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Editor’s letter British business owners have been through the mill in the last 18 months rexit, staff shortages, a deadly virus and national lockdowns have all impacted• not only the way we work but the way we feel about work. Businesses • were forced to adapt to new circumstances overnight – office workers moved to remote working environments, restaurants became takeaways, and companies shifted • their operations online where possible. Businesses were expected to be cashless, risk-free, and noncontagious, while also navigating furlough, business loans and staff sickness. Working for my parents’ hotel during the pandemic, we
swung wildly between the extremes of forced closure and Eat-Out-ToHelp-Out mayhem, rolling with the continuous hospitality punches thrown at us. We are lucky to be one of the hospitality businesses to survive the pandemic, as many weren’t fi nancially able to open their doors once lockdown was lifted. As we begin to emerge into a post-pandemic, mostly vaccinated working world, things look a little different than they did in 2020. Most of us are living in fear of the Covid-19 app pinging us to tell us we’ve been in close contact with someone carrying the virus, but many are equally as confused about what to do next. In this issue we take a look at the ‘pingdemic’ and its legalities, so that business owners know who should be self isolating and who is entitled to sick pay.
Contents 4 Surviving the pingdemic: self isolation and sick pay
7 Scams and cybercrime: protect your business from attack
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Burnout has become an important word for business owners to be aware of. Are your staff rattling towards •exhaustion? Are you? It’s time to check in and promote a culture of self-care before things are too late. In this issue, we take a look at what you can do to intervene when your employees’ stress levels are rising. Writing this editorial gave me flashbacks to burning myself out at old jobs, staying up until 2am to work with cross-timezone colleagues rather than getting some valuable shut-eye.
9 Take care before burnout:
13 Helping the home workers: motivating your remote staff
10 Time for inclusion: hiring and
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• Another of the pandemic’s unfortunate side effects is an increase in cyber crime. In this issue we take a look at how best to protect your business from devious scammers and how to promote a security culture in the workplace. We’ll be looking at diversity and inclusion, and asking what you could do to encourage candidates from different backgrounds into your workforce. Tips on how to train your staff to promote inclusivity will help you create a melting-pot team of minds and increase your business’ productivity. We also take a look at the move towards hybrid working, a bestof-both-worlds option for office workers who’ve enjoyed a taste of remote working during lockdown.
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SOURCES: 1.State of the Global Workplace (Gallup, 2021). 2.Employment Confi dence Survey (Glassdoor, 2015). 3.2021 Employee Experience Survey (Willis Towers Watson, 2021). 4. The Pandemic Is Changing Employee Benefi ts (Harvard Business Review, 2021).
4 FINANCIAL AND LEGAL
Surviving the pingdemic: self isolation and sick pay
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT The virus is evolving all the time, and so are its symptoms. If you are double vaccinated, you are most likely to experience headaches, running nose, sneezing and a sore throat if you catch the virus. A continuous cough and loss of taste are no longer the main symptoms in these circumstances. Consult NHS website for the most up to date information.
