Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Are your employees training whilst on furlough?
    by Annie Litchfield on Friday 26th June, 2020

    Never has there been a better time to upskill your team without it affecting productivity. With almost 9 million people having been furloughed this is a great opportunity for employers to use this time wisely.

  • Offering Outplacement Support for your Employees During Redundancy
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 23rd June, 2020

    The Coronavirus lockdown has had a significant impact on all of our lives and non more so than small businesses. As a result of the downturn restructuring and redundancies are unavoidable for many. Parting company is never going to be easy but helping to support your employees during this time will go some way to…

  • Pivoting to meet the new normal
    by Annie Litchfield on Monday 8th June, 2020

    In today’s current climate many companies have had to be imaginative about their business offering to be able to survive. Local pubs becoming pop up village shops, restaurants opening for takeaway food, garden centres offering new online deliveries, clothing manufacturers now making face coverings. What has been interesting to see is that these companies haven’t necessarily changed their purpose but have simply changed what they are offering and how.

  • Improve your productivity by getting in ‘the zone’
    by Annie Litchfield on Saturday 30th May, 2020

    Working from home is the new normal that we keep hearing and reading. The COVID-19 pandemic will change the way work looks for a lot of us as companies and employees realise the benefits of home working. However, whilst the distraction of colleagues and tea rounds has gone there are other distractions in the home that can take our attention away.

  • Furlough – Let’s Get Flexible
    by Sarah Loates on Thursday 14th May, 2020

    It was with much relief this week that both employers and employees welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement that the Government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) would be extended until October. The scheme will continue in its current form until the end of July and the chancellor insists he will avoid a ‘cliff-edge’. The sad reality…

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – factories, plants, and warehouses
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – other people’s homes
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – Labs and research facilities
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – Construction and other outdoor work
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – Offices and contact centres
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – Restaurants offering takeaway or delivery
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – Shops and branches
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • Maintaining a COVID-19 secure workplace – Vehicles
    by Annie Litchfield on Tuesday 12th May, 2020

    The government guidance on safe working practices during COVID-19 gives practical advice to manage the spread of the virus within the workplace. We have condensed them into a handy tick list below. Please refer to the main guidance document for the detail.

  • ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’
    by Annie Litchfield on Monday 20th April, 2020

    I’ve been writing a change management webinar over the last few days and have been reminding myself of some of the change management models and writings. I want to introduce you to, or remind you of, the short book, ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ by Dr Spencer Johnson.

  • It’s OK, not to be OK.
    by Annie Litchfield on Monday 6th April, 2020

    At present, for a lot of us, our basic needs are not being met. The basic need for safety is being tested with the threat of the coronavirus all around us. Anxiety levels are high just when going to the supermarket. We don’t feel safe even leaving the house.

  • How are your stress levels at the moment?
    by Annie Litchfield on Friday 3rd April, 2020

    With so many of us now at home, managers have a responsibility to look after their team’s wellbeing more than ever. These are stressful times. We not only have to get used to the isolation of being at home but also have the anxiety about the reason for the isolation: the coronavirus.

  • What’s your bounce-back-ability like?
    by Annie Litchfield on Sunday 29th March, 2020

    Resilience is a key skill within both our personal and work lives. MIND state that resilience is being able to deal with pressure and reduce the impact that stress has on your life. It’s not just your ability to bounce back but also your capacity to adapt in the face of challenging circumstances.

  • Managing your team in a virtual world
    by Annie Litchfield on Friday 27th March, 2020

    As humans we all have a need for belonging, identifying with a group, pursuing purposeful goals and objectives, and developing a sense of bonding. These are important to overcome social isolation, alienation and disconnection. So, working remotely sets us a challenge to be able to maintain that sense of belonging and purpose.

  • How do you anchor yourself?
    by Annie Litchfield on Thursday 26th March, 2020

    In a way ‘normal’ life seems so frivolous, so unimportant. Yet it’s the pieces of our normal lives that should steady us. They should be the anchor that holds us in place. Even work feels somehow irrelevant. So much of normal life has changed: no socialising with friends and family, no going to work or school for a lot of people, no going about our daily lives as usual.

  • How organised are your kitchen cupboards?
    by Annie Litchfield on Thursday 19th March, 2020

    I have been musing over the extra time at home and possible extra working hours where the interruptions, calls, office chats etc don’t take place. This could mean therefore that we all have a bit more quadrant 2 time to plan and prepare. Awesome! Or, it could mean we all get too distracted and end up watching Holly and Phil on This Morning! Let’s hope it’s the former.

  • Are you ready to work from home?
    by Annie Litchfield on Friday 13th March, 2020

    With the prospects of more and more of us having to work from home due to the actions taken to delay the spread of the coronavirus, following some simple tips can help make your time at home the most productive for you and your job.

  • Coronavirus absence tips
    by Annie Litchfield on Monday 9th March, 2020

    With the recent outbreak of the coronavirus I’ve noticed that there seems to be two types of people: the catastrophisers and the minimizers. Those that are dashing to the shops to buy up all the hand sanitizer, soap and bleach and the others that are simply just getting on with normal life and aren’t worried one little bit until it comes knocking on their door. Which camp do you sit in?

  • Coronavirus Employer Guidance (Last updated 20th April 2020)
    by Sarah Loates on Monday 2nd March, 2020

    Coronavirus employer guidance

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