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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...
Whether you have always planned to have a remote team or have been forced to adopt this model due to Covid-19, many leaders have now streamlined their tools and processes for working from home en masse. Creating a remote working environment that works for both you and your employees can be a tricky process and if it isn’t quite right, you might be starting to see motivation levels beginning to drop.  This is especially important...
With Covid-19 far from over, working from home on top of not being able to see loved ones or take a much needed relaxing trip abroad can leave us all feeling a bit fatigued. With a dip in motivation for many, it’s difficult to imagine a working culture which fosters innovation alongside continuing to produce the expected output. With the undeniable benefits to working for and running an innovative company, Covid-19 shouldn’t be a...
Whether your business was already embracing remote work or if you’ve been forced to adopt new practices due to Covid-19, onboarding new workers remotely can be a challenge for any company. It’s incredibly important for a new employee to have a positive introduction to the company. Their first few days can shape their opinions about their new employer and how the business functions.   It is not unusual, given current...
More workers than ever before are skipping the commute and setting up our offices in their own homes. While there are many benefits to this, there is the risk that employees could end up feeling a little isolated if it isn’t managed properly. The social element of going into the office goes a long way to creating a cooperative team that works well together. So what can you do for a team that works remotely and where the members rarely,...
Working away from the familiarities of an office can definitely be a challenge, especially over longer periods of time. Fortunately, there are some practical steps that can be taken to make the process more productive, comfortable and enjoyable. Whether you’re a line-manager, small business owner or freelancer we have compiled some tips to help you maintain a productive home-office space and get into the right mind-set for success....
With remote working on the rise faster than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workers and businesses are now facing a whole new set of challenges. One of these challenges is how to stay secure online now that technology allows us to be more mobile than ever before. Even if they’re not spending all day out of the office, workers now check their emails on the go or take their devices with them to offsite client meetings, using other...