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Furlough Updated Part 7 – Your Questions Answered

On 12 June the government issued further details of the flexible furlough scheme which will commence on 1 July 2020 and run until the end of October 2020. The revised, flexible scheme allows employees to work for their employer on a part-time basis whilst employers will still be able to make claims under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘CJRS’) for the periods that employees are not working.

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Moving to Virtual Onboarding

As the requirement to work from home and practice social distancing remains key to the governments’ strategy for dealing with the Covid 19 pandemic, early talent teams are grappling with how to enable the 2020 intakes to feel truly part of the business they have chosen to join. Many of these recruits may never have set foot in your offices or met an employee face to face, so how do you make sure they feel a valued employee who is part of your organisations’ people network?

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Getting Your People Back to Work Re-entry Part 3

As we start to see the first signs of employees returning to the workplace, albeit in limited circumstances, now is a good time to share the third of our re-entry articles to help HR and talent management professionals guide their organisations into the future.  With the Chancellor announcing that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until the end of October 2020 now is the time to turn your attention to the practical steps you can take from an HR point of view 'Getting Your People Back to Work'.

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HR Planning Video for Re-entry Part 3

Our third video in our series on re-entry following the lockdown looks at how HR and talent management professionals can help organisations 'getting your employees back to work'

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Video Guide to Virtual Onboarding

Now we are operating virtually, onboarding will no longer be the same process. Many new recruits may never have visited your offices. Here Louise Carreras explains the process of onboarding your new staff virtually.

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Furlough Updated Part 6! – Your Questions Answered

Following the Chancellor’s announcement on 29 May 2020 we are pleased to provide a further update on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“Furlough Scheme”). Please note that this note is intended to be supplementary to those we have published previously on  7th April 2020  22nd April 2020  5th May 2020  13th May 2020 27th May 2020

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Furlough Updated Part 5! – Your Questions Answered

We are pleased to provide a further update on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“Furlough Scheme”) in response to continuing guidance from the government and HMRC. Please note that this note is intended to be supplementary to those we have published previously on 7th April 2020  22nd April 2020  5th May 2020  13th May 2020

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HR Planning Video for Re-entry Issue 2

Our second video in our series on re-entry following the lockdown looks at how HR and talent management professionals can help organisations shape the new normal.

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Shaping the New Normal Re-entry Part 2

With some early signs of businesses moving forward following the Prime Minister’s broadcast on 10th May, and subsequent government guidance, this second article in our series of re-entry articles looks at how HR and talent management professionals can help organisations plan for the future.

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HR Planning Video for Re-entry Issue 1

As people start the gradual re-entry into the workplace, HR planning has never been more important.  Our MD Kerry Jarred discusses in this video how business leaders can prepare for the challenge.

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Stepping Back to Move Forward Re-entry Part 1

We’re dealing with what is arguably our biggest challenge of recent times. As business leaders start to prepare their employees to return to work Human Resource professionals will be critical to how successfully organisations move on from the chaos of COVID-19. The significant economic uncertainty along with remote working or furloughed staff has led to a heightened sense of anxiety for many. Perhaps now is the time to re-calibrate and shape the ‘new normal’. We will get through this but when we do, things won’t quite be the same.

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Furlough Updated Part 4 – Your Questions Answered

This fourth note dealing with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“Furlough Scheme”) follows an announcement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 12 May 2020.  As has been the case with previous announcements we do not, at the time of writing, know the full details therefore we will publish further updates as we get clarifications. Please note that this note is intended to be supplementary to those published by us on the 5th May 2020. https://www.jarredconsulting.co.uk/furlough-updated-part-3-your-questions-answered/

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Furlough Updated Part 3 – Your Questions Answered

We have published two previous Q&As on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“Furlough Scheme”) and this third note is intended to give a further update in response to clarifications issued by the government.

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Fun Ways to Keep in Touch with Your Team

As we continue to work from home and practice social distancing, we are becoming experts in keeping in touch with each other via online formats. We have pulled together some ideas to help you create some ‘downtime’ with your colleagues, injecting a bit of light-hearted fun! These activities may also help you get to know each other better, which can build a deeper level of understanding and appreciation of each other’s circumstances. We hope you enjoy trying some of these out!

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Top Tips Video for Virtual Performance Management

With face to face meetings becoming a thing of the past, everything is currently moving online including Managing your Team's performance. Our associate Louise Carrera's new video offers 8 top tips on how to Manage your Team's Performance Virtually and make it effective..

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Top Tips Video for Flexible Working

Following on from our series of top tips articles here our associate Euan Graham's video offers help on Flexible Working.

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Furlough Updated- Your Questions Answered

Since we last published on the subject of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“Furlough Scheme”) there have been a number of changes.  We are pleased to provide updated guidance in this note.

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Top Tips for Running a Virtual Vacation Scheme

Following on from our series of top tips articles we are excited to showcase our new video. Here Louise Carreras offers some top tips on how you can manage a Virtual Vacation Scheme.

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Managing Virtual Employee Relations Issues:Top Tips

Continuing our series of top tips, when you are unable to deal with employee relations face to face, it can add to the challenge. Here we discuss how you can manage employee relations issues when working remotely.

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Furlough – Your Questions Answered

Many clients and friends are either asking us the same question or searching the internet trying to find answers about ‘Furloughing employees’ so we thought it appropriate to ask one of our team, Charlotte Spooner, an HR expert, to give us her view on the scheme as it applies to UK based businesses in this current crisis. If you feel you would like more information please feel free to get in touch as we know how difficult it can be at this time.

