Six tips for managing difficult conversations remotely…

Do you need to have a difficult conversation with an employee, but aren’t quite sure where to begin? If you’ve been working remotely and not seeing employees on a regular basis, perhaps a difficult conversation has been easier to avoid. The trouble with this is the problem will not go away on its own. It can actually create more problems that start to spiral. This may feel harder to keep under control when working from afar.
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Managing absences during Coronavirus…

Ordinarily, it would be highly unlikely for most of your team to be absent from work at the same time. Each case would be dealt with individually according to your absence policy and your staffing levels would typically provide adequate cover.
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Making Sense of the Flexible Furlough Scheme…

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, also commonly referred to as the Furlough Scheme, has been a crucial lifeline of support for many people throughout the pandemic. The scheme has helped to protect more than nine million jobs during an enforced period of lockdown, by allowing employers to furlough eligible employees and claim up to 80% of their wages…
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Accentuating the positives when you are forced to make redundancies…

The sudden threat to public health from coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought about global change that most employers have never encountered before.

We are past the peak of the virus in the UK and society has been permitted to re-open safely in stages, but there are going to be more changes to come. The economic impact of coronavirus has meant that many employers are going to need to consider essential changes to their business, which will require people management support…
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Social Distancing and Hygiene Awareness Information in the Workplace…

Adaptability may just be the best word to describe 2020! Everyone has had to change in some way or another, and none more so than businesses. Most business owners will have already been aware of their responsibilities about social distancing and hygiene in the workplace but now more than ever, this is this crucial for businesses, safety and their image…
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Four key areas of HR that will help your business during lockdown…

It has been just under a month since the government placed strict lockdown rules on the UK in response to COVID-19. And we know that for many of you, business is far from usual.

If your business has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, we expect that you have come across some difficult decision making in recent weeks. We have talked many of our clients through the Job Retention Scheme, explained the process of furlough and discussed other options for workforce changes as a result of coronavirus. From these conversations we know that many of you are asking “what happens next?”…
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5 Proactive steps to managing your business survival…

If you’re a small business owner, you might be feeling particularly overwhelmed at the moment, trying to figure out what the Coronavirus pandemic means for you and your business.‍ You’re certainly not alone. Many small businesses are vulnerable and business owners are facing difficult decisions, with real concerns about how their businesses will survive this unforeseen and unpredictable crisis…
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Protecting your Business & Home from Pest Activity during the Covid-19 Lockdown…

The UK has now been in lockdown for 4 weeks now and a further 3 weeks have just been announced. This is influencing some changes in the behaviour of some common pests we deal with daily. This blog is to inform you about what is happening in relation to pest activity and what you can do to ensure you are not affected by it…
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Managing Workplace Mental Health During Coronavirus…

By now you will hopefully be well informed on the extreme measures put in place by the government to protect the public and slow the spread of COVID-19. The latest official guidance goes beyond frequent hand washing and coughing into a tissue, with most people now being advised to stay at home.
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What you need to consider when asking employees to work from home…

For years we have heard that, with advances in technology, working from home would become the norm. Now, this feels more relevant than ever. This is going to be an enormous change for many people as the routines of commuting and socialising disappear…
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