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Concerns rise over SME workforce mental wellness

The issues surrounding mental health are not going away. There is no quick fix to them, however, there is hope. By creating positive environments, where people can come forward and discuss their issues, allowing employers to take the necessary steps and put measures in place, this issue need not debilitate our workforce and economy indefinitely.

Article by Jeremy Roe 31 March 2021


The Future of the office

While the announcement of the roadmap out of lockdown may have led to businesses considering a return to the office, one thing is clear: the future of the office looks set to be different. After more than 12 months of remote working, what do employees feel about remote working and the return to the office? And how can this help HR leaders shape their business' approach?

Article by Charlotte Smith 26 March 2021


A CALL TO ACTION: 5 Steps to post pandemic Re-engagement

The world and business in particular has been rocked not just by the pandemic but by issues of race, gender, diversity and equality. It is almost as if we are being asked to do and even see everything differently – not just operate differently but also to think differently challenging all sorts of “norms”.

Article by 25 March 2021


The opportunity beyond the angst: how IR35 can bring positive change

Addressing IR35 should be the trigger for reimagining workforce procurement management systems to guarantee compliance, but also to create an outstanding procurement function that enhances the work engagement from a freelancer’s perspective.

Article by Henrik Smedberg 24 March 2021


6 C’s for leading teams remotely

Over one year on, we are starting to emerge from the pandemic but remote working is here to stay, at least in some form. There is an expectation that particularly SME’s will look to cut overheads and with evidence that productivity does not suffer when working from home, we might find many businesses offloading large, expensive central office space in favour of a more blended approach of home working and keeping some physical space for larger meetings and collaboration. All this leads to a more permanent switch to remote working. Many leaders have had to step into remote leadership blindly. Even those managing others in different locations, were probably not prepared for doing that whilst two children where jostling for their attention on a Zoom call. This unexpected thrust into remote leadership has been a challenging experiment and below I have captured areas that have been helpful in meeting this new challenge.

Article by 23 March 2021


The urgent need to encourage forgiveness at work

Let's start by understanding what we mean by a culture of forgiveness. Culture is built on behaviour and puts the spotlight on leaders as role models, with an emphasis on behavioural readiness to change. This means being clear on behaviours that are rewarded vs punished and holding leaders accountable for behaviours that have a detrimental impact on employee mental and emotional health. Martin Luther King famously said, “There can be no justice without peace and no peace without justice.” So why is forgiveness and organisational justice so important now?

Article by Andrew Rayment & Catherine De La Poer 22 March 2021