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Conducting Effective Virtual Performance Conversations – 8 Top Tip

In these challenging times, staying connected with our teams is vital. It is vital for their well-being, for alignment to goals and of course business performance (both in the short and long term). Doing the right thing now, is critical. Experienced managers know that offering sincere feedback face-to-face is an art form; when done via video conference or phone call, however, the exchange takes on another level of complexity. These virtual performance conversations can be tricky.

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Top Tips for Converting to Virtual Assessment Centres

With the sudden need to stay at home, the idea of running assessment centres has become a more complex one. It doesn’t take much to be able to turn your current assessment centre materials into a virtual recruitment experience that shows candidates you are responsive, responsible and ready to adapt. There are some things you can do to create a quick fix for the current times and there are platforms which can provide you with a long-term solution. Here are our 8 top tips to run virtual assessment centre over the next weeks and into the future.

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8 Top Tips for Leaders to Maximise Effectiveness of Teams Working From Home

As the world goes further into lock down and more and more people are required to work from home leaders and managers are being faced with how to best manage their teams remotely. For employers used to having people physically present in the office this can add to the strain of running the business when times are tough. We’ve pulled together 8 top tips for those leaders and managers who not only have employees working from home but also now find themselves homebound. For those new to this way of working, and able to do it, working from home can be very productive and very rewarding for employees and the teams they work with provided expectations are set on both sides from the start.

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Top Tips for Running and Hosting Virtual Meetings

Thanks to a wide range of technology tools, virtual meetings are accessible and can be very effective.  But virtual meetings are different from the face-to-face variety in many ways. For online collaboration to succeed, participants need to communicate differently than they would if everyone were gathered in the same room together.  As many people are now “Jumping on a video call” here are our 8 Top tips to help you facilitate effective and productive virtual meetings.

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COVID 19: Navigating the Changing Landscape of Business

As the weeks carry on into the ‘slightly’ unknown territory for many businesses across the globe people are waking up to the fact that things are different. Yet, we all still have businesses to run to support our clients and our teams. We’ve put this article together as a way of pooling some useful tips on how to best navigate your business through this turbulent time.

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8 Top Tips for Working from Home

Working from Home – 8 Top Tips for making it through the day and achieving all you want. This week has seen a dramatic increase in people working from home, not just here in the UK but across the globe. So how do we get used to the new (albeit) norm? The joy of not having to do the daily commute may be short-lived if you’re struggling to strike a balance so we’ve pulled together some top tips for staying sane and getting the best out of the new work routine. Here are our 8 Top Tips on Working from Home:

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People not Processes Breed Innovation

Innovation gives companies an edge, creates new opportunities and is critical in driving growth. Arguably innovation is critical for any organisation to survive these days.  So, how can business leaders create a culture where creative thinking, questioning assumptions, and taking measured risks becomes the norm?  How can they not just encourage this kind of behaviour and mindset, but actually develop these as skills within their workforce?

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How do you Improve Employee Engagement?

We know engaged employees make for a more successful business. And so, quite rightly, much is made about successful employee engagement. Worryingly a recent ADP Research Institute report, The Global Study on Engagement, found that 84% of people just come to work rather than fully contributing. That means over two thirds of the workforce are there in body but not in mind. If you’re concerned that you could be one of those employers with sleepwalkers on your team how do you make the switch to drive greater engagement and commitment across the business. And let’s be clear, surveys are not going to inspire passion.

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People Analytics and their Influence on Business

Following last month’s CIPD Data Analytics Conference and Workshop we decided to take a closer look at data analytics and its role in HR. The idea of data analytics in HR is not a new one. It’s about taking a data driven approach to identifying and analysing people related issues. However, over the last few years we have seen it become increasingly important – in fact LinkedIn reported that in North America there has been a three-fold increase in HR professionals adding analytics skills and keywords to their profiles. It is clear that when done well, people analytics can provide organisations with huge amounts of information and reporting abilities that can help revolutionise employee engagement, satisfaction, retention and, ultimately, business success.

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Internal Talent

We previously discussed the need for organisations to build a culture of openness and trust. By encouraging both freedom of thought and creativity across resources will flourish, thus enabling businesses to be successful and grow. With the ever-increasing demands for businesses to change and adapt to global economic circumstances, the focus on both a culture of openness and trust can sometimes become lost. The attention can become misplaced  upon the destination rather than the journey, meaning employees can become unwilling to invest in their skills and try new roles. A study by Deloitte earlier this year found that 76% of C-suite executives rated internal talent mobility as important, while 57% of respondents said it was easier to find a new job outside their current employer than from within.

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Skills Gap Analysis

One of the top three priorities for HR Leaders in 2019, according to Gartner’s survey of 843 HR professionals, is building critical skills and competencies for the future. Although a seemingly straightforward goal, a recent Gartner report identified that 70% of employees say they haven’t mastered the skills to do the job today let alone being equipped for the future. This is further backed by 64% of HR managers suggesting that employees can’t keep pace with the changing needs of the future business.

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Strategic Importance of Leadership

A recent McKinsey report reveals a worrying disconnect between CEOs and HR leader’s overly buoyant beliefs around their talent and people development strategies compared to other leaders within their organisation. While 64% of both HR leaders and CEOs said their companies were high adopters of such strategies, only 42% of all other survey respondents agreed with the findings.

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Change is Inevitable. Change is Constant.

In the words of Benjamin Disraeli, “Change is inevitable. Change is constant.” Whether it’s new political leaders with new (and sometimes varying) agendas. Volatile and ever-changing global relationships directing our economy’s course. Or the need to be more agile than ever in an increasingly knowledge rich, digitally savvy world, there are many challenges ahead, some anticipated and some not, but today’s business leaders will need to navigate them, come what may.

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