In the dynamic UK business environment, Sketch Labs has reported a remarkable twofold increase in the demand for 'coworking space' over the past five years. This trend highlights a significant shift towards remote and hybrid working models, with employees increasingly seeking flexible environments to harmonise their work and personal life.
Year after year, a new cohort of fresh graduates enter the job market, seeking to put their newly found skills and knowledge to good use. As a startup, you may be sceptical of hiring fresh graduates straight out of university. Perhaps you feel like they don’t have enough experience. Or you don’t have the time and resources to properly train graduates.
As a scaleup, you've proven your business model. But now, as you shift your focus to expansion, your success depends on your ability to attract, retain, and develop a talented workforce. A poorly thought-out hiring strategy can lead to extra time pressures on the team, low morale, and reputational risk - factors that can easily be mitigated with the right plan in place.
A new research report by Arctic Shores, the task-based psychometric assessment provider, has revealed that the adoption of Generative AI is already embedded among today's early careers population, with 7 in 10 of respondents expecting to use ChatGPT while completing a job application or assessment in the next 12 months, and 17% already using it.
For the modern-day worker, the world should – in theory – be an open playing field of adventure and ambition. But in practice, regardless of how appealing it might sound, it is not always feasible to pack up your belongings, relocate to a new country, and begin your job with zero issues in terms of workplace socialising, engagement and administration.
A reactive approach to offering wellbeing support is still the most common option among employers, according to research from Towergate Health & Protection. The figures show that 42% of companies still opt for directing employees to support when requested, which can fall short when it comes to encouraging engagement or effective utilisation.
In increasingly fractured workplaces, where remote working is now an employee expectation, new research by 438 Marketing, which specialises in cultural transformation within businesses, has found that many employers are failing to engage with their internal audiences, within and beyond the day job, where poor comms and outdated use of technology are commonplace.
According to new research from GRiD, the industry body for the group risk sector, affordability - competing with budget for other business needs - was cited as the biggest challenge in supporting the health and wellbeing of staff, by 30% of employers. However, 98% of those that measure the impact to the business in supporting staff say it is positive.
Global survey results from IE University, #WorkAnywhere and Remote have revealed office workers are experiencing the highest levels of burnout and lowest levels of happiness and job satisfaction. This is when compared to remote and hybrid workers – indicating that the office environment isn’t the effective separator between life and work that many believe it to be.
Amid the marked shift to remote and hybrid working models, many employers may have cause to consider whether their current establishment remains fit for purpose and offers value for money. But, while it can be tempting to up sticks and relocate, there is often also a compelling business case for staying put and refurbishing. For employers rethinking their workplace approach, Adrian Gleeson, strategy directory at Rhino Interiors Group, explores the key considerations to determine whether improving or moving is right for you.
As Gen Z continues to enter the workforce and assume positions of influence, organisations worldwide are experiencing a shift in common working styles. By 2025, Gen Z is projected to make up 27% of the workforce. The generation born between the late 1990s and early 2010s is bringing fresh perspectives to the workplace. Is this reshaping the future of work? RADA Business shares insights into Gen Z leadership styles.
We may not think about it often, but community is critical to people’s mental health. Not only is connecting with others crucial to our overall wellbeing, loneliness and isolation can harm our mental and physical health. This means that fostering community has become key to supporting health, especially in the workplace, where most of us will spend a third of our lives and most of our waking hours.
From Airbnb to Zopa, more and more businesses are leading the way in allowing employees to work from abroad throughout the year. This is a positive step forward for a more inclusive, borderless approach to work. However, many of the conversations around these benefits focus on swapping your home office for the beach.
Nine in ten small business bosses would now consider extending their holidays to work abroad flexibly, by an average of six days, new research shows. The study, by Samsung For Business, and featuring responses from 500 small business owners and senior business decision makers, sheds light on the growing trend of bosses considering extending their holidays abroad to work remotely.
With the Carer’s Leave Bill receiving Royal Assent and due to become law in 2024, the Government has recognised the number of working carers who need support. Towergate Health & Protection is urging employers to act now to ensure they can deliver the changes and provide the necessary support for their employees who are carers.
As the Founder of JetLearn, a company which spans almost every time zone across the globe, I am no stranger to the challenges and opportunities presented by the startup world and a remote workforce. The driving force behind any thriving startup is its culture and, in our increasingly interconnected digital world, creating a strong, inclusive, and empowering remote working culture is more than a trend – it's an imperative.
The rise of data-driven business models is creating an insatiable need for data and analytics experts across every industry and business – including start-ups and SMEs. In this article, John Salt, co-founder of Only Data Jobs, a jobs board dedicated to data and analytics positions, explains why small businesses should include a data expert in their roster right from the start.
Consumer messaging apps are hugely popular: around 2 billion of us use WhatsApp, and there is a growing number of alternatives. Messaging apps are a cost-effective and convenient way to keep in touch with family and friends, to organise events and share videos. That said, it can be very risky to use these consumer-grade messaging apps for internal comms at work – although that doesn’t stop people from doing it regardless.
Today, more and more companies are embracing new working models and cultures. In particular, remote work has become mainstream, empowering businesses to expand their hiring pool beyond their geography and find talented candidates wherever they are, as well as offering employees the flexibility to choose where to live without needing to be tied to an office.
Equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) has been an important internal metric for businesses to track for some time and has only grown in importance in recent years. As we understand more about the systemic biases that affect marginalised communities in society, so too do we understand the need to provide a progressive and equitable atmosphere in private enterprise.
For nearly four months, Europe has been dealing with the topic of the war in Ukraine. The current situation also affects recruitment and employee management - leaders, managers and employees are wondering how to talk to their work colleagues or candidates about the difficult issue of the war that is taking place just beyond Poland's eastern border. The tense situation is particularly visible in all the neighboring countries of Ukraine. Here we look at it from the perspective of a country that has received over 3.2 million refugees.
If you’ve stumbled upon this article then the chances are, you’re on the cusp of submitting your very first tax return, with an impending HMRC deadline looming over you. Don’t worry if you’re feeling a little lost and confused at this point - you certainly aren’t alone. Tax returns are confusing, so we’re here with a whistle-stop step-by-step on how to complete your tax return.
We are in an unprecedented time on a global scale. The Coronavirus pandemic has altered our way of life and caused anxiety to sweep across the nation. Not only in the population concerned with the health of themselves and their loved ones, we are in the middle of an employment crisis of its own merit.
You know you need cloud skills within your startup, you have prepared the job spec for the right person (see our Cloud Skills Startip for details), and now you want to make sure that the world knows you are looking for this person and that your startup is the best place to work on earth. And preferably, you don’t want to spend a penny finding that person, because your startup is a lean startup. So how do you do this?
The main challenge met by recruiters when hiring developers is to find qualified candidates for the job vacancy. Because mis-hires are increasingly costly in the tech industry, it is imperative to assess a programmer’s technical skills during the recruiting process to validate whether or not they will be a good fit for the job.