I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a year we will never forget!
From leaving the EU to the first lockdown in March, loo roll panic-buying to Tiger King, the pubs reopening and then it all ending in tiers, thortful have rounded up 2020 in cards.. I have included some of the designs below.
The full designs can be viewed at: https://www.thortful.com/blog/2020-in-cards/
New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, many pet owners are worried about the impact fireworks will have on their pets.
Julie is calling for a review of firework regulations to protect animals from harm. Her petition has now amassed 750,00 signatures and won support from MPs. She hopes the campaign can win if the public keeps the pressure up now – will you help by adding your name?
756,028 have signed Julie Doorne’s petition. Let’s get to 1,000,000!
Fireworks can cause serious distress to animals. They don’t only suffer psychologically, but also physically as many attempt to run away from, or hide from, the bangs. With extreme noise levels and people being able to let off fireworks any time of year, it’s difficult for those who care for animals to be able to put measures in place to protect their animals.
This is why I’m calling for an urgent review of firework regulations to further restrict their use, as a step to preventing needless animal suffering.
Around 40% of dogs are fearful of loud noises such as fireworks, meaning thousands of animals’ lives are made a misery by random fireworks, some starting in early October in the run up to Guy Fawkes night and continuing until the following January.
Every year the RSPCA receives hundreds of calls about the terrible effect fireworks are having on animals – not just dogs and cats, but other pets, livestock and wildlife. There are also frequent reports of horses harming themselves by crashing into stable doors and over fences. These poor animals don’t understand what is causing the loud bangs and bright flashes.
The 2003 Fireworks Act and the 2004 Fireworks Regulations don’t do enough to protect animals. We urgently need a review of fireworks regulations that should consider:
Restricting private use (not just purchase) of fireworks to traditional dates such as November 5th, New Year’s Eve, Chinese New Year and Diwali.
Reducing the maximum permitted decibels for private use fireworks from 120, which is above the human pain threshold, to 97.
Requiring all public fireworks displays to be licensed.
Requiring fireworks packaging to be labelled indicating the noise level, to allow consumer choice.
In January 2018, the Government set up the Office for Product Safety and Standards after two Parliamentary debates, about the negative impact of fireworks, many months on, there has been little movement on this issue.
When it comes to fireworks, animals need protecting. Please sign my petition calling for an urgent review into firework regulations as a step to minimise distress in animals.
To sign petition go to ….
To Boris Johnson, Gareth Davies MP & Coun Martin Hill
I am writing to you as a concerned mother of 3 children at primary school in Grantham,.
I am constantly hearing of rising cases and deaths in my area and nationally due to a new strain of Covid-19…yet I am disgraced to hear that, yet again, government officials have ignored SAGE, the scientists who have expert knowledge on this virus.
SAGE have stated today, 30th December 2020, that unless the Country is put on a full lockdown we will see yet more AVOIDABLE deaths, it seems this has been completely ignored by government officials who I believe are now playing god with my children’s lives.
We are continuously hearing that this new strain is affecting children more, yet my area (Lincolnshire) has only been placed in tier 4, which, evidence shows, is making little to no difference in areas that have already been placed into this tier prior to Christmas.
Personally, I did not feel safe sending my children back to school in September but I was forced to do so, otherwise I would be subjected to fines from the local authority….if I was to directly put my children in harms way this would be deemed neglect – so how is it fair that you can make a decision, going against expert advice and guidance, putting my children at risk and this be ok??
It is simply not ok and now I’m left in a predicament as to whether I should send my children out in the open in a small classroom full of 30 children and several teachers (putting both teachers and children in harms way potentially) or facing fines.
SAGE have clearly stated that we need to be on a national lockdown as this peak is now higher than the previous peak which saw my children being kept home and safe for 6 months this year….so why are you continuing to ignore SAGE advice and putting my children and many others at risk???
I have attached screenshots of SAGE advice given to government officials today to back up my argument..
