31/07/2020 - People 4 Us Consultancy | Virtual PA Assistant

Furloughed Staff

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During COVID-19: Well done to the Government for helping many companies maintain their workforce by paying 80% of the employees wage. Although we know many in various industries have lost their jobs and companies have gone under due to the pressures of the current economic climate.

The current Furlough scheme is due to come to an end October 2020 and this means companies will have to foot the bill and maintain the wages for their existing employees, hopefully, they will be able to sustain this and we can only stay positive and believe that things will turn around in time.

Flexible Working

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Flexible Working should be done in line with the needs of the business. It depends on the what type of  flexible working is required by the employee and how well that sits with the business. Flexible working can fit well with work/life balance as long as employees and employers are realistic about the expectations from each other.

“Black Lives Matter”

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Off the back of all the injustices that have occurred and over generations, this injustice (George Floyd) has been the one to showcase the ‘Black Lives Matter’ more and bring it into focus internationally as well as nationally.

This should be seen as a positive thing to embrace diversity within the workplace and outside of the workplace. It is more people being educated into seeing we are all ‘one’ but there are differences between individuals. How you deal with the differences is the question. Is it covered up within your organisation or is it addressed positive.

Within Education, it is helpful to showcase positive ‘black’ role models rather than keep showcasing the negativity that tends to surround ‘Black History Week’. It would be helpful to have ‘Black History’ all year round within and as part of the curriculum rather than just a specific month ‘October’ to showcase positive historical pioneers (i.e. Mary Seacole (Nurse & Entrepreneur), Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks (Activist) also how many know about Mary Jackson (she became NASAs first black female mathematician and aerospace engineer); Dorothy Johnson Vaughan was an American mathematician and human computer who worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, and NASA, at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; Katherine Johnson was an American mathematician whose calculations of orbital mechanics as a NASA employee were critical to the success of the first and subsequent U.S. crewed spaceflights.

There are current day positive role models (i.e. Lewis Hamilton (Formula One Champion); Baroness Scotland (the first woman and black person ever to hold the post); Naomi Campbell [changed fashion] by breaking down racial barriers in the multi-billion-pound industry; John Boyega (Star Wars fame); David Lammy (MP);  plus countless others. How many more can you research??

COVID-19 & the ‘New Normal’

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COVID-19 has caused a lot of uncertainty and we are living in the ‘new normal’.

Companies have to ensure they are providing support to their employees, especially with their mental health and well being. Employees and also employers may have been affected in different ways through this virus (ie. loss of family/close friends/lockdown) we do not know how long it will take some to recover from the effects of COVID-19 so how they are dealt with by the employer will help to aid with their mental health recovery and their overall well being.

Changes will need to be made to assist in employees returning to work and also employers will need to do Risk Assessments for each employee based on their individual circumstances/health requirements.