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Making redundancies? How do you help employees on the way out?

It’s a tough time for HR. Every day we hear of more companies forced by the Coronavirus pandemic to reduce their workforce, make redundancies or furlough staff.  HR professionals are often at the coal face of difficult organisational change, rolling out challenging HR procedures and facilitating tricky, but necessary conversations with colleagues. This is the tough side to the profession, delivering bad news to those on the receiving end of redundancy or job change can be difficult to manage positively. A gloomy outlook on the current labour market can leave those affected uncertain of finding alternative employment.

To tackle this, career development experts at WorkClever Careers have launched a remote Employee Career Support Triage service in partnership with organisations, to pick up the critical personal support for employees at the point where the company has to leave.

A one-to-one video call with a qualified career coach, provides a friendly, professional ear and a qualified helping hand to offer timely and effective careers advice, guidance and information to affected individuals. Using a solution focused approach, Employee Career Support Triage helps employees to positively manage change to their personal work situation and is tailored to each individual to provides practical advice and guidance around coping with change and finding new work.   

An employee facing redundancy explains, “I was feeling quite down about losing my job, so this couldn’t have come at a better time – the session really helped me get things off my chest, put things into perspective and I do feel a lot more hopeful now. I found the job searching and CV advice very useful, as it’s been a while since I have had to look for another job”

Founder and Lead Coach at WorkClever Careers, Zoe Hendricks comments, “Helping employees on the way out can enable HR professionals to truly offer independent and professional support to those that need it. Businesses who support employees at this most vulnerable time can positively manage organisational workforce change and protect their valuable employer brand”.

Discover more about the Employee Career Support Triage service or contact careers@workclever.co.uk 

WorkClever Careers provide expert careers advice, information, guidance and coaching for individuals who need to solve a career dilemma. If you are an individual who needs some careers support, find out more about how we can help you or get in touch now.

WorkClever Launches Covid-19 Career Support Service for Employees

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, WorkClever Career Coaching have launched a career support service to help organisations positively manage unplanned career changes for their employees. 

It is, without doubt, an unsettling time for us all right now. Many people across the UK face job loss, work or financial uncertainty. Organisations at the coal face of this epidemic have been catapulted into sudden and unwanted situations, which left very little time to prepare. Many businesses have had little choice than to adapt very quickly to design and deliver workforce change, roll out redundancy initiatives or deal with the strange, twilight-zone-world of ‘furlough’.

Confused, uncertain and worried employees

People within these organisations are dealing with unexpected change to their work situation through furlough, redundancy or illness. Vulnerable employees in self isolation have no choice but to cut off from the safety of their colleagues and usual work environments. Many individuals are feeling confused, uncertain and worried about what lies ahead.

A friendly, listening ear and helping hand

To support these organisations and the people affected, WorkClever Careers are providing a career support service to enable businesses to offer an extra tier of support to employees facing change, uncertainty or redundancy.

The support service connects individuals through video or telephone with a professional career coach offering a friendly listening ear and helping hand, to provide a wellbeing check and careers information, advice, and guidance to address obstacles employees may encounter during periods of change at work. 

Organisations who offer this service can protect their employer brand, boost morale and support positive organisational change, whilst truly supporting employees who are left to cope with job change, redundancy or uncertainty.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help your organisation, contact us at:

careers@workclever.co.uk 

Helping your kids to make good career decisions

As a mum of two boys – one at secondary school and the other at college, I understand how tough making decisions around what to do after they leave school can be for them. As luck would have it.. I’m a qualified careers adviser, so my two are particularly fortunate in that sense. However, if I didn’t do this job, I know I would have felt very unsure how to truly help them to understand all of their options and make well informed decisions. So, where do you start to support your kids with the right career advice? Here’s a link to a blog I wrote recently for Ideas4Careers, a fantastic organisation I am associated to in my work at secondary schools. Here, I suggest where you might want to start if you are keen to help your own children make good career decisions Read it now .