What happens when your employees are ‘pinged’ by the Covid-19 app, or contacted by Test and Trace? •
ockdown’s over, 80% of the UK are double vaccinated and restrictions are cautiously easing, but there’s a techrelated epidemic now impacting business owners and employees across the country. As more people venture out of their homes and get back to ‘the new normal’, the NHS Covid apps are working overtime. If an individual has been in close proximity to someone who has since tested positive for Covid-19, the app will ‘ping’ them to inform them that they may need to self-isolate. For business owners whose employees cannot work from home, the affectionately named ‘pingdemic’ causes a new set of problems for
an already strained workforce. It’s wise to know where the law stands on self-isolation and sick pay and who is obliged to isolate, just in case your employees get that dreaded NHS app notification. Firstly, employers should be aware of the distinction between the NHS Test and Trace Service and Covid-19 app. If an employee has been directly contacted by NHS Test and Trace service, either by phone or letter, they have a legal obligation to self-isolate and must not attend work outside the home, or be in contact with other people, for the recommended isolation period. In England and Wales, if employers pressure employees to come into work after a Test and Trace call,
they face fi nes of between £1,000 and £10,000. However, there is no legal obligation to self-isolate if an individual has been ‘pinged’ by the NHS Covid-19 app, though it’s recommended that an individual stay inside so as not to risk spreading the virus. Despite there being no legal obligation here, encouraging ‘pinged’ staff into work may breach general duty of care and health and safety obligations. From August 2021, there is no need to self-isolate if a person is double vaccinated. When it comes to statutory sick pay (SSP), employees are entitled if
they have coronavirus symptoms, have tested positive for the virus, are living with someone who has tested positive, have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace or have been told by doctors to isolate before a surgical procedure. There is no SSP allowance available to them if they have been pinged by the Covid-19 NHS tracking app. “The instructions to self-isolate and take a test have only ever been advisory and precautionary in these circumstances,” says Paul Jennings, a partner at City law fi rm Bates Wells. “To support staff who self-isolate after being ‘pinged’,
employers may consider giving them the option to use their leave days, or paying contractual sick pay where appropriate. It’s important that employers ensure that cases of self-isolation are handled in a reasonable and consistent manner and that they prioritise clear communication – a clear policy in place addressing obligations and entitlements will prevent any confusion among employees.” In terms of fi nancial support for business owners, if you have fewer than 250 employees you may be entitled to claim back up to 14 days of SSP per eligible employee.
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FINANCIAL AND SECTION LEGAL 1 5 ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Five tips on how to get a mortgage when you run your own business
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The rumour is that if you run a business, getting onto the • property ladder is almost impossible • he truth is that your application is not more likely • to be disapproved – the key factor is that the paperwork meets the lenders’ lending criteria.
There are five main criteria for a successful mortgage application:
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As a mortgage is secured against your home, it could be repossessed if you do not keep up to the mortgage repayments.
Did you know the most rewarding tax relief for a company is also (probably) the least claimed? art of the reason for the low number of claims is that not all companies are able to claim for it. However, even amongst those companies that might be eligible, the uptake • is still considered to be comparatively low, despite a significant rise in claims over the last four or five years. •Which tax relief is this? Why, Research and Development Tax Credits of course! It has been on the tax statute for 21 years but remains a mystery to a lot of accountants. There are some who do it well, while there are others that just stick their head in the sand about it all. As a business, Cooden – R&D Tax Specialists have been operating for eight years. They’re only small, with four full-time members of staff and two consultants, but they punch above their weight. They work with a couple of global behemoths, one that operates in the hop
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costs and they are hoping that more will take advantage of this generous incentive over the coming years, to boost the British economy. THE BENEFITS OF AN R&D APPLICATION: � Quick cash injection into your business � Reduction of corporation tax bills � Costs can be retrospectively recovered for your two prior fi nancial periods � Fast turnaround times.
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6 IT AND TECH ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Does Intellectual Property really make complete sense to you? This checklist reveals if you have been getting the level of strategic advice your business needs to thrive not just survive in 2022
any highlyrespected and intuitive business leaders admit • they sometimes feel a little bit out of their comfort zone when it comes to truly understanding the value IP can bring to their business, and the choices to make. 1. How and where is your brand protected? What are the limits of that protection? 2. How much is your brand and brand protection actually worth to the business? 3. If someone sued you for patent infringement, would you be surprised? 4. If a copycat product appeared tomorrow, how would you stop it?
5. How exactly does IP
map to the various ways you derive revenue? 6. Are you maximising your tax savings through strategic use of IP? 7. Are you wasting money or time on patents that aren’t really adding value? 8. Are you efficiently capturing all the innovation and creativity within your business? 9. Is IP protection contributing to your business value or is it mainly a cost? 10. Name who you trust to give you direct simple business advice on any IP issue? You have probably reviewed other areas of your business over the last 18 months. If
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Secure remote working for businesses Discover Gregory Micallef Associates’ tips to help businesses to stay secure while working remotely hilst some businesses have fully embraced remote working, and found it useful to have this flexibility, others found it more difficult to implement, especially when ensuring their data and systems were adequately protected.
