Returning to work after 13 weeks of Furlough

Neil Clifton, MD for Cube, returns back to work this week after 13 weeks of being furloughed during the Covid-19 crisis.

At the end of March, a strategic decision was made to furlough Neil. Not a decision taken easily, but with his wife a Sister in Intensive Care and working on the front line, Neil was deemed be the biggest risk to Cube being able to continue to manufacture and deliver for our customers.

For Neil this was a unique opportunity as MD and Business Owner. A chance to spend time away from the business and reflect without the usual day to day distractions.

Neil comments, ‘Being put onto Furlough was a once in a lifetime experience (we hope). Having the rare opportunity to spend every day with my family, being with my daughters, learning how to be a teacher, as well as being there to support my wife in her role on the frontline.

From the start I was determined to set myself daily goals, splitting the days into segments of teaching the girls, exercising and work on the house or in the garden. I also had the time to develop my passion for cooking, new recipes and photography with my new foodie website now developed and launched ( I was even invited to be a podcast guest to talk about my food travels.

Time out from the daily management of the business has meant that I’ve had time to reflect, think more broadly about the how to move Cube forward and adapt to doing business in the new Covid-19 world.

In has been a unique and extremely valuable experience for both my family and the future growth of Cube.’

With a healthy pipeline for Cube and new projects won even just this week, Neil is very much back to business.

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