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It’s time to re-onboard your employees who started remotely during lockdown, here are 5 ways on how to do it

By Employee Relations, Employee Retention, Health and Wellbeing, Onboarding

If you or your company has onboarded a new starter in the last 18 months, there’s a very strong chance that they’ve never stepped foot inside your physical office. But with teams around the country beginning to return to the office, are you ready to re-onboard those of your staff who started remotely? We all know that when an employee joins a team, we need to onboard them, and we’ve been doing that for as long as most of us have been working, but since COVID-19 hit at the start of 2020, we’ve been doing it remotely. Therefore, given that…

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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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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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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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Job Support Scheme

The Job Support Scheme: an overview for HR

By COVID-19

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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