How to Engineer Cultural Change in Your Business


How to Engineer Cultural Change in Your Business

How to Engineer Cultural Change in Your Business
Why should you consider your company culture in the search for top talent?

In this competitive age companies are having to work harder to attract the highest calibre of candidates.  Culture in a business is a big deciding factor when candidates are deciding whether your company is right for them.

It is clear that top talent want to work innovatively and organisations must foster innovative thinking. This will not only help retain the best talent but it will drive high performance and efficiencies to gain a competitive advantage.

A new era of business culture has introduced new ways of working with more flexibility, better benefits and a focus on employee satisfaction more than ever before. But when a company has an ingrained culture, how does it then diversify and change the way they have worked for 10, 20, even 30 years to attract new talent?

This guide will explore what cultural change is, why it is so important for your business and how to engineer a cultural change as part of a successful growth strategy.

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How to Engineer Cultural Change in Your Business

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    Looking After Physical and Mental Health During COVID-19

    The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is an exceptional event posing a threat to worker health and safety and a risk to business operations. As a new virus, it is unclear how long the threat will last so we must plan for ongoing disruption to how we work and interact with each other on a day to day basis. Health, safety and well-being is paramount and we must be proactive in protecting our people, minimising the risk and ensuring our networks have the means to stay fit and well during this uncertain period. Many of us now find we are working from home on a permanent basis and for an indefinite period of time. We have produced a guide to help support our home working communities and includes information about adopting to new ways of working, maintaining good nutrition and limiting comfort eating, reducing the effects of isolation, how to safeguard our mental health, supporting others and what to do if you become unwell. You can download the full document here. Mental wellbeing Curbing anxiety resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak Experiencing anxiety now and then is a normal part of life. It is not unusual to temporarily feel anxious when facing stressful situations, uncertainty, or extreme challenges. The emotions of anxiety and fear in confronting a real threat are part of our survival instinct. The information which we have highlighted below is to help you if;​ you’re feeling anxious or worried about Coronavirus you’re asked to work from home or limit your time spent in public places you have to self-isolate and avoid contact with other people Feeling worried? Being concerned about the news is understandable, but for many people it can make existing mental health problems worse. It's understandable that many individuals with pre-existing anxiety or OCD are facing challenges at the moment. There is a lot of misinformation swirling around but it is better to stay informed by sticking to trusted sources of information such as government and NHS websites. One helpful tip is to limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things which aren't making you feel better. It may be best to decide on a specific time to check in with the news or look at social media coverage. You can also mute key words which might be triggering on Twitter and unfollow or mute/hide accounts on WhatsApp or Facebook, if you find them too overwhelming. It is likely we will see increasing numbers of people self-isolating and working from home in the weeks to come so now might be a good time to make sure your contact phone numbers and email addresses of the people you care about or need to stay in touch with are up to date. It can also be helpful to agree regular check-in times with family or friends and if you are self-isolating, strike a balance between having a routine and making sure each day has some variety. Self-isolating doesn’t mean staying indoors for the whole time and getting a daily dose of fresh air can lift your mood and help you feel connected with the world around you. With ongoing uncertainly surrounding the coronavirus pandemic it is important to have down time. The UK’s mental health charity Mind, recommend continuing to access nature and sunlight wherever possible. Getting some exercise, eating well and staying hydrated are important factors to support your daily wellbeing. For more specific advice and information on keeping well, go to their dedicated pages; support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing Isolation and loneliness As the UK position moves towards the majority of people homeworking wherever possible, it is important to combat the effects of social isolation and to find creative ways of staying connected with others. Even for those who are used to homeworking the current restrictions may mean that many of us may soon be accompanied by partners and possibly children. It is important to appreciate that each person in the household may still need some space and privacy and may not be used to being restricted to their homes for long periods of time. Try and allow space for each person to work, rest and to take breaks. Stick to routine mealtimes when you would normally come together.​ Supporting others during the COVID-19 outbreak Giving is one of the 5 ways to wellbeing and is the act of freely parting with something and offering it to someone or something beyond ourselves - a stranger, friend, family member, a charitable organisation, our local community or our wider-community. It can involve parting with material things like money and gifts, or immaterial things like our time. Giving to others can be hugely rewarding and can bring huge benefits to our personal wellbeing. During the COVID-19 pandemic there will never be a more important time to give to others who may find themselves in vulnerable or at risk groups. Find out more about how you can help others here; You may also wish to consider those living closer to home such as elderly friends or neighbours who may rely on routine visits from family members or those working in social care for their day to day interaction. These are people who might already experience isolation and loneliness and might be even more affected by the restrictive measures currently in place. You may already have seen online community support groups springing up in your local area. If not, and you want to support those who will struggle for household supplies during this period, search online or on social media channels and you will probably find a community group seeking support with deliveries, collecting supplies from shops and generally making food or toiletry donations. If you can not find a community group of this nature you could always consider setting up an online community forum to get the ball rolling. Helping your brain wind down As well as physical exercise, during this time it is also imperative that we take extra care of our mental health. In addition to yoga, there are many resources out there to help ease your anxiety. We’re all having to deal with things on the fly, think about how we’re going to work things out. There are people working round the clock at the moment to try and get their organisations in the best possible shape whilst simultaneously worrying about their home lives. A solution that requires as little as 10-15 minutes and helps you really switch off and quieten down your mind so that you can get some proper rest is meditation. There’s a free App called Insight Timer, with lots of meditations available. Some teachers on it that get highly recommended are Tara Brach, Sarah Blondin and Kate James. Other apps which could be helpful to anyone suffering from anxiety during this time are Headspace and CALM. And whilst you have to pay for some of the more intense courses on these apps, there are still plenty of free 5-10 minute meditation sessions which you can take part in. An NHS-approved app, Thrive is used for the prevention, early detection and self-management of common mental health issues. Users can access exercises and activities proven to treat and prevent stress and anxiety – including calm breathing, deep muscle relaxation, meditation, thought training, and self-suggestion, plus other interactive features. Based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), users can complete a daily mood meter to monitor their mood and symptoms and this is used to recommend exercises. Using clinical scales, the app will identify users scoring positively for anxiety or depression and direct them to support modules that use the latest computerised CBT methods to help manage specific stressors and retrain unhelpful thoughts. Physical wellbeing Eating well during the COVID-19 pandemic Most of us are experiencing big changes to our routines. Try and retain a sense of normality and eat according to your normal meal pattern. If you do get sick, try to eat regularly even if you’re not hungry, and make sure you are drinking enough water. You can monitor your hydration by paying attention to your thirst levels, urine colour (should be no darker than a pale yellow), and other symptoms of dehydration like dry lips, fatigue, and headaches. Minimise trips to the shop by planning ahead. Think about what you want to make for breakfast, lunch, and dinner over the upcoming week, write a list of everything you need, and shop accordingly. N.B. If you need to self-isolate, you should be having your food delivered or purchased by somebody else. Be thoughtful about how you can make best use of the food that you buy. Use up your fresh and perishable ingredients first so they don’t go to waste. You might batch cook some meals to be frozen and eaten at a later date. Do some research into what keeps the longest, and make sure you’re storing fruits and veggies in the appropriate places – if you’re not sure, check whether something should be stored in the fridge or at an ambient temperature.​ Despite the UK Government repeating multiple times that the food supply chain is robust enough to support increased demand during this time, panic buying has created some shortages. This might mean getting imaginative with recipes and ingredients. If you are missing one specific ingredient, try Googling ‘alternative to [whatever it is you’re missing]’ – you will be surprised as to how easily substitutes can be made without compromising taste. If you’re stuck for ideas as to what to cook, there are millions of recipes available online. Again, if there’s a particular food you need to base a meal around, the internet can help you get creative. You may want to consider taking a vitamin D supplement. Unlike all other vitamins and minerals, we get most of our vitamin D from sunshine, rather than food, and even a healthy, well-balanced diet is unlikely to provide you with as much vitamin D as you need. As many of us may be going outside less frequently, you may want to consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement. This should contain at least 10μg (micrograms). Comfort eating is a common reaction to stress and negative emotions. This isn’t something you should feel bad about, but try to be aware if this is a habit of yours. Try to practice eating mindfully – in response to your body’s signals rather than your emotions – and have healthy snacks on hand. Comfort eating is a common reaction to stress and negative emotions. This isn’t something you should feel bad about, but try to be aware if this is a habit of yours. Try to practice eating mindfully – in response to your body’s signals rather than your emotions – and have healthy snacks on hand. Should you feel that you need emotional or physical advice and support during this time, please contact Morson Health, Wellbeing and Engagement Partner Heather Deering; or download the full guide here.

