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Managing Equal Opportunities and Diversity

In addition to managing personal and professional situations in relation to the current pandemic, most of us will have been concerned about recent events concerning racial prejudice. We understand that we strive for all-inclusive workplaces; however none of us can be complacent. We must continue to review what we are getting right and what we can do differently or better.

We have many years of experience of helping Executive Teams, Leadership Teams and Team Members explore these sensitive subjects. It's always better to discuss best practice proactively than be forced to discuss it when someone has said or done something inappropriate.

Please get in touch to find out how we can support your business with reviewing Equal Opportunities and Diversity as this is such an important part of complying with the law, creating high performance teams and giving great customer service!

Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24th May 2020

Clearly mental health is something we are aware of on a daily basis as we lead and manage our teams.

It is important to acknowledge the relevance of being aware of everyone's mental health, particularly at a time of global pandemic.

Therefore it is positive to acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Week and this year's theme of Kindness.

Whilst we know we should be kind to people every day, this gives focus to the fact that we should do kind things for people even when it's difficult.

At work this may mean being nice to someone who frustrates you, telling your boss how much you appreciate them or taking time to listen to a colleague to find out how they are coping with the change in routine.

If you would like support to discuss mental health issues please contact us to see how we can support you. US2U Consulting Director Rachel Blackburn is a certified Mental Health First Aider with experience of advising businesses and individuals on managing mental health issues.

To find out more about about this topic, please listen to or watch our podcast: Mental Health at Work.

US2U Online Training Courses Now Available to Buy

After 3 years of talking about it, we are pleased to have designed, scripted, filmed and launched our first two online training courses which are now available to buy on Udemy - the online learning platform.

These can be used as:

 Stand-alone learning solutions

 To complement other training and accredited programmes

 A useful refresher for people who wish to continue their personal and professional development

Our first two courses are based on topics which we often deliver via group workshops and 1:1 coaching:

Producing a Robust Business Plan


Influencing Skills to Achieve Your Goals


Click the links above to watch the course previews and purchase the courses. We do hope you like them.

Please let us know what you think and let us know what you think the topic for our next online course should be!

The Power Hour Online Consultancy Service from US2U Consulting

Do you have a business challenge that you need some help with?

There is a great new service from US2U Consulting - you can now book an online consultancy Power Hour with Director, Rachel Blackburn MBA.

Rachel has over 20 years' experience of running businesses and, as a management consultant, has helped hundreds of businesses in the UK and overseas to become more successful.

If you would like support, guidance and advice about any of the following then please email Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 01603 716852 to book your Power Hour:

 How to produce a robust business plan so you become more successful

 How to develop your leadership skills so you become more effective

 How to tackle a difficult people situation

 How to prepare for a recruitment interview - the Dos and Don'ts

 How to manage a conflict situation

 How to plan your time better so you achieve your goals

The Power Hour will take place via Zoom or similar platform and a link will be sent with confirmation of the appointment.

The fee for an US2U Consulting Power Hour is £349 plus VAT. This is payable on booking.

Contact Rachel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make your booking.

Workers Of The Home, Unite! NHS fundraiser painting By Kerwin

US2U Consulting team member Kerwin Blackburn has produced a painting commemorating the current Work From Home culture, along with all of the new makeshift bedroom and kitchen table offices being constructed around the world - and another reminder to #StayHome as much as possible.

The stoic, Jackson Pollock-inspired 'Workers Of The Home, Unite!' painting is available as a print, with proceeds going to NHS Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals Charity, in recognition of the NHS and its incredible staff.

Unite! By KerwinThe print is available in two sizes (12x16" and 18x24") and at a special promotional price, £30-£35.

Order now at www.bykerwin.com/product/unite-stayhome

For more information about US2U Consulting's new online coaching services can help you navigate the current challenges, click here.

 

 

 

US2U Consulting Celebrate 14th Birthday

We are pleased to celebrate our 14th birthday - although this year, like the rest of the world, we will be doing so in unusual circumstances!

To mark our birthday, US2U Consulting founder Rachel Blackburn has written a poem reflecting on the unique challenges of the current times while also sharing a message of optimism.

Watch this below, and scroll down for the words.




