Catherine French talks to Mary Quinn, Director Human Resources at Murgitroyd about adapting the business and how colleagues have gone above and beyond to support each other during the pandemic.
I think this is a difficult one to answer as I do not have first hand knowledge of female colleagues having been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. It is still viewed that most women have the bulk of childcare/caring arrangements but from our experience there was a fairly even split of female/male colleagues needing adjusted hours over the period to help out over the various lockdowns.
Understanding and managing conflicting advice e.g. don't wear masks/you must wear masks / who should isolate/quarantine and for how long. Keeping staff informed, reassured and supported particularly when staff members or their families were suffering from COVID, the speed of adapting to changes for the business closing, opening, closing etc. Positives have been the unity of our colleagues pulling together and helping each other, whether that's from a work perspective or socially on the virtual initiatives introduced over the past year, many of which will remain beyond the pandemic.
Don't question everything and trust your instinct more even in the unknown.
Flexibility to actually work from home without guilt.
A sit down meal with friends in a lovely restaurant in town with a large glass of white wine and not having to fill out surveys on the pandemic.