Category: Recent Blogs

02
Apr2020

Leadership in our Times

We are currently in very unprecedented times and something that unites all of us is that everyone has been affected somehow. For organisations, this is a very difficult time as the current state of affairs has resulted in some rather negative effects such as redundancies, shortage of work and some companies having to furlough the majority, if not all, of their staff.

While it’s easy to get bogged down on everything that’s going on, we thought it would be good to shift the focus on what can be done during these times to be effective leaders and get through this.

This involves looking forward and making the best out of a difficult situation. We started by talking about what management can do to ensure that morale doesn’t fall.

Communication

Communication is key here – with such uncertain times, staff are bound to find this period to be stressful. Keeping in contact, whether that is by telephone or video conference, to provide updates is one way to reassure staff and keep them in the loop. I can relate to how effective the use of technology and software such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom have been for the Gravitate team in helping us stay in contact with not only each other but also clients.

Personal development and getting creative

We also talked about making the most this time. For example, personal development seems to be an area that we never have time for because of day-to-day operations – why not use this time to focus on additional learning, completing an online course, or maybe organising some inhouse online training for staff?

Another idea was to use this time to get creative and the word ‘reinvention’ came up which I found very interesting – the idea that out of adversity comes ingenuity. Adapting the way we operate (either or a permanent or temporary basis) can result in finding new and better ways to work and may actually be the best practice for going forward post Covid.

Living by your values and sticking together

We then discussed why the way in which we react to the current situation should relate back to your Company’s and even your personal values – by doing so, you’re safeguarding your Company’s reputation. We’ve all seen the news stories about the companies who are being named and shamed for treating employees poorly throughout all of this – the reputational damage from that in today’s age with the use of social media can make things difficult for these companies when all of this is over and business is back normal.

Last but not least, we discussed togetherness and how we can all help each other through this. We can do this by sharing hints, tips and knowledge – if you have some effective tips that someone may benefit from, share this in a blog or on social media so that someone in a similar position can benefit from this knowledge and insight.

My key takeaway from the webinar was that although things are uncertain for the time being, there are still best practices to keep things moving and to ensure that your business is intact when all of this is over.

31
Mar2020

Employment Question Time – Your Chance to Ask Any Employment Related Questions You Have

There is no doubt that this is a challenging time for any employer. A constantly changing landscape, in an unprecedented time with new terms such as furlough, there are naturally many, many questions for employers.

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26
Mar2020

Employment & Engagement for Today

Following our recent webinar on we have put together a summary of some of the most frequently asked questions relating to furlough and other issues. Read more

26
Mar2020

How to Successfully Lead your Team in Challenging Times

Never in our lifetime have so many been faced with such difficult decisions and challenges, as a leader of a family, a business, an organisation. The successful outcome of your business and the wellbeing of your team is reliant on your leadership skills which are really being put to the test at this time. Read more

20
Mar2020

How to Manage and Support Your Team in the Current Climate

There are many challenges facing businesses at this time. Two of those key challenges are the sustainability and resilience of your business and secondly, how you manage and support your team in the current climate. With schools closing, people working from home juggling work and childcare how we work, communicate and do business going forwards will change.

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20
Mar2020

Schools Closed, Juggling Home Working and Childcare – How Will Your Team Cope?

So, we know now that schools will close. The uncertainty on that decision is over but what about the dilemmas that parents now face about the supervision, care and education of their children. How they will balance this with the demands of work? What other support may have to be put in place, if they are unable to rely upon grandparents and other family members who may be vulnerable?

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11
Mar2020

Mental Health Forum

Is someone within your organisation suffering from poor Mental Health?

Do you have the skills, knowledge and mechanisms in place to support them?

Are you a small business with a limited budget for well-being initiatives?

Are you looking for support and advice on how to manage Mental Health in the workplace?

Gravitate HR might have the solution you are looking for…

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18
Feb2020

GDPR 2 Years On: How Compliant Are You?

It’s been nearly two years since the changes to data protection came into effect with GDPR. As an HR consultancy, we are continuously supporting our clients with data protection and ensuring that they are as compliant as they can be.

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17
Feb2020

Reflecting on Mental Health in the Workplace Seminars

Gravitate HR held three consecutive seminars last week in Falkirk, Edinburgh and Glasgow on Mental Health in the Workplace. We were joined by Marianne McJannett, an Employment Lawyer at TC Young.

The seminars focused on looking at how we build resilient workplaces that empower staff and promote wellness. The sessions were fully interactive, making use of Vevox and asking our delegates key questions about Mental Health in the Workplace.

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30
Jan2020

Mental Health in the Workplace

What The Statistics Tell Us…

With almost 1 in 3 individuals having experienced some form of mental health issue(s) during employment, it may come as no surprise that mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK. With an average cost of £1300 per employee per year whose mental health goes unsupported, and a total of 12.8 million days lost in 2018-2019 because of work-related stress, depression and anxiety, there is evidently an ever-increasing need for employers to make mental health their number one organisational priority.

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