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Covid Plan B

Covid Plan B

With Covid numbers rising again and an uncertain winter ahead we are hearing more about Plan B so perhaps now is a good time to look at what Plan B actually entails. The current Government strategy - Plan A - focuses on testing and vaccination to help prevent the NHS...

Minimum wage increases April 2022

Minimum wage increases April 2022

From 1st April 2022, the National Living Wage will see a significant jump of 59p, representing an increase of 6.6%.Current rate - £8.91New rate - £9.50The Low Pay Commission’s recommendations set the minimum wage back on track to reach the Government’s target of...

How to engage hybrid workers?

How to engage hybrid workers?

It’s all new isn’t it? Just as we figure out or at least try to figure out employee engagement, it all changes. Now we have to figure out how to engage employees working between home and the office. There will be challenges but nothing that can’t be overcome. Perhaps...

Where have all the good men (and women) gone?

Where have all the good men (and women) gone?

With thanks to Bonny Tyler there for the great lyrics from I need a hero!  Struggling to recruit then? Based on the conversations I've been having just recently, you're far from alone. It seems like madness, doesn't it? So many redundancies in the last 18...

Flexible working – are requests coming your way?

Flexible working – are requests coming your way?

Flexible working - what is it and what's changing? Currently, an employee has a right to request flexible working if they have 26 or more weeks of continuous service with an employer. However, the Government has published a consultation which includes a proposal to...

Life is a rollercoaster!

Life is a rollercoaster!

“I hate roller coasters” I said firmly. “but didn’t you just say you’d been on the Big One in Blackpool and the one at Disney in Paris that blasts Aerosmith at serious volume at you as you go along?” “Um, yeah, I did actually”. An actual conversation I...

The end is nigh – for furlough!

The end is nigh – for furlough!

With news that four out of five furloughed workers have now returned to work and the fact that the CJRS scheme is supporting the least amount of workers since it began, I wanted to pose the question to you about what happens after furlough. If everyone's now back at...

Is hybrid working really the future of your business?

Is hybrid working really the future of your business?

What exactly is hybrid working? Hybrid working doesn’t have an exact definition but loosely speaking, it’s a situation where people work from one or more locations on a regular basis. In effect, it’s a type of flexible working that specifically refers to the location...

Corona virus updates – self isolation changes.

Corona virus updates – self isolation changes.

New guidance to get your head around So, once again we have some new guidance to get our heads around, and this time, it relates to people self-isolating if they come into contact with someone who tests positive for coronavirus.Employees who test positive or have...

Returning to the office.

Returning to the office.

What can you do to help employees returning to the office? The government is encouraging workers to return to the office so now you have to support your employees as they manage this transition. Some people will be super excited, some may never have worked at home and...