Even though companies have different challenges on a varying scale, there are some simple rules that could help many businesses to stay secure while employees, contractors and other stakeholders are working remotely. DEVICES AND HARDWARE Your employees need to have all the necessary hardware for remote working, don’t forget to log the serial numbers and take pictures of this equipment for insurance purposes. If employees are using their own devices, they must follow the organisation’s ‘Bring Your Own Device’ policy. If you don’t have one, you need one.
to prevent unauthorised access. It is also necessary to control which programmes and data each employee has access to and the level of user rights.
There are some simple rules that could help many businesses to stay secure
REMOTE CONNECTIVITY Ensure that relevant staff can securely access company systems and intranets remotely using a virtual private network (VPN). Remember that additional licenses, capacity or bandwidth may be required if your organisation normally has a limited number of remote users.
CYBER-ATTACK AWARENESS Alert all staff to the possibility of email-borne threats and other social engineering attacks. With 91% of cyber-attacks starting with an email, the message to employees should be to not open correspondence from unfamiliar senders, and certainly don’t click on any attachments or links to external pages from anything suspect.
EMPLOYEE ACCOUNTS Pay attention to user identity management. Having an account for each employee and giving them appropriate access should help
PASSWORD POLICY A robust password policy should be in place that ensures only strong, unique passwords are used to signin to your network, and that the
passwords are changed regularly. Multifactor Authentication (MFA) should be used wherever possible, as this will protect your accounts even if your password is breached.
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IT AND SECTION TECH 7 1 ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Scams and cybercrime: protect your business from attack •
Cyber criminals are targeting small businesses less likely to invest in their tech defences seven-fold surge in cyber crime in the fi rst half of 2021 has exposed how vulnerable UK businesses are to online fraud. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau reports that within the last 13
months there have been reported losses of £13.4m in a total of 31,469 reported cyber crimes, with scammers becoming increasingly sophisticated and ruthless in their attacks. The majority of these crimes were hacks into social media and email accounts, followed by computer virus and malware crimes and then personal hacking. One of the most commonly used scams in the last 13 months features fraudsters posing as HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to
Small businesses made up 58% of all cyber crime cases in 2020
extort money from individuals and business owners, a total of more than 4,000 reported instances. Small businesses made up 58% of all cyber crime cases in 2020. The Verizon Data Breach Investigation
reports that businesses with fewer than 250 employees, who are less likely to invest in cyber security, were hit hardest by hackers and scammers. A move towards hybrid or entirely from-home working has made businesses more vulnerable to data theft. Business owners can make their fi nances and data more secure by training their employees to be alert to the risks of cyber crime, and to be suspicious of any enquiry that requests sensitive information. It’s easy to postpone computer updates during busy periods, but it pays to keep up with the latest versions of apps and software. Developers are constantly increasing an app or programme’s security defences and every update will make your data more secure against hackers. You must also ensure that all log-ins to your system are legitimate when your staff are out of office. Double-factor authentication on any work laptops, emails and other devices or clouds containing work data will also help prove the identity of your staff when they are working remotely, forcing them to provide two forms of identification before access is given. Authentication factors range from identifying employees through GPS location to face-mapping biometrics, but it can be as simple as pinging the employee a text on their mobile so they can confi rm it’s really them requesting access. With multiple-factor ID, you
could catch out a scammer trying to pose as one of your staff. Strong passwords are crucial in defending your data. A password manager that regularly creates and updates passwords for employees will ensure everyone has a unique code to access work sites. Websites such as Roboform and Keeper offer password management that will help secure your company’s information and prevent any fraudsters getting access. Firewalls and anti-virus software add further layers of protection around your sensitive data, preventing malware and other viruses from infecting and corrupting your system. Deploying a VPN also encrypts your data and hides your IP address, making your information less vulnerable to attack.