I want answers and I would appreciate it if you could give me them immediately!
Maybe you want to try something new in the new year?
Then let me help you!!
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Following the government’s decision to place the UK under a second lockdown, prospective homebuyers can look to advice from conveyancing experts to help them get moving in the current property market.
From the stamp duty holiday, to the fact that you could be settled in by the new year, there are plenty of reasons why now is a good time to move – whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, a homeowner looking for your next property or a buy to let investor.
With the property market remaining buoyant, the conveyancing experts at JMP Solicitors have highlighted the top reasons to continue your property search now.
Jacqui Harley, head of conveyancing at JMP Solicitors, said: “Since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions over the summer, the housing market has enjoyed a period of buoyancy, which is still continuing despite the second lockdown.
“Whether you’re looking to get on the property ladder, move home, buy an additional property or add to your investor portfolio, now is a good time to purchase a property in this current climate, as the market is particularly strong.
“We have compiled a list of top reasons to move now, so those who act swiftly can make the most of this window of opportunity.”
Here is the list of five reasons to move now:
1. Buying and selling property is not restricted during lockdown
Despite the recent re-closure of non-essential shops and businesses following the second lockdown, property transactions are still permitted by the government, and solicitors and estate agent firms are allowed to remain open to the public during this time.
This means that the buying and selling of properties is not restricted, and there are plenty of opportunities available on the market, should you be looking for your first home or wanting to add to your property portfolio.
Many solicitors and estate agents are operating seamlessly between working from home and still welcoming clients to their offices, and with COVID-safe measures in place, property viewings are still going ahead, so you can carry on your search.
2. Housing market is buoyant
Since the easing of COVID-19 lockdown measures over the summer, the housing market has enjoyed a reboot and that growth has continued. The housing market remains strong with homes selling quickly, even before property particulars and brochures have been prepared.
Local authorities and the HM Land Registry are also speeding up their activity and clearing backlogs from recent months, which is preventing delays.
It is worth speaking to a trusted advisor to work through the different options open to you at this time, so that you can navigate the routes best for you.
3. Stamp duty holiday is in place until March
The stamp duty holiday remains in place until March 2021, for homes up to £500,000. This makes now a great time to move, buy and put properties on the market without incurring extra costs. It is a good opportunity to get yourself on the housing market with this added incentive.
4. You could be settled by the new year
Planning your property move now means you could be settled into your home by the new year, or at least by next spring. Getting started as soon as possible ensures the festive holiday period will not delay the process any more than necessary, especially as solicitors are remaining open to streamline transactions at this time.
Buying and selling properties in a chain can often incur delays, but with the market moving rapidly thanks to increased demand, purchasing your next property may mean completion sooner than usual.
5. It is a great time to invest
The government remains keen to support the housing market as much as possible during COVID-19 restrictions, and is actively encouraging lenders to offer favourable terms, to help homebuyers and property investors secure their purchases.
As the market continues to boom house prices are going up due to demand, so if you’re considering selling your property, there is an opportunity to get more money out of it than normal, making it an excellent time to cash in on your investment and search for your next home.
Jacqui Harley is a licensed conveyancing technician and a conveyancing executive at JMP Solicitors, heading up the Residential Conveyancing department. For further advice please call Jacqui on 0800 085 9966 or email email@example.com.
- Good Move unveils tips to feng shui your home in time for the New Year
Feng shui, or the philosophy of arranging pieces in your home to create balance with the natural world, continues to be a huge interior and wellness trend.
For anyone looking to feng shui their home but have no idea where to start, below Nima Ghasri, Director at regulated property buyers, Good Move offers five simple tips to fung shei your home for 2021.
- Start with your home’s entry
In feng shui, the entry to your home represents how energy enters your home and your life, so this is a great first place to start creating good feng shui in your home. Declutter the area as much you can, add houseplants to the space and make sure the area is bright and well lit too. If you tend to use the back door to enter your home, try and use the front door more often as this will best create the best feng shui.
