Alicia Walker's Blog (50)

The Rise of Working From Home & the Live-Anywhere Generation

Most office workers have spent the majority of the past 18 months working from home. Now that all social distancing restrictions have been lifted, a lot of employees are heading back into the office.

This isn’t the case for all of us though, with a number of leading businesses formally adopting hybrid working models, giving up office space, or…

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Added by Alicia Walker on September 17, 2021 at 9:30am — No Comments

Are You Married to the Job?

There are many forms of love that we can embrace. Love for your partner, love for your family, love for your friends, and even love for your job. Since the beginning of the 1990s, the weekly hours spent at work by people in the UK have shot up. For many, a job isn’t just a means of making money, but a key part of their lifestyle.

What does it mean to be married to the job?

Job fulfilment…

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Added by Alicia Walker on September 1, 2021 at 5:40am — No Comments

HGV Apprenticeships Additional Investment

Ministers have agreed to increase the funding limit for Large Goods Vehicles apprenticeships. Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson has confirmed that funding for C+E apprenticeships will increase to £7,000 from 1 July.…



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Added by Alicia Walker on August 31, 2021 at 11:55am — No Comments

The Three Industries Experiencing a Technological Revolution

If we asked you to think of an industry that has been revolutionised by technology, you’d probably have no problem answering. In fact, the more difficult question might be naming an industry that hasn’t experienced digital transformation, particularly in the past year.

It’s clear that some industries are more technologically…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 31, 2021 at 11:33am — No Comments

Businesses That Help Boost the Circular Economy

The business world is moving towards sustainability. The benefits are clear: you can help the planet and help your business. In fact, one-third of consumers prefer sustainable brands according to a report by Unilever. In…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 31, 2021 at 10:46am — No Comments

Supporting Your Remote Workforce: Cloud Migration for Your Business in 5 Steps

Many businesses are already utilising the cloud in some way, with 61 per cent moving their workloads into the cloud in 2020. However, many are yet to carry out their full cloud migration.

For some, the migration was sped up by the coronavirus pandemic. The work from home order saw many businesses rushing to implement cloud solutions to allow their staff to work remotely. In fact,…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 31, 2021 at 10:10am — No Comments

Preparing for the Office Return: 5 Ways to Shift Your Habits, Mentality & Vices

From 19 July, the government dropped its formal advice for people to work from home where possible, now leaving it up to employers to decide when their staff should return to the office full-time or, whether they will offer the flexibility to remain working from home.

We made big shifts in our daily lives when the coronavirus pandemic arrived and our behaviours changed too – from sleeping in till 8:55am to…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 31, 2021 at 10:09am — No Comments

3 Ways to Make Graduates Notice Your Company

When the final exams have been graded and the mortarboard has been thrown in celebration, there’s only one thing on most graduate’s minds: what’s next? Entering the workforce after graduating from university can be an overwhelming experience. However, many graduates have a good idea of what they want in a job – even if they don’t know what job…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 31, 2021 at 4:42am — No Comments

Manufacturing and Construction Sectors Are The Least Anxious About Going Into Work

For many businesses, the pandemic has highlighted the importance of workplace wellbeing initiatives. As various sectors have been affected in different ways, it is important for business leaders to understand how the future will look for their businesses and their workforce.



Whilst the physical hazards of working on a construction site are usually…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 24, 2021 at 11:50am — No Comments

Parental Leave Around the World: How Does the UK Compare?

Around the world, different countries and cultures have different attitudes when it comes to parenting. The varied approaches can be seen by looking at maternity and paternity leave. While many countries still stick to traditional gender roles, with mothers being entitled to far more time on leave than fathers, some places are challenging this norm, making us wonder whether parenting roles are evolving.

From the moment parents start trying for a baby, to completing the…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 24, 2021 at 10:27am — No Comments

3 Ways to Make Graduates Notice Your Company

When the final exams have been graded and the mortarboard hat has been thrown in celebration, there’s only one thing on most graduate’s minds: what’s next? Entering the workforce after graduating from university can be an overwhelming experience. However, many graduates have a good idea of what they want in a job – even if they don’t know what…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 24, 2021 at 9:58am — No Comments

We Can’t Rebuild the Economy Without Retraining and Sustainability

As the British economy continues its gradual reopening, there is growing motivation to ensure that businesses can “build back better” from the difficulties of pandemic restrictions.

 

Of course, while the impact of COVID-19 has been devastating, lockdowns have revealed some truths about our economic and societal organisation. Our actions…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 24, 2021 at 6:11am — No Comments

How Businesses Can Improve Performance Through Visibility Of Information

As more of our operations become digitised, our critical business data becomes more accessible and reliable. The digitisation of processes also gives us the chance to view and act on real-time data and increase its visibility across the business.

Sometimes, visibility means making it available via dashboards or visualisations in your CRM system. But…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 24, 2021 at 5:29am — No Comments

Why Apprenticeships Are the Future for Business…

For growing businesses, the benefits of apprentices are becoming apparent. The ability to train your staff and integrate them into a working culture has its obvious advantages. But the reasons for creating on-the-job training courses for new talent are increasing every day. Here we look at how businesses are benefiting from apprentices, and how they can grow…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 24, 2021 at 3:36am — No Comments

How Artificial Intelligence Is Set to Revolutionise Industries

There’s no denying that technology has been the key to evolution for almost every industry. From transport to gaming, sports to healthcare, improvements to processes and capabilities have been attributed to rapidly innovating technology. This is particularly prominent in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). What was once reserved for sci-fi movies is…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 12, 2021 at 5:06am — No Comments

Why a Post-Pandemic, Post-Brexit Britain Needs Women in STEM

According to 2019 figures from the UK Government, there are now just over a million women (1,019,400) in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) workforce. This translates to an increase of more than 350,000 women (24%) entering these areas of work. While this may be encouraging to hear, there is still a long way to go for gender equality…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 4, 2021 at 6:54am — No Comments

The Best Nostalgic Marketing We’ve Ever Seen

If there’s one thing that’s got us through the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple national lockdowns, it’s indulging in nostalgia.

A Radio Times survey revealed that two-thirds of people had watched one of their favourite shows again during lockdown, with 43%…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 3, 2021 at 9:01am — No Comments

Teachers: Unsung Heroes of 2021

The events of the past 18 months have had an impact on everyone. Many people found themselves furloughed or working from home, while key workers manned the frontlines during multiple national lockdowns.

We showed our appreciation for our incredible NHS workers in many ways, while many shop workers…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 2, 2021 at 8:52am — No Comments

How Working From Home Has Affected Our Dental Health

The coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives immeasurably. During the first national lockdown in March 2020, many of us adopted healthy new habits by going out for daily runs, walks, or cycles. Sport England reported that over half of UK adults were exercising more as a result of lockdown. But it wasn’t to last.

Unhealthy habits in lockdown…

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Added by Alicia Walker on August 2, 2021 at 4:32am — No Comments

The Impact of COVID-19 on Modern Retailers

There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has changed the landscape of the retail sector. Social distancing regulations and civil anxiety surrounding the virus mean that physical stores do not offer the same browsing experience as we would usually expect. Meanwhile, a growing reliance on online shopping has been boosted by instructions to remain at home as much as possible.

 

The impact of COVID-19 and our new shopping behaviours have a profound effect on retailers.…

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Added by Alicia Walker on July 30, 2021 at 10:20am — No Comments

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