Happy Friday everyone, another exciting week is almost over!
Here is our Weekly roundup to keep you wonderful lot updated on on what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. But before we jump into it, don’t forget to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications, share it with us and we’ll feature your post in our upcoming issue.
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“As an employer or manager, one of your key responsibilities is to ensure that your staff or team is happy and healthy. For a long time there has been stigma surrounding the importance of mental health equalling that of physical health; the ‘Keep Calm and Carry on’ ethos of World War II is so ingrained in our DNA that even those struggling with stress and mental health concerns may try to hide or brush them off.”
Employers not only have a moral responsibility to protect the mental wellbeing of staff during their working years, but studies have long proven that workplace wellbeing and performance are complementary and dependent components of a financially and psychologically healthy workplace. Our CEO Lee Lomax discussed about this on Training Zone magazine, check out the full article here and share with us your thoughts!
As we fast progress towards a ‘digital first’ nation, there’s no denying that technical skills are and will be the centre of our professional and personal lives. However, wherever you look, and whoever you talk to, we’re all being told the same thing – we’re facing a major talent shortage. This couldn’t be clearer than the government figure which revealed the skills gap is costing the UK economy a staggering £63 billion a year.
What this stat also signals is the competition for a candidate with the relevant skills for the modern workplace is often rife – with talent acquisition professionals under enormous pressure to not only hire people, but to get them in as soon as possible. In order to overcome the looming shortage of leaders, organisations should be looking at how they can do a more effective job of leadership assessments, succession planning and development for specific positions. But how?
Apple has confirmed it will announce its next round of products on September 12. The company is expected to reveal the next iPhone and updates for Apple Watch, as well as making iOS 11 available to everyone. Exactly what it will announce, as ever, remains a mystery. The iPhone 8, if that’s what it ends up being called, is a certainty, with rumours suggesting it will look slightly different to recent launches.
Are you going to get an iPhone 8? Or you’ve decided that Android has won this battle and you’re going for a brand new Samsung?
Most employers now embrace some form of flexible and remote working, but there are also many companies now that have taken this to the extreme. What are the benefits and challenges of having a completely remote workforce? While some managers struggle with the idea of not having employees slaving away right under their noses, some managers prefer to deal with a team of remote workers and abandon a free-of-charge, shared office space provided by the company’s investors as they may find the experience too “distracting”.
Is this the way a normal working day will look like for most companies across the globe? Remote working isn’t for everyone, so as part of the hiring process, you have to understand whether someone is made for it or not. It only really works for people who are very autonomous and don’t need to wait to be told what to do! What’s your take on this one?
Did you know that the proportion of UK women involved in entrepreneurial activity is around half the level of men? Did you also know that, when filtered down to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), this figure falls to just 14% of women? In an effort to challenge this lack of gender diversity in STEM and innovation, Getty Images, photographer Amelia Troubridge and Innovate UK have come together to showcase what it looks like to be a UK female innovator in 2017.
Forget what you think female innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship looks like and prepare to be inspired by female founders who are working across STEM to pioneer innovations in everything from cancer detection and manufacturing to sustainable alternatives for animal products.
Celebrating the inherent differences of female entrepreneurs – across spectrums of age, education, background, and approach – check out this article!
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