UK Employers Resources
As a result of these unprecedented times, The Mandy Team has created a dedicated resources page for employers, providing a wide range of information and support material to help your business run as smoothly as possible during lockdown! Here you will find useful material from the government, information on how your tax may be affected, resources to help you manage your employees’ workload and mental well-being and much more.
Information, Support and Claiming Funds
Stay on top of developments in the industry and remain informed with the latest updates from the Government, information on claiming funds for your business and more.
There is an abundance of support from the UK Government to business owners during this climate. Their website hosts a lot of useful information and support, including: loans, cash grants and tax relief, your responsibilities as an employer, how to run your business safely, claiming wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and more. Find out more here.
The UK Government provides the most up-to-date information and guidance for employers and professionals including but not limited to financial support, paying employees, support for the self-employed and much more. To find out more, please visit the page here. The UK Gov has also provided information on HMRC’s new tax helpline to assist businesses concerned about paying their tax due to the pandemic.
CIPD is the professional body for HR and people development. Their aim is to drive positive change in the world of work. During these challenging times, they have created resources to help employers navigate through the pandemic, including how to stay informed and prepared as well as CIPD’s brand new employer response guide. Visit their website to find out more.
Representing over 40,000 staff, contract and freelance workers in the media and entertainment industries, Bectu is the union for creative ambition. They continue to support in any way they can during these trying times. They have created a page dedicated to providing useful information and resources for their members, including the Self-employment Income Support Scheme, how to access benefits, advice for those who are self-employed and more. Visit the page here for more information.
The UK Film and TV Charity continue to help the lives of film, TV and cinema professionals. Created in partnership with the BFI, their COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund provides one-off grants from £500 to £2,500 to active workers in film, TV and cinema facing significant financial hardship as a result of the current pandemic. Applications will close on the 22nd April. You can find out more information on the fund here.
Additional Content for Employers
While we are all self-isolating, many businesses remain open. Here we have provided useful material on how your business can stay on top of employee well-being, productivity and more.
*NEW* ScreenSkills is an industry-led skills body for the UK film and TV industries, ensuring professionals and the sector have the skills and talent they need. They have launched their new and free online training module: Coronavirus Basic Awareness on Production Training. This module is designed for freelancers and crew, highlighting their personal responsibility in reducing the risk of coronavirus and preparing them for the safety measures productions are taking. You can find out more about it here.
CIMA aims to help individuals and businesses succeed by harnessing the full power of management accounting. They are looking to help those professionals adapting their work patterns, with a handy page with tips on how to work remotely. From establishing work-life boundaries to implementing a work routine, this will help you to improve your remote-work situation. Check out their tips here.
Established to promote the relief and rehabilitation of those living with agoraphobia and associated anxiety disorders, Anxiety UK continues to provide support for those who need it. Visit their dedicated page here that provides a whole host of support for you, your colleagues or employees in need of help. You can read blogs on how to cope, as well as access webinars if you require a more personal support system.
A recent report found that only 25% of HR professionals believed managers were able to spot the early warning signs of mental ill-health, and this was before the current pandemic began. It is imperative that employers understand the pressures their employees may currently be under and are able to provide the necessary help. You can find a lot more information on this topic and how you can help your employees here.
For companies that do not regularly operate under remote working conditions, the task of keeping employee morale up and ensuring everyone stays connected can pose its difficulties. You can find great advice on how to combat this here, including relaxing policies and guidelines for improving communication procedures.
It can be tricky to remain connected with colleagues and employees during these unprecedented times, especially if your team has not historically operated under remote conditions. Check out this great list of fun virtual team building activities, guaranteed to bring everyone together! With remote campfires and tasting sessions, you can find a whole host of inspiration here on how to keep your team connected.
Acas (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) works with millions of employers and employees every year to improve workplace relationships. During the current climate, they have created a useful page that focuses on advice for employers and employees. You can find out more information here, including self-isolation and sick pay, temporary closure of workspaces and more.