Category: The effects of COVID19 on employee wellbeing

creating a sense of community in the worplace

The not-so-small matter of teamwork

Whether employees are at home, in the office, or hybrid working, creating a sense of community in the workplace has never been more important in the corporate world   The idea was nice enough while it lasted. We’d work from home forever more. We’d sleep in a bit, then pop on a towelling robe, take a freshly brewed coffee and a croissant into the garden and sit at the laptop in the sunshine. We’d be happy and relaxed, and super-productive, and we’d spend our lunch breaks laughing with our families and enjoying a slower pace of life. Yeah right. The

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The Time Struggle

Working from home is now a fixture – how can people balance work and life, and what can responsible employers do to support employee wellbeing? After a tumultuous and unsettling 18 months, one of the silver linings to a particularly dark cloud has been the confirmation that working from home can be productive and widely accepted. As we take steps back in the direction of a long-forgotten Shangri La called ‘normality’, it’s evident that home working will continue to play a part in the lives of many workers. A recent Flexjob survey of over 2,000 employees found that 65% of

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working from home employee wellbeing

The long term effects of working from home

Working from home – not changing any time soon, so we need corporate coping strategies.  It’s been 15 months since Boris Johnson first asked us to start “working from home if you can”.  For many (but not all), this was the stuff of dreams, with people spending more time with the kids, or ticking off domestic chores in work time – plus saving all that money on travel, coffee and lunches.  It was great. For a while. Fast forward a year and the reality is less dreamlike for many, although at the same time there seems to be mass acceptance

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How can inclusive wellbeing policies help companies adjust to the new normal

How inclusive wellbeing policies help companies adjust to the new normal

New normal. What an overused phrase. However, as we emerge from what is hopefully the final national lockdown (please), normality is going to be a little different from what it was in early 2020. How can inclusive wellbeing policies help companies adjust to the new normal? Over the last 15 months, the way in which we think about the office has changed quite dramatically. People have talked about a ‘decade of transformation’ in the space of a year. And certainly, after a year of remote working, some employees have never physically met their team and new roles have been filled

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Uniting employees after a year of remote working

Uniting your employees after over a year of remote working

It’s not controversial to say that the last year has not been what any of us expected or hoped for! We went from the ‘normality’ of spending more time with our colleagues than our families, to suddenly not seeing anyone other than those we live with for 24 hours a day. We turned dining tables into desks,  we got rid of the work dress in favour of ‘athleisure’ (terrible word) and generally started to hate Zoom. At first it was fun – then it wasn’t any more. And now, having adjusted to home working, many people are starting to head

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Bringing together colleagues who are working apart

Bringing together colleagues who are working apart

Building rapport and encouraging teamwork among employees in a world of hybrid working. Probably one of the most memorable buzz phrases of 2020 will be “let’s schedule a Zoom” whether it was work, socialising or education – everything moved online and Zoom became the norm.  There were, or still are, Zoom seminars in place of large conferences, Zoom workouts, Zoom book clubs… the list goes on. All as we as colleagues who are working apart adapted. Now, one year on, even the CEO of Zoom has admitted he has Zoom fatigue (we’re right there with you!) and while the return

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Easing the transition back to the office

Bouncing Back – Easing the transition back to the office

As the world – and workplaces – start to return to something approaching normal, how can you ensure that your staff are healthy, happy, and buzzing about being back together? How are you easing the transition back to the office? If one more article begins with some variation of “It’s been quite the year” you’d be forgiven for putting your boot through the computer screen. But, well, here’s the thing: It’s been quite the year. You can break it all down to buzzwords, really. Lockdown. Zoom. Social distancing. Contact tracing. Home sch**ling (sorry to swear). And now, as life begins

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