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    Lights, Camera, Action! How to be Confident in Video Job Interviews

    With the Coronavirus pandemic effecting almost every part of our lives, we’re having to adjust and adapt our daily routines and that is very much the case in the recruitment industry right now. Companies have taken job interviews online and introduced video interviewing as their preferred interview method. So, to bring you up to speed with our top tips for acing that video job interview, our latest blog looks at how to be confident in front of the camera in your upcoming video interview. Test your tech It really is all in the preparation! Make sure you test your internet connection, sound and camera equipment to make sure that when it comes to it, it runs as smoothly as possible! You could also do some research on the best video interviewing platform to use, or, if the hiring manager has already told you which one to use – make sure you do some research beforehand! Dress appropriately Just because the interview is via video, it doesn’t mean you can get away with wearing your pjs (at least on your top half!). Make sure you set a good impression by dressing smartly, it will give you confidence too! Consider your body language Body language comes across on video just as much as it does in person! Make sure you’re making eye-contact, smiling and looking engaged. It will show your enthusiasm for the role and help you connect with the interviewer. Have a plan but not a teleprompt The same rules apply for prepping for any interview. It’s important to make notes and have a good idea about where you want your answers to go. However, although the temptation to read off your computer screen is high, try to not do that! Remove distractions Do you have a dog that is bound to start barking as soon as your interview starts? Try and find a quiet spot in your home, away from any possible noise or distractions. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is the TV on in the background! Morson partners with video interviewing platform, Odro Morson has also partnered with video interviewing platform, Odro to enable us to virtually meet candidates and facilitate both live and pre-recorded video interviews, whilst complying with Government advice regarding social distancing. Apply for your next role with Morson and you may be able to use the above tips sooner than you think!

