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It’s a new year and many of us are feeling a lot more settled than we were 12 months ago in the world of work. As was the case in 2020, last year’s events meant we had to constantly revise the plans and ambitions we had set out in January. In Britain, the Cambridge Dictionary has announced that ‘perseverance’ is its Word of the Year for 2021. Defined as ‘continued effort to do or achieve...

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You’ve just had your year-end performance review. And you’re not happy. There could be several reasons for your dissatisfaction. You might have been seeking a promotion that wasn’t forthcoming, or you’ve been denied a new position you were pushing for. Perhaps the pay rise your manager proposed wasn’t as significant as you’d have liked (or felt you deserved). Or, on the other hand, it could...

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If you’re currently in fulltime employment, the change and uncertainty that has come hand-in-hand with the COVID-19 pandemic may have understandably left you with a feeling that you need to somehow prove yourself, or, position your role as ‘indispensable’. After all, this is a highly pressurised time and will inevitably lead many to worry about the future. Failing to manage this situation in...

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“The Great Resignation”: why are so many thinking about quitting? That’s it. They’ve had enough. Enough of the endless Teams calls. Enough of putting their career development on hold. Enough of feeling unsupported, overloaded, and overlooked by their employers. If the reports are true, record numbers of people around the world have come to the realisation that, for them, enough is enough and...

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The Covid-19 pandemic and the massive and sudden challenges it has brought and amplified have been a live demonstration of how technology can help businesses, governments, and civil society overcome complex issues when used responsibly. In Europe, the 2020 shift to digital has created huge opportunities for the tech industry. What many feared would break the investment growth of recent years,...

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The pandemic is continuing to put tremendous pressure on HR functions around the world as they work to prioritise the wellbeing, productivity and engagement of their people, all whilst operating in a very different world.  Both how and where we work is changing at lightning speed, potentially for good, so it’s even more...

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These could be the 5 hottest engineering roles this year Engineers in cloud infrastructure, AI, DevOps, machine learning and more will see plenty of job opportunities in 2021, writes Hays’ David Burke. Throughout 2020, the technology sector once again proved itself to be robust and adaptable, contributing significantly to the Irish economy. It remains an amazing industry for any professional...

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Many organisations have made good progress in improving the diversity of their workforce in recent years. But could understanding and embracing intersectionality help them improve the experience of all employees? Diversity is not a linear issue. As companies seek to be representative of the communities they operate in and that make up their workforce, many still consider their diversity...

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Organisations in the life sciences sector faced quickly evolving recruitment needs throughout the pandemic. But how have these differed around the world, and how can organisations ensure they stand out to candidates in this market? Unsurprisingly in the face of COVID-19, the talent needs of the life sciences sector have evolved rapidly since the pandemic began. While some roles in the sector...

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People automatically look to their leaders in times of crisis, and the last few months have certainly delivered some of the greatest challenges those leaders have ever faced. However, once the immediate tests posed by the pandemic have subsided, leaders will need to be equipped to succeed in a significantly transformed world of work – one in which remote, hybrid and flexible working practices...

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Working from home is becoming the new normal for many, but it isn’t without its challenges. Here are our top 12 tips to work from home effectively, productively and successfully. 1. Designate a workspace “What do I need to work from home?” is often the first question people looking to work remotely ask. Firstly, you need to find a dedicated space that you can use solely as your work zone. If...

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Are you determined that by this year you will finally find your dream job? Have you spent the last few months trying to search and apply for jobs with no avail? Well if that is you, then we can guarantee you are not alone. Long weekends and holiday breaks usually gives people time to reflect on their circumstances, which stimulates them to change things, including their careers. It’s no...

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Finding out what our dream job is a long and complex process that unfortunately not all of us manage to achieve. Many times we cannot find a job that we like or that fits our skills, so we end up demotivated. However, there are a number of ways we can get closer to the perfect job for us. Whether you are looking to change jobs, start a new career or get your first position after...

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If I asked you, “what’s your favourite colour?”, “what’s your favourite food?” or “what’s your favourite movie?” you’d most likely be able to respond, probably instantly. But, if I asked you, “what are your core values?”, “what is your strongest strength?”, or “what is your weakest weakness?”, would the answers come so easily to you? What defines you as a person? The things you value most in...

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Christmas is prime time for catching up with loved ones – whether that will be in person or over video calls this year. However, if you are currently feeling unhappy in your current role, you are, no doubt, dreading being asked the inevitable question: “So how is your job going?” You wouldn’t mind usually, but right now this is a loaded question, simply because the truthful answer is “not...

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Take one: You’re kicking off a new strategic project, so you call a meeting with your team. During the meeting, you’re asked a question that challenges your thinking. You’re caught off guard. More “why?” and “what if?” questions are fired your way. You gloss over it. You interject. Things are not headed exactly where you wanted them. You move on to the next item on the agenda. There is a lot...

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THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC has created many challenges for employers, but supporting employees who are struggling with mental health issues has been one of the most complex. From anxiety over their physical health, to experiencing loneliness while working remotely, many workers have suffered from additional mental strain in 2020.   Aside from the ethical duty employers have to their...

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The last 6 months in 2020 have taught us, mostly because of the pandemic Covid – 19 crisis, that risks and risk management should be the main focus of most of the businesses. Since the global context has shifted the labor market as we know it to the online world, the IT industry has been taking over most of the risk management tasks. In other words, as the online world and online technologies...

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How are you feeling? Really? I’ve spoken to lots of people recently who are putting a brave and happy face on things, but underneath, they’re struggling, they’re feeling despondent and finding it hard to motivate themselves at work. They feel as if they’ve lost their work mojo. The summer holidays they were looking forward to were different from what they had planned for or perhaps didn’t...

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We’re all familiar with the pang of excitement we get when switching our ‘Out of Office’ on – it’s often the final thing we do at work before that long-awaited holiday. But that excitement can be over-shadowed by a sinking feeling – what will be waiting for us when we return? And sometimes, even after a few weeks back, those feelings haven’t gone away. The below tips will make your return to...

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