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You can personalise and design documents and envelopes, then follow up with a text message or secure electronic document, all from your desk. They provide easy to use, free of charge software that enables you to send your letters, invoices, mail shots, and newsletters, all directly from your device. They will even give you £1 free credit so that you can test the system. From single to multiple page letters, in colour or black and white, fi rst or second class post – the choice is yours. You simply tell them how you would like it printed and they will take care EASY-TO-USE
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8 HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELLBEING ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Elevate performance by supporting your employees through the new normal For many the tumultuous past 18 months has affected mental, physical and ﬁnancial wellbeing nsurprisingly, this has led to lack of motivation and poor performance at work, as well as higher rates of sickness absence, and many workers in the UK choosing to leave their current jobs. It’s no wonder that businesses are struggling to support their people as society transitions back to ‘normality’. With almost twothirds of UK companies making remote working a permanent fi xture following the global pandemic, and many encouraging a hybrid work model, it’s essential that employers listen to the needs of their staff to prevent loss of talent and productivity and maintain a positive company culture.
LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES According to HRreview, 55.2% of UK professionals feel anxious about returning to work1. So, how can you support your people through this new way of working? Ruth Tongue, director of award-winning employee wellbeing consultancy Elevate says: “The fi rst step is to listen to what your employees want, communicate and engage more than ever. Never assume that you know what people want or how they are feeling. Many companies we work with are encouraging people back to the offi ce but there has to be fl exibility.” ADDRESS THEIR CONCERNS According to another source, 32% of workers say their mental health is negatively affected by working from home2 .
Tongue adds: “Key concerns we’re hearing from employees relate to maintaining a work-life balance when working remotely, anxiety about commuting back to the workplace, and general apathy and loss of motivation within job roles. We work with companies to create tailored wellbeing solutions to support employees in these areas – these can be delivered online, face to face or as a blended learning experience.” CREATE STABILITY IN AN UNPREDICTABLE CLIMATE Elevate’s most popular sessions have focused on managing anxiety,
setting boundaries, boosting resilience, and dealing with uncertainty. However, they are now seeing more requests for ‘perks’ such as chair massage, breathwork sessions and wellbeing awaydays to encourage people back to the office and restore the social interaction that so many people have been craving. The next few months will be the biggest challenge yet for many employees as winter draws in and the return to work gathers pace, but companies can help them through the transition, and boost business performance in the process, with the right expert support.
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SOURCES: 1. Feelings of anxiety heighten as workforce prepares to return to the offi ce (HRreview, 2021). 2. The Working From Home Report (Liberty Games, 2020).
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HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELLBEING SECTION 9 1
Take care before burnout: keeping your staff healthy Implement self-care and wellness strategies to prevent your staff from accelerating towards• exhaustion •
uzzwords like ‘burnout’ and ‘self-care’ crept into the public consciousness pre-pandemic, and their • importance and meaning have only intensified. Recognised by the World Health Organization as an ‘occupational phenomenon’, burnout refers to emotional and physical exhaustion brought on by work, busy parenting schedules, and the stresses of modern-day life. Feelings of tiredness, self-doubt and being overwhelmed are common in those experiencing burnout, which all have a detrimental impact on employee productivity. A recent survey by analytics site Visier found that 89% of employees experienced burnout over the past year. It also revealed that two-thirds of employees would leave their current role for one that offered comprehensive resources and benefits intended to reduce
or prevent burnout. It’s wise for business owners to invest in support for staff to help them in their self-care, enabling them to avoid burnout and the feelings of hopelessness associated with it. Implementing a culture of selfcare in the workplace may seem daunting, but simple changes can make huge differences in the health and wellbeing of your staff. Valuing your employees’ ‘off ’ time is an important place to start from.
89% of employees experienced burnout over the past year
Discouraging them from eating their lunch at their desks, making sure they log off at the end of the working day and ensuring they don’t reply to emails out of office hours can make a huge difference to employee wellbeing. Businesses that
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work across multiple time zones will fi nd that their employees work long into the night to communicate with colleagues in other regions, but this leads to employees never ‘switching off ’ from their role, creating stress and building resentment towards their employer. Scheduling outdoor and movement time within the working day, perhaps by establishing and promoting a walking lunch, will also break up the working day and allow employees to escape
the claustrophobia of the office. Changing the language used when approaching problems and situations can also be helpful in combating the toxic culture of immediacy that’s linked to burnout. Is a certain problem or request truly urgent? Does it need to be attended to instantly, or could your employee better manage their time and workday to prioritise each thing in turn? Expecting employees to drop their current task and attend to non-time sensitive requests from their superiors can be disruptive and contribute to increasing stress levels in the workforce.
