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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]