Inspired People talk with Sharna Peters and Ilona Charles from shilopeople

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we talk with experienced HR Professionals Sharna Peters and Ilona Charles from shilopeople who chat with us and provide us with insights on how to deal with the reactive nature of HR in a Pandemic but also how to manage and navigate the waters of what’s next ….

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New PodCast: Helen Butler chats with Angie Fasciani

Helen Butler of Inspired People Solutions is joined by Angie Fasciani, an experienced HR Practitioner who has 18 years experience specializing in the IT/Telco, start-ups & professional services sectors.

Angie’s current role with Contino.io has seen her describe this organisation as being “born in the cloud” and not your average consultancy.  Angie brings real tips, insights and ideas on how to make working remotely really work for Business – Managers & Employees and also when client facing, things to bear in mind.

It’s a wonderful chat with some really clear practical, pragmatic tips to help you through setting up your workforce to work remotely.

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Here’s “The List” to help you with Kids@Home

Stuck for things to do – this is an exhaustive list of things to do with your Kids @ Home.

For all of us Aussies, this link has been sent home for resources for us to use as well. It’s got access to some great resources and we’ve found the ABC Education site a-a-a-mazing and fun!

But here’s what you’ve been waiting for. Here is THE LIST.  The Motherload of education & activities for Kids@Home. It’s based on the good old USofA but there’s some wonderful things in here we all can enjoy. Let’s enjoy this time together and make it fun! Enjoy.

✅The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour! https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/

✅Tour Yellowstone National Park!
https://www.nps.gov/…/lea…/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm

✅Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

✅This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs. https://www.farmfood360.ca/

✅Indoor Activities for busy toddlers
https://busytoddler.com/2020/03/indoor-activities/…

✅Play games and learn all about animals
https://switchzoo.com/

✅Play with fave show characters and learn too https://pbskids.org/

✅Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne

✅This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.
https://www.thechinaguide.com/destinati…/great-wall-of-china

✅Math and Reading games https://www.funbrain.com/

✅Phonics skills https://www.starfall.com/h/

✅This iconic museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

✅ Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss https://www.seussville.com/

✅300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens https://www.123homeschool4me.com/home-school-free-printabl…/

✅Geography and animals
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

✅Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry  http://www.mathscore.com/

✅Fave kids books read by famous people https://www.storylineonline.net/

✅Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc, https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/

✅High school chemistry topics https://www.acs.org/…/hi…/chemmatters/articles-by-topic.html

✅Math and reading games https://www.abcya.com/

✅Math and language games https://www.arcademics.com/

✅Hands on Elem science videos  https://www.backpacksciences.com/science-simplified

✅Voice based learning… learn through Alexa  https://bamboolearning.com/resources

✅Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities https://www.highlightskids.com/

✅ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn. https://clickschooling.com/

✅Math as a fun part of your daily family routine http://bedtimemath.org/

✅Games to get “into the book” https://reading.ecb.org/

✅Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults  https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive

✅Biology https://www.biologysimulations.com/

✅ Elem Math through 6th grade https://boddlelearning.com/

✅Educational games K-12 https://www.breakoutedu.com/funathome

✅Digital archive of history https://www.bunkhistory.org/

✅Test Prep for SAT, ACT, etc.  https://www.bwseducationconsulting.com/handouts.php

✅Geometry https://www.canfigureit.com/

✅Resources for Spanish practice https://www.difusion.com/campus/

✅Chinese learning activities https://chalkacademy.com/

✅Music is for everyone  https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

✅Science, Math, Social Studies https://www.ck12.org/student/

✅Grammar practice for middle grades https://www.classroomcereal.com/

✅Daily free science or cooking experiment to do at home. http://www.clubscikidzmd.com/blog/

✅Chemistry https://www.playmadagames.com/

✅Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions.  https://www.commonlit.org/

✅Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin. https://conjuguemos.com/

✅35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world.  https://www.countryreports.org/

✅K-5th Science lessons https://mysteryscience.com/

✅Tons of free classes from leading universities and companies  https://www.coursera.org/

✅Free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs (available in English and Spanish)  https://www.curriculumassociates.com/supporting-students-aw…

