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10 years of HR digital transformation in a single year

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It’s fair to say that 2020 hasn’t been the year that most had organisations expected. With furlough schemes, redundancies, mental health issues, greater remote working and an ever-changing set of rules for the workplace, HR teams have really had their work cut out this year. According to Gartner, 80% of organisations didn’t have the technology needed for HR to do their jobs effectively during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, even though the majority of organisations had digital workplace programs in place. Why was this the case? Although digital transformation programs were in place, it was always a slow process…

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PsycHR on how to protect your employee's mental health during COVID-19

Ask An Expert: PSYCHR on how to protect your employee’s mental health during COVID-19.

By | COVID-19, Employee Management, Mental Health | No Comments

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the world, employers are becoming increasingly more concerned about the wellbeing issues presented by the global pandemic. While we’ve seen nations come together to act as a community and support mechanism during these struggling times, no one is immune to the mental health implications this virus can and has caused. The Health Foundation found that more than two-thirds of adults in the UK (69%) reported feeling somewhat or very worried about the effect COVID-19 is having on their life. The most common issues affecting wellbeing are worrying about the future (63%), feeling stressed…

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Extended furlough scheme: what it means for employers

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Boris Johnson took to the lectern inside number 10 on Saturday evening to announce further restrictions amid surging coronavirus cases across the country. As expected, in what is effectively a second national lockdown in England, the Prime Minister announced the closure of non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues as well as pubs, bars, and restaurants from the 5th November. Working from home, where possible is now actively encouraged and, for those businesses that do experience a significant drop in demand or have to close entirely, the furlough scheme has been extended. The restrictions that come into force later this week…

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Managing employer branding throughout COVID-19

How to manage your employer brand throughout COVID-19

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It’s been said a million and one times recently, but we’re currently living in unprecedented times and to make this matter worse, none of us have magic powers or a crystal ball to predict what’s going to happen over the next 12 to 18 months.  But it’s fair to say; most organisations are probably going to be hiring less due to a business downturn or general logistical complications, along with the ongoing pandemic and recession. So, it’s no wonder why so many companies are prioritising their employer brand to ensure they’re maintaining a positive perception during COVID-19, with 84% of…

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Job Support Scheme

The Job Support Scheme: an overview for HR

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak took to the despatch box this afternoon (Thursday 24th September) to announce the successor to the furlough scheme as part of his winter economy plan: the Job Support Scheme. The furlough scheme, also known as the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme (CJRS), was announced back in March as the coronavirus pandemic closed non-essential businesses and their ability to operate as usual. Devised to protect the economy from mass unemployment, the furlough scheme promised to pay up to 80% of an employee’s wages up to a limit of £2,500 per month in order to protect jobs. With the furlough…

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