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    Lockdown Lowdown: Managing fighters and family life with Kieran Farrell

    In the second edition of our Lockdown Lowdown series, we spoke with former boxer and now trainer, manager and promoter Kieran Farrell to see how he has used his surroundings to continue his work - and find out what he has learnt during this time. The term workaholic is one that doesn’t get thrown around lightly, but that is exactly what Kieran is. In the past year, Farrell has hosted numerous sell-out shows across the North West; coached various fighters up and down the country; and through his management guided his brother to fight on the biggest platform in the sport – Matchroom Boxing. Taking a man away from the comfortable chaos of that lifestyle that he ultimately thrives in is understandably going to take some getting used to, and the 29-year-old discussed how much his daily routine has changed: “The main thing is making sure my kids are learning during this time above any of my work. My daughter logs onto an online workplace where she can study, whilst my son is just coming out of nursery so it’ll be his first year in reception when he goes back in. It’s a massive change of scenery for me, I’m usually out of the house training at 5:30 in the morning whereas now, I’ve thrown myself into doing more housework than anything to the point where I might run out of things to clean!” As well as training professionals, Kieran also coaches children from a variety of age groups, and has made sure that members of his classes have the appropriate regime set up to keep them active and healthy outside of the gym environment: “I sent a routine out to the kids in the gym of ten exercises and ten reps, such as burpees, sit ups, squats etc. That is what I do with the kids to finish off their sessions anyway and I’ve told every parent with children that come to my gym, to make sure they keep up with that every day, as well as their running. When they come back to the gym, they’ll be ahead of schedule and ready to go in September, when the season starts again.” As previously mentioned, 2019 was a massive year for Kieran’s brother Nathan and the work rate is still as strong as ever for the 3-0 super-lightweight with plenty of big opportunities and fights coming soon: “Nathan lives on the same street as the gym, so I’ve allowed him to go in the gym on his own whilst adhering to self-isolation and he’s following a plan that I have set up for his own time and personal space, as are the other pros.” In a time where we all need something to brighten our day, social media has shown that we can bring each other a bit of happiness with various challenges ranging from Tik Tok dances to childhood photo nominations. Kieran discussed the positive impact these challenges have had in uniting people: “I got tagged in a feel-good challenge on Instagram, where each person has to sing and nominate someone else to do the same and that did bring a smile to my face. Things like that are good in times like these to help bring people together when we can’t be around in person. A lot of the lads that took part are fighters that I manage and don’t train, so it’s nice to be able to catch up when I don’t get to see them every day anyway” Kieran closed the interview by stating that despite how career driven we may be, that the wellbeing of ourselves and our loved ones should always be our biggest priority - and hopes that this togetherness is maintained going forward: “The brain injury I suffered all those years ago made me realise how precious life is. It’s very easy to get caught up with work and think that is our biggest focus, but recent weeks have shown us that the health of our families should always be our biggest concern and that our time with our loved ones is incredibly important. I hope everyone stays safe, active and looks after their families.” Stay tuned for further updates from Morson’s sporting stars and continue to keep safe.

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    Engineers at The Morson Maker Space Tackle NHS PPE Shortage

    Teams at the Morson Engine Room and Maker Space have recently developed a prototype medical visor using 3D printing in direct response to the needs of hospital staff fighting Coronavirus. The state-of-the art engineering and digital fabrication facility is funded by the Morson Group and is based at The University of Salford. Following initial testing, the team have now been tasked with producing 75 visors a day, donating the products to Salford Royal Foundation Trust. Developed using the open-source Prusa design in partnership with Salford Royal Hospital, the visor aims to be 90 per cent sterilisable. Following approval, the design will now be sent out to commercial fabricators and other university technical departments in the North West to scale production and meet the numbers needed for NHS frontline staff across the UK. The Morson Engine Room and Maker Space was established in 2019, with the ambition of collaboration between the University of Salford and local businesses to innovate and test ideas, with an opportunity to meet and work on real industry briefs. Featuring a ‘Print Hive’, the Morson Engine Room and Maker Space is kitted out with dedicated 3D printing machines comprising a range of Ultimate S5, 3 and 2+ machines, a Markforged composite printer, Markforged Metal X, and a high-resolution SLA resin Formlabs printer. Other equipment includes laser and vinyl cutters and space for assembling electronics, with a dedicated CAD Studio for 3D design classes. Dr Maria Stukoff, director of the Maker Space, said: “I can't emphasis enough how proud I am of the team at our facility who reopened our Print Hive to 3D make PPE visors and now form part of the efforts around the country to support front line workers in the NHS. “I commend their drive and goodwill in this current health crisis, and it is a testament to their maker commitment to support the community and local partners when it counts most. We are glad to be able to play a role in the global fight against this pandemic and are grateful of the equipment and facilities within our space that have enabled our team to achieve this.” Ged Mason, CEO of the Morson Group, said: “There is a nationwide, collective response to do what we can to fight this pandemic. When we launched the Morson Engine Room and Maker Space, it was with this exact aim in mind; to provide the equipment required to enable students to respond and react to real life challenges which can be overcome using technology. “The way the technical team at the facility has gone above and beyond to create these innovative visors is astounding; even when met with a global crisis, they have put other people first and used their shared talent to make a difference. If we can take one thing from the COVID-19 outbreak, it is that it is revealing humbling things about people we know and work with.”

