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Posts from April 2020

Rightsizing is a proactive process and should be a constant part of managing an organisation. With many employees furloughed are you making the best use of this opportunity to right-size your company? 
 
To right-size it is important to look at several factors – look at the market needs and trends, technologies, alternative approaches and new ideas. The current crisis that we all find ourselves in has meant that many of us have had to look at these areas anyway. Right-sizing needs to focus on the future and for leaders to look at where their organisation is to be headed post lockdown. Newly clarified or redefined strategic direction often gives leaders new insights about what skills are needed within the organisation to be able to head in this direction. 
 
Most of us aren’t entirely clear where things are headed after this pandemic, but each day certain aspects may become clearer. By making decisions on where things are most probably likely to be headed helps managers make more effective right sizing decisions around hiring new people and the direction for training and retraining current employees equipping them with new skills to prepare them for the future. 
 
Click below for 3 questions to ask yourself before starting right-sizing. 
The sudden lockdown for the COVID19 crisis has been a big change for all of us in the workplace. Some of your team may have been furloughed, others working from home. Some may be still coming into the workplace and having some new social distancing rules forced upon them. 
 
 
 
4 Areas you should Consider to Help your Team's Mental Health during Lockdown 
 
 
A lot of us are feeling more anxious. More stressed or overwhelmed with the current situation. Gone are the daily routines and rituals which have made up our working lives for many years. Change is rarely welcomed. Here are a few things that you can introduce to your teams to support them during this time if you can acknowledge areas that they may be struggling with if working from home. 
 
 
Click below to find 4 key areas that you should look at to make sure you are looking after your team's mental health whilst they are working from home during this time. 
Now is the time to play the long game. 
 
At the moment there are lots of potential candidates sat at home, either furloughed or working remotely for their current employers. Their job lives have changed massively over the last month. Some of them are busy, some can see the work starting to dry up, others are worrying about furlough and what will be left for them in their current role when lockdown or furlough finishes. Communication is often less, and most definitely different from before. So, as a potential future employer, what is the opportunity? 
 
What is your Employer Value Proposition? 
 
 
Do you have a plan B in terms of recruitment when you still have vacancies that need filling but you know that you may not be able to meet any of your candidates face to face? We share our top 3 tips to enable you to continue to recruit at the current time. 
This picture depicts my plan A. 
 
This is where I expected to be today. A celebration week away with the family in the Big Apple. However, like most of the rest of the world I am working instead on plan B. 
 
So, what happens when you are in the middle of a recruitment drive and plan B is initiated. It may be the COVID crisis this time, but next time it could be a manager taken sick or a vacancy that you want to fill quickly so the new person can join the pre-planned training course.  
 
Can you still recruit and successfully fill your team whilst operating plan B? 
 
(Or what are you doing about your current employee engagement?) 
 
 
The world of work in many cases has not only been turned upside down, but things have changed almost over night with no clear end in sight for anyone yet. So, what does this mean in terms of your employees and keeping them engaged with your company and the role that they play in your success? 
 
More time on their hands 
 
The work place has changed so much in the last month and the day to day role in many cases has changed too, so how are your teams coping with this? In many cases there is less work for them to do, or you may have had to furlough some people. What can you do to make sure that once this is all over, they are still engaged with their current role and your company and are not spending any spare time they may have now researching other companies and planning to move on? 
 
Now is the time to show the love. 
 
 
 
 
There is currently much worry about the Coronavirus and how this will affect businesses and particularly what changes will need to take place within the workplace to accommodate a rise in risk. As an employer you may be reviewing your handwashing facilities, cleaning regimes, looking to minimising travel and you may also be putting in to place contingency plans to support staff if remote working becomes a necessity. With all that said you may still have recruitment needs and finding the ideal candidate does not have to wait. 

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