✅Digital learning content for preschool through high school  https://www.curriki.org/

✅A wide range of math content from middle school through AP Calculus.  https://deltamath.com/overview

✅Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.  https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/…/learnathome.html

✅3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.  bit.ly/freemakerstations

✅Classes for older teens or adults  https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/lp/t1/freemo…

✅Online homeschool platform & curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra curriculum courses. http://discoveryk12.com/dk12/

✅Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customized to any student’s needs including creating flashcards for other subjects. https://dogonalogbooks.com/printables/

✅K-8 online math program that looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique learning path for them. https://www.dreambox.com/at-home

✅Engaging reading game for grades 2-8 that combines strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game. https://www.squigglepark.com/dreamscape/

✅Higher level math series… online video series with detailed solutions to more than a thousand publicly-released College Board SAT Math, Subject Test Math Level 1, and Subject Test Math Level 2 problems. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQoCpvYRYRkRRvsObOPHaA…

✅Foreign languages https://www.duolingo.com/

✅Interactive video earth science based curriculum supplement.  https://www.everyday-earth.com/

✅A safe research site for elementary-level readers. They are offering — free 24/7 access
USERNAME: read (case sensitive)
PASSWORD: read (case sensitive)
https://www.facts4me.com/

✅Resources for AP students including live reviews, live trivia, and study guides! https://app.fiveable.me/

✅Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Our site is best used for ages 4-8. https://fluencyandfitness.com/register/school-closures/

✅Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts. https://www.gonoodle.com/

✅7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas https://hippocampus.org/

✅Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas https://www.carmensandiego.com/resources/

✅Math Videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors https://www.hmhco.com/math-at-work

✅Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects
https://www.izzit.org/index.php

✅Online education program for toddler through high school…  https://www.khanacademy.org/

✅Free Printables for PreK-2nd Grade. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/…/Lite…/Price-Range/Free

✅Free printables library with activities for children 0-6  https://www.littlesparkcompany.com/printables-library

✅Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans.  https://littletwistersyoga.com/online-store/

✅Magic Spell is a carefully crafted spelling adventure.  https://brainbox.games/

✅Resources for AP students https://marcolearning.com/

✅Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college. https://www.mathcelebrity.com/online-math-tutor.php

✅Elem Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources. https://www.mathplayground.com/

✅Poetry and music https://www.thewell.world/mindful-mu…/mindful-poetry-moments

✅3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects https://www.instructables.com/…/EdgertonCent…/instructables/

✅Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators. https://www.musictheory.net/

✅Scads of free resources, games, learning resources, and lesson plans for teaching personal finance https://www.ngpf.org/

✅Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world. https://www.nitrotype.com/

✅Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science. https://www.nomsterchef.com/nomster-recipe-library

✅Online curriculum that builds better writers. https://www.noredink.com/

✅80+ do at home science activities https://elementalscience.com/…/n…/80-free-science-activities

✅Daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own https://www.superchargedschool.com/

✅Adaptive curriculum in Math and ELA for Grades K-8
https://www.scootpad.com/

✅Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice. https://noveleffect.com/

✅Quick & easy at home projects curated for kids 2 and up
https://www.kiwico.com/kids-at-home

✅Teaches students how to write a paragraph through interactive online tutorial http://www.paragraphpunch.com/

✅PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/

✅Curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students.
https://pebblego.com/free-pebblego-capstone-interactive-acc…

✅Science and math labs and simulations https://phet.colorado.edu/

✅An online physics problem and video bank designed for conceptual, standard, honors or AP1 physics. https://www.positivephysics.org/home

✅Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music! 21 for free https://prodigiesmusic.com/

✅Free videos from around the world from grade 3-12
https://www.projectexplorer.org/

✅QuaverMusic is offering free access to general music activities to all impacted schools, including free student access at-home https://www.quavermusic.com/info/at-home-resources/

✅For students to practice and master whatever they are learning.  https://quizlet.com/

✅ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12.  https://www.readworks.org/

✅Critical Thinking resources for K-6 students  https://marketplace.mythinkscape.com/store/redtkids

✅Music Based Spanish Learning https://rockalingua.com/

✅Science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology
https://sepuplhs.org/

