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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.
Due to and amount of change and uncertainty during the current Covid-19 crisis regular communication with employees is important from a business perspective and also to support employees’ wellbeing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
I have had the pleasure of working with SYLO since March 2018 and I honestly couldn’t think of a better team to work with. SYLO joined Breathe’s Partner Programme in 2015, since when they have offered Breathe HR as part of their retained service packages they provide to their clients. These include proactive support which enables SMEs to focus on their people, rather than admin. SYLO have achieved Breathe Gold Partner Status and in recognition of their many successes and their excellent service, they were named Breathe Partner of the Year 2019 at our annual partner conference.
The team at SYLO are all passionate about the service they provide which is fully tailored to their clients’ needs. This is one of the many reasons they stand out from the crowd. They are an absolute joy to work with (I feel like I’m an extension of their team!) and I would not hesitate to recommend their services to SMEs.”
Bethan Roles, Partner Account Manager, Breathe, Horsham
We contacted SYLO back in 2013 as a growing company in need of some HR support. Having experienced a period of fast growth we needed to take a step back and review where we were and what we needed to do to ensure we had a strong HR infrastructure from which to grow further. SYLO has proved invaluable in helping us find our way through the complexity of HR policy and procedure.
Since the initial contact, we have doubled in size and the partnership between Doig Furniture and SYLO has gone from strength to strength. They have been there every step of the way providing endless support with everything from recruitment to employment contracts to business development, and everything in between!”
Duncan Doig, Managing Director Doig Furniture, Thame
SYLO | Beyond HR. are great to work with – they listen and respond to individual needs, are challenging but supportive and are highly skilled and adaptable. Our work with them has enabled us to develop and implement a sharp, focused appraisal process, which will enable managers to be more consistent, staff to develop their professional capability in a targeted way and the school to provide competencies-based evidence of staff performance.”
Maxine Evans, Head Teacher, Rush Common Primary School, Oxfordshire
During what has proved a very trying time for most businesses, we decided to use the opportunity to rework and update all aspects of our HR & GDPR policies, as well as ensure we had solid and up to date health and safety policies.
With what can be a very daunting, and complicated set of processes, we engaged SYLO to help guide us through. We have been very impressed with the speed and attention to detail that has been demonstrated by each member of the team.”
Simon Percy, Managing Director, Little Shadow, London
Having appointed SYLO for a one-off project for our organisation we were extremely impressed by their understanding of the situation. The confidential professional manner how they approached the project, and how they gained the confidence of those taking part. Which resulted in a very comprehensive and informative report which will be of great use to us in the future, so much so, we have asked SYLO to undertake another project for us.”
Ann Midwinter, Thame
Sarah allows our business to concentrate on the jobs we set out to do, and not have to worry about the HR input with a highly professional service that she provides.”
Stuart Barr, Director Stuart Barr CDR Ltd, BarrJoinery Ltd & BarrKitchens Ltd, Thame
CEA have been working with SYLO for 3 years now. We’ve been very happy with their continued support. They are knowledgeable, professional and offer a wide range of useful services.”
Josh Axford | Head of Operations, The Centre for Effective Altruism
We are coming up to our second anniversary of using Breathe HR and I can honestly say we would be lost without it now. It’s improved our HR recording beyond measure with everything being secure in one place and no paper files!! It even helped us during the COVID pandemic, enabling us to easily distribute process change notifications, monitor furlough, sickness and even vaccination status. The massive time saver for me though is the annual leave functionality. Everything is automated and intuitive, so even our guys that aren’t especially comfortable with technology were able to pick it up quickly and now love how easy it is for them to not only book leave, but also see how much they have left, what they’ve already booked, who else is off etc. It just makes the whole process painless and I have a birds eye view of it all.”
Seana McLachlan, Office Manager, Doig Furniture
Amongst the business disruption of 2020 also came the stark reality that businesses need to act and not just speak the words of Inclusion, but support the world to become more equitable. We needed experienced support to guide these conversations within our agency and to get the whole team involved in creating change, in the way we work and the work we do. SYLO | Beyond HR was able to give guidance and clarity to create an agenda over 6 engaging workshops with 2 experienced facilitators. The work doesn’t stop there and this year we look forward to working with SYLO on developing specific training sessions and organisational process improvements.”
Lexi Clarke, Client Services Director, Action Rocket, London
Sarah and Sally from SYLO are loyal and enthusiastic supporters of Lord Williams’s School. Their involvement includes the development and delivery of a range of Sixth Form workshops with an employment-related focus, providing work experience placements, and attending the School Business Breakfast meetings. The advice and guidance that SYLO | Beyond HR provide is based on extensive business experience and specialised knowledge of people recruitment and management. When working with our students, Sally and Sarah adapt this experience to the classroom situation to successfully engage and inform our young people in their preparation for the workplace.
I am delighted with and very grateful for the support SYLO has shown Lord Williams’s School and I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with them in the coming years.”
Nicky Stallwood, Personal Development Curriculum Manager, Lord Williams’s School, Thame
As the recently appointed voluntary Commercial Director of a small-town sports club I was faced with the daunting task of establishing employment contracts with my part-time bar and catering staff, and also putting in place an HR documentation system. With the support of SYLO this has been accomplished to my total satisfaction and at a cost that I consider very reasonable. The SYLO team that I have worked with have been very fast, efficient and extremely professional and I cannot recommend them more highly.”
David Leggett, Sports Club Commercial Director, Marlow
As a small business, we outsource our HR and spent some time reviewing various options before deciding on SYLO. We’ve now been supported by their team for over two years; they have handled everything in an extremely timely and professional manner. Communication is quick and clear and regular reviews mean we stay fully compliant with all regulation. The cloud-based HR system has proved particularly helpful. I would recommend SYLO without hesitation.”
Gareth Wakefield, Chief Technical Officer, Xerion Healthcare, Bicester
We found SYLO very approachable and professional – they took the time to understand the specific needs of our business and delivered a course which has provided real assistance and focus to time management across the various elements of our business.”
Mark Pelopida | Head of Company Commercial Department (Partner), Machins Solicitors LLP, Luton
SYLO delivered on the brief by matching me with an excellent coach, Elizabeth, and someone that I trust implicitly.
The coaching is an invaluable investment of my time and enables me to step off the treadmill, re-focus and ensure that I am in the best position possible to execute my duties and add value to this fantastic business.”
Rich Blunden, Group Managing Director, Monkey Puzzle Day Nurseries, Berkhampstead
From the moment we met with SYLO to discuss our ‘blue sky thinking’ in creating an in-house Leadership Programme, we felt confident in their ability to help us deliver our vision. SYLO played an intrinsic part in the development of the 12-month Leadership Programme. As well as expertly designing and facilitating our Development Centre, they were engaged to deliver various modules and one-to-one coaching for the Leadership cohorts for the duration of the programme.
More recently, the ability for the team at SYLO to pivot from face-to-face to online training at the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic meant that we were able to continue to provide our employees with opportunities to learn and develop.
SYLO actively use feedback from training activities to adapt and improve the content and they have taken the time to get to know our business. It has been a pleasure to work with the SYLO team this past 5 years and they continue to contribute to our business success.”
Claire Madle, Training Advisor, Jonas Software, Wallingford