- Clean Your windows
In feng shui, windows symbolise our eyes – we want to be able to see everything as clear as we can, and that goes for looking out of your home too. Therefore, it’s important to ensure your windows are always as clean as can be. Instead of using cleaning products filled with chemicals, the feng shui way is to use natural cleaning solutions such as white wine vinegar and water.
- Focus on your doors
As windows represent eyes, doors represent our voices and communication in feng shui, as they are both portals for opportunity and growth. You should start by checking if all your doors are working correctly and the hinges aren’t squeaking. In feng shui, a creaky door symbolises crying and can affect our positivity and wellbeing, so make sure to fix any squeaks or creaks to create a more positive energy in your home.
- Master the commanding position
One of the most important principles in feng shui is the commanding position, on your bed (represents you), workspace (represents your career) and oven (represents your wealth). When in a commanding position, you are in command of your life, and it can symbolise great opportunities for you. To place these items in the commanding position, you want to always see the door, without being directly in line with it.
Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor for Furniture and Choice, also comments on the importance of furniture positioning in feng shui: “Furniture placement is an important aspect with the bed being the main focus of the room. The bed is best positioned diagonally away from the door while not directly in line with the door. Another tip would be to place the bed against the wall for a sense of security and grounding when you sleep. And for that extra dose of strength and stability, a bed headboard reinforces this with its support and build.
“Channel productivity in the home office by placing the desk in the commanding position. Accessorise thoughtfully with plants which attract positive energy and freshen up the home. Pothos, lucky bamboo and peace lily plants are said to invite growth, prosperity and luck while flourishing indoors.”
- Create more space
Feng shui is all about creating more space in your home. Start by finding a more cluttered space and let go of everything there that’s not necessary. By letting these items go, you’re opening up new space for opportunity in the future.
To conclude, Nima comments: “With another year on the horizon, it is a great time to practice creating feng shui in your home to create a fresh start and a more positive environment. From cleaning your windows to oiling your doors, it’s simple to start practicing this ancient philosophy in your home. It’s not for everyone – but we hope these tips help anyone looking to create more feng shui in their homes for the New Year.”
For further information on the different colours to incorporate into your home, please visit: https://goodmove.co.uk/blog/7-ways-to-create-good-feng-shui/
Over the past 22 years soundLINCS has been on an amazing journey,
unleashing potential through music.
They have worked with, and been a part of the lives of many different people from all backgrounds. Recent projects have included work with Older Adults, vulnerable young people and Heritage sites.
They have introduced an amazing array of musical toolkits, undertaken and published academic research alongside the projects, partnerships,
activity and awards that have kept us energized and refreshed.
In these challenging times, soundLINCS knows there has never been a time where the importance of Community Music is needed more.
They are looking to continue supporting, developing increased empowerment and innovation in community music locally,
nationally and internationally and continuing to build on our excellent reputation within the music sector.
soundLINCS is currently seeking a Producer to be responsible for and take full control of the Charity’s diverse portfolio of projects, programmes and services.
This role also seeks to develop opportunities of work, continuing to build soundLINCS’ reputation as one of the foremost community music organisations.
The salary for the post will be in the range of £24,000 – £34,000 dependent on experience.
The closing date for applications is 10am on Monday 25th January 2021.
For further information and a candidate pack, visit –
The Health Survey for England found that 19% of women aged sixteen and over screened positive for a possible eating disorder1 when questioned on their relationship with food2, in 2019.
Around one in eight men (13%) also screened positive for a possible eating disorder in the same timeframe. For women, prevalence was highest amongst those aged under 35 (28% of those aged between 16 and 24, and 27% of those aged between 25 and 34), before declining in line with age. For men, prevalence was highest among those aged between 25 and 34 (19%), before also declining in line with age.
