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The Covid-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed today’s world of work. Along with remote and hybrid working, perhaps the greatest impact has been on hiring intentions and the skills now sought by employers. The IT sector in Australia and New Zealand has been strong for several years. Driven by business transformations and the adoption of new technology, there have been candidate shortages...

Most of us, at some stage or another, question ourselves. We question our abilities, our skills, our judgement. We worry that we’re not good enough. We listen to the self-deprecating thoughts buzzing around in our minds and we take those thoughts to heart. After all, we’re all human and all of us experience a dent to our self-confidence at some stage or another, some more regularly than...

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organisations to undergo significant change and adjust to an unexpected new reality. From adapting products or services to adopting new technology to run their business, in a matter of weeks organisations have undergone levels of change that, pre-crisis, we wouldn’t have thought possible in years. Consequently, the people working in these organisations have...

COVID-19 has forced us to change how we work. How many of those changes might be permanent?  To say that 2020 hasn’t exactly got off to the best start for many of us would be the understatement of the century. Here in Australia, we were only just beginning to start the recovery from the devastating bushfires that wreaked havoc across the country, impacting massively on lives,...

Once social distancing measures ease, you’ll find yourself returning to a very different workplace. If you thought the rapid transition to remote working was a shock, just wait until you step out of the lift into your office for the first time post-coronavirus. Continuing physical distancing measures will see your former open-plan office layout replaced with a new seating plan, separated...

With restrictions around the world beginning to slowly ease, and home working set to become more normalised, many leaders have understandably been wondering how their teams will operate post-crisis. Much of the answer to this question is currently unclear. However, it seems inevitable that many organisations will adopt more flexible working policies, allowing at least an element of home...

Social distancing rules aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus forced mass remote working onto a significant percentage of Australia and New Zealand’s skilled professionals. While this was designed as a temporary stop-gap, many employees have come to appreciate the benefits of working from home and wish to retain some form of flexibility once they transition back into co-located...

For so many of us, the coronavirus crisis has led to a feeling that the world as we know it has been put temporarily on pause. While government restrictions have taken some of life’s simple luxuries away from us momentarily, one luxury that most of us aren’t lacking right now is time – bar, of course the heroic healthcare and essential workers who are currently doing so much to keep our...

Our lives will never be the same again. I don’t think that’s an exaggeration, it’s a fact. COVID-19 has already, in a matter of just a few weeks, completely changed our world. If you take a step back and really think about the magnitude and speed of what’s happening around us, it’s remarkable - we probably won’t experience anything like it again in our lifetimes. It feels like a line has been...

Before the COVID-19 outbreak, one of the main concerns employers had over the idea of mass remote working was whether or not they could trust their employees to remain productive.  But now that a large percentage of Australia’s workforce is several weeks into remote working, the opposite is proving to be the case.    A great number of us, it seems, now feel the need to be seen...

It’s normal to feel nervous before a job interview, especially if it’s a job you really want. In today’s world of work however, it’s understandable that you may be feeling an even heightened sense of nerves because your interview is also being conducted remotely. Perhaps you’re afraid you won’t present well or sell yourself well over video. Or perhaps you’re worried about possible technical...

“Culture” as a term is hard to define, as it means something slightly different for every organisation. From trust and mutual respect to a clear vision and regular communication, people describe culture in many ways. The one thing most people agree on is that culture can ultimately be distilled down to the unique and collective way in which a team behaves and works together as a cohesive...

Working from home can bring with it many benefits, from productivity growth to flexibility improvements. However, it can be an isolating and even lonely experience, especially if you are new to it. So, how can you look after your wellbeing when working from home? How can you create healthy boundaries between your work and personal life and stay mentally and physically healthy to be a...

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has seen rapid and significant change sweep across the world of work, with organisations activating business continuity plans and transitioning their employees to remote working. For a large proportion of us, then, our day-to-day working lives now look very different to just a few weeks ago. Added to this is the requirement to help your department or...

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....

Receiving poor feedback during a performance review is never easy, regardless of whether you’d anticipated it or not. Not only can it feel like a personal attack on you as a person, it can also be difficult not to take it to heart, or let it knock your confidence. If you’ve been left feeling blindsided by a performance review, then what you do next is key. So, I’ve detailed some crucial...

We’ve said goodbye to the 2010’s and welcomed in a new year and decade, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the IT talent gap, which continues to afflict the tech industry. Innovation and emerging technologies remain the driving force of disruption, impacting nearly every industry and organisation – and providing plenty of job opportunities. Here we present our latest tech trends for 2020...

January is behind us and the new year is well underway. If you’ve decided to look for a new job in 2020, then the following key points will help you boost your employability this year and beyond. 1. Think about the skills you will need to achieve your future career goals: If you really are to move closer to reaching your professional goals, it’s crucial to subjectively take stock of...

For many people, the start of a New Year is a good time to wave goodbye to bad habits and look ahead to new beginnings at work. We take time to consider what we want to achieve, improve and learn to make this year more successful than the last. But all too often and all too soon, our lofty work resolutions are forgotten. By 31st January, our workload has intensified, other priorities...

We live and work in a digital world and more than ever executives require their EAs to be digital experts. As a result, it’s important that you use your personal brand to build your reputation as a digital expert. In this blog, we look at how you can develop yours. Firstly though, what is a personal brand? Your personal brand is the reputation you have as a professional – both within your...

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