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Superscript employee engagement

How Superscript is keeping employees connected: an interview with their people team

By | COVID-19, Employee Engagement, Employee Wellbeing

As we come to the end of another week working from home, there is an air of cautious optimism spreading throughout the country. Provisional dates for the reopening of entire sectors have been marked on calendars as we tentatively make plans for the return of some normality. And yet, as we pine for the return of life as we knew it; millions of us are still working from our living rooms, and for some, it is still novel. For those that are new to the world of remote work, those that have started jobs in lockdown or even for the…

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Budget 2021

Budget 2021: What does it mean for HR and payroll teams?

By | COVID-19, Employment Law

In a significantly quieter House of Commons, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has this afternoon delivered the first Budget of 2021. Taking to the dispatch box while the nation continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic; Sunak outlined his plans to lift the economy and support individuals, businesses and entire industries as we near the light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel. After an extraordinary year of economic challenges where UK borrowing hit its highest level since World War II, today’s Budget was unveiled the government’s plans to rise from the ashes and rebalance public finances. While personal tax hikes were expected,…

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Leadership transitions in a virtual world: Setting up for success in the first 100 days

Leadership transitions in a virtual world: Setting up for success in the first 100 days

By | Employee Management, Recruitment, Team

The type of remote work insurgence COVID-19 ushered in was never intended to be permanent – it was a crisis response. Prior to the pandemic, it was estimated that just 2.9% of the world’s workforce operated from home permanently, compared to the 88% since national lockdowns were imposed. Remote working has caused companies to rethink – to tweak, test and improve existing formulas for a more favourable outcome. The sudden shift to distributed work has highlighted the importance and unique challenges of integrating new talent into the business – where adapting through ‘osmosis’ is no longer feasible. With the current…

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How HR can cultivate connections and enhance engagement

Ask an Expert: Director of EPIC, Gary Cookson, on how HR can cultivate connections and enhance engagement

By | Employee Engagement, Leadership

A recent survey has found that 33% of UK respondents feel less connected towards both their company culture and colleagues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tackling the connection challenge of COVID-19 in this isolating pandemic has been one of HR’s most significant tasks. However, that has not been the only worry for HR professionals. Organisations have had to focus on employees’ emotions to help restore productivity and enhance engagement levels. While we’re currently at a fork in the road, leaders must resist their command-and-control instincts and instead look to bring their people closer than ever, ensuring they get the best out of…

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Mental health working from home

Protecting employee mental health at home: 6 tips from the experts

By | COVID-19, Mental Health

Nearly a year since the Prime Minister advised the public to work from home where possible, and in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, many of us are still 100% remote. Despite 15 million employees still working from home, it is safe to say for many; it hasn’t gotten any easier. These prolonged periods of isolation, social distancing and lockdown have devastated industries and livelihoods – and our mental health is suffering because of it. The usual methods we enlist to protect our mental health such as exercise, taking yoga classes, seeing friends and family are unavailable…

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