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This month not only marks International Women’s Day, but it is also a year since the Covid-19 pandemic necessitated the UK’s first nationwide lockdown. Marking these two anniversaries so close together should make us reflect on how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted women. We recently conducted a poll on LinkedIn, in which respondents were asked how the Covid-19 crisis had impacted...

Data suggests that women have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic in terms of redundancy and the amount of time they are committing to domestic and educational responsibilities. But there are also some emerging employment trends that could open up new and exciting opportunities for women. The pandemic has caused many employers to challenge their assumptions about work and...

Teaching staff are on the frontline of the effort to create a safe environment for learning, and the effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 while ensuring a high standard of education is weighing heavily on their wellbeing. But it doesn’t stop there. Everyone at your school is feeling the pressure and dealing with the changes, from facilities and maintenance staff, to senior leaders. The...

  An 8.9% reduction in hours worked across the UK in June freed up a potential 94.2 million training hours for the country’s workforce, and research shows leaders who used this time to invest in skills are more confident of recovery post-COVID.   Research by The Open University has revealed that across the UK, 67% of organisations say learning...

  The most recent updates to the Department for Education’s latest ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (KCSIE) guidelines are in effect from 1st of September, with key updates focusing on Covid-19, mental health, child criminal exploitation, child sexual exploitation, GDPR and more. We advise you to review the full set of guidelines here, but below you’ll find a summary of...

  As we approach the start of a very unique academic year, this is an excellent time to reflect and set goals for the year ahead. By implementing a teacher improvement plan centred on critical skills development and wellbeing, you can support your staff in two crucial focus areas for the post-COVID school. The day-to-day school environment is very different from the one we stepped out...

  Headteachers managing remote teams gained a valuable new set of skills in the lockdown which, if developed, will continue benefit them long into the future. Challenges of leading school staff remotely Before the coronavirus outbreak, leadership in a remote setting was a major concern for most companies, but likely not on many schools’ radars. However, as closures impacted up to 63...

  Recent studies have shown us that most teachers love their work and enjoy making a difference – so why are so many of them seeking greener pastures? Did you know that more than 20% of new teachers leave teaching within their first two years, and 33% leave within their first five years? Around 82% of teachers say the most positive aspect of their job is being able to make a...

  A work-life balance is all about balancing work and home life in accordance with your priorities. For many teachers this can be a difficult task; however, Hays Education’s Stephanie Croxford, herself a former teacher, has compiled a list of top tips to help your teachers on their way to optimising their work-life balance. Top Tips 1. Prioritise. Your teaching staff need to decide...

  As mental health and wellbeing becomes an increasing priority for schools, we’ve put together our top tips on how you can promote positive mental health in your classrooms. 1. Building awareness Giving students the knowledge and awareness about mental health is the first step in forming a culture of positive mental health in school. A useful initial activity would be to have an...

In these socially-distant times, isolation and uncertainty can cause anxiety and stress, and have a detrimental impact upon our general wellbeing and mental health. Towards the end of 2020, we carried out a survey of over 16,200 UK professionals. Our findings showed that wellbeing fell after the first lockdown was announced in March last year, with the most commonly cited reasons for this...

We’re coming up to the time of year when many people will overindulge during the festive holiday and then make ambitious resolutions about all the healthy behaviours they are going to undertake in the new year. Gym memberships tend to explode in January, but it is usually quiet again a couple of months later. The problem is we all have some unhealthy habits and replacing them with healthier...

Take one: You’re kicking off a new strategic project, so you call a meeting with your team. During the meeting, you’re asked a question that challenges your thinking. You’re caught off guard. More “why?” and “what if?” questions are fired your way. You gloss over it. You interject. Things are not headed exactly where you wanted them. You move on to the next item on the agenda. There is a...

After the ups and downs of this year, we all deserve a well-earned break over Christmas. It’s important to take this time to relax, recharge and refresh for the upcoming year. However, the festive period is also a good time to evaluate your professional life and set a new direction for the year ahead. If a new job is on the horizon for you, then you need to take a proactive approach to job...

Although there has been immense upheaval across the world of work this year, tech is one of the sectors that fortunately has remained resilient. As a result of COVID-19, organisations have had to reprioritise their technology objectives and strategies, leading to a surge in demand for certain roles in the tech space. Effects of the pandemic Digital transformation was sweeping across the...

The pandemic has severely impacted not only the majority of organisations across the UK, but all generations within the workforce. We’ve seen some older workers exiting the workforce early, whilst those at the beginning of their careers have also been greatly affected. Research indicates that job losses resulting from the pandemic are highly concentrated among the under 25s – the so-called...

The end of calendar year is quickly approaching, which for many organisations is a time to come together, celebrate achievements and see the year out in style. With ongoing Covid restrictions making most in-person gatherings unfeasible, employers will have to be a bit more creative with their approach to celebrations. The festive season provides an important opportunity for employers to...

If you are finding that new hires are struggling to effectively onboard during this period of increased hybrid and remote working, or you are experiencing higher than normal early stage attrition, it’s worth considering if you are assessing candidates effectively in relation to the demands that are being placed on them at the moment.     Alongside the technical skillsets that...

One of the most consequential impacts of the pandemic has been the number of redundancies across our world of work. Many organisations have faced drastic budget cuts as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, leaving those on the receiving end in need of work and potentially unsure about their careers. If you are one of the many in this position, you may feel as though the future of your...

The life sciences industry has, unsurprisingly, grown exponentially during 2020 because of the impact that COVID-19 has had on the sector. The demand for IT skills has also increased within life sciences to support the industry to keep innovating, tracking and pursuing a vaccine to COVID-19, as well as other diseases and conditions. These IT skills have been crucial in the development of the...

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