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COVID-19: Podcast, webinars and resources to support your business


This page contains REC resources to help your buisness manage the impact of COVID-19: 

  • Twice weekly COVID-19 podcast
  • Weekly 'Fit for the new dawn' webinar every Thursday at 10am
  • Templates and guides to help your buisness and your workers 

REC has been appointed as one of the Government's Business Representative Organisations to support the national response to Coronavirus, ensuring that recruitment's voice is heard in the key debates. Help us understand the issues that are most urgent to your business via this survey or by emailing We'll take your questions and feedback directly to Ministers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) podcast series

Aligning your people and culture for recovery - lessons from Launchpad. From bp

So far in our series, we've discussed everything from crisis management and government policies to mental health and labour market trends. This time we are excited to have Ruth Penfold of Launchpad join us to bring a different aspect of leadership into the mix - one that's crucial for recovery - people and culture.

So, tune in to hear all about how Launchpad:

  • Adapted their approach to managing people in the light of COVID-19
  • Introduced new initiatives to continue their cultural growth while being dispersed
  • Approached people development (both internally and externally)
  • Are planning for the future working world

You'll hear terms like culture squad, and festival of culture, which we think will inspire you to plan your strategy as you navigate the road to recovery.



COVID-19 support webinars: 'Fit for the new dawn'

As part of our COVID-19 response efforts, we’ve launched a webinar series titled ‘Fit for the new dawn’ aimed at recruitment business owners to help you navigate these uncertain times. These webinars are free-to-attend for all.

Sign up to our upcoming webinars here

Webinar: Prime Minister's Statement – what this means for recruiters

Developed and delivered by recruiters for recruiters, these free weekly webinars are themed around the primary challenges you are facing in light of COVID-19. Join our next discussion on 4 June at 10am.

Webinar 1: Strategy or Urgency – making the right day-to-day business decisions (Recorded on 26 March 2020) 

In the first in the series of practical live webinars, speakers Paul Jacobs and Howard Greenwood from LoveWorkLife, and Dave Pye and Bradley Placks from ToAugment shared their insight to help recruiters through this unprecedented crisis.

Read the key takeaways

Webinar 2: COVID-19 and managing its impact on cash flow (Recorded on 2 April 2020)

At this time of unprecedented disruption, cash is the lifeblood of any business. 76% of recruiters who participated in our first COVID-19 webinar said cash flow was their primary concern. Eighty-seven per cent of recruiters who took part in our second webinar had either started the process to access cash through government support (43%) or plan to do so (44%).

Read the key takeaways

Webinar 3: Sustaining business performance during COVID-19 (Recorded on 9 April 2020)

This is the time for great leaders to emerge and push the business forward – use this time to put the competition aside and connect with peers, learn and share experience, help others to adapt and navigate through change.

Download the key takeaways

Webinar 4: Strength from adversity – deriving positives from the negative (Recorded on 16 April 2020)

In our fourth edition, mental health advisor Chris Allen outlines strategies to overcome fear and anxiety, and Howard Greenwood, from LoveWorkLifeConsultancy talks about how recruitment leaders can support mental health.

Download the key takeaways

Webinar 5: Creating the agility to flourish in a post-COVID-19 world (Recorded on 23 April 2020)

In this episode, we look at strategies recruiters should deploy now to prepare for what lies ahead.

Read our summary 


Resources to support your business

Crisis comms
  • Our comms team have created a guide to help members deal with crisis comms and managing journalists. To request the guide, contact Director of Sales and Marketing, Kate Shoesmith, or Head of Communications, Shazia Ejaz
Data protection
  • The Information Commissioner’s Office has created a Coronavirus hub on their website to help businesses and individuals navigate data protection during the pandemic - find it here
Labour market intelligence
  • (09.04.20) Press release - Report on Jobs: Recruitment activity falls sharply as COVID-19 pandemic hits the UK - see the press release here.
  • JobsOutlook data on employer confidence, hiring intentions and much more.  
Mental health and wellbeing
  • REC business partner Howden has created a hub of resources to help employers manage employee wellbeing during the covid-19 crisis, including advice for working parents, dealing with anxiety, and productivity - find it here
Planning for the future
Understanding the Government's support package