If you or your child are feeling a little unsure or stuck with leaving school, sixth form or college, or career and study choices, I do offer private careers advice and guidance sessions for your child or you (or both of you together).

In the session I help your child to:

  • Understand all of the education and career opportunities open to them and what they mean for their future career
  • Think about what to study and careers that may suit them based on their preferences, skills and interests
  • Know how to take effective next steps in applications to college, sixth form, apprenticeships or university
  • Make well considered, personalised and well-informed decisions about their career and education after leaving school (and as a parent, you feel confident that they can do this for themselves!)

Click here for more..

Special Giveaway for National Work Life Week 2019

*GIVEAWAY* *PRIZE DRAW* To celebrate National Work Life Week on 7th – 11th October, I am GIVING AWAY a career boosting, change making, one-to-one career coaching package, (which consists of 2 x full 1 hour career coaching sessions with me personally – to 3 lucky people – COMPLETELY FREE! With absolutely no obligation whatsoever 🙂 So if you are ready for change and one of these feels familiar to you:

*Feeling fed up at work and ready for something new, but don’t know where to start

*Looking for a job which offers you some kind of flexible working, but can’t see anything advertised

*Getting interviews… but not the job

* CV needs some TLC so it works harder to get you interviews

*Out of work and ready to get back on track

*Looking for promotion

*Want a happier work-life fit

Then click on the giveaway link below! What are you waiting for… Wishing you the best of luck! X https://mailchi.mp/91aa7dbfa50f/coachinggiveawayworklife  

#workclever #worklifeweek

Top 10 job sites for flexible or part-time jobs

10 great job sites to find flexible or part-time jobs in the UK

It can be a tricky old game searching for decent part-time or flexible jobs. I fear there may be an art to avoiding the tidal wave of ‘work from home’ schemes you can be bombarded with… and no, we don’t all want be a ‘homebased client acquisition advisor’ either (obvs.. cold calling telesales).

So, I’ve come to the rescue and trawled through the chaos for you to find the top websites where you can find real/proper/good old fashioned employed part-time, flexible working and remote working (work from home) job adverts.. yay! Granted, there are 3 clear market leaders here, but even they do not make it easy for you to find yo flex… so I compiled a list of neat little links direct to the source of the vacancies… thank me later peeps..

http://www.workfromhomecareers.co.uk

https://www.totaljobs.com/jobs/part-time/

www.indeed.co.uk/part-time-jobs

www.reed.co.uk/jobs/part-time-jobs

https://www.totaljobs.com/jobs/flexible-working/

http://www.indeed.co.uk/flexible-working-jobs

www.reed.co.uk/jobs/flexible-working-jobs

www.timewisejobs.co.uk

https://www.totaljobs.com/jobs/remote-working

www.indeed.co.uk/remote-working-jobs

www.reed.co.uk/jobs/remote-working-jobs

www.workingmums.co.uk

Know of any other job sites that are flex friendly? Let me know and I’ll add it the list.

Want more of my career coach insider tips and techniques on how to bag your next brilliant flexible or part-time job and create your career happy – sign up now for my email updates and never miss a trick! AND as a special little gift FREE for you – receive my essential guide ‘5 clever tips to find your next flexible or part-time job’ tip sheet and planner! Sign up NOW..

Sending positive vibes for the quest for flex.. love to hear how you get on.

Zoe #workclever

Calculate how much unpaid work you do at home.. Unless you are #MrsHinch, you might be surprised..

Fed by data from the Office for National Statistics, this handy little tool allows you to calculate the value in pounds and pence. Have a little go, it’s all good fun.. or is it? If you are a working mum, perhaps not.. the division of domestic labour still lies predominantly in your hands, with a recent survey showing 60% of women at work stating they are lead carer in the family, as opposed to only 7% of men at work (BITC, 2018). *sadface

Dads have the same rights to ‘flex’ at work as Mums, but it seems managing this balance is still largely reserved for women. WorkClever career coaching helps these women in particular, who can often feel stuck between needing flexibility for family life and wanting more job satisfaction and career reward .. find out more here..

Calculate the value of your unpaid work