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  A work-life balance is all about balancing work and home life in accordance with your priorities. For many teachers this can be a difficult task; however, Hays Education’s Stephanie Croxford, herself a former teacher, has compiled a list of top tips to help your teachers on their way to optimising their work-life balance. Top Tips 1. Prioritise. Your teaching staff need to decide...

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  As mental health and wellbeing becomes an increasing priority for schools, we’ve put together our top tips on how you can promote positive mental health in your classrooms. 1. Building awareness Giving students the knowledge and awareness about mental health is the first step in forming a culture of positive mental health in school. A useful initial activity would be to have an...

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In these socially-distant times, isolation and uncertainty can cause anxiety and stress, and have a detrimental impact upon our general wellbeing and mental health. Towards the end of 2020, we carried out a survey of over 16,200 UK professionals. Our findings showed that wellbeing fell after the first lockdown was announced in March last year, with the most commonly cited reasons for this...

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We’re coming up to the time of year when many people will overindulge during the festive holiday and then make ambitious resolutions about all the healthy behaviours they are going to undertake in the new year. Gym memberships tend to explode in January, but it is usually quiet again a couple of months later. The problem is we all have some unhealthy habits and replacing them with healthier...

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Take one: You’re kicking off a new strategic project, so you call a meeting with your team. During the meeting, you’re asked a question that challenges your thinking. You’re caught off guard. More “why?” and “what if?” questions are fired your way. You gloss over it. You interject. Things are not headed exactly where you wanted them. You move on to the next item on the agenda. There is a...

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After the ups and downs of this year, we all deserve a well-earned break over Christmas. It’s important to take this time to relax, recharge and refresh for the upcoming year. However, the festive period is also a good time to evaluate your professional life and set a new direction for the year ahead. If a new job is on the horizon for you, then you need to take a proactive approach to job...

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Although there has been immense upheaval across the world of work this year, tech is one of the sectors that fortunately has remained resilient. As a result of COVID-19, organisations have had to reprioritise their technology objectives and strategies, leading to a surge in demand for certain roles in the tech space. Effects of the pandemic Digital transformation was sweeping across the...

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The pandemic has severely impacted not only the majority of organisations across the UK, but all generations within the workforce. We’ve seen some older workers exiting the workforce early, whilst those at the beginning of their careers have also been greatly affected. Research indicates that job losses resulting from the pandemic are highly concentrated among the under 25s – the so-called...

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The end of calendar year is quickly approaching, which for many organisations is a time to come together, celebrate achievements and see the year out in style. With ongoing Covid restrictions making most in-person gatherings unfeasible, employers will have to be a bit more creative with their approach to celebrations. The festive season provides an important opportunity for employers to...

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If you are finding that new hires are struggling to effectively onboard during this period of increased hybrid and remote working, or you are experiencing higher than normal early stage attrition, it’s worth considering if you are assessing candidates effectively in relation to the demands that are being placed on them at the moment.     Alongside the technical skillsets that...

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One of the most consequential impacts of the pandemic has been the number of redundancies across our world of work. Many organisations have faced drastic budget cuts as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, leaving those on the receiving end in need of work and potentially unsure about their careers. If you are one of the many in this position, you may feel as though the future of your...

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The life sciences industry has, unsurprisingly, grown exponentially during 2020 because of the impact that COVID-19 has had on the sector. The demand for IT skills has also increased within life sciences to support the industry to keep innovating, tracking and pursuing a vaccine to COVID-19, as well as other diseases and conditions. These IT skills have been crucial in the development of the...

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on the B2B marketing industry. According to research, 69% of B2B marketing functions have changed their marketing approach by returning to basics such as communication, value add, relevancy and empathy. So today, we’re joined by Stacey Danheiser and Dr. Simon Kelly, Principals of Shake Marketing Group, and co- authors of the...

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The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially impacted the B2B marketing industry. According to research, 78% of marketers believe that communicating value is an essential priority this year, making it absolutely crucial for leaders to innovate and come up with new approaches, in order to guide their businesses and employees through this difficult time and beyond. So today, we’re joined...

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Recorded: Thursday 22nd October 2020 Due to the pandemic, professionals across the world have had to adapt quickly to a new way of working, including working remotely or as part of a hybrid team. As a result, it can be difficult to maintain visibility, leaving many unsure about how they can really shine and progress in this new world of work. So in this podcast, we’re joined by...

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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...

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  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...

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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...

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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...

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  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...

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