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Feeling like you are ‘stuck’ or in a rut at work can be extremely frustrating, particularly in today’s challenging labour market. Perhaps you were on track for a promotion before the onset of the crisis, only for it to be delayed? Is your learning and development stalling as a consequence of ‘firefighting’ in the here and now? Or do you simply feel stuck in your job, but cautious about...

  The make-up of the workplace is changing as many organisations take on more contractors and temporary staff. But as demand for non-permanent employees increases, how can businesses attract these workers when they need them? The increase in demand for contract workers has been one of the most prominent developments in the workplace in recent years. A 2019 Oxford Economics and...

COVID-19 has driven demand for digital and technology talent globally in 2020. Here’s how businesses can stand out in a competitive market. Demand for technology talent has evolved rapidly since the start of the pandemic. At first, there was a hugely increased demand for candidates that could enable remote working – people with cloud-based skills that could deploy systems like AWS and...

Across the UK, strict Covid-19 related social restrictions are in place and people are once again being asked to work from home. But there’s something different about this latest round of restrictions, whether it’s due to the shortening days, colder weather or just a case of ‘lockdown fatigue’, it’s weighing more heavily on many of us. It’s critical that during this time of social distancing...

  Disruption is second nature to IT teams. Even before COVID-19 hit, dealing with unforeseen change and innovating in response to it was part of their day-to-day – it was their bread and butter. After all, it’s change and disruption that often fuels the need for technological solutions. But the pandemic has brought a whole new meaning and momentum to the word ‘disruption’, even in the...

If you’re looking for a new job, the opportunity to learn new skills, and discover content and connections that can support your career, then LinkedIn is the place for you. With 700+ million people on LinkedIn globally, including recruiters and prospective employers, and millions of jobs available, it gives you the best opportunity to find your dream role. In this blog, you can find top tips...

Figures show that a large percentage of adults with brain differences are being left out of the world of work. In this article, we’ve explored why you should be doing more to hire neurodiverse employees in your organisation, as well as how you can improve their representation. Diversity and inclusion have been major areas of focus for many organisations in recent years, and for good reason....

The past few months have seen businesses start to depend on the digital capabilities of their teams more than ever before, but increased reliance on technology has also exposed a widening digital skills gap across the UK. As the economy starts up again, bridging the gap is going to become crucial to maintaining a competitive advantage. A government report revealed that...

With remote working looking to be central to the new era of work after the lockdown lifts, here are a few simple ways that you can overcome critical challenges and continue to support your team from afar. As more companies acknowledge the benefits of a more flexible workforce, more than two-fifths (44%) of organisations are planning to change their flexible working policies as a...

Covid-19 has strong-armed organisations into changing the way they operate, in order to retain productivity while also maintaining social distancing, the future of work for many will be ‘hybrid’. What is Hybrid Working? Hybrid working is an approach to staffing involving a combination of remote, semi-remote and entirely office-based employees, potentially working to different scheduled...

  With industries at a standstill, many on furlough and reduced hours across several sectors, the total number of hours worked in the UK in June dipped by 8.9% compared to the year before. This freed around 94.2 million potential training hours across the UK workforce, and businesses who leveraged this training time have revealed they expect to recover more quickly...

To say that the public sector has been challenged in recent months is an understatement. Organisations that were already under considerable pressure to deliver were suddenly seen as a vital lifeline for many, providing critical help in a time of national crisis. Many employers could be forgiven, therefore, for losing their focus on areas that were previously high priority, such as equality,...

Of course, the pandemic took us all – governments, organisations and individuals – by surprise. However, many of us have now moved from the ‘crisis’ phase of dealing with the pandemic, into a more considered ‘new normal’. As we navigate the bumpy path ahead, it is worth remembering that some of the long term, negative effects of the pandemic may not be unprecedented, and can be...

Organisations are increasingly monitoring their employees. While many workers may have considered this an invasion of their privacy in the past, new research indicates this perception is changing to a more positive one. But how can businesses get it right? From their keystrokes and browsing history to their brainwaves and emotions, organisations are gathering more data on employees than...

If you have a science or science related degree, a PhD or experience in a related industry, you have already met the base level qualifications requirement for working in a research-focused team, such as medical affairs, in the life sciences industry. The main objective of the medical affairs team is to strategically partner with the commercial and research roles within a...

If you’re currently in fulltime employment, the change and uncertainty that has come hand-in-hand with the COVID-19 pandemic may have understandably left you with a feeling that you need to somehow prove yourself, or, position your role as ‘indispensable’. After all, this is a highly pressurised time and will inevitably lead many to worry about the future. Failing to manage this situation in...

Given the current climate, there has been an increased focus on the importance of looking after our mental health, not only for the obvious benefit of our wellbeing in our personal lives, but also to support career satisfaction and development, both now and in the future. So in this podcast, we are joined by Dr. Megan Jones Bell, Chief Strategy and Science Officer at mindfulness and...

Many of my clients are busy, high-performing professionals, working in high responsibility roles. So, I’m often asked about how best to interact and deal with perfectionist managers. Here’s a selection of the common questions and concerns I tend to receive, and my tried and tested advice on this topic: “The pressure of trying to get EVERYTHING perfect stresses me out, to a point where I’m...

People automatically look to their leaders in times of crisis, and the last few months have certainly delivered some of the greatest challenges those leaders have ever faced. However, once the immediate tests posed by the pandemic have subsided, leaders will need to be equipped to succeed in a significantly transformed world of work – one in which remote, hybrid and flexible working practices...

Construction and property was impacted hard by Covid-19. Employers who were able to do so switched to working remotely practically overnight. Priorities shifted, and employers could be forgiven for putting previously major areas of focus, like equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I), on the back burner. Months on from our first lockdown, we have started to gauge the impact of the crisis...

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