Simply put, ‘Employee Engagement’ is an emotional connection that an employee has towards his or her organisation, which influences his or her behaviour in the workplace activities. Hence, more employees engaged leads to greater effort, increased innovation, productivity and better results.
After the Government’s announcement on the new flexible furlough starting on 1 July 2020 (where staff can be brought back to work on a part-time basis), they clarified those who would be exempt from the deadlines introduced for both flexible furlough and full furlough. Other than those returning from various forms of family leave, it has now also been confirmed that military reservists returning from service can be furloughed for the first time after the cut-off date of 10 June — providing that the organisation has previously furloughed at least one employee.
All individuals with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are eligible for a test provided by the NHS, to show if they currently have the virus, although certain groups have priority for testing. Some employers may consider providing testing for their own employees, including where they do not currently have symptoms, to prevent transmission in the workplace.
How should an employer deal with annual leave requests where the employee would be required to quarantine after travelling abroad?
Under coronavirus (COVID-19) control measures in place from 8 June 2020, people arriving in the UK from abroad will be required to self-isolate for 14 days (with some limited exceptions). If an employee requests annual leave to travel abroad in circumstances that would require them to self-isolate on their return, the employer should consider whether or not this period of quarantine can be accommodated.
Many who are self-isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic have felt pressure to use this time to be productive—learn a new language, clean the house, or bake a loaf of sourdough daily.
Seeing so many social media posts about projects people are working on can make it feel like if you're not using this time to complete your own masterpiece, you're wasting an opportunity or not doing quarantine “right,”. Do you ever feel like that?
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is calling up 3,000 reservists to help in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic (April 2020). How does mobilisation work and what employment protections are in place? Below some more information relating to employment of reservist.
Get more out of working from home
Most of us are now working from home on a regular basis and for some for the first time. While this can bring a range of challenges, there are things you can do to adapt.
Small and medium-sized employers (SMEs), which have fewer than 250 employees, will be able to recover Coronavirus-related employee statutory sick pay (SSP) when the government launches a new online service on 26 May 2020.
It is a shame that after all the planning for the 75th anniversary for VE (Victory in Europe) Day, that celebrations will turn out to be very different (it is thought that all former VE Day plans will be moved to be celebrated on the weekend of the 15-16 August, to coincide with VJ Day – which commemorates the surrender of Imperial Japan during World War II).