Throwback Thursday Revisiting Bullying

Over the past few weeks we’ve been reflecting on some of the articles we’ve written over the years.  We’ve had tremendous traction with our  Workplace Bullying or Coercive Control article.  It’s our most popular to date and we’ve had loads of new connections from it.  So we thought we’d jump on the bandwagon and post…

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Furlough Extended to March 2021

With Furlough extended to March 2021, what does the second lockdown mean for employers? The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has now been extended by the Chancellor of the Exchequer until end of March 2021.  He announced the furlough scheme will operate in line with the previous one.   It will provide 80% of wages up…

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Financial Business Support September 2020

Today we’re signposting.  We’re signposting you to Financial Business support in September 2020. We’re looking at the Job Support Scheme and Winter Economy Plan announced last week, support for home workers, and reminding you about the North East funding for business. We thought you may be sick of hearing from us, so this week we’re…

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Help During COVID

As we hit the next wave of the pandemic, how can we help during COVID?  How can we avoid the despair pictured here?  We know there is a lot of fear and desperation out there as our clients are telling us.  Working with clients we’re seeing anger, frustration, anxiety, depression, all manifesting out of fear.…

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The Post Covid 19 Workplace

Did you think back in January 2020 that today we would all be walking around the supermarket wearing Masks?  We certainly didn’t!  We don’t think anyone could have predicted what Corona Virus meant to the UK and world at large!  What it has brought is new thinking, greater employee demands, new ways of working and…

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Employers, Don't Let Corona Virus Become The New ME

Our Plea: Employers, don’t let Corona Virus become the new ME! Prior to Walker v Northumberland County Council [1995] IRLR 35, managers were often sceptical about sickness absence attributed to a “bad back”.  After the Walker case “Stress” became the new bad back, then we had “yuppie flu” which of course was ME or Chronic…

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Business Mentoring

Over the last few weeks and months we’ve created – and collated – a number of articles relating to coronavirus, employees, and employer responsibilities. This page serves to “round” them up and have them all in one place for easy access. Our Covid-19 related Articles Employers, Don’t Let Corona Virus Become The New ME 3rd…

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Returning to Work After Lockdown Practical Tips

  How are you planning for your staff returning to work after lockdown? After the Governments announcement on 10 May 2020 and further clarification on 11 May many company bosses will be looking to see how they can support their staff returning to work after lockdown.  Whether staff have been working from home, laid-off or…

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Kindness Matters

“Kindness Matters” was the theme for 2020 Mental Health Awareness week. So what do we think of when we hear kindness? Considerate?  Courteous?  Generous? Thoughtful?  Empathy?  Sympathy? Supportive? We all have our own definition of kindness, and I think we’d all agree, kindness matters. At Launchpad Associates, we are specialists in organisation behaviour and development,…

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Did You Know There Are Mental Health Museums?

This is Mental Health Awareness week 2020, which happens to coincide with International Museums Day today, 18 May 2020.  As a bit of trivia to kick-start Mental Health Awareness week we thought we’d look into whether there was a link.  Guess what!  Did you know there are museums dedicated to mental health?  Well there are!…

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