 

April 2020; normal life is dysfunctional

Coronavirus issues making life most uncomfortable

Through the doom and gloom we have something to celebrate

Another milestone reached that we really appreciate 

 

Our clients and suppliers are facing many challenges

If we all pull together we will see how we can manage this

We’re using new terms – asymptomatic; furloughed and social distance

We have the stay at home rules to protect our future existence

 

Adapting to the environment no matter what the future holds

We’re Zooming, Teaming and Skyping to help you fulfil your priority goals

Staying positive and hunting opportunities is the name of the game

Listening to our clients and applying our expertise is our aim

 

We are going to get through this and have a proper celebration

14 years of Guaranteeing Positive Difference and delivering innovation

So thank you clients for your support; it’s great to Achieve Success Together

Building on our strong relationships and the desire to be even better

US2U Consulting: Coronavirus Update 17 March

Throughout the ongoing situation US2U Consulting aim to minimise disruption to regular work and to clients, but will be responding appropriately to the increasing precautions as advised by the Government and adopted by businesses and wider society.

Like many others, we introduced simple measures to maintain hygiene levels and avoid physical contact several weeks ago (eg extra sanitisation/avoiding handshaking). We also have the capacity to alter the way we carry out certain aspects of our work (such as using Skype & Zoom to communicate instead of face to face meetings), but as of 17 March we are still fulfilling all of our regular work commitments.

If any our clients have concerns that they would like to discuss further, please contact Rachel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 07786 263610.

US2U Online Coaching: Keep Calm and Change How We Carry On

At US2U Consulting, problem-solving and adapting to change are two core values underpinning everything we do. The Coronavirus situation presents urgent challenges to people and businesses worldwide, with everyone having to adapt how they work and live for the timebeing.

US2U Consulting can help businesses to meet some of the imminent work challenges being faced, particularly in regards to working from home and finding ways to ensure business objectives are still being met. We have launched an Online Coaching Service to enable this to happen.

Below are some of the key services we can provide to assist in adapting with remote or virtual-based teamworking over the coming weeks and months. We are experienced at communicating virtually with clients, using platforms such as Skype, Zoom and Google Hangouts, and we are flexible to accomodate different schedules and timezones to ensure we can assist wherever you are in the region, country or world.

 1:1 coaching, and small group-based coaching

 Mental health and anxieties relating to the Coronavirus situation

 Effective working with your team remotely

 Goal setting and time management

 Performance management

 Project management, and how to structure working multi-site

 Communication and influencing skills while working remotely from home

 Leadership, Executive Coaching and People Development

Looking for the opportunity in the adversity, this may be a great time for some companies to focus on the Leadership and Development of their teams and to get ahead, ready for when they return.

If you would like to learn more about how our Online Coaching can help you manage the change over the coming weeks and months, please contact Rachel and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01603 716852.

US2U Consulting named 2020 Export Champion by Department for International Trade

US2U Consulting have been awarded the prestigious title of 2020 Export Champion by the UK Department for International Trade.

This is in recognition of the international work we have done over the last few years, with international projects and trade visits to the likes of Belgium, Ireland, Canada, USA and across the Middle East - along with the insights our teams can share with other businesses looking to export their goods and services.

In this role US2U Consulting will provide peer-to-peer support, offering advice and inspiring others to export; raise awareness of UK DIT's services; and act as a sounding board for what exporters want, to help create a supportive exporting ecosystem.

Please get in touch to find out more about how we can assist with your export strategy.

Engaging with Generation Z

Rachel Blackburn volunteered to run two Recruitment Interviewing Tips workshops for students at East Norfolk Sixth Form College on Monday 2nd March to support National Careers Week 2020. "It was interesting to work with this group of young people to find out what their ideal job is and how they can promote their skills to achieve their goals" said Rachel.

Michelle Atkins, Work Placement & Employer Engagement Co-ordinator at the College said, "I just wanted to thank you for taking the time out today to speak to the two groups. I think they will all benefit from attending, and will take at least a couple of important points each away from the sessions this morning. I'm certain they will find it more beneficial than they realise at the moment, and what they learned today will come back to them when they're in a real life interview situation".