Keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0 – KR HR

By Ben Carey on 22 January, 2021

With Lockdown 3.0 upon us, The Business Exchange is asking for your insights regarding coping strategies, new habits and how to stay positive throughout this third (and hopefully final) national lockdown.

KR HR is a human resources consultancy based in Corsham. Director Kathryn Roynon reflects on the importance of exercise, keeping in touch and sharing the workload.

How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?

Staying connected with others. For example, sticking to regular Friday morning meetings via Zoom with Business Growth Group. Even if I beforehand I think I don’t feel in the mood, I always feel better afterwards!

How are you structuring your day? Have you changed your habits?

I’m making a conscious effort to stick to normal(ish) working hours this time. Whilst it’s tricky now we’re back to juggling home-schooling, I’m trying to resist spending too long catching up in the evenings. We all need to remember we are only one person; we can’t do everything!

Are you doing anything new?

After an initial burst of enthusiasm to get outdoors during the first lockdown, I became increasingly good at finding excuses not to get my trainers on. So on 1st January I signed up to Red January. Now I know I need to get out for a run or a walk every day without having to think about it!

What are you most looking forward to when restrictions are lifted?

Visiting friends across the country and a cuddle with my baby nephew above anything else. On a professional note, I’d have loved to have been able to host a celebratory event for our 5th business birthday in February, so perhaps we will have a party later in the year instead!

What is your biggest goal this year?

The next step for 2021 is to grow the team further by creating new career opportunities for young people at risk of long-term unemployment through the Kickstart scheme. We’d also love to share our experiences by helping other local employers to create funded placements through this scheme.

What has the past nine months taught you and how has it shaped your future for the better?

Whilst we’ve had to dig deep and find resilience we maybe didn’t know we had, it’s also important to recognise when to stop and ask for help.

During a busy period whilst handling restructuring projects and getting to grips with ever-changing regulations, I decided to double my team by hiring HR Consultant Kirsteen Pearce back in June.

As well as enabling us to take on larger projects such as recruiting a new business support team for SWLEP Growth Hub, having a fellow professional to share workload and talk through challenging scenarios helped me to de-stress, which benefitted not only me but also my family!

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