Author: Anna Craig


Reluctant Returners: Webinar Summary

Participants on this webinar were anything but reluctant – it proved to be a topical subject matter with lots of questions and response to our poll.

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Upcoming Webinar – How To Manage Reluctant Returners

How To Manage Reluctant Returners

Date: Tuesday 14th July

Time: 12.30 pm – 1 pm

This week we are continuing on the theme of getting back to work and the workplace. This week we will be sharing with you strategies to cope with reluctant returners.  Some of us are eager and willing to get back to work and return to the workplace. Some are a bit more ambivalent and others are reluctant. In this week’s webinar with Charlie Johnston, director at Paratus Executive we will be discussing:

  • How do you assess how your team members will react?
  • What strategies can you adopt to cope with their reaction?
  • Are there genuine and legitimate reasons not to return to work?
  • What is the leadership mindset to approach this and deliver a positive outcome?
  • What communication will be important in the coming weeks to re-energise the team?

There are no guidebooks or procedural norms for dealing with these sets of circumstances and the rules have not been written.  Therefore there are no rights or wrongs but are there some good practice guidelines and constructs that we can draw upon to drive your business forward, regain some lost ground and get the team working together.

Margery has some good practical organisational level strategies to share with you which is the first step but what do you do with the information that you gather? How do you respond and how do you get the team back to work, even those who might be reluctant? 

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Furlough Fallout: How To Reunite Your Team When They Return

One of the most unprecedented aspects of the current situation is the 9.1 million people who are currently furloughed, some since the 17th of March. For the vast majority they will never have experienced “time off” work like this.

There are by contrast those who have had to work all the harder during the past 4 months in reduced teams, working from home while also home schooling. Their experience will be night and day compared to that of their colleagues who are furloughed. It is therefore likely that this situation will have created a “them and us scenario” with possible resentments felt on both sides. Why was I furloughed and you weren’t? I’ve had to work longer, harder hours while you were sunning yourself…

How as an employer do you manage “them and us” furloughed situations and reunite your team?

At our next webinar on Tuesday 7th July from 12.30- 1 pm, Margery will be in discussion with Mark Blair, director at Effective Now how you can manage the ‘them and us’ situation in your own business and team. 

We will be discussing:

  • How to manage the ‘them and us’ scenario following furlough
  • How to reunite your team and get back to effective teamwork 
  • How understanding other people’s perspectives and experiences is key to effective teamwork

Effective Now is a people based consultancy who work with SME’s to make businesses more successful by making you and your team more effective. They work with companies who want to improve communication in their business, need to make significant changes and who want to achieve an effective working culture.

Mark’s background as an international rugby star playing for Ulster winning the European Cup, Edinburgh and Narbonne in France gives him some unique insights and experiences of effective teams and how you keep a team together even through the tough times.

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The Risks & Challenges of Opening Your Workplace and Your Team Returning to Work

Our Upcoming Webinar in Conjunction with BSM Training & Consultancy…

With the current Government rules and guidelines there are new health and safety requirements that businesses must have in place before returning to work. For many businesses the challenge of maintaining the 2 meter social distancing rule will be a significant challenge. Also the cleanliness of your workplace may have to be increased and hand sanitisation stations set up. If you have changed the physical space, your fire risk assessment may need to be reviewed. 

In addition to the health and safety challenges there will be many HR challenges. How will your furloughed team feel about coming back to work and possibly the workplace after 3-4 months, or longer, on furlough? How will you motivate them? How will you manage team members who have childcare issues with no holiday clubs being run or their children going back to school on significantly reduced hours? How will you manage the ‘them and us’ scenario between those who have worked through lock down and those who have been furloughed. 

Join Neil and Bryan Mclelland, Director of BSM Training & Consultancy, on Tuesday 30th June, 12.30pm – 1pm to discuss the risks and challenges of opening your office and managing your team. They will be offering solutions and guidance.

To be aware is to be prepared!

If you would like to send your questions, thoughts or experiences in advance of the webinar please email them to 

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What Do You Do Next? Webinar Reflections

In our webinar we look at the process of redundancy.  The primary purpose of this is to give information to help business owners to establish whether they need more information to decide whether this is a strategy that they want or need to follow.  It is a guide not the cyclopaedia to redundancy.

There are many complexities to these types of processes.  Some activities are statutory and happen for those employees with more than 2 years’ service; there are others which are good practice and we would recommend in certain circumstances and there are other tactics which would be helpful in some circumstances.  So there is no one prescribed route and we recommend that the planning phase is critical to choosing the most appropriate approach to fit with the set of circumstances within your business.

If you would like to discuss your redundancy process or whether this is the right route for you please do reach out to us at to start that conversation.

Missed the Webinar?

Not to worry, you can catch up by watching via the following link.

Our Next Webinar

Join us on Tuesday the 2nd of June at 12.30pm where we will be discussing “Furlough Phase 2” and what this could mean for your business. Following the extension of the job retention scheme until October this year and with a predicted announcement this week on the next stage of Furlough, we will be holding a Q&A session to help answer as many of your queries as we can!

To submit a question in advance, please email

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Furlough Phase 2 – What Happens Next?

Following the Government’s announcement that the furlough scheme will continue until the end of October and with an expected announcement this week regarding the details of the second phase of furlough, our next webinar will be your chance to ask all of your questions about phase 2. 

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What Do You Do Next? Furlough, Restructure, Redundancy?

As we continue to face lockdown, albeit with some gradual easing of restrictions and continual media news of economic downturn and shrinking of the economy, you may be thinking of what steps to take within your business or organisation.

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Employment Q&A Summary

Following our recent employment Q&A webinar we have put together a summary of some of the most frequently asked questions relating to furlough and other issues.

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