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Trying to explain 2020 to your 2019-self would be near-impossible. None of us could have predicted the coronavirus pandemic, and as a result many organisations found themselves unsure on how best to proceed to weather the storm.
We’ve all had that one co-worker that seems to get through by achieving the bare minimum. As they clock out exactly on time every day, after putting in just enough effort – but no more than is asked of them – you’ve probably thought at least once, “how did they get hired?”. If the responsibility for recruitment lies with you, this is not a situation you’ll want to find yourself in.
According to the latest data from the ONS, there are currently 4.76 million self-employed people in the UK. Many of these are contractors, working across various sectors to provide temporary support to different organisations. Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, demand for and interest in contract placements has risen, owing to economic uncertainty and desire to continue developing.
According to the latest data from ONS, there are currently 1.34 million unemployed people in the UK. Approximately 8.9 million workers – 1 in 4 – have also been placed on furlough, with no guarantee that they will be able to return to their jobs. Candidates are eager to secure new opportunities, with the application-to-job ratio thought to have increased by 84 per cent in the second quarter of this year.
The coronavirus pandemic has not been fun for anyone. But for most if not all business leaders, it has served as a reminder that cohesion among teams is one of the most important aspects of their role. It isn’t always easy to achieve, though.
If your inbox and social media feeds are anything like ours, chances are you have been bombarded with wave after wave of thought leadership articles dishing advice on how to, well, lead during the current crisis. Each piece of content will offer the ‘definitive’ this or the ‘essential’ that, but what is the best way to lead your organisation, department or team through testing times?
In the days leading up to the Prime Minister’s announcement that the country was entering a period of lockdown, little had changed when it came to hiring. But the moment Mr Johnson addressed the nation by saying, “The coronavirus is the biggest threat this country has faced for decades,” many employers sought to defer their onboarding of new staff due to perceived difficulties in doing so.
In the midst of a crisis, anchoring the ship and guiding employees ashore is a task that typically falls to HR. Working closely alongside the senior leadership team, the HR department will be responsible for clearly communicating the employer’s plans to tackle the crisis, anticipating and answering any questions that may arise, and prioritising employees’ health and wellbeing.
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