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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Are you considering permanent home working for your business?

Pre-coronavirus, some employers may have thought that homeworking would not be suitable for their business. Or perhaps, had considered testing the waters of remote work but hadn’t found the time to put a trial into motion.BLOG1
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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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Beyond Lockdown: Back to Work but not before Training…

Have your employees been participating in training and development during their furlough leave? It is not too late to introduce an effective professional development scheme for employees to feel motivated and sharpen their skills whilst furloughed from work. Perhaps you were not aware that employee training is permitted during furlough. With the quick pace of government updates as the coronavirus situation develops, it can be a challenge to keep up…
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Beyond lockdown: What’s next for people planning in your business?

It has become clear from the government’s daily briefings that we are not ‘out of the woods’ when it comes to the devastating impact of coronavirus. Strict rules on social distancing will need to remain in place until specific criteria are met. Whilst this news may be hard to hear, it is important to remember how quickly change can be upon us. And that the current situation is not permanent…
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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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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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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme explained…

We are certain that most business owners who heard the Chancellor’s announcement on Friday breathed a sigh of relief. He announced an unprecedented and comprehensive list of measures to support firms both large and small…
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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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