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How HR can stay resilient in challenging times

How HR can stay resilient in challenging times

By COVID-19, Leadership, Motivation

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 or anxious (56%) and feeling isolated (49%). Balancing organisational aims while finding ways of staying resilient and resourceful seems an essential capability for HR professionals in the 21st century. This has been amplified more recently when businesses look to HR leaders for concrete answers in an uncertain environment and your sense of control can feel tenuous. That’s why…

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Extended furlough

Extended furlough in 2021: what does it mean for employers?

By COVID-19, Health and Wellbeing, HR News

As the UK enters the second week of 2021, all four nations are currently in some form of lockdown. The Scottish mainland is in a similar lockdown to England with leaving home banned for all but essential reasons. Similarly, Wales entered a national lockdown on 20th December and Northern Ireland entered a six-week lockdown on Boxing Day. While this is not the start to a new year that many of us hoped for, the surge in new cases and the discovery of a mutated strain of the coronavirus meant that swift and decisive action was required to protect the NHS…

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digital transformation

10 years of HR digital transformation in a single year

By COVID-19, Technology

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

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

Extended furlough scheme: what it means for employers

By COVID-19, HR News, News

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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