Manage performance by output not hours

For many, becoming a line manager is part and parcel of climbing the career ladder. But if you’re not a natural leader – or you haven’t been sufficiently upskilled to become one – it can be difficult to get the most out of your direct reports when you sit next to them every day, let Read more about Manage performance by output not hours[…]

How To Onboard Remotely

Here’s some practical tips and advice from our very own Operations and People Partner, Chrissie Yates… A welcoming remote onboarding experience is a great way of engaging new remote employees from the off. For companies used to face-to-face inductions and introduction, having to adjust this year to remote onboarding has certainly been challenging. Now, it Read more about How To Onboard Remotely[…]

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Handling formal meetings during the coronavirus pandemic

Breathing Space’s Senior HR Business Partner Mandy Barstow offers some great guidance on how to handle formal meetings during the pandemic. During the coronavirus pandemic, any formal procedure should be carried out in a way that follows public health guidelines around social distancing. Procedures must still be taken forward without unreasonable delay. Employers should try Read more about Handling formal meetings during the coronavirus pandemic[…]

Managing Underperformance in a Virtual World

Breathing Space’s Senior HR Business Partner Mandy Barstow offers some great guidance on how to manage under performance in the current work climate. The lack of visibility caused by the world being forced suddenly into working remotely has created an undercurrent of concern about underperformance for some businesses. However, others believe that performance and productivity Read more about Managing Underperformance in a Virtual World[…]

Work from Home Winter

Working from home this winter

In lockdown earlier this year, a large percentage of people had to work from home. This was unprecedented for many and we had to adapt quickly. We became experts at managing chaos and we juggled kids, pets, online fitness videos, Amazon deliveries, Zoom calls, family quizzes and supermarket queues. Though, as lockdown was happening through Read more about Working from home this winter[…]

Work from home if you can!

Back in March, businesses had to react and adapt quickly to the work from home directive. This time round, it’s important for employers get all their ducks in a row to manage home workers. Paul Kelly at Blacks Solicitors has highlighted key areas for consideration. The contract of employment Contractual terms need to be updated Read more about Work from home if you can![…]

Employee Burnout

In 2019, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognised ‘burnout’ as a legitimate medical diagnosis. 61 % of workers think wellness policies are important, only a third of companies offer what is required by law to their employees. Mental health & wellbeing has been on the agenda for most employers – even pre-Covid. Many of these Read more about Employee Burnout[…]

Will new working arrangements affect your company culture?

Discussions are happening in boardrooms all over the world about how to firm up the new flexible working arrangements. Should you give employees complete freedom to work how they want to work or define how much time should be spent in the office, but leaving teams to agree which days and for which reasons they Read more about Will new working arrangements affect your company culture?[…]

6 Principles to guide your decision-making process

Businesses are constantly making decisions. Faced with unique circumstances, they might have to make some tough ones. Decision making isn’t easy, and some people avoid making decisions at all costs. Avoidance is a decision in itself and there are times when the outcome from no decision can be worse. Here are six principles to guide Read more about 6 Principles to guide your decision-making process[…]

Hi Ho Hi Ho…It’s back to work we go!

As Boris has announced, it is now suggested that we can return to our workplaces from 1 August 2020.  Working for home is no longer the primary work location.   This will be a relief for many employers who have concerns over staff productivity while working from home, as just 11% of UK bosses said that Read more about Hi Ho Hi Ho…It’s back to work we go![…]