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    Managing Your Physical and Mental Wellbeing in Uncertain Times

    Morson Wellbeing Q&A Series Episode 1: How do I stop myself from feeling overwhelmed during this time? Over the next few weeks, Morson Group health, wellbeing and engagement partner, Heather Deering, will be presenting a series of informative videos in response to common health and wellbeing questions being asked of her by our employees. Our wellbeing series will allow us to support our wider community during, and beyond, this uncertain time. In this first episode, Heather discusses how to cope during times of crisis and guides us through some practical steps we can take to limit feelings of helplessness and being overwhelmed... These past few weeks have been really strange for everyone, including me. It’s an incredibly challenging time for everyone’s health and wellbeing and with that in mind we produced a guide to ‘Looking After Your Physical and Mental Wellbeing During COVID-19’. If you haven’t been able to access the guide, you can download your copy here. The guide covers several wellbeing topics, from looking after your mental health to physical and nutritional suggestions, but people have also been approaching me directly to ask questions. I really encourage this and I’m filming this wellbeing series to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, so that everyone can access the insights. In this first session, I want to cover a topic that is affecting all of us… how do I stop myself from feeling overwhelmed during this time? Firstly, you can’t stop yourself from feeling anything, this is an overwhelming time, one that none of us have ever experienced in our lifetime. It’s normal to feel anxious, worried or sad about the events that are going on. You should never feel bad or guilty for feeling this way. That being said, there are things that you can do to stop these feelings from becoming overwhelming and protect your mental health. In the week that the coronavirus response was ramping up over Europe, I was glued to the news and social media to get every update that I possibly could. This continual checking of the news and desperate feeling of a need to stay up to date with every development are ways that we try to assert control over events which are seemingly out of our control. However, by doing this you are likely to exacerbate anxiety, and this was particularly true for myself. If this is something that resonates with you, you may want to reassess how you are consuming news and whether this is actually helpful to you. It’s important that we do stay up to date to ensure we’re following governments guidelines and acting responsibly in order to protect ourselves and those around us. But, it’s possible to do this in a way that limits our exposure to information overload, which is a direct contributor to making us feel overwhelmed. Here are my simple recommendations to help you limit the impact of, anxiety inducing, information overload: Turn off news notifications A really simple technique, but so important. Turning off your notifications means that you control when you access the news. In doing this, you’ll choose to seek out information rather than being passively provided with it when you may be relaxing or trying to actively disengage, before sleep for example. So, try choosing times of the day where you allow yourself to access the news. Personally, I’m just trying to tune into the daily press conference as I know that will give me the key information that I need to stay informed and stay safe. Think about where you’re getting your information from In a world of sensationalism and ‘fake news’ remember to question the sources of the information you’re being provided with. Make sure that what you’re reading or watching is reliable. There’s a lot of questionable reporting at the best of times and social media is a major contributor to this. Information reported by Facebook or sent in a WhatsApp group may not be reliable or accurate. These news items are often shared by friends, family or colleagues with the best intentions, but misinformation or sensationalised information is not helpful. Ensure that you’re consuming news from credible sources such as, The World Health Organisation or the NHS. Seek out the good news stories Good news is out there. A lot of the major news outlets have channels dedicated to good news stories as well as Instagram channels (however, remember my above point about being aware of credibility). As awful as these situations are, they can also bring out the best in people and you can’t underestimate how uplifting that can be. On that note, something that can really help to anchor us is looking for ‘silver linings’ and ‘bright sides’, no matter how seemingly insignificant they can be. A lot of mental health charities and mental health organisations have issued ideas and guidance on how to remain positive and one thing that is often suggested is a ‘gratitude journal’. In a ‘gratitude journal’ you note down one or two things each day that you are grateful or thankful for – if this seems too far out of your comfort zone just try to focus on those positives in your mind. Global crises such as this can make us feel helpless, and that in itself can make us feel overwhelmed. But, we can all play a part in making the world a better place right now. Things as small as not participating in panic buying, respecting physical distancing and thinking about the quality of the information you’re sharing on social media all helps to ensure the emotional and physical safety of others. If you are able, consider engaging in volunteering. Volunteering can take many forms; from donating to food banks, to checking on elderly people in your community to see if they need any help and volunteering to be a phone buddy for an isolated person. Many councils have set up emergency volunteering schemes, community groups are organising help via Facebook and of course there is the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme which will be invaluable in the fight against coronavirus. Having said that, it is enough to only look after one person during this crisis and it’s OK if that person is you. So, find the things that are going to help you relax; exercise, baking, reading, binge watching Netflix, now is the time for us all to practise self-care and concentrate on the things we enjoy, but may not ordinarily have the time to do. Remember, we still must exercise balance. A startling report showed that in March, supermarket sales of alcohol outsold groceries. This just serves as a reminder to be mindful of the coping mechanisms your using at this time, and whether these will serve you and your family well in the longer term. Finally, something we can easily forget when we’re in the midst of this, is that it is temporary. One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, daily life will return to normal. Keep your questions coming in and I’ll see you on the next Q&A! If there is a question that you would like answered or topic you think would be worth covering please email me

