Hendrix
24 February 2021

Working from home or ‘WFH’, has for most become a regular way of working and the technology enables us to do this. It does create other challenges and the debate will continue in terms of office based working versus WFH, versus a ...

Working from home or ‘WFH’, has for most become a regular way of working and the technology enables us to do this. It does create other challenges and the debate will continue in terms of office based working versus WFH, versus a combination. Today, I am not going to discuss this but simply wanted to share the below picture of my beloved cat Hendrix!
Amongst the team Hendrix is now known as the Executive Chairman of Excel Recruitment and on a regular basis during online meetings, he will honour us with a brief appearance! His little cameos never cease to be a source of light hearted amusement and equally, I have also enjoyed seeing children and pets make brief entrances at the other end of the camera!
I hope being at home more often is a positive for Hendrix (you’d need to ask him!) but what has become clear is that his presence is often welcomed by those I am meeting. During these unusual times where we are WFH, our beloved pets have made themselves seen and often heard in our working interactions and I feel this has been a welcome and happy addition in engaging with one another on a personal level.
Whilst Hendrix is yet to make an executive decision, he’s an expert at alerting me when he is hungry or wants a cuddle!

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Cracker
24 February 2021

In keeping with the recent pets and Working From Home Covid-19 theme, today we turn to ‘Cracker’, the cheeky and beloved Lhasa apso of Della and her family!
Like so many of us during these periods of lock down, Cracker has ...

In keeping with the recent pets and Working From Home Covid-19 theme, today we turn to ‘Cracker’, the cheeky and beloved Lhasa apso of Della and her family!
Like so many of us during these periods of lock down, Cracker has been denied his long awaited and eagerly anticipated regular trim! Poor cracker has also not been able to do a DIY haircut like so many of us have attempted, some with less than favourable results, myself (Ben) included!
Thankfully, today on our morning Microsoft Teams meeting, Della explained that she was optimistic that with the gradual easing of lock down restrictions here in Jersey that the wait for Cracker might soon be over!
Below is a Before and After picture of little Cracker when he was finally able to visit the salon post 2020 lockdown!
Happy Friday everyone, we hope you all have a nice weekend!

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Returning to the 'New Norm'
20 August 2020

One of the biggest work related talking points that has arisen since the emergence of Covid-19 is remote working. The pandemic almost overnight led to vast numbers of employees, switching the office or regular place of work to home. This seismic shift for many has resulted in mixed views. For some, the option of removing a stressful commute and possibly spending more time with family has been welcomed. For others, the infrastructure of their home working environment has created challenges and for some, they simply miss the banter and physical proximity to their colleagues. What is perhaps certain however, is working practices in this regard are likely to never fully revert back to the ‘old normal’.

On this point, one related matter occurred to me on Friday 7th August, when temperatures peaked 35.3oC! The warmest day of the year in Jersey! Whilst I am a strong advocate of remote working, my current home office is in a bedroom which catches the sun all day. The heat was unbearable and it was a busy day. With this in mind, I opted to drive to the office in the afternoon to enjoy the welcome relief of the AirCon! This made me realise that whilst I wish to continue a significant amount of time by working at home, I may need to consider upgrading my temperature control system in the future. Not an insignificant investment but in the long term over many hot summers, I see as a decent return on investment!

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Return to work if COVID-19 vaccine is established.
10 July 2020

Nearly the entire workforce prefers a return to the office if a COVID-19 vaccine is established.
This was found by Office Space in Town (OSiT), who offers businesses and individuals flexible workspace solutions, that 95 per cent of ...

Nearly the entire workforce prefers a return to the office if a COVID-19 vaccine is established.
This was found by Office Space in Town (OSiT), who offers businesses and individuals flexible workspace solutions, that 95 per cent of employees would favour a return to the workplace if a COVID-19 vaccine was made. More than half (59 per cent) of these workers do desire more flexibility when they do return though.
Another interesting article from HRReview.Co.UK. Click through for full article.

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Business leaders to permanently adopt flexible working post COVID-19
16 June 2020

Research, conducted by Dale Office Interiors, a company that designs and builds office spaces, found that 71 per cent of managing directors (MDs), CEOs and business owners wish to make flexible or agile work part of their staff working ...

Research, conducted by Dale Office Interiors, a company that designs and builds office spaces, found that 71 per cent of managing directors (MDs), CEOs and business owners wish to make flexible or agile work part of their staff working week.

https://www.hrreview.co.uk/hr-news/strategy-news/business-leaders-to-permanently-adopt-flexible-working-post-covid-19/126004

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Loneliness Awareness Week
16 June 2020

Loneliness Awareness Week: heightened this year due to remote working.

As this week (15-19 June 2020) is Loneliness Awareness Week, a health and wellbeing service has outlined that people often spend the most time with their ...

Loneliness Awareness Week: heightened this year due to remote working.

As this week (15-19 June 2020) is Loneliness Awareness Week, a health and wellbeing service has outlined that people often spend the most time with their colleagues, and any changes to their work environment such as remote working or being furloughed can have a big impact on them.

Benenden Health has offered some tips on how employers can alleviate such feelings of loneliness during these times. Click on the link below to read the article.

https://www.hrreview.co.uk/focus-on-wellbeing

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