The Health Survey for England, 2019 monitors trends in the nation’s health and surveyed 8,205 adults and 2,095 children about a variety of topics including carers, obesity, smoking, and drinking3.
Providing unpaid care to family and friends
The 2019 report also posed questions to participants on the unpaid caring responsibilities that they might have. These found that 17% of adults aged 16 or over reported providing unpaid help or support to at least one person with women (20%) more likely than men (14%) to provide help.
Of those providing unpaid care:
Over half (55%) said they had received no support in providing care, most prevalent amongst those aged 65 and over (64%)
Nearly one in five (19%) suffered financial difficulties due to their caring responsibility
Approximately one in ten (11%) reported not being in paid work due to their caring responsibilities. This was most prevalent amongst women, and those aged 45-64.
The survey also reports annually on a core number of topics of population health and can show longer term trends in these. It found that:
Overweight and obesity
68% of men and 60% of women were overweight or obese in 2019. This compares to 58% of men and 49% of women in 1994
27% of men and 29% of women were obese in 2019. This compares to 14% of men and 17% of women in 1994
Among children, 18% of boys and 13% of girls were obese. This compares to 11% of boys and 12% of girls in 19955.
18% of men and 15% of women reported that they currently smoke cigarettes. This compares to 28% of men and 27% of women in 1994
Children aged between 8 and 15, were more than twice as likely to have ever tried an e-cigarette or vaping device (9%) than to have ever tried a tobacco cigarette (4%). This compares to 19% who had ever smoked in 1997.
The proportion of adults with doctor-diagnosed diabetes has trebled in the last 25 years, from 3% of men and 2% of women in 1994 to 9% of men and 6% of women in 2019.
The proportion of adults with raised total cholesterol has decreased in the last 21 years, from 66% of men and 67% of women in 1998, to 40% of men and 45% of women in 2019.
The Health Survey for England gathers information from both adults and children and is commissioned by NHS Digital and carried out by NatCen Social Research in conjunction with UCL who co-author the report.
- A new study by comparethemarket.com reveals the areas of the home buyers are most interested in
- Radiators, lighting, and accessories unveiled as some of the key selling points
- Tips on how to make your home visually appealing to buyers
Three different properties were viewed by buyers using eye-tracking hardware to capture the parts of the home that caught their attention. Whilst some of the key areas buyers looked at might be those you would expect, such as the radiators and tap pressure, comparethemarket.com can reveal that garden access, a clean and working oven, and accessories were also heavily observed.
Based on the findings and what buyers noticed most during the experiment, comparethemarket.com offers insight on what sellers should focus on to prepare a property for viewings.
As we’re approaching fall and temperatures start to cool, people are likely to start turning their heating on and buyers want to know that the radiators work. The experiment found that buyers went straight for radiators when looking around a property to check they worked. If you have viewings booked, consider turning your heating on before they take place to ensure your home is warm. Not only will this show that both your heating system and radiators work, but it’ll create a cozy atmosphere. Also, contemplate cleaning your radiators so they’re free of dust and marks.
- Garden access
The eye-tracking experiment showed that buyers looked out into the garden as soon as they entered a room that backs onto it, and then checked the doors to see if they could access the garden. Not being able to do so can be off-putting for buyers as they want to be able to see every aspect of the home. Moreover, due to the recent pandemic, a lot of people are looking for a home that will give extra space, including a garden. Make sure viewers can access your garden if they wish and consider tidying it up and making the most of the space.
- Water pressure
During the experiment, one of the first things potential buyers did in the kitchen and bathroom was check the taps to see what the water pressure was like. It’s important to check your water pressure is of normal standards before hosting viewings. To determine the pressure, you can either ask a plumber to look, or you can get a rough guide by turning your main feed tap on and off a couple of times. As buyers will be observing taps, ensure they’re clear of limescale.
