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Reflecting on a year in lockdown: insights from 8 business leaders and HR professionals

By | COVID-19, Employee Management, Team, Technology

As we reflect on an entire year of lockdown, restrictions and remote work; the British public as a whole has learned some valuable lessons – professionally and personally. Whether it is learning to cherish seeing family members and friends in person or the importance of good work/life balance, the last year has been a learning curve for us all. We asked the HR and business community to share their own reflections and learnings from the last 12 months. From reconsidering the need for a physical office to developing flexible working policies; our business and HR leaders have made a remarkable…

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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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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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Using HR Software to Support Your Employees

Using HR software to support your employees H&W

By | Employee Wellbeing, Health and Safety, Team

Now, more than ever, the health and wellbeing of your workforce is considered one of the most crucial elements towards a successful company and let’s not forget, it’s also morally imperative. After all, happy employees are going to, in turn, be more efficient and productive, so it begs the question:,why aren’t more businesses finding new, innovative ways to enhance their health and wellbeing strategy? According to Mates In Mind, sickness absence costs companies £8.4 billion every year, but presenteeism is a more costly issue, accounting for 1.5 times the cost of absenteeism.  In other words, if your only focus is…

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Natural HR office move

Natural HR relocates to bigger Birmingham offices

By | Natural HR, Press Releases, Team

Birmingham’s thriving tech community has received a boost today as Natural HR, provider of all-in-one HR and payroll software, has announced its relocation to larger offices in the Jewellery Quarter to support its current and future growth plans. Founded by husband and wife team, Sarah and Jason Dowzell, the HR tech business has gone from 2 to 26 employees in just three years. In 2019 alone, they have already secured £250,000 of investment and employed a further 10 people. Sarah Dowzell, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Natural HR says: “As Natural HR continues to grow, so too does our need…

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