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Guide launched to help businesses successfully manage home and office working

22 October 2021

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A new guide has been launched by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) outlining six practical principles to support remote and hybrid working...

COVID-19 has challenged us to rethink our working models with an emphasis shift towards safety, social distancing, flexibility and redesigning office spaces to accommodate hybrid working environments.

With cases back on the rise, remote and hybrid working has become the new normal with many businesses and employees adopting this new way of working successfully. However, like with most things, there are always challenges to overcome with introducing and delivering new practices.

Therefore to support Northern SMEs business owners with the management of remote working of their employees, whether full-time or in a hybrid model, UCLan have produced a Icon for pdf Remote and Hybrid Working Principles Guide for SMEs [1.53MB].

The guide has been developed to assist employers with the successful management of remote working with regards to providing support around the productivity and the health and wellbeing of employees.

Professor Sue Smith, Director of the Centre for SME Development commented:

"On behalf of colleagues at UCLan and across the partnership of Northern Universities, I am delighted to launch this guide of hybrid working principles for SMEs. Underpinned with rigorous and extensive research on the impact of Covid on SMEs, these principles are designed to provide practical support and solutions to SMEs. Additionally, the research is feeding into policymakers on how to level up the North/South divide and the crucial role of SMEs in this."

About the guide

The principles set out in the guide are underpinned with rigorous research, which looked at the impact of the pandemic on SMEs, as part of the 'Phoenix Project'. This project was carried out by the Centre for SME Development (Professor Sue Smith), the Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment (Dr Adrian Wright and Dr Gemma Wibberley) and the Research Centre for Business, Management and Enterprise (Professor Phil Whyman and Dr Alina Petrescu) at the UCLan. The guide is also endorsed by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

Wider business support

For wider business support around areas such as business development, start ups, recruitment and finance more see business support.

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