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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”.
Please note that the below is based on best-practice advice. It may be subject to change when official guidance from the government is released. Last updated 11th May 2020.
Consider: Flexible working requests, Work arrangements with staff who have childcare or carer responsibilities, How to support staff who are sick or have relatives who are ill
Consider: Freezing replacement or recruitment of non-critical roles, reducing commitment with outsourced partners, reducing reliance on contractors or temporary workers
Consider: Extending Furlough employees using the Job Retention Scheme Consider whether to rotate employees on furlough.
Time off for Dependents – Employees may request a period of “Time off for dependants”, although this is usually only a few days to make alternative arrangements, however in the current Covid-19 crisis it may be reasonable to allow a longer period.
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.
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.
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.
The coaching sessions I had with Sally were hugely empowering, nurturing and constructive. Sally provided a wonderful and safe space in which I could reflect on where I am and where I want to be. She helped me work through and build practical strategies, laying down a personal plan for how to progress and reach my goals. I would recommend SYLO’s services to anyone looking for a tailored and forward-thinking approach to professional and executive coaching.”
Hannah McCracken, Client Services Director – Global Management Consultancy
The wonderful support from SYLO Beyond HR has enabled us to ensure our foundations are in place to support growth, whilst also maintaining and driving the culture that is important for us to have in place. They have truly worked in partnership with us and provide consistent support to help us drive priorities forward.
It’s great to have an HR partner that feels part of our team, is available for whenever something comes up and that continues to work with us as our organisation grows.”
Carolyn Hicks, Co-founder/CFO COO – Brill Power
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 – Barr Group, Thame
I found working with Sally incredibly comfortable. She helped me to define the real issues and then guided me through figuring out a solution. This resulted in a huge shift in the workload I was carrying to manageable levels, greater and welcomed empowerment for the talent in my team, and a manager (mine) who was fully up to speed on what was actually going on.”
Georgina Carey, Senior Manager – Transport For London
SYLO delivered on the brief by matching me with an excellent coach, Elizabeth, who I trust implicitly…the coaching ensures 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
We met with SYLO to discuss creating an in-house Leadership Programme and felt confident in their ability to help us deliver our vision. They designed and delivered various modules and one-to-one coaching for the Leadership.
The SYLO team pivoted from face-to-face to online training during the COVID-19 pandemic and our employees were able to continue to learn and develop. 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
SYLO | Beyond HR. are great to work with – they are challenging but supportive, highly skilled and adaptable. Together we have developed a sharp, focused appraisal process, to enable managers to be more consistent, staff to develop their professional capability, and the school to provide competencies-based evidence of staff performance.”
Maxine Evans, Head Teacher – Rush Common Primary School, Oxfordshire
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, Partner – Machins Solicitors LLP, Luton
We contacted SYLO back in 2013 as a growing company in need of some HR support. 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 our partnership with SYLO has gone from strength to strength. They have been there every step of the way providing endless support from recruitment to employment contracts, to business development, and everything in between!”
Duncan Doig, Managing Director – Doig Furniture, Thame
We are looking forward to SYLO Beyond HR helping us sustainably grow our business in 2022. Our people are at the core of our services and with SYLO’s retained support, we will be able to nurture and grow our team with the right HR frameworks in place to succeed. Exciting times ahead!”
Lexi Clarke, Agency Director – Action Rocket, London
Businesses must act and not just speak the words of inclusion but support the world to become more equitable. We needed support to guide these conversations within our agency and to get the whole team involved in creating change. SYLO | Beyond HR gave guidance and clarity to create an agenda over 6 engaging workshops with experienced facilitators. This year we look forward to working with SYLO on developing more training sessions and organisational process improvements.”
Lexi Clarke, Agency Director – Action Rocket, London
We outsource our HR and have been supported by SYLO for over two years; they have handled everything in a timely and professional manner. Communication is clear and regular reviews mean we remain 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 appointed SYLO for a one-off project. The confidential, professional manner in which they approached the project, gained the confidence of those taking part resulted in an informative report of great use to us in the future – so much so, we have asked SYLO to undertake another project for us.”
Ann Midwinter – Thame
During COVID-19, we decided to rework and update all aspects of our HR & GDPR and health and safety policies. We engaged SYLO to help guide us through what can be a very daunting, and complicated set of processes. We have been very impressed with their speed and attention to detail.”
Simon Percy, Managing Director – Little Shadow, London
Sarah and Sally from SYLO are loyal and enthusiastic supporters of Lord Williams’ School. They deliver sixth form workshops with an employment-related focus, provide work experience placements, and attend the school business breakfast meetings. Sally and Sarah adapt their experience to the classroom situation to 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
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!! The massive time-saver is the annual leave functionality, which is automated and intuitive and makes the whole process painless. I have a bird’s eye view of it all.”
Seana McLachlan, Office Manager – Doig Furniture
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
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