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Having Difficult Conversations Remotely

Nobody likes having a difficult conversation with an employee but it’s even more challenging on-screen. In the current environment, many businesses are still working remotely. As we move towards the end of the year, managers will be preparing to have end-of-year review conversations with employees. It’s challenging enough having a review meeting with an employee […]

Read more December 21st, 2020

New Ways Of Working

Lockdown has forced businesses to rethink their office space requirements and how staff will work, in the long term. Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, most businesses had enough desks or workstations for each and every employee. The remote working revolution that has come about as a result of Covid-19 has forced businesses to rethink their […]

Read more December 21st, 2020

The Off-Grid Day

Blocking out a whole day once a month can work wonders for your productivity. Time management courses, books and best practice all suggest carving out some time each day to focus on being productive and working towards your goals and personal business objectives. However this often conflicts with the emails, notifications, calls and reminders that […]

Read more November 19th, 2020

Diversity In Leadership

The business case for diversity is clear – diverse teams produce better solutions to complex problems. Diversity can boost innovation and employee engagement. Businesses with greater gender and racial diversity tend to be more successful and perform very well financially. However, progress within the business community has been slow and there is still a lack […]

Read more November 18th, 2020

The Wellbeing Benefits Of Meditation Breaks

Building in a short meditation break into your working day can help you to feel sharper, more refreshed and energised. The modern workplace is mentally and physically demanding. As business has become more global and complex, we are constantly juggling priorities, multi-tasking and chasing deadlines. Depending on your job, you will experience varying degrees of […]

Read more October 26th, 2020

Protect Your Business Against Fraud

In these uncertain times, businesses are combatting an increased amount of fraud. It is more important now more than ever with the rise of those working from home and accessing secure business networks. Throughout recent months, there have been widespread reports of an increase in fraudulent websites, charity scams and fake emails purporting to be […]

Read more October 26th, 2020

Project Management – Keeping On Track

Project management in a time of remote working can be tough. So how can you keep a big project on track when you are managing conflicting priorities. At the beginning, managing a big project can be exciting and everyone wants to get involved. However, as time goes by, other priorities can prove distracting. Maintaining focus […]

Read more October 26th, 2020

Running Effective Virtual Meetings

Over the course of the past few months, we have all had to adapt to working remotely. Despite lockdown restrictions, many businesses have found ways to move their operations online, with all staff working remotely. This has given rise to an increased volume of virtual meetings on services such as Skype, Zoom, Teams, WebEx or […]

Read more September 21st, 2020

Can Soft Skills Be Taught?

A positive attitude, a strong work ethic, an innovative mindset, being a team player – are just as important to employers as practical skills and academic background. It is important to have teams of people who have the hard skills to do a job – i.e. they’re qualified, have relevant experience, can write code, design […]

Read more September 21st, 2020

Contract Cancellations And Refunds Due To Coronavirus

There are a wide range of contracts that have been affected due to the pandemic. The statement outlined below replaces what was published by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on 30 April 2020. The CMA’s view remains that a consumer will generally be entitled to a refund when they have paid money in advance […]

Read more September 8th, 2020

Job Retention Bonus

The government is introducing a new Job Retention Bonus to provide additional support to employers who keep on their furloughed employees in meaningful employment, after the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ends on 31 October 2020. The Job Retention Bonus is a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee who they previously claimed […]

Read more August 27th, 2020

Cultivating Creativity

Creative businesses tend to be successful – just look at Google, Netflix or Amazon. So how do you start cultivating creativity in your business? You can’t force creativity, but the right environment will enable your team to work in new and innovative ways in order to generate imaginative solutions. Business is all about people. Hiring […]

Read more August 25th, 2020

Returning From Furlough

Bringing your employees back from furlough is not a straightforward process. As furloughed employees begin to return to work, business owners and managers need to consider both the practical and emotional aspects of returning to “normal”. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. After several months of lockdown and social distancing, some employees […]

Read more August 25th, 2020

Limited Company And LLP Moratorium

How to apply for breathing space to consider a rescue plan for your company. Using a moratorium to support companies and other types of business in financial difficulty. If your business has been or is really struggling, you can get “formal” breathing space to consider a rescue plan for your company. A moratorium gives struggling […]

Read more July 2nd, 2020

UK – Business Rules Relaxed To Help Through Coronavirus Pandemic

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have published a list of the rules that have been temporarily relaxed to make it easier for businesses to continue working through the disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19). The government has temporarily relaxed the rules in the following areas: Annual leave: Workers will be allowed to carry […]

Read more June 29th, 2020