Hows your crystal ball?
My bet is that youve spent a fair bit of the last 15 months or so gazing deeply into it and trying to predict the future.
And Im equally sure that lots of your predictions like mine have been wide of the mark.
If there was any certainty to be had when the pandemic struck, it was that nothing was certain.
Funny, isnt it? When we talk about a toxic work culture, we always assume we are talking about another company.
But how many of us in positions of leadership actually know what the working environment is like on our own shop floors and could honestly say there is no evidence of toxicity there?
From a business point of view, there is nothing to be gained from a poor work environment. Productivity drops, morale plunges, staff start taking more sick leave and employee turnover increases as unhappy workers vote with their feet.
Add in the possibility that at some point a really toxic environment will lead to expensive tribunal or court cases, and it is a situation which needs remedying as soon as possible.
There was a fairly seismic change in the tax rules for employing contractors at the start of this month and its already causing headaches.
Under the new IR35 arrangements, if you hire self-employed people and are a medium or large-sized enterprise, its now your duty to make sure you do so on the correct tax basis.
The change means that anyone you take on consistently should be employed on a PAYE basis rather than being left to look after their own tax affairs.
How has working from home been for you over the last 15 months?
Theres no doubt that, for many of us, the chance to work remotely has been one advantage of the lockdown which has blighted the last year or so. Weve been able to juggle work and home life more effectively, cut down on travelling and see more of our family.
But we also know that working from home comes with a number of disadvantages.
It can be difficult to switch off from work, lead to increased isolation, longer hours and increased wellbeing and mental health issues.
There are few things worse than finding yourself in a toxic work culture.
Anybody who has experienced it knows just how draining, exhausting and counterproductive such an environment can be.
The signs that your workplace has fallen victim to such a corrosive culture are not always as obvious as you might think.
Whilst some might be straightforward enough a boss who yells, screams, singles out staff members unfairly and changes their mind at a moments notice others are more nuanced.
If youre self-employed and particularly if you work through a limited company or Personal Services Company you wont need us to tell you that IR35 came into force at the start of this month.
The new arrangements are meant to crack down on contractors and employers exploiting a loophole in the tax rules which make it more efficient to hire a contractor through a limited company.
HMRC thought this was being abused, and contractors who were essentially employees were dodging significant tax liabilities.