it's time for businesses to start preparing alternative ways of working. As business continuity becomes business as usual, continuing development should not suffer. Asks David Sharp, has digital learning finally found its moment?

Jan 03

David Sharp

Machine learning: you be the judge (for now)

  • Fri 3rd Jan 2020
  • David

Two recent studies have shown that machine learning solutions can diagnose cancer by processing X-ray images more efficiently and more accurately than trained radiologists. David Sharp considers the implications for learning solutions and for human judgement.

Oct 03

Is sick building syndrome making an unwelcome comeback?

  • Thu 3rd Oct 2019
  • AdamBublickiadambublickiinternationalworkplacecom

Sick building syndrome (SBS) is largely believed to be a phenomenon of the 1990s but new findings in a survey carried out by intelligent business technology experts the Remark Group show that it may well be making an unwelcome return.

Sep 19

Facial recognition 'a threat to privacy', says ICO

  • Thu 19th Sep 2019
  • AdamBublickiadambublickiinternationalworkplacecom

Facial recognition technology is in the news almost daily, and will be of special importance to anyone responsible for managing premises and people.