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As the old way of working has now gone and we are all trying to embrace the new norm companies are returning to the workplace with risk assessments in place, social distancing to be adhered to and decisions on how to bring staff safely back to work. What challenges will you face on bringing people back from furlough? 
1. Communication 
 
Make sure your communication is clear. Some people who were furloughed from the outset have been off work for 3 months and for them time in the work place has stood. They may expect to return to exactly the same way of working as pre-lockdown and will certainly not understand exactly how the business and your way of working may have changed. Take time to explain what “business as usual” now looks like the changes that have been implemented and why these changes have happened. A clear redefinition of their role responsibilities will also help them to understand “now” as well as focussing on health & safety and any new policies and procedures you may have introduced. 
 
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. 
Statistics show that 4% of employees leave on day 1 of a new role and 22% within the first 45 days. Does your company have a high staff turnover and have you looked at the root causes of this and the impact that it may be having on your business?  
 
 
 
A low staff turnover means that generally companies have a higher morale, their customers are more satisfied, the company is better at maintaining its knowledge and expertise and will see better sales growth. What are our top tips to increase your staff turnover? 
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