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    UK Construction and Military Respond: How NHS Nightingale was Built in a Fortnight

    A global pandemic requires an unprecedented response and the UK construction and engineering industry have produced just that, in building NHS Nightingale, a specialist COVID-19 field hospital, in under two weeks. The plans to turn an east London riverside landmark, London's ExCel centre, into the world's largest critical care facility were drawn up just two weeks ago. Today, NHS Nightingale is ready to start treating it's first COVID-19 patients. The facility will have capacity for 4,000 patients on 80 wards, with one kilometre long corridors and a four mile long oxygen supply network. It is a single purpose hospital, dedicated to treating patients with COVID-19. Only very sick patients will be brought here, transferred from other hospitals in London, with emergency cases still being taken to local hospitals. This pace and scale of building has been made possible largely because of military expertise as the Ministry of Defence was asked to help deliver the project. Colonel Ashleigh Boreham spoke about the military response: So the whole idea about building at scale and pace is to build a really fantastic facility that delivers safe care at scale and keeping ahead of the battle, ahead of the virus. That's what we do. We came together about nine days ago, sat around, with social distancing, a coffee table and looked at the designs of this facility and building. We looked at how to re-purpose it into a design of a hospital system so it has a patient-flow system. You literally design on a piece of paper what it looks like with the engineers and the NHS. Morson have a strong heritage in the construction industry, delivering candidates and contractors to support high profile infrastructure projects across the UK, plus a long standing relationship with the forces community. We asked associate director, Rhys Harris, and infrastructure recruitment consultant, James Lacey, for their reaction to NHS Nightingale, the incredible response of the military and an insight into the state of the construction market right now. Rhys Harris, associate director, comments: It's logistical and engineering marvel. Going from a blank sheet to fully operational hospital in less than two weeks is testament to the engineering talent and innovation we have in this country. Building at this scale and pace has been possible due to the expertise of the military, whose skills honed on the battlefield have been deployed to the frontline in East London to deliver this critical project. “In unprecedented times right now the jobs market is clearly a big concern. However when we are through this period I am confident the construction industry will receive the support it needs from the Government, who are doing a fantastic job leading us through this pandemic, to ‘get Britain building’. Any contractors whether trades, labour or managerial want to get in touch to register interest for when the construction and infrastructure projects kick off again then please contact me directly on and I will ensure you are connected to our clients needs” (Image above: James Lacey and Morson Forces Ambassador, Andy Reid) James Lacey, infrastructure and civils recruitment consultant, is also our ex-forces candidate manager and heavily involved with Morson Forces, our dedicated business to helping ex-forces personnel get into civilian employment. “To have a full construction package completed in just under two weeks is a real testament to the skills and talents of our current serving and also ex-military personnel. This is the showcase that the country needed to see with regards to the untapped resource of ex-forces candidates. Working with these candidates is a real breath of fresh air. Due to the dramatic fall of construction recruitment in the UK, we have looked to adapt our recruitment skills to other sectors, and what better way to do it than with scores of ex-forces candidates to take to market. I’ve been recruiting in civil engineering and infrastructure but now I’m breaking into logistics and distribution. This is the new frontline for the UK right now, and to have candidates with experience of high-pressure, tense and clockwork atmospheres such as ex-forces personnel is key to being successful. The beauty of having these candidates is the fact that they have transferable skills and aren’t pigeon-holed into one specific sector. To further increase our coverage for forces personnel who have already been handed release dates, we are still keeping our recruitment drive going with virtual events details of our next virtual event on Thursday 23rd April can be found here” For more information on construction roles or how we can support you find your next civilian role, contact Rhys or James Looking for an opportunity in construction? Search our latest construction jobs here

