Non-furloughed: What about the people left behind?

This week I presented this webinar on ‘Redundancy with Kindness’ for the UK’s Master Innholders during which I touched on survivor guilt. This is a term to describe the emotional, psychological and physical effects of non-redundant colleagues. As millions are losing their jobs as a result of COVID-19, it’s something that’s often over-looked and underestimated, as this message I received post-webinar illustrates: “I wasn’t furloughed and have felt guilt towards this at night. I was so grateful to hear all my feelings are what others are feeling too.” Feelings of guilt about not being furloughed or not being [...]

2020-09-04T16:57:31+01:00 August 4th, 2020|

Redundancy with kindness

Many in HR are having a very tough time dealing with the fall out of Covid-19. This blog provides a simple plan for dealing with the inevitable redundancies with compassion. You’ve exhausted all the options around flexible furlough, job rotation, career breaks and sabbaticals and are regrettably faced with unavoidable redundancy consultations. Exhausting, depressing and negative for everyone, redundancy ranks as one of the most stressful life experiences. In the current climate, its effects are amplified. For many organisations, particularly those in hospitality right now, mass redundancies are a very sad fact of life. Handling lay-offs in the [...]

2020-09-04T16:52:55+01:00 June 26th, 2020|

Returning to work with confidence – a 10 point plan

By now, many people have been away from their workplaces for almost three months. As children go back to school and people start to plan their return to work, many are feeling uncertain and worried about what life’s going to be like. As anyone who’s ever taken a career break or been on maternity leave will tell you, getting back to work even in normal times can be challenging for three key of reasons. First, there’s the uncertainty around what will have changed. Post Covid-19 this is exacerbated as no one really knows what the ‘new normal’ will [...]

2020-06-09T09:59:07+01:00 June 9th, 2020|

Extended furlough: five ways to keep people on top of the situation

Five ways to keep people on top of the situation is also available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: The Chancellor’s announcement that furlough is to be extended until October, came as a welcome surprise to many. The furlough scheme, whereby the government will cover 80% of monthly wages up to £2500, is already benefiting one million businesses and seven and a half million workers in the UK. Whilst businesses and many workers will welcome this extension, for many employees who are now approaching the completion of eight weeks of [...]

2020-09-04T16:56:04+01:00 May 13th, 2020|

How leadership will change post Covid-19: 10 ways to get fighting fit…

This blog in brief: Although businesses face logistical and financial hurdles as we plan to come out on the ‘other side’ of Covid-19, make the most of enforced downtime to plan for new and better ways of operating in the future. Think Culture, Flexibility, Leadership, Wellbeing, Learning, Community, Digital, Communication and the Employee Experience… How leadership will change post Covid-19 is also available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: For some time before the virus, the concept of ‘disruptive business’ was dancing around all of us, with some embracing it and others still with their [...]

2020-05-01T09:35:08+01:00 May 1st, 2020|

The angels and demons of crisis management

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley The angels and demons of crisis management is also available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: There were a fair few comments about a statement I made at the end of a previous blog to do with employee satisfaction and loyalty levels rocketing as a result of their employers having taken an empathetic, kind and caring approach towards dealing with the current crisis. It stands to reason that if you look after your people they will remember and appreciate the effort long after the current [...]

2020-05-01T09:40:52+01:00 April 20th, 2020|

We’re all in this together: Engaging your people remotely

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley This blog is available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: As the current crisis sees millions of people in enforced homeworking, it’s highly likely that the majority of them will be feeling isolated, uncertain and lacking focus; leading to stress, anxiety and demotivation. From a company perspective, it’s quite a challenge to maintain your culture. As a result, collaboration, belonging and engagement will all take a hit. Managing this needs some special thought and planning. First, let’s have a positive moment and [...]

2020-04-02T10:33:17+01:00 April 2nd, 2020|

Ten top tips for working at home

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley This blog is available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: If even the thought of enforced homeworking has sent you into a panic, you're not alone. There are upsides to working at home such as work-life balance, schedule flexibility, and work performance that working offsite can bring to your life. However, many of the challenges are wellness-related, for example being unable to ‘turn off’ after work, feeling disconnected, uninformed, lonely and staying motivated. For some industries, such as hospitality, where working at [...]

2020-04-02T10:38:36+01:00 March 17th, 2020|

Coping in a crisis when the buck stops with you – 12 essential tips for business owners and senior leaders

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley This blog is available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley I’ve had a couple of calls this week from business owners looking for a pep talk on how best to cope personally with the current situation when all around them appears to be crumbling. One asked how we survived when, on day two of setting up this business, 9/11 happened and all of the work we’d spent months so carefully lining up, vanished within a day or two. Our ‘helpful’ landlord at the time commented that he hadn’t thought we’d last longer than [...]

2020-03-24T15:38:39+00:00 March 17th, 2020|

Enforced home working: 10 essential tips for defending employee wellbeing

By business author and Purple Cubed founder, Jane Sunley This blog is available as a podcast. You can listen to it here: If the thought of enforced homeworking is sending you into a tailspin, you're not alone. In a recent survey even back when things were ‘normal’, where people were choosing to work from home, one in three of them reported stress as a result of home working; double that of onsite workers. Last October, in the State of Remote Work report, the thousands of remote workers surveyed were enthusiastic about the work-life balance, [...]

2020-03-24T15:46:03+00:00 March 17th, 2020|