A book in lockdown


Innovative new ways of working and improved team collaboration prove remote working can deliver fantastic results

In the Thames Valley a group of independent leadership and collaboration consultants including Julie Taylor, Partner in our Employment team ‘came together’ during lockdown to write and publish a book, which they hope will help others during times of change. ‘Good Work Good Business’ offers insights, guidance and practical tips on how to thrive in a changing world.

Each collaborator chose a subject for their own chapter and had the freedom to write something as academic or as personal as they wished. They used their time in lockdown to reflect, read, learn and write, and then came together online to share learning, ideas and feedback. Working remotely they collaborated closely on the content and as a team decided on book title, cover design and other publishing aspects.

Julie discusses employment contracts during remote working and how they can be altered or interpreted. Julie explains “employment law will be with you every step of the way as your business grows its headcount or in changing circumstances, but rather than view it as a mountain of red tape or additional burden, simply consider that the rules and regulations are there to help ensure business owners treat staff as they themselves would like to be treated; reasonably, fairly and consistently with others.”

The collaborators came together on 20 August for a virtual workshop, when they were able to produce and publish the finished title in just one day, using Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing system.

Julie Taylor commented that “it was great to work with such an interesting group of people and the experience made lockdown even more memorable!”

“Producing this book has been an invaluable distraction and source of support through the pandemic.” said Michelle Bailey people and employment expert and Chair of Thames Valley Branch CIPD. “It shows that people can use new, innovative ways of working to foster team spirit and collaboration and achieve great things, despite the challenges of not being able to meet and remote working.”

“The real challenge was the motivation to keep going.  We all hit a pain point at some point and needed the help and support of others in the group to keep going, write the chapter, edit it, finish it and then publish it.” Added Heather Mills from DuckSoup HR.

‘Good Work Good Business’ is now available Amazon as an eBook and paperback. All proceeds from book sales will go to The Trussell Trust https://www.trusselltrust.org/

“I applaud the spirit of the CIPD Thames Valley consultant community in responding so creatively and productively in a time of crisis. The chapters reflect a wealth of life experience and professional practice and a generosity of heart.  I look forward to reading all the chapters to learn, and to share that learning in turn.” Said Dr. Wilson Wong, Head of Insight & Futures, CIPD.

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