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The question of how to make a good impression and ensure you’re being noticed when you’re not in the office is cropping up more frequently as remote work is the new default for many of us. When you’re working from home and not in the same physical space as your colleagues, there will naturally be a different dynamic compared to if you would see them everyday. In an ideal world, we would all simply be judged on the quality of...
After more than a year of living through a pandemic and a sharp increase in the number of people working remotely, everyone knows the drill. However, it’s important that managers find ways to keep the energy of their teams high and make sure everyone is making the most of the day. When your team is largely out of sight, it can be more difficult to ensure that everyone is still engaged and that you spot the signs of burnout early....
The big benefits of remote work for many companies are seen in the medium to long term, so you shouldn’t expect to see everyone rushing back to the office when we finally move into a post-crisis era. While many businesses initially turned to remote work as a short term solution to some of the many challenges of working throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, they are starting to reap the benefits of this way of working as it becomes a more...
Networking is a very important aspect of many career paths and this applies even if you work remotely. Networking can help you establish the relationships that will help you move forwards in your career and expose you to professional opportunities.    Networking might feel extra difficult when you’re working remotely. However, in 2021, that simply isn’t the case. It’s no longer true that you have to be in the...
There’s no doubt that your working environment can have a huge impact on the work that you produce. Numerous studies have shown that your working environment can have an impact on productivity, job performance, happiness and job satisfaction. It’s crucial, therefore, to be able to find or create an environment that works well for you. A report from RAIN Group showed that ‘extremely productive’ workers are 3.3 times...
Our lives have been turned upside down over the last year and that very much includes our working lives. The closure of offices and workspaces has meant that we’ve had to change where we work. But it’s been much more than just relocating. We’ve had to change how we work too. We’ve had to adapt how we communicate with colleagues, develop new skills, rely more on certain technology.    It’s also...
Video interviews are becoming more and more common, especially for roles with remote working benefits. With employers able to look further afield geographically for candidates, video interviews make a lot of sense to reduce travelling costs and to save time.  The interview might be conducted with an interviewer speaking to you directly or there may be pre-recorded questions which you will need to respond to. Both formats will require...
It may seem much longer to some, however, it’s now been a year since the nation first went into lockdown and many had their first taste of remote work. We quickly went from offices surrounded by colleagues to sitting at the kitchen table at home trying to work out how to un-mute the microphone on a video conference call.  So, how has this big remote working experiment gone so far? What have we learned from our makeshift offices...
During the turbulent year that was 2020, many of us were introduced to the world of remote work, whether we wanted to be or not. While this style of work might not be for everyone, many have been pleasantly surprised by the many benefits of remote working. From the additional time available to spend with family and friends that would otherwise be spent commuting, to an improved work-life balance.  Many businesses have also found that...
Over the last year, much has changed about the way we work. Many of us have been working remotely for long periods of time and this doesn’t just have an impact on where we’re working but how we’re working too. Certain skills have become more critical, such as digital literacy and the ability to communicate effectively.   Businesses have had to adapt quickly to the demands of remote working. While there are...
Many of us will be familiar with the ‘post-holiday blues’ and it’s very common after the New Year. With the sharp transition from the festivities of the Christmas period straight back into work, you may find that you’ve lost a little of your motivation, or that you’re feeling more tired than usual, bored or even depressed.  This year, those feelings may be amplified by the difficult circumstances we find...
As we close the chapter on 2020 and start moving into 2021, it’s becoming increasingly clear that there will be a lasting impact on the way that we work. It was with much trepidation that some companies decamped from the office to home in March last year, not entirely sure how things would play out. However, for many businesses and employees, the benefits of remote work quickly started to become clear.  So, in 2021, as...