✅The Shurley English program for grades K-8 provides a clear, logical, and concrete approach to language arts. https://www.shurley.com/

✅Sight reading and sight singing practice exercises. https://www.sightreadingfactory.com/

✅Music practice transformed https://www.smartmusic.com/

✅Spellingcity is free right now with code VSCFree90
https://www.spellingcity.com/

✅Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout. https://app.sworkit.com/collections/kids-workouts

✅A collection of hundreds of free K-12 STEM resources, from standalone models and simulations to short activities and week long sequences of curriculum materials. https://learn.concord.org/

✅Course sets (Levels 1–5) that combine and thoroughly cover phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography—all in one easy-to-use, beautiful course. https://www.goodandbeautiful.com/

✅At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play. https://www.theottoolbox.com/

✅Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access https://sciencespot.net/Pages/classhome.html

✅Keyboarding practice  https://www.typingclub.com/ or https://www.typing.com/

✅Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school where students directly engage in science phenomena as they solve problems. https://www.tytoonline.com/

✅Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions. http://wonderopolis.org/

✅Math practice https://xtramath.org/#/home/index

✅K-5 curriculum that builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students https://www.zearn.org/

✅A quick start resource to help families pull together a plan for surviving the next 1-2 months at home with their kids, but it can also be a time of slowing down and enjoying kids as they learn.
Preschool through 8th grade https://abetterwaytohomeschool.com/learning-at-home-everyth…

✅450 Ivy League courses that you can take https://www.freecodecamp.org/…/ivy-league-free-online-cou…/…

✅Spelling 1-4 grade
https://www.spellingtraining.com/

✅2,500+ online courses from top institutions https://www.edx.org/

✅22 languages to learn https://www.memrise.com/

✅Learn to code https://www.codecademy.com/

✅Miscellaneous games for all subjects k-8 https://www.funbrain.com/

✅Phonics and learning to read https://readingeggs.com/

✅PreK – 5 games for all subjects https://www.turtlediary.com/

✅Online digital coloring pages https://www.thecolor.com/

✅Every course you could possibly want to homeschool preschool – 8 https://allinonehomeschool.com/

✅Every course you could possibly want to homeschool for high school  https://allinonehighschool.com/

✅Phonics worksheets for kids https://www.funfonix.com/

✅Free stories online ages 3-12 https://www.freechildrenstories.com/

✅National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text. https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html

✅Learn all about earthquakes https://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/kids/

✅Learn all about the periodic table https://www.chemicool.com/

✅Farmer’s almanac for kids… Date, weather, moon phase, etc. https://www.almanac.com/kids

✅Guide to gardening for kids https://web.extension.illinois.edu/firstgarden/

✅Website allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others https://www.mangahigh.com/en-us/

✅Space science for kiddos https://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

✅Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders https://www.mathplayground.com/

✅Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time. https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/

✅NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html

✅News and more for kids https://www.youngzine.org/

✅Randomly generates 356,300,262,144 story starters
https://thestorystarter.com/

✅Immerse yourself in cryptography https://www.cryptoclub.org/

✅Math games galore https://gridclub.com/

✅Tons of science experiments that you can do at home
https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/

✅An interactive way to learn history
https://www.mission-us.org/

✅Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way. https://thehappyscientist.com/

✅Interactive games based on the book series
https://www.magictreehouse.com/

✅Work on the 8 parts of speech https://www.grammaropolis.com/

✅Learn all about cells https://www.cellsalive.com/

✅All sorts of learning here if you dig in https://www.google.com/earth/

✅Scratch draws students of all types into coding and lays a foundation for future learning. https://scratch.mit.edu/

✅A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/

✅Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are. https://www.geoguessr.com/

✅Allows students to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history.
http://www.whatwasthere.com//

✅Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun. https://www.numberphile.com/

✅A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways. https://human.biodigital.com/login?returnUrl=/dashboard

✅Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art. https://artsology.com/

✅Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos. https://www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/

✅Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids.
http://www.preschoolexpress.com/

✅A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool and kindergarten students https://www.songsforteaching.com/preschoolkindergarten.htm

✅Resource section includes free flashcards, coloring pages, worksheets, and other resources for children, teachers, and parents. https://supersimple.com/

