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?
We Are Currently Recruiting For an HR Account Manager!
This is a fantastic opportunity to join the Gravitate HR Account Management Team as we continue to support our existing clients and attract new business.
What We Are Looking For?
You will have had 3+ years of experience as an HR Manager and will be confident in your practice so that you can work independently, as we are all working from home currently and expect that to be the case for some time to come.
You will be CIPD qualified as we are all qualified HR professionals and this is an important element of our service offering to our clients. You will have experience of the width and breadth of all HR practices and be able to support our clients in developing policies and procedures; offering advice and practical guidance at all stages of the employee life cycle and you will be willing to embrace different and new ways of working as we adapt to life in the current pandemic.
In particular you will be able to demonstrate capability in supporting restructuring processes and resolving employee relations cases.
Your professional HR experience is important. Equally important is you ability to work in a small team and to understand and meet the needs of our clients. The relationships we have with our clients is key to our success as professionals and as a business.
What Can You Expect?
You can expect to work from home at the moment and over time to visit our office in Buchanan Street, Glasgow and clients’ sites. You will get great support and encouragement from the team and you will have a defined client portfolio to manage and develop. You will also contribute to the development of our business processes and our sales and marketing initiatives.
This is a full time role that would suit an HR professional who thrives on practical and pragmatic approaches to delivering HR support and advice. If you are interested please send a covering letter outlining why you believe you would be successful in this role and your CV to Margery.firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will conduct a selection process over a digital platform which will involve different members of our team during the course of July and August.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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.
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.