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Mark Cooper

Wellbeing support beyond the coronavirus crisis

The current health crisis has shone a spotlight on wellbeing from both an individual and company perspective. Fledgling corporate wellbeing initiatives have been accelerated to meet unprecedented and unplanned for changes in employees’ working lives. The connection between employee wellbeing ... View Article

Article by 28 July 2020

Richard Peachey

Now’s not the time to cut HR budgets

Lockdown has been a test lab. There have been high-profile cases of how using remote technologies changes the dynamic and can catch people out: such as Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething, who was heard being abusive about a fellow Assembly member on Zoom by 20 other participants. But also, more generally, there’s been reports of how remote working creates new fault lines and pressures in team relationships and more potential for conflict. There have been many cases of an increased sense of togetherness among remote workers, battling adversity through lockdown, but this was a temporary phenomenon. The novelty and glow of community has been replaced by a growing familiarity with the realities of the ‘new normal’.

Article by 23 July 2020

Craig Pointon

The New Era of Executive Search

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the restrictions imposed have effectively ripped up the executive search rulebook. That might not be a bad thing. While technology advancements in the last decade have propelled the recruitment industry, executive search has generally not evolved and instead stayed truer to its roots – depending on extensive networks, specialised industry knowledge and building relationships face to face.

Article by 21 July 2020

Joanne Regan-Iles

Why Trust is Critical to Your Return to Work Strategy

As the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is motoring forward with plans to get people back into work and relaxing the two-metre rule to allow businesses to reopen, employers are developing plans to bring employees back to work safely, giving careful thought to flexible working schedules, seating configurations, visitor policies, use of lifts, food delivery, and much more.

Article by 20 July 2020

Brett Hill

Preparing to return to work post-lockdown

As many businesses begin the slow process of returning to work and bringing employees back from remote working or furlough, there are many areas to think about to ensure businesses are protected and employees are kept safe and well.

Article by 14 July 2020

Rick Kershaw

Bridging the gap: Meeting the expectations of a hybrid workforce

We have entered a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic. While it still feels too soon to say we’re emerging from it, some organisations are taking tentative steps in that direction. This is evident in the rising proportion of people gradually returning to their places of work. Last week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released data indicating that 44% of adults had travelled to work in the past seven days, compared with 41% in the previous week.

Article by 10 July 2020

Claire Burrows

Mind the gap

As the UK begins to emerge from lockdown, there remains uncertainty about when we will be back to “normal” life and what the “new normal” could look like. Government commentary suggests that social distancing may have to continue for the rest of the year, which raises questions on how some industries will return to work. Businesses must proactively identify what practical steps can be implemented in their unique working environment to allow a return to work when possible.

Article by 9 July 2020