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Hybrid and remote working trends for 2023

A recent survey found that one-third (33%) of employers offer a completely virtual interview process, with an additional 21% resorting to in-person interviews only for final rounds. It’s clear that virtual interviews have become a standard part of the hiring process, even as organisations are beckoning their employees back to their corporate offices. Although many UK professionals have grown accustomed to using video-conferencing tools like Zoom in lieu of in-person meetings for work, data shows that not all job candidates have yet to master the art of the virtual interview and would benefit from doing so.

Article by Amanda Augustine 7 February 2023


How to Upgrade Your Poor Hiring Process: 2023 Tricks

A well-structured hiring process is crucial for attracting top talent and retaining employees. This includes creating an accurate job description, developing a hiring timeline, utilizing social media, working with an employer of record, campus hiring, hiring remote workers, and having a transparent hiring process. To create an effective job description, use specific language to reflect your brand culture and accurately describe responsibilities and requirements. To create a hiring timeline, factor in the time it takes to hire and schedule interviews, assignment reviews, and offer rollout. Utilize social media to expand your reach and engage potential candidates. Working with an EOR can assist with global expansion and outsourcing needs. Campus hiring is useful for large-scale hiring and filling entry-level positions. Remote working can boost productivity and lower costs. A transparent hiring process that includes honest feedback and a timeline can improve the candidate experience and reduce stress.

Article by Crystal Berg 2 February 2023


The 6W Methodology for Enhancing the Probability of Success in Innovation Initiatives within Progressive Organizations

Innovation is a journey and not a destination. There is no ‘final’ arrival, rather, it is a relatively ‘short sojourn’ before the beginning of the next phase to create a viable ‘breathing space’ with respect to the competition until they catch up and ‘squeeze’ the ‘profit margins and market goodwill’ being earned at the expense of their earlier shortcomings. Unfortunately, this fact is frequently lost within the lofty visions propounded by the corporate leadership as they align their organizational imperatives behind the ‘verbiage’ of being an ‘exemplary’ business entity since the very foundations of being ‘exemplary’ are fluid in nature due to the rapid evolution in the Digital Age. This can be seen in the emphasis that has shifted from being ‘Stable’ to ‘Agile’ to ‘Hybrid’ in terms of ‘organizational functionality’ to stay relevant and competitive for overcoming the challenges of ‘opportunistic’ competitors and ‘groundbreaking’ startups.

Article by 1 February 2023


How to be impartial in workplace disputes

Being impartial is a quality that can and needs to be learnt. And is an essential part of building a reputation as a good people manager or leader.

Article by Arran Heal 1 February 2023


Voyage of discovery

It goes beyond identifying problem areas and looks at opportunity areas, where improvement, enhancement or optimisation of technology (or ways of working) can make a far more meaningful difference to a business’s performance.

Article by Alan Walker 31 January 2023


The End of HR – the Future of HR?

HR used to be called Personnel – The name changed to reflect a more rounded function, which blended training and development with the admin role. It is clear enough that the function deals with the legal and admin aspects of employees as well as training and development. But what we don’t usually see is that HR and employees are operating within a complex system and thus, all their activities are subservient to that system. When the system is intentionally distorted by the law and by whatever becomes normal behaviour, then we get a function that is no longer looking after the best long-term interests of employees but is actually engaged in exploiting those employees to realise such concepts as “sustainable growth” – a discredited whimsey of a sub-set of our economic system and maybe an oxymoron.

Article by 29 January 2023


Do flexible working policies lead to a two-tier workforce?

Two-tier workforces are not a new phenomenon, but how it’s defined in today’s economy is. In the past, the two-tier workforce was characterized by differences between white and blue-collar workers. Now, the two-tier workforce can be seen in the differences between those who have access to flexible working arrangements and those who do not.

Article by Eugene Tavyev 28 January 2023


Essential tips on how to hire during a recession

Hiring is predicted to become a 'buyers-market' in 2023 as there are more candidates looking for roles, and fewer are roles available. How hiring organisations' navigate this landscape will be key to scalable growth. Here are some pointers to be aware of.

Article by Rob Symons, General Manager EMEA - SmartRecruiters 26 January 2023


Identifying the main types of business risk

Running a business comes with its own set of risks, from strategic to operational, reputational and compliance risks. In this article, we'll explore the different types of risks and how to measure them. Learn how to safeguard your business and ensure its long-term success.

Article by Dana Wolf 25 January 2023