A BUSINESS expert has stressed the need for Cumbrian firms to invest time in workforce wellbeing after the Coronavirus changed working patterns.

Specialist Jenny Heyes, head of People Projects at regional law firm Napthens Solicitors, said: “We’ve never been more connected due to the technology available but never more disconnected at the same time if employers aren’t careful.

“We need to make sure we retain the relationships in business and with our colleagues - that is so important.

"This goes for employees who are furloughed or who are working from home. They all need help and support.”

These sentiments were echoed at one of the firm's recent online advice seminars with wellbeing health expert Jo Le’Febour and personal trainer Matt Warner,of Matt Warner Personal Training.

Jo said: “Employers need to stay connected with their staff, even if they are furloughed, to spot signs of stress.

"Some employers are varying communication methods, introducing ‘fun time’ and providing exercise classes free of charge for instance.”

Matt said: “Employers need to set goals for the health of their employees, just as they do for their business, regardless of the pandemic.”

Napthens has been offering advice to navigate the Coronavirus pandemic with a specially assembled team.

This advice ranges from employment and HR, health and safety, business support and wills and estate planning.

For more information go online: www.napthens.co.uk