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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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How HR can prepare for the anticipated office return

Ask an Expert: Founder of Management & Safety Training Ltd, Andy Farrall, on how HR can prepare for the anticipated office return

By | Health and Safety, Health and Wellbeing, Human Resources

For the first time in almost half a year, the R number has fallen again in the UK, which means that coronavirus infections continue to decrease. The positive effect of national lockdowns and introducing the first wave of the COVID-19 vaccine has seen the R number in the UK be placed between 0.7 and 0.9. This information is coupled with the recent announcement that all adults are set to be offered the vaccine by 31 July under Boris Johnson’s accelerated plan, as the Prime Minister plans his roadmap out of lockdown. Coming back to work can be stressful, but with…

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working from home

Is working from home the future?

By | COVID-19, Team

For many, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has rested on one question: Can I work from home or do I have to be in the workplace? National lockdowns, employees shielding or self-isolating, has pushed tens of millions of workers around the globe to work from home. As businesses were forced to embrace the workforce experiment that had struggled to become mainstream before COVID-19 hit, by April 2020, 86% of those working from home were doing so because of the pandemic. In some sectors, remote work was fairly common – even in a pre-COVID world. In some, however, it is…

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