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Pingdemic: How can HR adapt to staff shortages caused by self-isolation?

According to the CIPD, almost six in ten (57%) HR professionals have said they have suffered staff shortages in the last month due to employees being told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace app. Dubbed the “pingdemic,” campaigners including the CIPD are now lobbying the government to review isolation procedures to prevent operational […]

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How are you preparing for the end of furlough?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), which has helped to keep millions of people employed throughout the pandemic, is winding down. As previously announced, it’s expected to be completely phased out by the end of September. This month (July), employers were asked to contribute 10% of furloughed employees’ wages, up to £312.50 per month, in […]

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Encouraging your employees to have the COVID-19 vaccination

Encouraging your employees to have the COVID-19 vaccination

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 obliges employers to take reasonable steps to reduce any workplace risks; this duty gives employers justification for encouraging their employees to be vaccinated to protect themselves and everyone else at the workplace. COVID-19 is also a reportable disease under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences […]

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Hybrid Working – the future of work

Despite the challenges of living and working through the global pandemic, employees have still identified many benefits from working from home, for both them and their employer. These benefits include a better work–life balance, greater ability to focus with fewer distractions, more time for family and friends, saved commuting time and costs, IT upskilling and […]

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How has covid-19 altered the employer/employee relationship?

The world’s response to COVID-19 has resulted in the most rapid transformation of the workplace. Working from home has become the new normal, and we’ve gone from digitizing the relationship between firm and customer to digitizing the relationship between employer and employee Covid-19 has had a significant impact on employer and employee relationships, and this […]

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How does music improve our wellbeing?

We love music here at The People Shed – good for the soul and productivity!⁠ ⁠ But it isn’t just a way of entertaining ourselves: it can encourage creativity and help us become more productive within our working environment. Listening to music can also be therapeutic, relieving feelings of stress so you can concentrate better. But […]

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Virtual Meeting Fatigue

Before the pandemic, part of our working day was face-to-face meetings, catch ups, seminars, and other social interactions. However, not anymore. Most work conversations have now moved online. There are some real benefits from using virtual meetings such as zoom, you only need to dress appropriately from the waist up, you can wear your slippers, […]

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apprentices on furlough

Apprentices on Furlough

As the pandemic rolls into 2021, the government has extended its furlough scheme until the end of April 2021. This means that furloughed apprentices can still carry out their apprenticeship training, so they can make good use of the time to gain new knowledge whilst the Government covers 80% of their wages. Recent guidance from […]

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What will work look like after the pandemic

What will work look like after the pandemic?

The Coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed how we work and workplace we used to know over the past year. Whether it be the location of where employees work, the challenges employees are overcoming to meet company demands, or the attitudes employees now have, one thing is certain we are having to evolve into this ‘new […]

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Wellbeing: How to take control of anxiety & stress.

Is the current pandemic having an impact on your mental wellbeing? Do you feel anxious, stressed, worried, bored, lonely or frustrated? Feeling like this is completely normal and is important to remember it’s ok not to be ok. It is key to remember that everyone reacts and feels differently – for most of us these […]

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