✅Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills. https://www.overcomingobstacles.org/

✅Coding for ages 4-10 https://www.kodable.com/

✅No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen https://www.si.edu/kids

✅Cool Kid Facts gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body.
https://www.coolkidfacts.com/

✅This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin. https://bensguide.gpo.gov/

✅This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. https://climatekids.nasa.gov/

✅Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education project from Washington State University. Kids can send Dr. Universe any question they may have about history, geography, plants, animals, technology, engineering, math, culture, and more.
https://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/

✅Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby. https://www.usmint.gov/learn/kids

✅From rainbows to tornadoes and winter storms to tsunamis, meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather. http://www.weatherwizkids.com/

✅Kids Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design. http://www.kidsthinkdesign.org/

✅This educational website hosted by the Smithsonian Museum takes a deep dive into ocean life. https://ocean.si.edu/

✅Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable. https://www.brainscape.com/

✅The Theta Music Trainer offers a series of online courses and games for ear training and music theory.
https://trainer.thetamusic.com/en

✅Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management. https://www.teachbanzai.com/

✅Innerbody explores the 11 bodily systems in depth. With interactive models and detailed explanations, this website will help them learn more about the internal mechanics of the amazing human body.https://www.innerbody.com/htm/body.html

✅Alcumus is specifically designed to provide high-performing students with a challenging curriculum appropriate to their abilities https://artofproblemsolving.com/alcumus

✅Find and fix learning gaps https://www.mobymax.com/

✅Algebra games for kids https://www.dragonboxapp.com/

✅Fractions practice http://www.mathchimp.com/freddysfractions.php

✅Education for kids all topics https://www.ducksters.com

✅Math and logic problems for ages 5 and up to adult
https://www.aplusclick.org/

✅Science podcasts to listen to with your kids https://medium.com/…/19-great-science-podcasts-you-can-list…

✅Alaskan Wildlife cams http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=viewing.webcams

✅Coding with Star Wars https://code.org/starwars

✅Tons and tons and tons of games some learning some just fun https://www.crazygames.com/

✅Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children https://www.funology.com/

✅Amphibian unit studies https://premeditatedleftovers.com/…/amphibians-unit-study-…/

✅Engineering challenges with things you have at home
https://thehomeschoolscientist.com/paper-structures-engine…/

✅Online photograph jigsaw puzzles You can set the pieces from 6-1000+ https://www.jigsawexplorer.com/

✅Toddler and preschool age ideas https://preschoolinspirations.com/

Welcome to Wacky Wednesday!

We’ve found the best way to start the day today, just shake it off by Tay Tay, an oldie but a goodie, but we’ve found an older one – the best way to start your day is Music in the Shower (am I right?) – a bit of Kylie M hit our selection this morning with some – I can’t get you out of my Head. Go on, do it, put it on as loud as you can in the Shower, you’ll feel better for it and get motivated for your day.

We’ve themed today Wacky Wednesday today as we are now Day 13 in Social Distancing (AKA Juggling, work, family & kids @ home 24/7) and have a few tips to help you through the day.

First, we’ve found Music is key. To get you in the mood, my good mate and Fabulous Lawyer & HR Extraordinaire, Kylie has shared this wonderful playlist on Spotify.

Music, PodCasts, Audible will help you get through the day – Unless I’m writing Tenders, I always have something going on in the Background. Audible have just dropped a whole heap of Books for free. If you’re an AFL Member, KAYO have 2 months subscription at under $3,/mth (your Club should have emailed you with a login key) so you can have those backlisted AFL Grand Finals going in the background (yes background) to give you some semblance of office noise.

Stay Connected 

Keep up your calling! It’s really important to stay in touch, be connected. We have a PodCast Channel up and running and will be adding more tips on Flexible Working on their this week and also interviews from HR Managers and what they are doing in light of CVOID-19. Here’s the link to the iTunes Page. Also have a back catalogue of Working Flexibly PodCasts that could be really helpful for your Managers. cover all aspects of Flexibility – part-time, job share, remote working, balancing family with 2 part-time working Parents for example. It’s called, are you ready for it Chewing the Fat on Flexibility. Yep, you’re going to love it!!

