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Personal Safety at Work and on Business

By LaunchPadAssociates | Mar 15, 2021
Personal Safety at Work and on Business

The spotlight is on personal safety at the moment following the murder of Sarah Everard and subsequent lobbying of Reclaim The Streets Movement and their campaign to Reclaim The Night. We’ve had many conversations recently with peers and clients who are more focused than ever on securing personal safety at work and on business for…

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The Flexible Future of Work

By LaunchPadAssociates | Feb 4, 2021
The Future of Flexible Work

“The world of work will need to be completely reassessed in the eventual aftermath of the pandemic, with much more flexible workforces, on-demand workdays and big deals increasingly being conducted virtually… It is not just the physical office and the location of the staff that’s up for debate, but also the established ideas about the…

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Three Careers You Should Consider Pursuing During the Covid-19 Pandemic

By LaunchPadAssociates | Jan 22, 2021
Three Careers You Should Consider Pursuing During the Covid-19 Pandemic

As career direction coaches we’re increasingly being contacted by people who have been made redundant, struggling doing their current role from home, or furloughed.  All of these people have one thing in common, they want to change what they are doing.  They want a complete career change. With this in mind, when Artur Meyster, contacted…

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Throwback Thursday Revisiting Bullying

By LaunchPadAssociates | Nov 26, 2020
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

By LaunchPadAssociates | Nov 5, 2020
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

By LaunchPadAssociates | Sep 28, 2020
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

By LaunchPadAssociates | Sep 21, 2020
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

By LaunchPadAssociates | Jul 27, 2020
The Flexible Future of Work

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

By LaunchPadAssociates | Jul 3, 2020
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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