Your employees might have been furloughed, but that doesn't mean you have to stop supporting their learning and development. Learn how here.

April 2, 2020
June 26, 2023
Learning And Development

Until last month I can’t ever remember using the word furlough and to be honest, I’m not quite sure I knew what it meant but now we all do. Many of you reading this may have been furloughed or at the very least you’ll probably know someone who has.

Every furloughed worker may feel differently about the unfamiliar situation they’ve found themselves in. Some may be worried about whether they will have a job to come back to. Others may feel that they are not valued enough in the organisation. Even those who might start off feeling relieved to have paid time off work, can end up with the novelty wearing off and feeling anxious from the significant time away from work.

So what can you do to support your furloughed employees?

Although furloughed employees cannot undertake any work, they can however undertake training. Business owners and People Leaders can use this opportunity to support the personal and professional development of their furloughed workers, and engage with their employees so they don’t feel out of sight, out of mind. We appreciate this might not be possible for all organisations and that’s why we’re offering our people development platform HowNow for 3 months and in return you can ‘pay-what-you-want’. Seriously.

We're happy to offer it free of charge but if you choose to pay anything at all, this would go towards Room to Read to support 1.2 billion vulnerable children who are out of school due to Covid-19.

What does it include?

  • Expertly curated courses, blogs, podcasts and ebooks on everything from sales and marketing to leadership and technical skills.
  • Resources to help employees with their mental health and financial wellbeing.
  • Built-in tools to add your own content and share with your furloughed colleagues.
  • Web and mobile apps.

How to get started

If you would like to support your employees with learning then please get in touch with us on or pop a message in the chat in the bottom right corner. We’ll get you set up in a matter of days and be there throughout the process if you need any support at all. Keep well and stay safe.