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Managing the return to work with covid restriction changes from July 19th

It feels like we've discussed this so many times over the past year; with multiple lockdowns, businesses closing and reopening, it's been hard to keep up. However, it seems like we're finally on track to 'normality' as the remaining restrictions are set to end (mostly) later this month. We've seen hospitality reopen successfully, and even [...]

LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the workplace all year round

As June was Pride Month, we think now is a great time to speak about LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the workplace. Remember that we should actively consider this all year round, and not just during one particular month. With this in mind, now is an opportunity to examine equality and acceptance within your business. Improving inclusion [...]

How to manage annual leave during the pandemic

As the UK continues to ease lockdown, many of us are understandably keen to take time off work and travel abroad. However, this brings up yet more potential difficulties for employers and employees to navigate. Business owners have had to make many hard decisions over the past year, that can affect employee wellbeing as well [...]

Cotswold Company guest blog: Why hybrid working is the future

In March 2020, many workers were required to work from home full time due to the pandemic. Businesses scrambled to put in place effective remote working processes and tools and we became all too familiar with the phrase “You’re on mute!”. However, while this change seemed strange and new, pre-pandemic there was already a significant [...]

Coping with change in the return to work during covid-19

April 12th 2021 was an exciting day for many “non-essential” businesses, including retail and outdoor hospitality. It’s amazing news that many companies can open their doors again, and we wish every business that’s able to the very best for this upcoming period. However, along with excitement, there is also a fair amount of anxiety around [...]

Changing your mindset with the power of positive self-talk

Have we really been living in a pandemic for a whole year? Over the past 12 months, many of us have been in isolation, left with only our thoughts for company. For some, this has meant constant questioning and negativity from that inner voice, perhaps leading to struggles with anxiety or depression. However, for others, [...]

Mindfulness & Meditation: ‘Nice to have’ or a necessity?

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. - Viktor E. Frankl Our interactions with others can often be reactive, we tend not to respond, and in being reactive, we can overreact. Let’s face it, the [...]

How to set (& achieve) realistic business goals in 2021

Goodbye 2020! Nobody could predict the events that would transpire last year, and the effects on all of our lives and businesses, and I’ll start this blog by saying I truly hope you are all safe and well. But while the future remains uncertain, it’s not all doom and gloom! 2021 brings a chance to [...]

The Christmas Do in 2020: How are businesses celebrating?

It's the time of year when we're usually all preparing for the work’s Christmas do (or are recovering from it!). But sadly, this year, when we all need it more than ever, the usual celebrations aren't possible. The end-of-year do is more than just an excuse for a party: it's a way to show thanks [...]

Communicating with employees during COVID-19

This year has shown the importance of staying in touch with your remote employees, whether they're working from home or are on furlough. As we reach the end of the second lockdown in England, many have reached a point of fatigue with virtual communication. Along with potential technical difficulties, the novelty of video meetings could [...]