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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 […]

      One in three employers say staff morale is rising in lockdown

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      Weeks of lockdown have failed to make a dent in employee engagement, with many employers reporting that engagement levels have gone up since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to research from employment specialists XpertHR. A survey of 264 HR professionals conducted over a 24-hour period to April 30th found that: • One in […]

      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 […]

      Lacking motivation whilst working from home? Listen to these tunes!

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      Flexible office specialist Workthere has created a Spotify playlist for people to listen to whilst working from home to help boost their mood and increase their productivity levels. The playlist includes 50 songs in total including pop, rock and country classics such as:– Simply Red – Stars– Dolly Parton – 9 to 5– Bruno Mars – Uptown […]

      Refunds on cancelled holidays and business trips – We shouldn’t need to fight to get them

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      By Gary Holmes, Travel Consultant, Not Just Travel The issue of securing refunds or credit notes for cancelled holidays and other trips (business and leisure) amid the coronavirus crisis is generating a lot of publicity.  The first challenge was to get everybody home, and as the days went on there were fewer and fewer flights […]

      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 […]

      Top Tips: Boosting staff morale during lockdown

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      Businesses have moved swiftly to transition and pivot their operations during the lockdown. And staff are getting accustomed to working from home. But keeping employee morale high remains an important issue for managers everywhere. To that end, here are some tips from business leaders on how to keep staff motivated, happy and productive… Jade Thomas, […]

      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 […]

      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 […]