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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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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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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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virtual team building ideas

Virtual team-building ideas – 30 people share what they are doing

By COVID-19, Mental Health, Technology

As we approach the year mark since remote working took charge, by now, we’ve all got our own set working routine, with some of us looking like Quasimodo, hunched over the dining table. At the same time, our calendars continue to be flooded with yet more Zoom calls, which begs the question, how tedious can remote working be? This is why Natural HR decided to ask LinkedIn users what they are currently doing to engage remote workers through virtual team-building. Whether that is Zoom quizzes, a set time for a tea and a chat, or setting up a company multiplayer…

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16 remote work experts share their top tips for working from home

By COVID-19, Health and Wellbeing, Human Resources

Nearly 15 million of us continue to work from home in the UK as the country weathers the storm that is COVID-19. After almost a year of remote work, it is likely that this is still a very novel way of working for some employees. Whether by default or design, flexible working was not as commonplace in a pre-COVID world as it is in 2021 and adapting to this new normal can take time. The surge in flexible working has led many organisations to reconsider their flexible working policies entirely. The likes of Shopify, Salesforce and Slack have all implemented…

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