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gofod3 – thoughts from Darwin Gray

Published: 22/06/21 | Categories: Author: Darwin Gray

In the run-up to gofod3, one of our sponsors, Darwin Gray, gives us an overview of how their sessions will help voluntary organisations adapt to the post-Covid workplace.

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused the most significant disruption to the workplace in generations. From flexible working to the furlough scheme, there have been so many far-reaching changes which continue to have an impact today. Our Employment and HR experts understand the challenge of following and adapting to these changes and have been committed to delivering training sessions on these issues to WCVA members throughout the pandemic.

We are delighted to participate in this year’s gofod3 and deliver four training sessions which are designed to further equip those working in the voluntary sector with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the workplace in light of the challenges posed by Covid-19.

GENERAL HR UPDATE FOR 2021

As the vaccination programme continues to be rolled out and we edge slowly towards normality, many people will be concerned about what the post-Covid workplace will entail. This look at the latest HR updates will provide information on key issues such as virus testing, the vaccination of employees and the rules surrounding annual leave and employees travelling abroad.

It will also consider the potential long-term effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the increase in flexible and agile working requests and how these practices can be implemented effectively.

PROTECING WORKERS’ MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPALCE

It is more important than ever for employers to prioritise the mental health of their workforce. Having adapted to home-working over the course of the pandemic, it is understandable that many employees will feel overwhelmed at the prospect of returning to the office.

During our training session on protecting workers’ mental health, our team will explore the importance of maintaining good mental health among your workers, as well as the legal implications for failing to do so.

It will also provide practical tips on how to identify signs of poor mental health amongst staff working remotely or on furlough leave and how to support staff with their mental health during the pandemic and beyond.

BULLYING AND HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPALCE – DO’S AND DON’TS

In light of the significant increase in discrimination claims during the pandemic, we will also be delivering a training course on bullying and harassment in the workplace.

This will provide an insight into the legal principles underpinning equality and diversity in the workplace and will demonstrate how to effectively identify and manage bullying and harassment.

By referencing real life examples, it will also enable participants to understand how those legal principles apply in practice and provide them with the knowledge to enable them to contribute to a non-discriminative work culture.

GOOD GOVERNANCE – WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE, AND HOW TO ACHIEVE IT

In addition to these training sessions, we will be providing a session on effective governance in the charity sector and how to achieve it. During this, we will provide an overview of the duties and obligations of Trustees and non-executive directors in accordance with charity law, as well as an overview of how to interpret and rely on governance documents effectively.

This is therefore ideal for Trustees and non-executive directors of charities who may be uncertain of the scope of their role or how to implement effective governance in their charity or organisation. This will also be of interest to members of senior management teams within charities as it will explore the distinction between the duties of organisations’ executive teams, including their reporting obligations to the Board, and the importance of Boards in defining and endorsing overall strategies for the future.

Our training sessions are designed to be clear and accessible to all participants and will always provide practical guidance and real-life examples whenever possible. Our friendly Employment and HR experts also aim to deliver dynamic training sessions which are as interactive as possible and will always welcome any questions from participants.

ABOUT DARWIN GRAY

Darwin Gray is a commercial law firm  that works with clients from the public, private and third sectors. You can visit their website at https://www.darwingray.com/ or phone them on +44 (0)2920 829 100