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      Can employees refuse to return to the workplace after lockdown?

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      by Kate Palmer, Associate Director of Advisory at Peninsula In normal circumstances, staff refusing to come into work could potentially be treated as misconduct, provided they have no valid reason for doing so. However, the upcoming post-lockdown weeks are set to be far from normal. For many, the prospect of returning to work with the […]

      Bank holiday pay during furlough: what you need to know

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      by Alan Price HR expert and CEO at BrightHR With Friday being a bank holiday, and staff across the UK being furloughed, employers may be wondering how furlough interacts with annual leave such as public holidays. The first thing they should remember is that furloughed employees can take annual leave. However, they need to be […]

      The benefits of team-building explained

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      Bringing together colleagues and staff for group activities can help create better morale, more collaboration and, ultimately, help grow your company’s productivity. Matt Carter of Team Wellness Solutions offers some tips on how to get the most from your team-building days once we’re out of lockdown… I have been told many times, by many employers, […]

      WELLBEING: 14 plants to forage this Spring while in Lockdown

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      By Wendy Paton, Founder, London Bushcraft Being in self-isolation has been difficult for us all, but for me personally, connecting with nature has been my saviour! If working from home combined with home schooling has caused your stress levels to rise, connecting with nature can be very therapeutic.  Foraging is a great place to start […]

      Top Tips: Your essential guide to ‘above the keyboard’ dressing

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      by Sarah Biancardi, House of Colour consultant The need for online interactions in place of face-to-face gatherings and meetings is essential amid the COVID-19 pandemic and while social distancing measures are in place. The effects on our personal and professional exchanges require us to be available and camera-ready at all times. How we present ourselves over […]

      How to: Master remote working

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      Even before the pandemic, more companies were offering flexible working options. Now it’s a reality for most of us. Katie Mellor of KM Virtual Office offers some advice… These exceptional circumstances may have forced us to work from home, but I believe it’s a positive way to work. And I have some advice on how […]

      Support your employees working from home with London Bushcraft

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      Are you looking for ways to support your employee’s during lockdown while working from home and home-schooling? London Bushcraft are offering interactive, fun and educational online sessions for children that need minimal parental assistance. The sessions are getting great feedback from children and parents while teaching them about nature and survival skills.  During the 5 […]

      Top Tips: Hiring from Home

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      By Daniel Parker, Solicitor at Winckworth Sherwood Many businesses across the UK are now well-established in working almost entirely remotely from home. Whilst some sectors are struggling, the unprecedented circumstances have given rise to high demand in others. The same remote-working processes can be used to recruit new staff as the extended lockdown now means much […]

      Nutrition and the immune function: Sorting Fact From Fiction

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      By Dr Gill Jenkins, Health & Food Supplements Information Service (HSIS) Diets fuelled with the right vitamins and minerals are essential for our immune systems, whatever our age, to function at their best. However, the relationship between nutrition and our immune functions is highly complex. Overall nutritional status and dietary patterns (food, nutrients and non-nutritive […]

      How To: Make your home office perfect

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      For most of us, working from home is now the new normal for the foreseeable future. Furniture Choice’s Rebecca Snowden reveals how to create a productive work space… 1. Keep it green  Research shows that greenery is key when it comes to concentration, boosting mood and creating a more calm working environment. In fact, The […]