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It’s a New World – The Changes to Office Practices

There’s nowt so strange as folk! (to misquote a famous saying) – Andre Bozon, SYLO Lead Trainer   We are a funny bunch, us humans.  Not one of us is identical to another.  There are always things that we like to do differently.  Don’t get me wrong, there are many similarities that we may share, and… Read more

Working From Home: The Saga Continues… by Steve Oliver

I’ve noticed a real change in people’s feedback about Working From Home (WFH). Gone are the comments about home schooling (the holidays are here!) or the freedom that WFH brings. Things have become routine and that’s not necessarily good. It’s clear there’s some fatigue settling in. This works on two levels in particular – the… Read more

Furlough Bonus Scheme

UPDATE: 01/08/2020 Details have just been published of the Furlough Bonus Scheme for those employees who have been legitimately furloughed and remain continuously employed as at 31 January 2021 All employers (including recruitment agencies and umbrella companies) can claim £1,000 for each employee legitimately furloughed provided: they earn at least £520 a month... Read more

Flexible Working – Covid-19 and Beyond

Flexible working has long been viewed as the domain of working Mums returning to work, wanting to balance childcare with earning money and still being around for their children. In the past few years we have seen a slight shift, with more employees becoming carers for sick or elderly relatives needed the flexibility to work… Read more

Now is the Best Time to Invest in Your Team

So, cards on the table, times are hard.  It seems almost everyone you speak to is either furloughed or working reduced hours.  The future is unsure.  However, there are some predictions we can make. The strong will rise One prediction is that in order to deliver our plans and grow our businesses in the next… Read more

Video Conferencing Fatigue – How to Make Video Calls Less Tiring

Well, this is an interesting place we find ourselves in. At the beginning of the year, the majority of us communicated whilst together or via the phone or email. We watched people communicating through web conferencing software and many said “well it seems to work but where would we hold these meetings from and what… Read more

Self-Employment Income Support & Coronavirus Retention Scheme

This is the latest information released by the Government giving further details of the furlough scheme changes. Also included is the details of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. We hope you will find it helpful. Impact of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme so far: As of midnight on 16 August 2020, 2.7 million claims had… Read more

22nd May 2020 – COVID-19 Employers Update

It’s been a busy few weeks with the Government’s announcement of the return back to work and updated guidance to the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme (CJRS) and detailed below are some of the key changes. Holiday and furlough confirmed The Government has now confirmed that employers can ask an employee to take holiday while on… Read more

Homeworking – This is all New to Us – 7 Tips to help!

In light of the current circumstances we are working in, we are frequently being asked what does the law say in relation to managing home workers and ensuring their safety when using Display Screen Equipment (DSE).  Many organisations are looking to continue working in a similar manner after lockdown.  How can we ensure the safety… Read more

Factors Surrounding Our Return to Work

Finally, we can see the light – André Bozon, Lead Trainer with SYLO Associates So, the plans are coming to return to work. Finally, we are all seeing some light at the end of the tunnel, but let’s not get too excited just yet. Yes, there is some control over the virus but there is much… Read more

The Importance of Wellbeing at Work Right Now

  Mental Health Awareness Week takes place this year beginning on 18th May.  In 2020 we will start that week having experienced at least 6 weeks of being in “lockdown”.       For many, our life and work experience changed significantly on 23rd March when lockdown began and for others, life is changed forever. … Read more

HMRC Webinars – Book Your Place Now

The Government & HMRC have published a range of online webinars in support of people, employers and businesses.  These new LIVE interactive webinars give you the opportunity to ask questions using the on-screen text box. These sessions are very popular, so book your place now: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme: supporting businesses and employers dealing with… Read more

The New Normal

  Do you fear change? The word “change”.  A verb that entices very different reactions from people.  Use the word with some and they get excited but, for others, this word can be frightening.  Why?  Well, it can be down to someone’s predisposition or, indeed, down to their history.  Think about it; what did change… Read more

Successful Team Leadership during Lockdown

Who remembers the school summer holidays of our youth? Seven weeks of unbridled fun, where you may have had to do a temporary job and a bit of housework, but otherwise your time was your own. It was your time to go out with friends, enjoy a romance, do the things that you wanted to… Read more

