Connells has confirmed that the majority of staff in their c.600 branches have been furloughed, and apparently will be paid their full salaries and commissions through April and May.
A statement by the company says:
“The majority of our estate agency teams are now on furlough as the high street and property market have gone into stasis. We retain a skeleton staff to oversee and maintain our estate and infrastructure, delivering customer service, support and communications where needed, and utilising our centralised branch support team who are working remotely.
“We are making use of the Government’s furlough scheme to protect our business and safeguard all jobs for the long term and, to help those affected over and above the scheme, Connells Group has decided to pay furloughed colleagues 100% of their basic salary and their commission throughout both April and May.
“We continue to support our colleagues as best we can during this difficult time, and we look forward to when we can all be back to work together and when we can physically re-open our branch doors for business again.”
Companies furloughing staff may find useful a new online communication tool launched by workforce management company, Talon.
The Rehire Project enables organisations to update the staff they’ve had to furlough or lay off with news posts and status updates on company progress and rehiring prospects during this time. Keeping all comms in one secure place, it’s a way of keeping these staff members engaged in a streamlined way.
It also delivers automated check-ins for the company to monitor availability and commence rehiring instantly when business picks up.
The Rehire Project is free for small businesses, charities and the public sector, with larger organisations paying a nominal fee to help support the service for all users. Any profit made during the crisis will be donated to the NHS Charities COVID-19 Urgent Appeal and the World Health Organisation.