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    7 Best Podcasts to Listen to While You're Self Isolating

    From the thought provoking wellness evangelism of Rich Roll, to the 'Stuff You Should Know' (no, seriously you should), to getting your sports fix in House of Rugby, Morson broadcast journalist, Jamal Niaz, ranks the best podcasts to listen to while in lockdown. It is no secret that podcasts have now become one of the leading media platforms for people to consume information and for personalities and companies to network and grow their respective brand over the past decade. Whether you are at your desk, on a lunch break, exercising, in search of that creative spark to meet that deadline or just wanting to be transported to a different world, there is instant access to a range of channels and hosts that can educate and entertain us in all aspects of life. With 500,000 podcasts currently available on Apple, it’s clear that there is an endless amount of quality content out there, but filtering to what fits your lifestyle and career path is often the trickiest part. Before the listener can take away something from their chosen podcast(s) and apply it in their day to day life, they need to first and foremost be entertained and engaged by the host. All the inspirational messages in the world won’t be heard if the host isn’t bringing originality and personality to the show that you ultimately need to be enjoying listening to. With that in mind I've put together a list of the top podcasts that will tear you away from Netflix so you can exercise those ears: 1. The Joe Rogan Experience First up is arguably the most renowned and skilled podcaster in the world right now, Joe Rogan. The stand-up comedian and MMA analyst gathers people from all walks of life to discuss how their experiences and ups and downs have helped them reach the pinnacle of their profession (for the most part). From highly successful athletes such as Tyson Fury and David Goggins, entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk and even Hollywood stars such as Guy Ritchie, there is a lot to digest in terms of overcoming adversity, manifesting goals and helping the next generation. As previously mentioned, the biggest reason why this podcast works is because above all else it is consistently entertaining. You find yourself learning from a genuine conversation between two people, about their experiences and not having their ways of working forced upon you, but rather you the listener having that option of taking certain aspects that work for you. Rogan’s constant search for new viewpoints and ways of thinking with each guest shines through with each listen and the passion for knowledge is soon transferred to the audience. Whilst you may find that certain guests may not be as appealing as others, the sheer scale and range of guests on this show, coupled with a charismatic host, makes this a can’t miss. 2. Stuff You Should Know Join Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant as they get to the bottom of odd questions, like how Twinkies work and if zombies exist. Confronted by the knowledge that what they are saying is fact, you end up taking their advice seriously. That’s why their episode on breakups will make you stop checking your ex’s Instagram stories and why their episode on viruses is especially important now and will push you to tackle handwashing with newfound vigour. 3. Eat Sleep Work Repeat Hosted by former manging director of YouTube UK, Bruce Daisley, this podcast aims to reenergise work life with insights and solutions from psychologists, neuroscientist and workplace experts to help give more meaning, productivity and joy at work. The podcast is currently the most listened to in the UK and chooses the selection of the scientific approach over gurus and opinions. Topics of recent episodes include keys to successful team building, maintaining mental health at work and unlocking workplace creativity. With the working world in a state of unprecedented turmoil, can Bruce guide us through the madness? 4. The Rich Roll Podcast A master-class in personal and professional development, ultra-athlete, wellness evangelist and bestselling author Rich Roll delves deep with the world's brightest and most thought provoking thought leaders to educate, inspire and empower you to unleash your best, most authentic self. Insightful and at times overwhelming, Rich puts a refreshing spin on reality and encourages us to focus on what really is important in life, something extremely important right now. Fun fact, he used to sleep in a tent on his roof... so full marks for that. 5. The Dropout The Dropout tells the story of the rise and fall of former Silicon Valley darling Elizabeth Holmes. The self-made billionaire dropped out of Stanford to launch her company Theranos – claiming her technology could detect hundreds of diseases from a drop or two of blood. If it worked, she would have changed healthcare forever. But today, Elizabeth Holmes is under criminal indictment, facing up to 20 years in prison on wire fraud charges. The podcast uses interviews with former employees, patients and investors to see how it all came crashing down. 6. The Gary Vee Audio Experience World famous entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuck uses his platform to share his experiences in business over the years to pin point patterns for success, positive lifestyle changes and delves into his own experiences when facing adversity and change. Much like the previously mentioned podcast, Gary isn’t afraid to be blunt with his advice and acknowledges some of his own and his guests’ biggest failures. The passion for success in a personal and professional sense that Gary conveys is contagious with every watch and has seen him develop a mass following. With episodes ranging from a ‘How to’ style to interviews, each show offers a fresh perspective on how to approach life both at home and at work. 7. Missing sports? House of Rugby Sky Sports subscriptions cancelled and we're watching Federer vs. Nadal re runs on Eurosport - sports fans unite in their shared despair of no live action. Never fear! Sports podcats are taking up the airtime slack. My pick, House of Rugby, shot up in popularity after the Rugby World Cup but has maintained it's relevance and entertainment value long after the tournament end. Starring hosts ex-England rugby player James Haskell and commentator Alex Payne, you get a new episode every Wednesday where lad humour is tempered with serious discussions on mental health issues in the sport, retirement from the game through injury and how rugby will deal with the fallout from coronavirus.​ Have we missed your favourite? Let us know on Twitter!