Furlough claim portal is now open – 20th April 2020

The Claim Portal is NOW OPEN The Government have made available information about how and when to access the system to claim for Furlough employees with some more information about what you will need to have ready before the system goes live. They are also updating employers on an important change to the scheme relating… Read more

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) – FAQs

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) – FAQs – Latest update 29th June 2020 SYLO Associates can support and provide advice and guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and can help you to navigate through the process and provide the necessary templates for your use. Full guidance was issued on 26 March 2020, and subsequently… Read more

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (Furlough)

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended to 30 June 2020 SYLO Associates can support and provide advice and guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and can help you to navigate through the process and provide the necessary templates for your use. Full guidance was issued on Thursday 26th March 2020, and this is our summary. … Read more

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Extended to 31.10.2020

The coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended to the 31st October 2020 Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500 New flexibility will be introduced from August to get employees back to work and boost economy… Read more

Managing Remote Teams Well

Recent events have brought about many changes for businesses with a large number of people working from home.  For a business this means thinking about how to create a new way of managing a team remotely.  For some organisations this is “business as usual” and for others this is new territory, but we can learn… Read more

COVID-19 – Employer Updates

SYLO Associates intends to provide practical and straightforward advice for your business and your people during this Coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 is unprecedented, and to help your business continue trading, we are providing links to the information you will require to keep up to date with the latest government and specialist health advice.  We are publishing Employers… Read more

Coronavirus (COVID-19): employer response guide – (CIPD – 18.03.20)

What should employers be doing in the current situation? Organisations should focus on planning and prevention with both urgency and calm. Do what you can to immediately protect staff and to plan for possible disruptions if things escalate. The latest Government advice is that people should work from home wherever possible so you should take… Read more

17th March 2020 – Covid-19 – Employers Update

SYLO Associates advice for employers to manage Coronavirus (Covid-19) The new coronavirus disease, officially named COVID-19, has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. As the virus continues to spread extensively, it’s likely to pose a significant challenge to many organisations. Latest news The Government has announced that the UK has now moved… Read more

Coronavirus – the latest updates

For the latest updates from the CIPD and the Government on the Covid-19 situation Tax helpline to support businesses affected by coronavirus covid-19 Getting Homeworking right – CIPD update – 17th March 2020 Coronavirus: Three days more sick pay for self-isolating workers Workers will get statutory sick pay from the first day off work, not… Read more

4th March 2020 – Covid-19 – Employers Update

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation escalates SYLO Associates decided a business and employee focused update would be useful. This update includes useful links to the ACAS, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and CIPD detailed information. For the latest updates click here Useful contacts UK Government – Coronavirus: latest information and advice  UK Government – Foreign travel… Read more

Webinar: GDPR for Recruitment

“GDPR for Recruitment Free Webinar” is our  3rd co-hosted webinar with databasix. Sally and Kellie discussed whether or not your ‘recruitment campaign is GDPR compliant’.     If you are responsible for recruitment within your company, have you ever considered the following: how certain are you that your recruitment processes and systems are GDPR compliant? are you… Read more

World Menopause Awareness Day – Turning back the clock….

With an increasing percentage of women in the workplace, World Menopause Day 2019 on Friday 18th October raises awareness that this is no longer something that women should suffer in silence. For every ten women experiencing menopausal symptoms, six say it has a negative impact on their work. The CIPD is asking all employers to… Read more

Wear Red for Show Racism the Red Card Day

SYLO Associates are supporting Wear Red for Show Racism the Red Card Day on Friday 18th October 2019. #WRD19   Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism education charity, established in 1996. They are working daily in schools throughout England, Scotland & Wales delivering anti-racism workshops to more than 50,000 young people every year, while… Read more

Diverse Workforce? Is Your Business Ready for the Future World of Work?

There has never been a time when the UK’s workforce has been more diverse. Encompassing different working patterns, part timers and remote working to name but a few. With all this to contend with, it is no wonder that employers whilst viewing their employees as individuals sometimes tend to treat them all the same. Maybe… Read more