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Expeditious Services remote work

How Expeditious Services is keeping employees connected: an interview with their HR Manager

By | COVID-19, Employee Engagement, Health and Wellbeing

As the country edges ever closer to a return to some normality, we’re continuing to delve into the ways HR leaders across the nation are keeping their people connected during this period of working from home. Today, we’re delighted to welcome another HR leader to this series. Elizabeth Smith is the HR Manager at Expeditious Services, a business protection and security company based in Shrewsbury. With many of their team being key workers, they have had to adapt their people strategies to meet the changing needs of their team – both in the office and at home. We caught up…

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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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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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employee burnout in law firms

What is employee burnout and how can you prevent it in your law firm?

By | Employee Wellbeing, Health and Wellbeing, Mental Health

The legal profession is one synonymous with high-intensity, stressful and often emotionally charged situations. The industry’s leading mental health and wellbeing charity, LawCare revealed that the most common reason for calls to their helpline is often stress and a feeling of being burned out. And yet, the driven, perfectionist nature of our legal professionals often means that reaching out for help or support when experiencing the signs of stress or burn out is overlooked amid fears of appearing ‘weak’. As they strive to remain in control of high-pressure situations; legal professionals are among the most prone to stress and often,…

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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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