Hybrid Working – Start with the end in mind

Hybrid Working – Start with the end in mind

Recruitment, Wellbeing
Did the COVID pandemic force you into hybrid working overnight with little time for planning and preparation? If you are still considering your longer-term options you would do well to heed the advice of Stephen Covey to “Start with the end in mind”. This might be more than one thing, like saving money, retaining staff and ensuring good customer service….  it could be a minefield for the unwary. So how can you do this successfully? In 2014 I was part of a project team responsible for moving hundreds of employees who were office-based over to hybrid working. The skilled workforce had to be retained and customers could not see any impact on service. Lessons learnt were as follows: Spend a significant amount of time talking to managers about their teams…
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Wellbeing – What can you do about it right now?

Wellbeing – What can you do about it right now?

Wellbeing
The definition of well-being…… “the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy,” BUT is this what people really mean when they talk about “Well-being-”? There is a confusing proliferation of items discussed under the umbrella of Well-being issues”. CIPD research shows that the main risks to employee health are now psychological, with mental ill-health and stress being two of the top three causes of long-term absences. If you are an employer, you should be paying close attention to this as this could seriously damage the health of your business, you also have a duty of care for the physical and mental health and well-being of your workforce. So, what can you do about it? Be observant If you are in the office, take a look around. If you are at home,…
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Our Next Big Challenge – Employee Wellbeing

Our Next Big Challenge – Employee Wellbeing

Wellbeing
With the pandemic ongoing and a vaccination programme now being rolled-out most of us will be thinking about the future of our businesses, although we are still in the grip of Covid-19, it does feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel. But the question is, what will be the legacy of this year of social and physical lockdown and the fear, uncertainty and anxiety that we have all experienced? Employee wellbeing will I am sure, figure highly in what we do next. As part of our recent Engagement Survey programmes with a number of our clients across every sector, we have noticed an increase in concern amongst employees about their well-being. On average of all employees surveyed one third believe that recent events have adversely affected…
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Mental Health Support During a Winter Lockdown

Mental Health Support During a Winter Lockdown

Wellbeing
For many of us, one of the only things that made the lockdown manageable and bearable, was the blue skies and sunshine over the last few months – and as the lockdown measures started to lift we were able to enjoy, to an extent, dining with our friends and family members, picnics in the park, and even holidays abroad. Now, the announcement of a second lockdown in England and the introduction of a tier system across Scotland through winter, how can we protect our mental health? Many of us dread the winter months with the shorter days and colder weather, and that was before we were dealing with a global pandemic and the prospect of a lockdown. However, we can take some lessons from countries like Norway, who go without…
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