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Whilst consumer preferences for online channels were unquestionably present prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the unexpected global events of 2020 accelerated this trend on an unprecedented scale. Many businesses reacted to the crisis by fast-tracking their digital transformation initiatives, and there was a sharp increase in the number of businesses switching their primary focus to online...

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Covid-19 has forced a revolution in the workplace, and professionals looking for jobs may find the generalist office roles of the past more difficult to come across. Because of the new skills and expertise employers need to complete transformational projects, you’re more likely to succeed in your job search by positioning yourself as a specialist. But if you’re in a general office...

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The world of work has seen revolutionary changes this year and the marketing profession is no exception to this. ‘Business as usual’ took a back seat as organisations handled the immediate impacts of the pandemic and huge numbers of professionals switched to working remotely almost overnight. It’s only now, six months after the Covid-19 lockdown commenced in March, that we are able to start...

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Our world of work has undergone seismic shifts this year and the procurement profession is no exception. ‘Business as usual’ took a back seat as organisations handled the immediate impacts of the pandemic and huge numbers of professionals switched to working remotely practically overnight. Now, six months on from when lockdown commenced in March, we are able to get some sense of the impact...

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Accountancy and finance organisations were impacted hard by Covid-19. ‘Business as usual’ took a back seat as organisations handled the immediate impacts of the pandemic and huge numbers of professionals switched to working remotely practically overnight. Priorities shifted, and areas of focus, like equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I), could easily take a back seat. Months on from...

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The way we think about the office is changing. Covid-19 has forced a revolution in the workplace, and many organisations are rethinking the skills that they require from their teams in order to stay ahead. 72% of office administration and contact centre employers say the skills their teams need to meet key organisational objectives have changed since the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s clear to all...

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How are you feeling? Really? I’ve spoken to lots of people recently who are putting a brave and happy face on things, but underneath, they’re struggling, they’re feeling despondent and finding it hard to motivate themselves at work. They feel as if they’ve lost their work mojo. The summer holidays they were looking forward to were different from what they had planned for or perhaps didn’t...

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In the current chaos and uncertainty combined with the pace of change and fragility of our lives, making time for reflection becomes a necessity for sanity and effectiveness, rather than a simple luxury. I would like to share with you the analogy of the ‘dancefloor and the balcony’ When we are rocking our moves on the dancefloor, we are in the middle of the hustle and bustle, and although...

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At the beginning of this year – which feels like a lifetime ago – the jobs market here in the US was on track to thrive with record low unemployment rates and a very bullish economic outlook. Then, out of nowhere, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and turned the global economy on its head. As a result, the hiring landscape has shifted significantly, with industries experiencing severe...

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The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly brought tragedy and turmoil, there’s no understating that. However, some genuinely positive changes have come about as a result of the disruption. In the early stages of the crisis, you might have understandably imagined that the initial interruption to our lives would only be temporary, and that after a little while, things would generally return to...

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Networking: a word that drives fear into the heart of many introverts! That’s often because many still have a stereotypical view of what networking means. Such as working a room and making a strong charismatic first impression in a time limited situation. This is a very narrow and outdated view of networking in our current world. Of course, now, in the midst of a pandemic, being physically...

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During these uncertain times, many organisations will be looking for cost efficiencies they can make across their established recruitment processes. The most effective solution is often outsourcing some, or all permanent and temporary recruitment, via the use of recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) or managed service providers (MSP). This will unquestionably enable you to tap into...

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  Working remotely has led to many of us having to readdress our work-life balance now that the boundary between the two can be so easily blurred. Progressing your career while working from your home alongside a partner, children or housemates can prove challenging, especially when you add caring responsibilities into the mix. According to recent research from Hays which surveyed over...

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Landing a job interview is always good news, and could lead to an exciting new step in your career. But balancing it with your existing professional responsibilities can be tricky. Even though many interviews are now increasingly being conducted remotely, you will still likely need to somehow manoeuvre getting time off to attend the interview, and potentially reorganise your work schedule...

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought both change and uncertainty to the world of work. As a result, many professionals are feeling unsure about their career paths and how best to take the next steps in their professional journeys. So today we’re joined by Sarah Ellis, Co-founder of the professional training and consultancy business, Amazing If. Sarah is here to provide her expert...

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    For those employees currently facing redundancy, particularly in this uncertain climate, the prospect of having to secure a new role can be daunting, and as an employer you will likely be anxious to ensure that they are in the best place to re-enter the job market. One of the key ways in which they can go about looking to do this is to explore what’s known as the ‘hidden job...

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  The UK labour market has been transformed by the disruptive events of recent months, with heavy job losses in certain key industries dominating the overall picture. However, this is not the full story. What’s the picture of the labour market? The latest Bank of England August 2020 Monetary Policy report highlights that redundancies have predominantly been in certain sectors that...

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The world of tech start-ups and scale-ups is a volatile one at the best of times. But in a world in which the ongoing pandemic is casting uncertainty over our economy, sustainably growing a business which is in its infancy can seem daunting. That’s where Hays Rise can support. Our latest innovation is designed specifically for tech start-ups and scale-ups. It offers access to the most...

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Interrupted education. Internships withdrawn. Cancelled graduation ceremonies. First job offers retracted. First jobs furloughed. First jobs completely lost. The COVID-19 crisis has robbed many of the younger generation – those just on the cusp of starting their professional lives – of experiencing so many of life’s important milestones. It has disrupted the very rhythm of their lives, and,...

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The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately meant that many business leaders are having to take the difficult decision to make structural changes and reductions in headcount. If your organisation is currently going through the process of downsizing, then you must ensure you give your company the best chance to thrive in the new era of work by effectively managing the...

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