Remote Working

Flexible Working

Although it seems like it, it’s not a new topic. Flexibility in working hours has been key for many people, for a number of years. Juggling family and work life has always been a difficult balance and one that can bring with it an added level of anxiety for an employee. How do you get around school drop offs, picks, after school clubs, illness? The list is long and stressful. I work full time… Flexible Working

Pros and cons of working from home

So there is still lots of talk on the working from home subject going. I promised my colleagues and myself when writing my last blog that I would go into further details on the pros and cons of working from home. As this still seems to be the hot topic (I am having lots of discussions on this with colleagues, clients and contacts) and something I am very passionate about (not only as a champion… Pros and cons of working from home

We are all saying flexible working, but do we just mean working from home?

So, in Guernsey we all seem to be talking about flexible working at the moment, and I have recently presented on this at the BPP 2020 Human Resource in Financial Services Forum, and have been working on policies with my clients for their businesses. In lockdown some of us were lucky enough to retain our jobs and work from home, but now we are out of lockdown and back in the office or looking at… We are all saying flexible working, but do we just mean working from home?

How are you?

It’s a question that before March this year, most of us wouldn’t have thought twice in giving our answer to. ‘I’m fine thanks, you?’ Pretty standard answer that no one had to think about and it covered most of the things going on in our lives. Today though, I sit here typing this wondering if we’ll all be too scared to ask that simple question again in such a trivial way. If we do ask… How are you?

The journey from Lockdown to Liberty

Just prior to full lockdown, we were all practicing social/ physical distancing, shaking hands had ceased to be the formal greeting and trying to find hand wash and hand sanitiser was like…well like trying to find hand sanitiser in a pandemic.  Coming out of one I suspect will be similar but this time with more pasta and loo roll available… Getting back to some version of normal will… The journey from Lockdown to Liberty

What is the role of HR within a business and why should you outsource it?

Human Resource (HR), also known as people management, is an essential function within any business. It may be a cliché that people are an organisation’s greatest asset, but it is very true. No organisation exists without people (even if it is just one person) and it is their efforts which achieve its goals and objectives. HR is at the very heart of a business and has a role in every… What is the role of HR within a business and why should you outsource it?

Communication skills – Bring back “The ‘Phone”

I was recently meeting a young school leaver to help give advice.   They had worked for a short time in an office administration role but had not succeeded as they did not like using the telephone to actually ‘speak’ with people as “everyone our age just uses social media, no one uses the phone to speak”. Actually this is a common observation by employers, not… Communication skills – Bring back “The ‘Phone”

Determination, communication and a sense of humour – surviving recruitment during lockdown

Determination, communication and a sense of humour – surviving recruitment during lockdown With the exception of a few industries which have always been conducive to remote working, I can’t think of many companies worldwide who have not had to make dramatic changes to continue their business functions where possible; and those folks who have always been working from home were suddenly faced… Determination, communication and a sense of humour – surviving recruitment during lockdown

Disrupting the Norm by Stepping out of your Comfort Zone

Last August I was introduced via a friend to a new business contact. At the time I thought I was going to bag myself a free ticket to an HR event in Jersey… little did I know where that introduction was going to end! I never actually made it to the event in Jersey, however, a month or so later, I found myself invited to be part of the Guernsey version of that same event. I initially thought I… Disrupting the Norm by Stepping out of your Comfort Zone

Traditional Office?

On social media there is a lot of discussion around the ‘traditional office’ format, remember the one you had back in February?! We’re all adapting to this current ‘new normal’. Anyone who can, is working from home and that’s getting people thinking about their traditional office space, running costs, rents etc. The situation thrust upon us shows many businesses can carry on virtually… Traditional Office?

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