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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 contemplate...

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 at this...

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 transition...

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 thrive...

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 targeted....

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 future, which...

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 ultimately...

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 lockdown on...

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 practicalities...

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 others...

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 replaced...

As governments around the world slowly start to ease lockdown restrictions, for many leaders, focus is now firmly on how to return to growth when operating with backdrop of uncertainty and unease. This is a monumental challenge, but we can rise to it if we utilise our organisation’s most valuable asset – our people. Post-COVID, people will be the key to driving your organisation’s growth ...

How ‘visible’ do you really feel at work right now, having potentially not seen your managers and colleagues in months, unless via virtual contact? Whether you’ve continued to go into work or are now based remotely, the world of work has changed for us all and that’s posed challenges for many employees trying staying visible and noticed. Findings from over 16,000 respondents in the Hays...

To categorise the last 12 months as ‘stressful’ would be an understatement. Some have been ‘shielding’, separated from their friends and loved ones. Some have been placed on furlough whilst others have seen an increase in their normal day-to-day workload. It’s likely that every one of us has struggled – at least to some degree – with the phenomenal changes wrought by coronavirus on our usual...

Shaking hands enthusiastically before a face-to-face meeting, sharing pens to scribble down ideas during a brainstorming session, bonding with our colleagues whilst taking part in a team building session. These are all innately human social interactions that we wouldn’t have thought twice about doing before the pandemic hit. In our pre-COVID working world, it was interactions like these that...

In these difficult times, most interviews are being conducted remotely either over the phone or by video call.  So, in this podcast, we’re joined by Gaelle Blake, Director of Permanent Employment at Hays UK and Ireland. Gaelle is here to share her expert advice for those who are worried about interviewing remotely, to help them overcome their fears and secure their next job. Below...

Organisations have had to make tough decisions since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of which have directly affected temporary staff. Whether you have had to work remotely, adapt your role or been placed on furlough leave, it’s natural to be curious about what shifts are happening in our world of work and how this impacts your career. Based on recent findings from the Hays Market...

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