Introducing wellness ‘check-in’s with staff can be a great way to monitor your employees’ mental wellbeing and to receive valuable feedback about what areas could be improved. Break-out sessions in mindfulness or yoga can also be helpful to keep staff engaged in selfcare. Promoting the use of apps such as Headspace and 10% Happier will also encourage employees to take time out of work to look after themselves and their mental health. Allowing employees flexibility in their schedule to tend to their family, pets or attend to other important personal issues will also steer staff away from potential burnout.
Deliver your messages A breath of fresh air and provide peace of mind For most businesses, both in the public and private sector, hand sanitiser dispensers have become the norm
Clean air has never been more important during these times
s well as demonstrating corporate responsibility by offering sanitiser, companies understandably want to provide piece of mind to both their staff and their customers. In a UK study conducted by King’s College London*, 93% of people said that they are washing their hands more often, and for longer, since the pandemic began; so it’s no surprise that sanitiser dispensers have become commonplace. So, what makes this product different to the run-of-the-mill sanitiser dispensers? Well, it combines an automated sanitiser dispenser with all the benefits of a digital signage display. The screen uses a commercial grade 24/7 panel and the product comes with a three-year warranty, meaning that it can be in constant use and is designed to stand the test of time.
ccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), Covid-19 is mainly spread through the air. Rensair’s hospital-grade air purifier is designed to help organisations get back on their feet, with the aim of making shared working spaces safer and encouraging a full return to the office. The company’s patented technology combines H13 HEPA fi ltration with germicidal UVC light, meeting the UK SAGE committee standards. It was recently included in Newsweek’s list of Best Infection Prevention Products 2021 and is independently validated by scientific research laboratories, including Eurofi ns, Norconsult, and Oslo University Hospital. In a test to determine the unit’s performance in reducing the concentration of Covid-19 particles in the
The display can be used to show ever-changing Covid-19 guidance, NHS Test and Trace QR codes, and in the longer term internal communication, promotional material and even custom welcome messages for your customers. These displays come with a free network upgrade and subscription to the online CMS portal; they can also be updated via USB stick to keep things simple. They
also come with a free wall mount or a floor stand option is available.
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SOURCE: *Life under lockdown: coronavirus in the UK (King’s College London, 2020).
air, the Danish Technological Institute recorded a particle reduction rate of 99.98% in 15 minutes and above 99.99% in 30 minutes. Furthermore, the test* reported 100% elimination of virus particles on the fi lter, with zero traces detected. Rensair collaborate with clients to develop the optimum indoor air quality to mitigate the risk of transmitting germs. Taking into account floor plans, existing HVAC systems, occupancy rates and noise tolerance, it recommends tailor-made solutions based on its portable, modular units. Like pure water from the tap, people now expect clean air in buildings and shared
spaces. Rensair’s affordable, practical solution offers a breath of fresh air for companies of all sizes and across all sectors.