- Cupboard doors
When walking around the kitchen, one of the first things buyers did was check the cupboards to see if they were well built and in good condition. It’s therefore worth seeing if the quality and durability of all your cupboards is up to scratch before viewings. Do they open and close well? Can they hold the correct amount of produce? Buyers were also seen looking inside cupboards during the experiment, so make sure they’re kept tidy.
- Bed comfort
When buyers walk into a bedroom, the first thing they spot is the bed. Although you may take your bed with you once yo
u move out of your property, buyers were seen to feel or sit on the bed when observing the room during the experiment. This is probably to help visualise themselves sleeping in the room. Before a viewing, ensure your bed is well made. You might also want to consider purchasing new quilts and cushions to ensure they have a good warmth and weight ratio.
Whilst in the kitchen, the first thing potential buyers looked at was the oven, which they also turned on to see if it works. Therefore, it’s important to make sure the oven works and is kept clean before a house viewing. Ensure the hobs and trays are washed and do not cook anything too fragrant prior. If you’re staying in the property whilst viewings take place, consider switching your oven on so buyers can see that it works. Just remember to switch it off once they have left. If you’re not going to be in the property when viewings are going ahead, leave your oven switched off.
While a scent isn’t something you can physically see, during our eye-tracking experiment diffusers and candles were one of the first things potential buyers spotted throughout the home and they were picking them up to smell them too. Therefore, it’s a good idea to purchase a couple of diffusers or candles and scatter them around your home before a house viewing. Not only will potential buyers pick up on the pleasant aroma, but you’ll also banish any unpleasant smells such as pet odor.
Buyers were also seen to check if the light switches work, so make sure they do. If rooms are dim, consider leaving the lights on to add brightness so viewers can properly inspect the room. Many buyers also looked at ceiling lights as soon as they entered the room, so consider purchasing a new lampshade to make your room look more appealing.
Buyers want to visualize themselves living in a property, and whilst their interior preference may differ, they still want to look at a room and think “wow, I could live here”, and the more a buyer can picture themselves living in a home, the better it is for a seller. Accessories such as blankets, throws, and scatter cushions on sofas and beds were one of the first things potential buyers looked at while in the bedroom and living room especially. These accessories do help give a room a homely finishing touch, so invest in some if you can.
Mark Gordon, head of mortgages at comparethemarket.com, said: “We conducted this experiment to determine the areas of the home buyers look at most to help sellers maximise their chances of a sale. Some sellers may not have considered these factors when preparing their homes for viewings, so we hope our insight will help them focus on the areas they should check and freshen up.”
To find out more about the research, go to: https://www.comparethemarket.com/mortgages/content/what-buyers-look-for-in-a-property/
Soul Sanity – the UK’s online mental health gym – has launched, supporting members to focus on improving their mental health from the comfort of their own homes.
The membership-based service offers a range of activities that are scientifically proven to relieve stress and anxiety, improve mindfulness and encourage the release of the “feel good” hormone dopamine.
Holly Novick, Founder, said, “there’s so many gyms out there for your physical health but nothing that focuses specifically on your mental health. Soul Sanity is truly unique in that way. It was something I personally felt I needed during a time of grief. I needed an outlet to feel better but all I got was fist-pumping music lifting weights, one to one therapy sessions which I found difficult to open up in and suggestions for tablets which I thought could be a slippery road. I also didn’t want to mask how I was feeling, I knew my body was acting this way as a signal because something was wrong. I needed a fix not a quick fix so Soul Sanity’s really been an idea in the making for a while and coincidently the pandemic has hit at the same time perhaps making it the perfect storm”.
Unlike other platforms, all sessions are broadcast live, with a large variety available to participate in including:
- Mindfulness – To relax the senses, reset and unwind
- Art for Art’s Sake – Finding new ways to express creativity
- Mastermind – Focus on learning new skills from languages to chess
- Kid’s Corner – Fun and educational activities to enjoy with children
- Food Glorious Food – Connecting through the power of food
- Musical Genius – Mood-boosting music sessions, from guitar to singing
- Garden Life – Connecting with nature in our own back garden
- Tender, Love & Care (TLC) – Online support from qualified psychotherapists
Anyone can join soulsanity.co.uk with a one-month free trial on offer at soulsanity.co.uk/memberships. Gift cards are also available to share with loved ones during the festive season and throughout the year.