If you would like to be part of this PodCast Program, sing out, we’d love to hear from you!

Resources

On a serious note, we have more resources and tips up for you at our website. Please click on and use these resources. We will be pulling more material together for you to manage remote working. We have a Manager’s Toolkit available, Policies, How to Guides, Tips from Managers who manage remote workforces and stay connected. We’re here to help you. Helen Butler is our point of contact during CVOID-19 and all her details are below – get in touch!

Don’t forget exercise.
Avoid the Hunch-Back!!

Here’s some links to help you just stretch:

Best Stretches for Office Workers
10 Best Stretches for Office Workers
29 Exercises You Can Do At (Or Near) Your Desk Stretches for office workers
‘Workout in Your Workplace’

And for those of you into Yoga (which we highly recommend) here’s some 5 minute workout clips you can do at home:

Kids @ Home – we’ve got you covered! This list is HUGE!!!!!!

We have a very long, extensive list for you! It’s based on the good ol’ USofA but there’s some wonderful resources in here that we can all sift through and use. We’ll put this whole list up separately on our Website and FB Community too for you! Here’s a very small snapshot but there are over 100 ideas for you – websites for Zoo tours, National Park Tours, Tutorials, Quizzes, Science, Math, English, Music, Coding, Arts & Craft, – it’s got EVERYTHING and for all ages!!! A huge Thank You to the fabulous Martin Clan for sharing this list

The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour! https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/ ✅Tour Yellowstone National Park!
https://www.nps.gov/…/lea…/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm ✅Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.
https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/ ✅This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs. https://www.farmfood360.ca/ ✅Indoor Activities for busy toddlers
https://busytoddler.com/2020/03/indoor-activities/… ✅Play games and learn all about animals
https://switchzoo.com/ ✅Play with fave show characters and learn too https://pbskids.org/ ✅Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.
https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne ✅This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.
https://www.thechinaguide.com/destinati…/great-wall-of-china ✅Math and Reading games https://www.funbrain.com/   ✅Work on the 8 parts of speech https://www.grammaropolis.com/ ✅Learn all about cells https://www.cellsalive.com/ ✅All sorts of learning here if you dig in https://www.google.com/earth/ ✅Scratch draws students of all types into coding and lays a foundation for future learning. https://scratch.mit.edu/ ✅A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art. https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/ ✅Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are. https://www.geoguessr.com/ ✅Allows students to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history.
http://www.whatwasthere.com// ✅Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun. https://www.numberphile.com/ ✅A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways. https://human.biodigital.com/login?returnUrl=/dashboard ✅Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art. https://artsology.com/  

Support Local.

Finally, with more and more restrictions in place and more to come no doubt, support Local. So many of our Community are doing it tough, and you know this, pivoting and making their business adaptable to CVOID-19.

Let’s continue to support our lovely community – Cafes, Restaurants, Craft Breweries and of course, our Farmers. Most of these places can still offer Take-Aways but can also home delivery. So treat yourself, and we know if you can, you’ll continue to be an amazing Human and share the love.

Take care, let’s continue to be safe and kind. We’ve loved hearing from you and talking to you during this time, we’re here to help and value you!

Happy Wacky Wednesday.

The Team @ Inspired People

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Helen Butler & Angela Olanda chat on HR issues during the CVOID-19

Helen Butler of Inspired People Solutions is joined by Angela Olanda as we talk about some of the Questions you’ve been asking us since CVOID-19 Pandemic hit our workplaces.

We cover issues like:

– theft (yes, of hand sanitizer)

– code of conduct breaches

– how to deal with sick employees

– how to help employees work from home

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For further information and help you can reach us at

Inspired People

Pandemic Partners

Zen-HR Consulting

 


 

Inspired People talk with Sharna Peters and Ilona Charles from shilopeople

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we talk with experienced HR Professionals Sharna Peters and Ilona Charles from shilopeople who chat with us and provide us with insights on how to deal with the reactive nature of HR in a Pandemic but also how to manage and navigate the waters of what’s next ….

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Get in touch with us here 

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Snapshot of CVOID19 HR Resources …..

It’s been a really frantic few weeks as the Country has gone into managing this Pandemic Crisis.  We hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy.

