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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Workplace Bullying or Coercive Control?

At a time when there is a focus on coercive control and domestic violence, we thought we’d consider links between these behaviours and workplace bullying. Whilst people experiencing domestic violence during lock down maybe longing to get back to work as a place of sanctuary, we’re thinking:   how many people are dreading going back…

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Protecting Your Mental Health During COVID-19 Lockdown

These are difficult times, so how do you protect your mental health during COVID-19 lockdown!  We’ve written a guide for employers and employees to help you to crush the impact of COVID-19 lockdown. We’re managing employees and their employment during a pandemic that has had a huge impact on people’s lives and routine in an…

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