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Born between 1997 and the early 2010s, Generation Z are beginning to graduate from university and start their careers. They are now the most populous generation since Baby Boomers, with more than one-third of the world’s citizens counting themselves as part of the generation. In order to gain access to the top talent, organisations need to look at how they can both attract and retain Gen Z talent.
Some employees may be desperate to get back to the office, while others are keen to stay remote. Finding the balance that benefits all can be difficult and will not be the same for all businesses.
There’s no doubt COVID-19 has dramatically changed the way we work. Bedrooms have turned into offices, meetings into Zooms and colleagues into housemates. In April 2020, 46.6 per cent of employees were working from home and the numbers have remained high ever since.
Organisations need to rapidly adapt their practices and procedures to ensure their business continuity and viability. Unfortunately, as businesses look ahead and plan for the future, many may be dealing with some difficult decisions when it comes to their employees.
Mental health related absence, including those caused by stress, anxiety and depression, is the most common cause of long-term sickness absence from work in the UK. Following the events of 2020, 37 per cent of respondents to the CIPD’s Health and Wellbeing at Work survey said that stress-related absences had increased in the past year. In total, mental health concerns account for 17.9 million lost working days per year.
It is a difficult time to be looking for a job at the moment, and you’ll likely apply for more jobs than usual while trying to find a new role. If you’ve done well enough to receive an invitation to interview, you’ll want to make sure you do everything you possibly can to allow it to fall in your favour.
The C-suite is changing. Specifically, the role of the chief financial officer (CFO), which has evolved almost beyond recognition over the last decade. Now that we’ve experienced a global pandemic, the transformation of the role has been accelerated.
Though it may not be the easiest to answer, there is a reason that interviewers ask this, and it’s not so that you can pretend that being a ‘perfectionist’ is a problem. Sometimes, you’ll be explicitly asked, but it can also be disguised in other forms such as ‘what challenges did you face in your last role?’ or ‘tell us one thing you would change about yourself’.
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