Webinar: Harnessing a hybrid working model
Listen to this Barbour EHS webinar, on-demand.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced employers to rethink the way they work overnight and trust in their staff to get the job done from home. However, despite initial scepticism, this spontaneous remote working experiment has, in many cases, proved infinitely more successful than expected – with many employers having concluded that it works. In fact, large employers such as Nationwide and Santander have already announced branch closures.
Given the tangible organisational benefits, including reduced overheads and recruitment that is no longer geographically confined, it is hardly surprising that, according to Forbes, one-third of HR leaders expect at least 40% of their staff to work primarily from home post-pandemic.
However, others warn that companies may regret jumping on the remote work bandwagon due to the potential impact on the quality of teamwork and collaboration. Some even argue that any perceived increase in productivity/performance that may result from flexible working is likely to be exaggerated due to companies’ difficult financial circumstances brought on by the pandemic.
During this free seminar, we will explore how you can make hybrid working work for your business in a compliant manner and, help you to consider whether it’s the right model for you.
Hosted by Ellis Whittam’s Head of Team and Solicitor, Jane Hallas, Regional Health & Safety Manager, Oliver Williams and Stephanie Robinson, Director of HR Consultancy from their partners at Law at Work, this 1-hour interactive session covers:
- How to ensure alignment with your organisational values, aims and objectives;
- Key considerations for employers;
- Why one size does not fit all;
- Practical suggestions;
- Legal considerations;
- Does Health & Safety still apply;
- What equipment do you have to provide and;
- What does the law say from a Health & Safety perspective
With businesses already developing their plans for the post-pandemic workplace, it is vital that you are well prepared to deal with an influx of flexible working requests and know how to manage concerns confidently and compliantly.
Jane Hallas, Head of Team & Solicitor, Ellis Whittam Limited
With over 20 years of experience and more than a decade spent at Ellis Whittam, Jane Hallas is not only a veteran in the field but also one of our longest serving team members.
Since joining us in 2008, Jane has climbed through the ranks and undertaken a series of different roles, serving first as a Senior Adviser, then progressing to Principal Adviser.
Today, she proudly stands as Head of our Education and Charities Team, leading a team of 12 people. Having trained and worked extensively as a solicitor but also boasting experience in lecturing and consulting, Jane brings a range of skills and expertise to Ellis Whittam.
Charles Spencer, Principal Health & Safety Consultant, Ellis Whittam Limited
Starting his career in both the public and private sectors of environmental health, Charles joined Ellis Whittam in 2012 as a Health & Safety Consultant and has since supported a diverse portfolio of clients, from large catering suppliers to school trusts and large manufacturing operations.
Since joining the Health & Safety Team, Charles has progressed to the role of Principal Health & Safety Consultant. A Chartered Member of IOSH and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), Charles’ specialisms include food safety, enforcement liaison and training.
In 2019, Charles began a volunteer role as the CIEH representative for the BSI committee for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, which he fulfils alongside his current role.
Stephanie Robinson, Director of HR Consultancy, Law at Work
Stephanie is a HR professional with a Masters in HR specialising in Employment Law. Stephanie is highly pragmatic with a deep commercial understanding of business needs and is especially proficient at balancing employment legislation and HR best practice to achieve the best client solutions.
In nine years of advising over 500 clients she had never lost an employment tribunal claim. Stephanie’s focus is delivering full-service HR solutions to clients, from recruitment and on-boarding, to day-to-day comms and employee management, policy and employment contract creation Stephanie remains focused on solving client’s HR problems.
Teresa Higgins, Brand Director, Barbour EHS (Moderator)
As Head of Barbour EHS, Teresa is continuously working with Health, Safety, Environmental, Estate’s and Facilities professionals to develop services that help and support busy roles.
Teresa has worked for Barbour for a total of 30 years and been instrumental in the success of the business over that period.
She has been in this current position since 2014 and previously also held roles at CCH UK, now known as Croner and IHS.
Susanne Slade, Head of New Business, Barbour EHS
Susanne Slade is Head of New Business Sales and has worked for Barbour for 9 years. In that time Susanne has developed the new sales strategy to ensure the team have a true understanding of the complex issues facing you as industry professionals.
In understanding your needs, Susanne and the team work endlessly to develop bespoke solutions to suit individual requirements.
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