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There have been many things that I have missed since we were put into lockdown on the 5th of January. I have put together a short summary of what I am going to enjoy as the UK begins easing the lockdown.

As a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, I am eager to share their campaign to make flexible working a right from day one of employment.

Last Thursday our colleague Tom Hill lead our Lunch and Learn session.  We looked at the story of recruitment since COVID and we were once again grateful to be active in the sectors that we work in. The session helped us to realise how much we’d adapted our ways of working in the last year and highlighted the importance of continuing to build strong connections.   

It can be a real struggle to get your steps in while working from home. Many of us rely on the gym to get our exercise, but with them being closed we have to look elsewhere to get some physical activity.

Regular exercise has been shown to not only help us physically but also mentally. That is why we are trying to promote getting out and exercising while working from home. We are giving the ‘Steps Challenge’ a go. So how does it work?

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – BEIS has announced that it is seeking views on ways of reforming post-termination non-compete clauses in employment contracts.

Such clauses are used to restrict an individual’s ability to work for a competing business, or to establish a competing business for a specific period of time after they leave.

The current husband and I are fast approaching our 30th wedding anniversary. We usually mark Valentine’s Day with a meal out but of course we are all having to improvise at home with the help, in our case, of the ubiquitous Dine in for 2. The dishwasher is on the blink so it’s a win win! Instead of exchanging cards and gifts, this year we’ve decided to make a charitable donation and I asked my colleagues for recommendations for a local charity. Lockdown has been so difficult and referrals for support and counselling have increased by around 30%. Our family members have had the benefit of such support. We therefore decided to donate to Mersey Counselling (MCTC).

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As the youngest of 4 siblings, I continue to work in my 60s, as does my sister, a nurse who has resumed her career during the pandemic, and a brother who is approaching his 78th birthday this month! As a Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development) and an exponent of mature working, I am pleased to share the CIPD’s latest news on age-inclusive recruitment... 

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