Can you please post a reminder for people to please pick up there dog poop on Park Road.
There is a huge pile there today and it’s is disgusting people do not clean up after their animals.
Thank you and a Merry Christmas
To date, Lincolnshire Community Foundation, in partnership with Lincolnshire County Council, has distributed £70,000 on behalf of DEFRA to local groups, charities and organisations working to combat the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on those who are vulnerable.
Some of the successful applicants include Hogsthorope Good Neighbour Scheme and Age UK Lindsey to support digital inclusion; Storehouse Church, Skegness will provide an advice service; Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikes towards increased overheads; Rotary Club (Skegness) to enable Christmas activities for children in 9 Primary Schools; Sage Gardener Lincoln offering activities for those who are lonely or isolated; Stepping Stone Theatre, Gainsborough towards their lockdown legacy project for people with mental health difficulties, EDAN Lincs to help victims of domestic abuse; telephone befriending for people who are visually impaired.
Groups can apply for up to £5,000 to support the ongoing needs of vulnerable people and successful projects might include those that address: loneliness and isolation, mental health support, financial hardship, digital exclusion, telephone befriending etc. Applicants can also ask for a contribution towards their core costs and overheads.
We are still keen to hear from new and emerging Covid-19 response groups working to help local residents who are shielding or self isolating during lockdown. Please get in touch to find out more.
Eligibility: Not for profit community groups, PTAs, social enterprises, community interest companies that have a governing document, accounts, bank account and relevant policies and procedures. Parish and town councils can also apply, provided the funded activity is not part of their statutory duty. New groups can ask a trusted partner to hold funds, should they be successful.
This is a rolling program with decisions notified within 4 weeks. The next panel meeting is on 15 January 2021 and bids received prior to 7 January will be discussed at that meeting. To obtain an Application Form or to chat about your project, please contact Sue Fortune 01529 305825 or download details from the Grants Page @ lincolnshirecf.co.uk
Sue Fortune, Foundation CEO says: “The ongoing pressure on our voluntary and community sector, given the current circumstances, may mean they are struggling to cover the cost of delivering vital support to those who need it the most. I would encourage groups to get in touch to have a word to see whether this fund might help alleviate the financial burden. Staff are here to help”.
Has anyone has found two gift cards in the car park of Iceland, on Sankt Augustine Way?
One was for TK Max and another is for Matalan.
These are Christmas presents that I can’t afford to replace.
Broadband Genie talked to teachers and parents about the impact of homeschooling and their fears for future lockdowns as we await the rollout of the vaccine across the UK.
Parents across the UK are distressed about the chances of the country going into a strict lockdown after the Christmas period, saying they “might have to take a sabbatical if we have another lockdown” to cope with home learning.
Jenna, a 40-year-old mum of two from Portsmouth, has had her kids sent three times since schools reopened due to other pupils testing positive. When asked about the scenario of longer school closures, Jenna said “I might have to take a sabbatical if we have another lockdown. The first time I was running on adrenaline but knowing what I know now another sustained lockdown would not be something I could manage with work.”
Access to better technology such as fast broadband and laptops can help ease the strain on parents and 96% of teachers stated its importance for home learning. However, not everyone has access to these essentials. Jenna told us of a friend whose children only had one phone between them to do their lessons from each day.
Ultimately, all of these factors will slow down the progress of our children at school. Worryingly, 95% of teachers say that school closures have a significant impact on their pupils’ development and 95% are concerned about the effect on their future prospects, research by Broadband Genie revealed.
