How to prepare your teams for returning to work after months of furlough or redundancy?

A quarter of the UK workforce has been put on furlough, and as announced in the March 3rd Spring Budget, this has been extended until September 2021.

While employee wellbeing has become a top priority, employees are now facing lockdown burnout and as businesses prepare to bring their teams back, the workplace will never be the same. The environment has changed, the way teams work has changed and employers are faced with hybrid options to find solutions that work-around working in these new conditions.

Some industries have been impacted disproportionately, those in the leisure, retail, and hospitality sectors are some of the worst affected with 80 per cent of workers in the sector now being paid their wages by the government. 

HR professionals responded extremely quickly to the first lockdown because they had no choice and the results were very positive. By offering employees flexible working hours and giving them more control of when online team meetings can take place, employees have been able to get to grips with how they can make home working the best possible fit for themselves.

The adage stands that ‘people buy from people’ and Sarah’s clients are drawn to her calm and competent approach. They are usually family-owned or owner-run small businesses who haven’t the budget or demand for a full-time HR department.

As we now start to see light at the end of the lockdown tunnel and an exit roadmap provides a timeline for bringing people back to work, businesses are faced with new challenges in how to reintegrate the new office / workplace environment.

Sarah Seastron from Clockwork HR Ltd in Skipton is one of our Podcast guests helping you prepare the way on how people can get back to work after months spent in limbo.

Send your question for Sarah here:…/skipton-business-support/

A Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD), Sarah Seastron set up Clockwork HR in 2008. Keen to develop her individualistic flair for people management, the scope of Sarah’s skills has stood her in good stead as she has helped business owners and managers to handle their HR issues.

Clockwork HR provides outsourced HR support to SME’s working in a range of industries from building merchants, retail, professional services, start ups, charities and many more. HR support can be provided on an ad hoc basis or a retainer basis. Advice provided is professional, commercial and practical.

Clockwork HR can assist with keeping your business on track with regards to employment law, assist with staff issues such as disciplinary/grievance/sickness absence, performance managing staff and engaging staff.

“Skipton Business Support” is a new series of podcasts launched by Skipton BID Ltd. in collaboration with Rombalds Radio to offer local businesses free access to an array of expert advice. The series addresses the challenges businesses and individuals are faced with in the transition out of lockdown and navigating the post-pandemic landscape.

Businesses and individuals can write in anonymously or under a company name, and questions will be answered by a panel of experts drawn from local businesses and thought leaders in Craven and North Yorkshire.

Skipton businesses are invited to submit the questions they’d like answered via a dedicated podcasts page on Rombalds Radio. (