COVID-19 has changed the way we feel

Whichever way we look at it COVID-19 has changed the way we think and feel about many things, including our wellbeing.

We have experienced the destructive effects of stress and uncertainty and recognise that our very core has been changed, possibly forever. The things we could always rely on, like the NHS, have been totally overwhelmed.

While unexpected, the pandemic has allowed us the time to reflect on what is really important, what we want and, most certainly, what we do not want. Home working has changed the way we look and think about our future needs, lifestyle and any previous employment location limitations no longer exist, thanks to an evolving remote world.

That is possibly why almost two million employees have decided to make the change, to look for a new job or career that meets their revised goals and aspirations.  A poll of 4,000 workers by Aviva found 60% planned to make changes such as switching careers, learning a new skill or finding a new role within their existing organisation, all as a result of the pandemic.

So what can employers do to mitigate the challenges of talent shortages and redefine the employee experience? Whatever it is, it needs to be effective and sustainable.

With employers competing to attract the best talent offering health and wellbeing as part of their rewards strategy, some even offering hairdressing or massages, it may be time for all to review their own strategy to ensure they offer the right mix of financial as well as support.  One thing is for sure if employers want to win the war for talent, they can no longer ignore this area of reward.

If you are interested in adapting your rewards package to align with employees’ evolving needs contact Cindy Slade on 01202 718400 or email cslade@lewisinvestment.co.uk

Aqua Blandford LLP – Fully Subscribed

A very attractive Grade 2 listed building situated in arguably the strongest location in Blandford and comprising one of the best configured stores, with an excellent frontage and a well-proportioned rectangular floor plate of circa 1,562 sq ft at ground, with a further 844sq ft and 855sq ft at first and second floors respectively.

PLEASE NOTE: The attached prospectus is no longer valid and is for illustration purposes only.

Aqua Deep Blue LLP – Fully Subscribed

This is an excellent opportunity to buy a well located, long established fish and chip shop investment in the ever popular town of Lymington.

The Grade 2 Listed property is very well located for its use, being close to the cobbles and Old Town Quay allowing it to benefit from demand from tourists, whilst also having on street parking to the front, making it accessible for those coming by car.

PLEASE NOTE: The attached prospectus is no longer valid and is for illustration purposes only.

BC Club Taxi

“I do a lot of work for charity, mate!”

 

Tim Lewis and Lee van Hoyland of Lewis Investment with David Chapman and Steve Wells of DWP Housing Partnership.

The younger members of our audience may find that title a little bemusing, search YouTube for Smashie and Nicey, and it certainly gives away our average age!

Anyway, it’s a lie. We know we could do more and that is why we have donated £500 to the BC Club driving challenge; David Chapman and Steve Wells of DWP Housing Partnership brought the taxi to our offices to convince us to contribute!

The BC Club started as a group of lads getting together to have a good time, whilst also doing something positive to help those less fortunate. For this "Top Gear" style challenge each club member will be charged £250 to drive a taxi, adorned with logos from member’s businesses, for one week covering a minimum of 150 miles. They are not allowed to drive any other form of transport during their time or they will be ‘fined’ extra money to go to charity. Let’s hope there are no weddings!

Sadly the taxi isn’t for hire!

Their aim is to raise funds of £15,000 in aid of Variety Wessex, who provide support for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children. The funds raised will enable them to provide mobility aids, Sunshine Coaches and fun events and days out for children and young people in the region.

So here is the important bit. The taxi will become a common sight across the conurbation until Christmas so if you see it give them a toot and if you are feeling generous why not donate to this worthy cause

Tim Lewis and Steve Wells

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