NEWS22 April 2020

New online community launched for furloughed staff

Covid-19 News People Technology UK

UK – The independent agencies association Marketing Agencies Action Group (MAAG) has created an online community for employees who have been furloughed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The online community, called Independents FC, will offer free training and support sessions for staff unable to work due to the impact of Covid-19.

Furloughing involves the government covering 80% of an eligible employee’s monthly salary up to a maximum of £2,500 a month during the pandemic. The furlough scheme applies to anyone on a company’s payroll before 19 March, and has been extended until 30 June.

The launch programme for Independents FC includes training and coping mechanisms for mental health and wellbeing.

Other training programmes, which will be supported by the remote working platform Slack, include topics on presenting with confidence and sustainability.

Clive Mishon, director of MAAG, said: “During these challenging and unprecedented times, we’ve seen a new and large community of people emerging – those who have been furloughed by independent agencies. 

“It’s likely to be a very difficult time for those that have been furloughed. But we firmly believe that while they’re not available to work for their agencies, they should not be cut off from their industry or their peers. In fact, this is a great time for them to learn more about the industry so they can return to work stronger than ever.”