At Inspired People Solutions we’ve set up a Portal for you to go to with resources to help you manage this time.  With HR being at the frontline, we see the best and unfortunately the not so great sides of human behaviour.  We understand this time is stressful, so we wanted to help you out.

The Inspired People Portal is free and a resource for you.  We’ve set up templates and answered your FAQs about CVOID-19 and how to prepare your Managers and Business for appropriate responses.

Here’s some links you’ll need to get you through this time:

You’ll need to be mindful of a few things for your Team if they are set up to work remotely. Connectedness. Some people have not worked from home previously, schedule morning and afternoon stand-ups or meetings with them, set the Agenda, expectations, and then please remember to do your virtual check-ins. I call them the virtual cup of tea. When you get up to make yourself a tea or coffee or have a stretch, call a Team Member. See what they are up to, how they are going, how’s the pace of work going, what they have been doing in their down-time, PodCasts, TV series etc. Engage engage engage. There’s no communal kitchen anymore, it’s your phone or your online chat program. Please remember to touch base as people’s mental health is just as important as their physical health. We will touch more on this next week.

Then there are those of your Team who have kids and pets at home. This will be critically important in terms of productivity. This is where you get down to carving out hours of availability. Work with your Team as it’s hard to get work done with kids around. Working with Pets at home is a lot more delightful and manageable than kids.  If you have Dogs, it’s great that they are feet warmers under your desk while you work but it’s also great to get up from your desk every hours or so, stretch, throw the ball for them and uncrinkle yourself! Cats, well I guess you get up and give them a lovely cuddle and stretch and enjoy the look of disdain on offer 🙂

So, this is where you can be flexible, agile and also, think about how you carve out your work.

Seriously, this is important.  We have a Manager’s ToolKit about job-sharing and managing employees who work part-time and remotely. Depending upon how long this Pandemic and the self-distancing recommendations are in place, we can help you manage flexible working arrangements, changes to people’s roles and equip your Managers and Teams to be more versatile, creative, keep productivity and team continuity during a time of uncertainty. If done right, this will bring about great collaboration, consultation and bring your team closer. Call Helen Butler in our Team who specializes in this area of managing variations and we will provide you with the Tools and strategy for this to be implemented.

Please use the resources we have set up for you. We’ve created them for you!  Click on the links below for a whole lot of information to assist you in the CVOID-19 Pandemic – not only business but also managing home. We have a FaceBook Page set up to help you with business, home, lifestyle and managing kids at home. It’s fun, it’s great to ask questions, recommend things for kids & adults whilst we’re in a bit of self-distancing. Join us, we’re here to help you and would encourage you to reach out!

Inspired People CVOID-19 Resources                        FaceBook Group

We will also have a PodCast series up and running next week to help you out with all the latest issues and how we can help you get through this time.

We’ve always been here to help. We will continue to help you, we value you in our Community and are very happy to work with you to get through this Pandemic. Take care, enjoy your weekend and we will catch up with you soon.

HR & Business Strategists: www.inspiredpeople.com.au

CVOID-19 Specific Resources: http://inspiredpeople.com.au/pandemic-partners/

FaceBook Community Page: FaceBook Group

Be safe, and if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The Team @ Inspired People

COVID-19 & The Fair Work Act

Here is an update about where employers currently stand regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

The three main questions that you keep asking are:

  • What happens if we have to close or we’re directed into quarantine?
  • Can I direct an employee to go home if they’re sick?
  • What are the implications of an employee working from home?

What happens if we have to close or we’re directed to go into quarantine?

Most modern awards and employment contracts should have a Stand Down clause in them. We commonly see this clause in times of natural disasters such as cyclones, floods or fires – you may have had to use these recently in the latest bushfires we’ve encountered.  The basis of this clause is that essentially, if there is an event that is outside the employer’s control then the employer can stand the employee down without pay for the period of time that that business can’t operate. For this clause to apply the event has to be outside of the employer’s control and COVID-19 certainly falls into this category.

If you are directed to close, or we are all directed into quarantine then you would advise your employees of that direction. Your employees would then utilise their annual leave entitlements or if they don’t have enough annual leave available to them, then they’d take unpaid leave.