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    How to Stay Cyber Safe When Working From Home

    With the world adapting to the realities of mass home working, digital infrastructure and services are going to be feeling the weight of additional demand. Others feeling this pressure include company IT departments, many of whom are scrambling to upgrade their systems, policies and provisions to allow the vast majority, if not all, of their employees to work remotely. Along with the additional strain on systems, cybersecurity is also something that businesses should be paying close attention to. We take a look at some key points that all employers and employees alike should adhere to prevent the spread of another form of invisible threat… Be careful what you click on The internet can be a dangerous place at the best of times, and now is no different. Did you know that coronavirus-themed domains are 50% more likely to be malicious cyberthreats? It seems unbelievable that people would piggyback off the largest peacetime crisis in living memory as an attempt to scam people, but of the 4,000 COVID-19 domains registered in 2020, 3% of them were confirmed to be malicious - with some of them masquerading as e-commerce sites selling protective equipment, home tests and vaccines. Someone even tried to hack into the World Health Organisation. We’re all practicing social distancing and avoiding touching other people to halt the spread of coronavirus. It’s a good idea to practice a bit of distancing when it comes to clicking on suspicious links and attachments too, to prevent the spread of the digital equivalent. Only use approved devices from your employer Allowing personal computers to connect to internal work servers can be problematic from a security point of view and most employers won’t allow it. Where possible, only use company-approved devices, as external devices connecting to the servers can create unnecessary risks. Your own personal computer could be infected with malicious software that you don’t know about, potentially opening the employer up to an attack via your device. Plus, personal devices may for short of company policy in terms of firewall protection, again increasing the risk facing business IT infrastructures. Keep your work devices to yourself One of the key challenges when adapting to remote working is finding the space to set up your workstation. With most people at home isolating, this can sometimes mean busy family homes with children also not currently at school. In order to maintain cybersecurity when working from home it’s really important that all work devices are kept exclusively for that purpose. Passwords should be strengthened (this includes your home WiFi connection) and devices locked or turned off when not in use. With most people isolating with close family members it’s unlikely that a security threat lies within the house. But having small children around could pose a risk should they become adventurous on the internet. Employers: limit, secure and inform For most employers it’s probably an unprecedented task to set up every employee to work from home. It’s important to update VPNs and network infrastructure devices with the latest patches and security provisions. It’s also important to use behavioural monitoring too extensively to detect potentially malicious activity, as well as limiting administrator access where necessary to the absolute minimum. Finally, where possible keep employees across the business informed on activity and changes to the security settings. Reiterate company policies and stress the above points in this article to promote best practice. In these anxious times, IT workers are facing a challenge which is unseen in history and taking simple steps to uphold good cybersecurity behaviours when working from home is a crucial part that all employees can play to stay safe from a digital virus. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with what we're doing to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Search the latest tech jobs here

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    Why Hobbies Are More Important Than Ever & How to Start One Right Now

    At a time where over one third of the world’s population has been told to say inside, and bars, cinemas, gyms and restaurants have closed their doors to the general public for the foreseeable future, it’s fair to say that people’s day-to-day lives have changed dramatically, and suddenly. No more Saturday afternoon shopping trips or Friday evenings holed up in the local to wind down from a long week working at home means people are at a loss for what to do, coupled with the anxiety of the unknown it’s more important than ever that we find a way to focus our energy and keep ourselves entertained for the good of our mental, and physical health. Whether it’s that painting you’ve been dying to start but just haven’t found the time to, or those online yoga sessions that your friend has been suggesting you take part in, now is the time to turn this negative into something positive and start something new. What is a hobby? Hobbies are activities we do for enjoyment and fun and they have always been an important way of relieving tension and stress, with the current climate they’re arguably more important than ever. And whilst some hobbies, such as certain sports and outdoor activities won’t be possible throughout this period, there are plenty of other outlets for creativity, distraction, and just something to look forward to. What is your hobby? The first step in choosing your new hobby is finding what it is you really love to do. We all have a passion, whether it’s art, music, reading or Quidditch, and choosing something that we’re interested or skilled in helps to motivate us, so think about a hobby you know you’ll enjoy, rather than one which you’ll feel forced to delve into. If you’re not one hundred per cent sure on what your passion is, a good place to start might be by asking your friends what they do for a hobby, you might be surprised to hear what they do to pass the time and it might even inspire you to take up the same hobby. At a time where there is so much uncertainty, it’s incredibly important that we take care of our mental and physical health and there are plenty of hobbies that we can do to take care of both. From meditation, to yoga, to home workouts there is a plethora of apps and videos out there to help us keep fit and healthy from the comfort of our homes. Alongside all of the recreational hobbies out there, some hobbies can also double up as self-improvement activities. If you struggle to unwind you could start practicing meditation, if you want to improve your attention to detail you could start building and painting models. Is your significant other fed up of making dinner every night? You could practice cooking to help take the weight off The options are endless when it comes to finding a hobby and it’s more important now than ever before to find a pastime that takes your mind away and helps you focus on something different. With a large number of people working from home it’s important to switch off at the end of the working day by picking up on a side-project to fill your downtime, and if you’re not working from home then it’s possibly even more important to make sure you spend your time developing a new skill. The right hobby is out there and there’s no better time for you to grab it by the horns than now. If you're ready to turn your hobby into a career, we have roles available across multiple sectors. You can search our latest opportunities here.

