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Most of us, at some stage or another question ourselves. We question our abilities, our skill, our judgement. We worry that we’re not good enough. We listen to the self-deprecating thoughts buzzing around in our minds, and we take those thoughts to heart. After all, we’re all human and all of us experience a dent to our self-confidence at some stage or another, some more regularly than...

Our lives will never be the same again. I don’t think that’s an exaggeration, it’s a fact. COVID-19 has already, in a matter of just a few weeks, completely changed our world. If you take a step back and really think about the magnitude and speed of what’s happening around us, it’s remarkable – we probably won’t experience anything like it again in our lifetimes. It feels like a line...

A key role for leaders is to engage and motivate their team – but how? And how can you do it when everything is so uncertain and different? To help us to find the answers, it’s useful to look at some of the main elements of engagement and motivation. There are numerous engagement theories and models our there – in fact, the  ‘Engaging for Success’  report of 2009,...

There is much we don’t know about what the world will look like once we emerge from the coronavirus crisis, nor exactly when this will be. What we do know is that we are now entering a new era of work, one that most likely involves hybrid ways of working and managing teams. With this comes a renewed focus by employers on certain technical and soft skills. Here are four skills that...

As we move to a new era of work, many managers will need to coordinate ‘hybrid’ teams working on different schedules – with some working different set hours and others working remotely. Taking a new scheduling approach will be key to navigating this change. With this in mind, here are five things to keep in mind when creating a new schedule to manage your teams effectively, no matter...

In the current pandemic where everything is uncertain and the world of work is completely different, what can we do to maintain our mental wellbeing? How do we manage any worries or feelings of anxiety that we might be having? If things seem uncertain or difficult in this time, or you are wondering how to get through this time, remember the three ABCs of our basic psychological needs...

During any extra free time that lockdown affords, it will come quite naturally for some to take a moment of stillness and reflect on their career – but for others, this will require a more proactive effort. But being physically away from your usual workplace for longer than ever before is a great time to consider both your current job and your future career. To get you started, here...

As an employer you will always aim help your team flourish and succeed, but there will be times when difficult conversations need to be had – whether you are placing your staff on furlough leave or need to discuss flagging performance. Ultimately, you need to do what’s best for your team and your organisation, so here are 6 golden rules to remember which will make those difficult...

The worldwide coronavirus crisis has put managers to the test, and many have had to adapt rapidly to protect their teams and organisations. The paradigm shift to ways of working has been compared to other crises like the Second World War, and just as that conflict was a catalyst for social and economic change, the impact of coronavirus will be far reaching, potentially changing the way we...

Despite the ongoing uncertainty, you should still be looking to the future and considering how you can make your professional ambitions a reality. But how should you conduct your job-search in the wake of coronavirus? How has your profession changed since the advent of the pandemic? And how can you ensure your CV reflects this? 1. Emphasise your change management experience or...

Only a mere few months ago, the world of work looked remarkably different and organisations had priorities completely unlike the ones they have today. In the wake of a crisis however, things can change rapidly, and leaders across industries are finding themselves in need of certain skills to ensure they come out the other side of this pandemic in the best form possible. It seems...

You may not think that being based at home full-time during the current situation is the opportune moment to be moving up the career ladder. However, spending so much time at home can offer a few benefits, the main one being that you have likely gained some spare time to reflect on your career and upskill. So why not dedicate your new-found free time to develop in areas that will place...

As working parents at Hays with 6 children between us aged 2-11 and partners who also work full time, like many we are both currently trying to navigate our way through full time remote working whilst parenting children at the same time. The challenge of confined living will have been particularly acute for those families spending days on end under the same roof, but despite being a...

As the world of work navigates a challenging economic environment caused by the spread of Covid-19, many organisations have had to take the difficult decision to temporarily place their staff on furlough leave. While this may seem daunting on top of social distancing restrictions, for many this time could provide an opportunity to learn new skills which might not have seemed possible...

3 weeks into lockdown, and we’re approaching a very different Easter holiday this year. Typically, children would be finishing school, airports and roads would be busy with holidaymakers, and, as the sun begins to emerge, the parks (and, most likely the pubs) would be full of people excited for the break ahead. However, like everything else during the last few weeks and months, the...

If, as an employer, you are currently finding yourself in the position of having to furlough workers, you might understandably be anxious as to how you can support them, nervous as they will undoubtedly be at the situation. It’s up to you to provide the guiding voice in your organisation, and to make sure those going on furlough know all the facts and feel supported through this...

Your personal brand is unique to you. It’s how employers and those in your network perceive you, sometimes before you’ve even met. It is your first impression. Yet many people leave it to chance, and don’t have the time to shape it into what they need. Thanks to the impact of Covid-19, many workers are finding themselves at home with ample time on their hands, so it may just be the...

  The COVID-19 crisis has left most of the nation under lockdown . Of course, many of us have been left feeling worried or anxious about our own health, as well as the health and wellbeing of our loved ones. However, it’s also had a huge impact on our professional lives. Many organisations are feeling the pressure, and employees need to be even more responsive,...

“I’ve never had a phone or video interview before, what if it goes wrong?” “I feel worried about the impact of the virus, what if that negatively impacts my performance?” 80% of all the thoughts we have are negative. Yes, you read that right, 80% of the 12,000-16,000 thoughts we have every day are negative. And, of course, I don’t need to tell you that this percentage has most...

There is no doubt that these are unprecedented and challenging times. However, you might still be thinking about your career and what your next steps might look like. Here are our tips for job hunting during lockdown: 1. Get the basics ready First things first: ensure you have an up-to-date CV – take a look at our tips on getting your CV ready , or find out more about building ...

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