Our advice though is to check that your award/contract contains a Stand-down Clause and the basis of that clause, as some modern awards actually state that the employee is to be stood down on full or partial pay. If you’re unsure please reach out to us so we can talk you through the implications and how to manage this with your employees.

We would suggest that the pre-emptive approach is best.  In these situations, good strong communication and consultation is best with your team, so they can prepare for a range of alternatives.  Your employees are aware of what is happening across the world and they will want to know what their entitlements are in this situation and it is best to be prepared to guide them through this time as best as you can.

We also need to stress that this advice, is not applicable f you make the choice to temporarily close your business for precautionary measures i.e. you have not been directed to do so. If that is the case, please reach out to us and we will provide you specific advice for that situation as that is different. 

In a lot of cases we are seeing that if you can, you are setting up your staff to be in a position to work from home and this has been beneficial from a health and well-being point of view for your staff, but also ensuring continuity of work.  It is essential during this time to ensure that communication is paramount.  The mental health of being in a self-distancing situation is something that is being discussed as well, so ensuring a lot of contact and facetime, scheduled and also checking-in will benefit the well being of your Teams.

Can we direct an employee to go home if they’re sick?

Under the National Employment Standards, an employer cannot direct an employee to take personal leave. However, under Workplace Health and Safety legislation an employer is obligated to maintain a safe and healthy workplace. If an employer reasonably feels that an employee is a causing significant and imminent risk to themselves or other persons in the workplace then they can request the employee attends their doctor for medical clearance. The key here is that it must be a genuine and reasonable belief that an employee coming to work is putting their health or safety or the health and safety of other workers at risk.

In cases of particularly contagious diseases such as chickenpox, smallpox or even COVID-19 then this would be a reasonable and genuine belief. So, if an employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19, then you can certainly direct them not to attend work whilst they are contagious. However, if they just have a general cold, or even the flu then it’s unfortunately a grey area and unlikely to be a reasonable direction. This however, will depend on your particular workplace, your polices and culture and what type of industry you’re in. Please reach out to us if you have specific questions about this or you’re considering directing an employee to go home.

What are the implications of an employee working from home?

During this past week we have seen organisations direct their employees to work from home for Health and Safety reasons, and are now playing catch-up on setting up and ensuring compliance with ergonomic and OHS standards.  And this is fine, the health and well being of your staff is paramount.  We are obviously in unchartered waters here and the first thing to do is a complete risk assessment.  We have available for your self assessment checklists and and a Workplace Health and Safety Checklist that you can email to your employees if they are going to work from home. They can then conduct a self-audit on their home work space.

If you’ve got any concerns or queries or would like a copy of the template, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will provide you with updates if and when the situation changes.

We have set up a FaceBook Group that you can also join which may help you with not only genuine work related issues, but if families have children home to manage as well.  Balancing that work and family life can be tough and we have resources available to help you with all of this.

CVOID-19 | FAQs

Since COVID-19 hit our shores at rapid pace recently, there’s been some communication from us about how we can help you get through this crisis. 

You’ve indicated that some of your key pain points are:

  1. Setting up staff to work from home;
  2. Communication around working from home;
  3. Mitigating you safety risk and ensuring the well being of your staff;
  4. How do you keep productivity moving;
  5. What’s next ….. how long will this last?

Please join our FaceBook Group at Pandemic Partners which will send out updates and information to equip you to make the appropriate choices and give you information and checklists to mitigate your risk and manage this Pandemic as well as you can.

So, telling your staff and communicating with them to work from home – we’ve got a template for you.  Click here to access it.

OHS/Ergonomic Assessments and Self Assessments of the Home Office – here’s some templates for you.  Click here to access the OH&S and Employee Self-Assessment Checklist.

Our Favourite Agile People – Agile 11 are hosting a range of seminars to assist your Managers to become Remote Ready and keep productivity and work flowing.  Click here to access it.

There are other issues that you’ve raised | mental health of your workforce, how long this CVOID-19 pandemic will last ….. these are all things that we’ll bring you information on in the coming days.

We’re here to equip you and set you up right.

Please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help you, mitigate your risks.

All the best,

Your Team

Inspired People Solutions

Answering your Questions