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SOURCE: *Inactivation of aerosolized viruses: MS2 bacteriophages; and Inactivation of MS2 bacteriophages on HEPA Filter – both independent studies by Danish Technological Institute
10 HR, COACHING AND RECRUITMENT
Time for inclusion: hiring and coaching a diverse workforce Make sure your diversity commitment has real meaning and ensure it stands the test of time •
iverse workplaces are productive workplaces. • A mix of employees of different backgrounds, races, genders and sexualities with varied life experiences makes for a more efficient and creative • workforce, and research shows that companies with an inclusive culture are twice as likely to exceed their fi nancial targets. By expanding their recruitment beyond the ‘pale, stale and male’ culture that dominated workforces in the past, companies are opening up their businesses to a wealth of talent and a world of more efficient, creative problem solving. Global fi nance company KPMG recently committed to having 29% of its workforce hail from working-class backgrounds by 2030, paving the way for greater opportunities for graduates and job seekers from less fortunate economic circumstances. The fi rst step in building a diverse workforce is to foster a
culture in which diversity can thrive. If individuals are hired, but later not made to feel included, supported, or understood, it can create friction between colleagues and ultimately have a negative impact on productivity down the line. Structuring the company mission statement to champion diversity and inclusion is vital, as
is regularly educating and coaching your staff on inclusion. Workshops and training courses which allow staff to gain greater understanding of their colleagues’ circumstances will create a more powerful team • of varied minds that can listen to and respect each other. Without the necessary training, coaching and support in place, any active diversity hiring can be• perceived as a tick-box exercise and will not achieve the same results. Once a culture of inclusion
has been established, business owners should employ appropriate methods to access a diverse talent pool. Dealing with recruitment companies who actively hire diverse workforces is a start, but if you are recruiting directly there are various methods you can use to make sure the job is done efficiently. This begins with the wording of job advertisements to make them more inclusive, avoiding jargon or corporate language that might alienate applicants, or wording that might subtly discriminate against different ages, genders or religions. Telling candidates that you are actively seeking to employ from a diverse range of backgrounds will also cast the net wide. Ensuring hiring managers see only ‘blind’ CVs – CVs which contain no personal data such as names and date of birth, will ensure that any unconscious bias does not impact recruitment and that the hiring is based entirely on work experience and merit. Once the interviewees are selected, you will also need to create a diverse interview panel which reflects your inclusive culture
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT In recent years, most businesses in England, Scotland and Wales with more than 250 employees have had to report their gender pay gap. Potential employees can ﬁnd this information on the gov.uk website to investigate the company’s approach to equal pay. There is also evidence to suggest that LGBT and race-related pay gaps exist which prevent individuals from earning as much as their equally talented peers.
and allows for a broader spectrum of opinions on your new hire. Once you have hired your staff, maintaining your healthy and diverse workforce is key for staff retention. Ongoing training and coaching is required, and you may want to consider employee-led diversity and inclusion groups. Electing in-house diversity and inclusion officers who people can approach for information and support, and arranging regular wellbeing check-ins with all staff will contribute to the productivity and health of your employees.
Building great places to work The world of work is changing forever – are you prepared? he pandemic has brought about seismic changes to the world of work, shifting everything from the how and where of work, to how we feel about it. While employees typically experience realisations about their employment individually, following the birth of their child or a fallout with a manager, for example, the pandemic has acted as a ‘turnover
shock’, prompting large groups of people to come to realisations about their jobs en masse. Many thousands are keen to continue working remotely or in a hybrid manner on a permanent basis, after being forced to work from home last year at the outbreak of the crisis, citing fi nancial savings and a better work-life balance as some of the key benefits. Others are also visibly more focused on mental wellbeing and stress levels and are thus waving the white flag in what many are calling ‘The Great Resignation’. This, compounded with the
ongoing impact of Brexit, culminates in a record number of vacancies and the most severe labour shortage the UK has witnessed for 24 years, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). This brings the importance of creating great places to work into sharp focus.
Everyone deserves a great place to work, and together we can make it happen
This is where JourneyHR can help. JourneyHR is a team of HR consultants and people and culture specialists for the creative industry. JourneyHR was created to support growing founder-owned businesses who recognised the value and importance in creating strong people and culture foundations. Their purpose at JourneyHR is simple: they create great places to work. They are experts at what they do and recognise the importance of adding value from day one. They do
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this by helping their client partners to recruit, develop, retain and engage the best talent to build thriving businesses. If you’re keen to gain support with recruitment, employee engagement, diversity and inclusion initiatives or any other aspect of HR then please do get in touch. Everyone deserves a great place to work, and together we can make it happen.
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Helping the home workers: motivating your remote staff Hybrid working is here to stay. Time to adapt to the evolving workforce
• to any of us have had
adapt to home offices in the last 18 months. • With attention-demanding children and pets, home-working spouses, housework and homeschooling all under one roof, the • distractions and difficulties of home working have presented an array of challenges to employee productivity. Despite these setbacks and the original adjustment period, many workers are now pushing for more regular remote working in the return to the ‘new normal’, with the trend leaning towards a ‘hybrid’ set up; some days spent in the office and the rest at home. Research shows that Gen Z workers in particular are pushing to split their time between home and office to get the best from both worlds. Employers may understandably feel cautious or uncomfortable with the prospect of staff working out-of-office for half of the week. Although the benefits for staff
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