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How companies can reduce fixed costs and add flexibility to recruitment

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK economy has shrunk and, unavoidably, entered recession. According to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), it will be our nation’s deepest recession in 300 years.

Many organisations are focusing on a short to medium term strategy of remaining commercially viable whilst also preparing for a difficult commercial landscape for the foreseeable future. But they should consider an alternative approach to Talent Acquisition that could make a significant difference to their longer-term financial health and growth. It’s time to make new choices.

Article by 29 July 2020


Now’s not the time to cut HR budgets

Lockdown has been a test lab. There have been high-profile cases of how using remote technologies changes the dynamic and can catch people out: such as Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething, who was heard being abusive about a fellow Assembly member on Zoom by 20 other participants. But also, more generally, there’s been reports of how remote working creates new fault lines and pressures in team relationships and more potential for conflict. There have been many cases of an increased sense of togetherness among remote workers, battling adversity through lockdown, but this was a temporary phenomenon. The novelty and glow of community has been replaced by a growing familiarity with the realities of the ‘new normal’.

Article by 23 July 2020


The New Era of Executive Search

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the restrictions imposed have effectively ripped up the executive search rulebook. That might not be a bad thing. While technology advancements in the last decade have propelled the recruitment industry, executive search has generally not evolved and instead stayed truer to its roots – depending on extensive networks, specialised industry knowledge and building relationships face to face.

Article by 21 July 2020


Why Trust is Critical to Your Return to Work Strategy

As the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is motoring forward with plans to get people back into work and relaxing the two-metre rule to allow businesses to reopen, employers are developing plans to bring employees back to work safely, giving careful thought to flexible working schedules, seating configurations, visitor policies, use of lifts, food delivery, and much more.

Article by 20 July 2020


Preparing to return to work post-lockdown

As many businesses begin the slow process of returning to work and bringing employees back from remote working or furlough, there are many areas to think about to ensure businesses are protected and employees are kept safe and well.

Article by 14 July 2020


Bridging the gap: Meeting the expectations of a hybrid workforce

We have entered a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic. While it still feels too soon to say we’re emerging from it, some organisations are taking tentative steps in that direction. This is evident in the rising proportion of people gradually returning to their places of work. Last week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released data indicating that 44% of adults had travelled to work in the past seven days, compared with 41% in the previous week.

Article by 10 July 2020