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The Workplace: To Test or Not to Test? | Rowlinson Knitwear

Guest contributor Donald Moore, Chair at Rowlinson Knitwear, discusses a recent decision to introduce lateral flow testing in the workplace. We were lucky to have the chance to establish lateral flow testing in our workplace, and are very grateful to Stockport Council for providing this for us. In fact, we are the first manufacturing organisation to do this in Stockport with the help of the council.

Moving Good Work Forward in the Covid Era | Supporters Network Webinar

Guest contributor Gail Irvine, Senior Policy and Development Officer at Carnegie UK Trust, discusses Carnegie's findings relevant to our latest Webinar. The coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted lives and livelihoods. Millions of workplaces have been shut down and workers furloughed, and business models and ways of working have been disrupted on a near-universal scale.

B Corp: For People, Profit and Planet | Pentameter

Guest contributor Annalise Lewis, Chair of GM B Local and Co-Founder of Pentameter, speaks on B Corp certifications. 2020 was relentless, ferocious and polarising, and strangely - came with the emergence of real opportunity for hope. This hope does not see a future empty of crisis but a deep and meaningful opportunity that includes compassion, community and renewal.

Supporting Staff at Risk of Redundancy: Reskilling Your Workforce | Transition to Teach

Guest contributor Joanne Holland, Employer Engagement Manager at Transition to Teach, discusses this funded programme delivered by Cognition Education. It offers free support to businesses and their employees in order to raise awareness of teaching as a credible alternative to those who may be facing redundancy, coming to the end of their contract or taking early retirement.

Financial Wellbeing: Addressing Economic Burdens of the Workforce | Supporters Network Webinar

With recent lockdowns and tier system restrictions, many of us have experienced change and uncertainties around what the future might bring. Financial insecurity can be a big part of this. Our January Supporters Network Webinar was on the topic of financial wellbeing, and how employers can create actionable plans to address the financial burdens of their workforce. 

The Social Mobility Challenge: A Vital Part of Good Employment Practice | Anthony Collins Solicitors

Guest contributor Alice Kinder, Solicitor at Anthony Collins Solicitors, discusses social mobility in our latest blog. As the world seeks to overcome the economic effects of the pandemic, many organisations are recognising the need to become more innovative and creative in their strategies. An important ingredient in this is diversity of thought, drawn from encouraging a diverse pool of talent. How can this be achieved?

Age Friendly Employment: Supporting and Valuing Older Workers | Supporters Network Webinar

Our recent Supporters Network Webinar was on the topic of age-friendly employment, and looked specifically at how employees over 50 can be supported and valued – sharing ideas and good practice to overcome potential issues. This was delivered with speakers from the Centre for Ageing Better, Rest Less and Electricity North West. This blog details the key findings from the event, alongside resources including the presentation slides, and full video recording. 

Chat Roulette: Connecting Colleagues | Sharing Snippets of Good Practice

Guest contributor Alexia Rhodes details a snippet of good practice from the Business Growth Hub. Like many firms over the last 9 months, all Business Growth Hub employees have been working from home since the outbreak of the pandemic. We had a wonderful office environment and many of us missed seeing familiar faces and having informal catch-ups and chats over a coffee. Our office space had no fixed desks for staff which meant that you could be sat next to someone new each day, which allowed staff to get to know people from other areas of the business and not just their team.

Hospitality Support Session: Employment Law Updates | Supporters Network Webinar

For employers in the hospitality sector, it is an incredibly challenging time on many fronts. While furlough may seem on the surface to be a simple fix, we recognise that furlough isn’t free for employers – and for those making tough decisions, it may be difficult to find the balance between seeking immediate solutions and considering the potential long-term impact. Our last Supporters Network Webinar was a hospitality support session, delivered in partnership with Acas.