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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...

  The global COVID-19 crisis has already transformed the way in which we work in such a short space of time. As the situation continues to develop and the road to recovery is expected to be a long one, business leaders and professionals must adapt and be agile to the challenges that are presented to them on a daily basis, with valuable lessons to be learned along the way. In this...

We recently surveyed over 16,000 professionals and employers, and according to the findings of our Market Insights Report, nearly a third (31%) of employers are actively recruiting. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this number is higher amongst public sector employers, with nearly half (46%) currently looking to hire – no doubt demonstrating the pressure that the Covid-19 pandemic is currently placing...

As lockdown gradually eases and our way of working continues to adjust, even those who are the most comfortable in their jobs may be questioning what this means for them and their career. While it’s difficult to realistically predict exactly what will happen in the near future, we do know one thing – recruitment is on the agenda for organisations across the country. Keeping an open mind...

According to the findings of our recent Market Insights Report, which surveyed over 16,000 professionals and employers between April and May, 34% of construction and property employers are optimistic about the UK hiring market, and are planning to accelerate their hiring as the lockdown is gradually lifted. But as uncertainty remains a factor, what skills do employers believe are going to be...

In these unusual times, isolation and uncertainty can cause anxiety and stress – and this can be even harder on those who are already struggling with their mental health. Knowing how important it is, we recently carried out a survey of over 16,200 UK professionals. Our findings showed that since lockdown was enforced wellbeing has fallen. Close to two thirds (61%) rated their wellbeing as...

The demand for social care professionals is understandably among the highest across all industries today as employers are on the lookout for strong talent to support them through these testing times. In fact, over two thirds (68%) of social care employers are actively recruiting, according to findings from our Market Insights Report. So, in light of the heightened competition for available...

As government discussions continue over how lockdown measures can continue to ease over the coming weeks and months, many business leaders will be thinking about the steps they must take to bring their teams safely back into the workplace. This will be no small task, and there are a multitude of things to consider, the most important being how to maintain the health, safety and wellbeing of...

The Covid-19 crisis has brought with it an infinite number of challenges, and put considerable strain on the vast majority of UK employers. With nearly a quarter of UK workers put on furlough, the repercussions of the pandemic look set to reverberate for a long while, which may consequently result in restructuring or redundancies at your organisation. You may be understandably concerned...

I’m sure almost all of us will admit it’s easy to get swept up in our day-to-day routine of work and often neglect thinking about our long-term careers. But now, huge amounts of professionals find themselves with more time and flexibility on their hands as a result of being on furlough leave, which I believe presents a valuable opportunity to think about your future and take control of your...

  It’s no understatement to say that the Covid-19 crisis has caused huge shifts to our working practices and transformed industry landscapes beyond recognition. One thing this has made clear, however, is how integral tech professionals with the right skills are to organisational success. Which are the industries to see most demand? Certain industries in particular have seen increased...

It’s no understatement to say that the Covid-19 crisis has caused huge shifts to our working practices and transformed industry landscapes beyond recognition. What this has made clear, however, is how integral tech professionals are to this new working order, particularly with the increased spotlight on systems and technology in the wake of the mass transition to remote working. With some...

Well, what a challenging year this is turning out to be. We’re not even halfway through and have already experienced more change and upheaval than we ever could have predicted, and the changes aren’t stopping or slowing down just yet. No doubt your organisation, like ours, had to make the unprecedented change of catapulting all employees into remote work, almost overnight. No matter where...

  Covid-19 is unlike anything that we’ve seen in recent history. It has dramatically changed our day-to-day lives and the way in which we work, meaning organisations and professionals have had to adapt to this new world rapidly and take on new challenges. One issue, a prolonged period of isolation could create, is the negative impact on people’s mental wellbeing. So, what can we learn...

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