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Back in May, in the midst of lockdown, we asked employers and their employees to share their sentiments about the world of work. Now, as government restrictions continue to ease, we surveyed over 13,000 professionals in July to discover their views as we move to the new era of work. So, how have these views have changed and what’s in store for the future? 1. More employers don’t...

The last few months have been tumultuous, the world cast into chaos by coronavirus, nations locked down and reopened, but another defining feature of the year so far has been the continued rise of progressive movements like Black Lives Matter. The outpouring of public support for these movements was quickly adopted by a number organisations, with many rapidly taking to social media to...

Did you intend to start looking for a new job shortly before the COVID-19 outbreak, and are now wondering whether or not you should resume that search? Or perhaps you’ve been forced to seek a new role due to a change in circumstances, directly caused by the coronavirus disruption? Either way, it’s important for you to remember that it is possible to find a new job during this time – or...

The COVID-19 crisis has had a profound impact on the vast majority of industries and, of course, the roles which function within them. This is particularly true of the tech space. The pandemic has  accelerated the digital transformation of most businesses . As such, IT roles have become even more integral to ensuring organisations are able to adapt in an agile and effective...

The world of work as we know it has changed forever and the impact of COVID-19 has meant that we as business leaders have had to adapt the way in which we manage our employees. As we continue to embark on this new era of work, being open and transparent with our staff is more important than ever. In fact, it will be crucial to the success of organisations going forward. At the...

Nothing I could have learned at business school could have ever prepared me for the past four months. While these weeks have undoubtedly been some of the most challenging of my career, they have also been some of the most valuable in terms of lessons learned. This period of time will be ingrained in my mind forever more. I will never forget it, and nor should I. The world will never be...

Choosing which employer you want to work for, and whether or not you want to accept a role, has always been a crucial decision that’s potentially life-changing. It’s a personal choice that’s rooted in both your values and aspirations for the future. However, it’s likely that during the coronavirus lockdown, you’ve been afforded more time to reflect on your career trajectory and...

With so much uncertainty about what tomorrow will bring, it is understandable that many people may be feeling anxious about their job security. However, there is also every reason to be hopeful and optimistic. The coronavirus crisis is revealing a world of new opportunity and a new era of work. It will be different, but that doesn’t mean it will be worse. Of course, feeling anxious...

The global COVID-19 pandemic has caused business models to pivot in record time. As a result, leaders are facing the challenge of their careers and are juggling more priorities than ever as they navigate their organisations through this crisis. Despite their busy schedules, it’s never been more important that leaders ensure diversity and inclusion remains high on the agenda as we...

We are currently living through a unique period in history – one in which there is little to no precedent to draw on as we make strategic decisions that will potentially have extraordinarily far-reaching impacts. It’s becoming increasingly clear that one of the legacies of this time will be the spotlight that the pandemic has thrown onto the public sector, and the way in which people...

The dramatic changes brought to our working world by the Covid-19 crisis led to an overnight increase in remote working. However, as we transition into a new era of work, rather than returning to ‘9-5’ office-based work, remote work is looking likely to become far more common. After all, in the last few months, employers and professionals have realised that many traditionally office-based...

During the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, it seemed that everybody wanted to take advantage of the extra time on their hands and learn a new skill. But as the confusion and uncertainty of those early months gives way to an understanding that we are entering a new era of work, this eagerness to learn has not gone away. In fact, as professionals increasingly understand that to...

The Chancellor’s statement goes some way to addressing the level of support needed for young people and it includes a number of incentives which should give employers more confidence to hire. The focus on jobs is welcome and essential for our recovery. However, we need to remain mindful that even as unemployment rises, skills gaps are still evident and any investment should be very...

The global COVID-19 crisis has completely changed our lives, impacting our daily routines, the way in which we connect with people, our livelihoods and much more, which can lead to feelings of insecurity and uncertainty. As restrictions have been relaxed in several countries, business professionals may have been required to return to the workplace or are expected to in the near...

The global COVID-19 pandemic is set to change how and where we will operate in the next era of work, potentially for good, and as restrictions are gradually starting to be relaxed in several countries, business leaders who haven’t already, are now planning how they can safely enable their employees to return to the workplace, whilst helping to manage any anxieties they may have and...

Like everything else about this year, Pride 2020 will be different. Typically, in cities across the UK and Ireland, millions of people use Pride to congregate and show their support and solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic will move 2020’s celebrations online, it’s vital that we continue in our commitment to making progressive strides forward. No...

With the much relied upon furlough scheme drawing to a close in October and the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic likely to be felt a long way into the future, it is possible that as an employer you may have to implement and manage a redundancy scheme or restructuring process at your organisation in the coming months. You may understandably be concerned about both the...

Conducting job interviews remotely is set to become commonplace as we enter the next era of work. But how can you replicate that ‘feeling’ candidates get for your organisation when they interview with you in-person, if they are just staring into a screen, devoid of the sensory overload they would experience during a face-to-face interview? How can a potential employee truly get an...

The COVID-19 crisis has brought sweeping change to so many aspects of our lives - where we work being one of them. Some of these changes will be permanent. Indeed, many organisations have found that having a greater number of their employees based at home has worked out well for all parties. As a result, some employers have decided to shift completely to remote working for good, while...

As a phased return to the workplace begins to become a reality for many of us, you’ll find the workplace you’re returning to is very different from the one you left. For some, the rapid move to remote working may have been a big adjustment, but transitioning back could be an even greater challenge. To begin with, adherence to social distancing will see your former workplace layout...

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