Alex Tofts from Broadband Genie said: “Access to decent broadband and technology is essential for home learning. With public libraries set to close, some pupils will have no way of accessing online resources.”
“Some schools will be able to provide a limited number of laptops but many pupils will have to be set work that can be completed offline, putting them at a disadvantage. If Schools close for this lockdown, the Government must step up and provide the resources for pupils to continue their education.”
Research finds female employees hardest hit by pandemic and working from home
- An international research review containing contributions from UCL School of Management academic explores implications of COVID-19 on the workplace
- Research highlights that the global pandemic and work- from-home model has increased social pressures on employed women to a greater extent than their male counterparts
London, 17 December 2020 – A review of research in organizational and workplace psychology conducted by an international team of academics has revealed the implications of working-from-home for women has been more disruptive. The review paper, entitled COVID-19 and the Workplace: Implications, Issues, and Insights for Future Research and Action and originally published in American Psychologist, features urgent insight from UCL School of Management Professor, Sunny Lee into the sex- and gender-related implications of changes in work practices that have taken place over the course of 2020.
The review of research indicates the impact of the pandemic differs by demographic characteristics, such as gender. The paper reveals two key implications on the workplace; the first that work-from- home models will increase and continue post-pandemic and the second that although men are more likely to face direct health threats from COVID-19, women are more likely to be affected by the adverse social and economic costs.
Working from home is here to stay
The authors of the paper believe that face-to-face working will reemerge post-pandemic but will most likely return in a hybrid form which mixes face-to-face work with virtual work. Prior research has suggested that hybrid forms of working such as this are effective in increasing employees’ productivity, satisfaction, and psychological wellbeing. And even with the option to work on an entirely remote basis, employees may choose to come to office regularly given humans’ strong social motives to connect with others.
Although working-from-home has turned out to increase productivity for some workers, it does also come with downsides. For example, research shows some workers are being burned out as they have to juggle caring for their children or other family members while working from home, whilst some employees feel distress and loneliness as they struggle with blurring work/non-work boundaries and miss out on social opportunities.
Given that working-from-home is likely to increase in the years which follow the COVID-19 pandemic, the negative consequences of such models will continue unless addressed. The review paper found gender and sex to be an influential moderating factor.
WFH more disruptive for women than men
Prior research has shown that in households where two partners are employed, women typically engage in household tasks more than men. And during national lockdowns and the closure of schools, the burden of household tasks tends to increase for couples with children as they become compelled to assist with children’s virtual learning.
Therefore, although working-from-home may increase overall productivity among employees, work may be substantially more disrupted for women, particularly those who have children. Indeed, a recent research (Feng & Savani, 2020) study showed that during the pandemic, among couples who are both employed, women’s productivity was more disrupted and women felt more dissatisfied with their job. Additionally, the research showed due to their empathy and communal orientation, women, compared to men, may feel more isolated and stressed by working from home. A recent survey on 996 U.K. healthcare workers found that more females are experiencing emotional distress amid the pandemic (IPPR, 2020).
Sunny Lee, one of the paper’s authors and an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the UCL School of Management, said: “The research has shown that the work-from-home model has been a success for many companies forced to close their offices during the pandemic. However, we can see on a day to day basis the pressure this is putting on women to find a balance in their productivity and home life and this something organisations need to be sensitive to if this model is here to stay.
“Interestingly, one of the emerging trends we observed was the success of female leaders in handling this crisis, with leaders such as Jacinda Arden, Angela Merkel and Tsa Ing-Wen able to flourish in these uncertain environments. Going into 2021 organisations need to be aware of creating the right environment, one which is sensitive to the needs of both men and women, so that everyone’s skills are able to flourish during times of uncertainty.”
On the 27th of November someone from the Queensway area took in a package.
We have tried really hard to find it.
Royal Mail is no help and now can’t ring them.
It was a big package. We don’t know if it has been stolen or someone is waiting for us because postman didn’t leave a card.