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Burnout in the workplace: How can we avoid it?

With 2022 fast approaching, many business owners and workers alike are feeling the last-minute rush that the festive season brings. With the pressure of end-of-year targets and the rush to get work completed so we can all start the new year with a fresh start, motivation and patience wears thin, and thus the risk of [...]

How to avoid an HR nightmare this Halloween

It's the season of scary movies, costume parties and pumpkin carving. Whether you're into the holiday or not (we are! Except for scary movies, perhaps!), there's little you can do to escape it at this time of year. However, in the world of business; ghosts, ghouls and goblins aren't the only things that can cause [...]

The furlough scheme is ending: What now?

After being extended multiple times over the past year, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) aka ‘furlough’  is due to come to a close. Whilst many were able to come back to work as the economy reopened, hundreds are still left on the furlough scheme, wondering what is next. Because of this, employers now have [...]

Inductions and onboarding: Bringing on new employees in 2021

For many businesses over the past year, hiring new staff hasn't stopped, but the procedure has had to adapt. Others, however, have had to put the whole process on hold and are now thinking about taking on new employees again. Because of this, we think it's a good time to talk about the importance of [...]

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, [...]