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    Mercedes’ Formula 1 Engineers’ Produce Life-Saving Ventilators to Battle COVID-19

    As the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt around the world, the engineering minds behind Mercedes Formula 1 are helping turn the tide in the battle against coronavirus by producing an innovative and lifesaving solution. Mercedes High Performance Powertrains have produced engines that have won eight constructors’ championships and 10 drivers’ championships in Formula 1, but now this team of engineers have turned their skills to support health services through the ‘Project Pitlane’ scheme. The result? A non-invasive breathing aid that has received approval for use in the NHS to help patients affected by coronavirus. Working with mechanical engineers at University College London (UCL), Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrain (the F1 team's engine division) have helped to reverse engineer a breathing device which is designed to keep coronavirus patients out of intensive care. The ventilator helps people with serious lung infections to breathe and avoid having to use ‘invasive mechanical ventilation’ – breathing devices that involve tubes through the skin or mouth, easing strain on hospitals and health care workers. The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) breathing device has already been used extensively in Italy and China with 50% of patients in Italy who were given CPAP avoiding intensive care (according to UCL). Incredibly, engineers managed to produce the first device production in less than 100 hours from an initial meeting which was held on Wednesday 18th March. The device has received approval from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and is a vital step to solve the UK’s CPAP shortage. One hundred devices will be used at University College Hospital for clinical trials before rapid roll-out to hospitals across the country. Andy Cowell, Mercedes HPP’s Managing Director, said: “The Formula 1 community has shown an impressive response to the call for support, coming together in the ‘Project Pitlane’ collective to support the national need at this time across a number of different projects. “We have been proud to put our resources at the service of UCL to deliver the CPAP project to the highest standards and in the fastest possible timeframe.” UCL’s Vice Provost, Health, Professor David Lomas, added that the collaboration “shows what can be done when universities, industry and hospitals join forces for the national good.” This example of agility and ingenuity illustrates the power of teamwork and transferrable engineering skills. By being able to respond practically and ingeniously to solve real life crises, engineers were able to reduce a process that could take years down to a matter of days. The other six UK-based F1 teams in Project Pitlane are also working to aid the UK’s efforts to treat patients suffering from coronavirus. Those teams are Red Bull, Racing Point, Haas, McLaren, Renault and Williams. We have roles available across the automotive and motorsport sector, from vehicle and electrical repair technician jobs to mechanical fitters - search our latest opportunities here.

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    GPG Summary 2019 – Morson Human Resources Ltd

    Difference in hourly rate Women’s mean hourly rate is 20.3% lower than men’s In other words when comparing mean hourly rates, women earn 80p for every £1 that men earn. Women’s median hourly rate is 22.3% lower than men’s In other words when comparing median hourly rates, women earn 78p for every £1 that men earn. Proportion of women in each pay quartile Top quartile (highest paid) – 16.2% women Upper middle quartile – 22.3% women Lower middle quartile – 34.7% women Lower quartile (lowest paid) – 44.7% women Who received bonus pay 10% of women 16.5% of men Difference in bonus pay Women’s mean bonus pay is 33% higher than men’s Women’s median bonus pay is 140% higher than men’s

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    Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever

    It’s hard to overstate the level of the global crisis we are currently in the midst of. With a quarter of the world's 7.8 billion people under lockdown at the time of writing, it’s true to say that we haven’t faced a situation this universal or problematic in a very long time. When the dust finally settles on the COVID-19 pandemic, the business landscape will be very different indeed. With all non-essential shops on the high street being forced to close their doors for the foreseeable future, many traditional businesses stand to take a heavy hit, resulting in job losses. It’s not all bad news for the jobs world though. One domain that could be on the rise with the crisis is so-called ‘Big Tech’, with a huge strain already being put upon companies like Amazon, Google and Netflix that is resulting in required expansion. The juxtaposition is that tech companies are reporting skyrocketing service usage as more and more people are forced to stay at home - but at the same time, some of their stocks are actually falling with the uncertainty of the consumer market. There are success stories in all of this though, which paints a good picture for tech jobs in the future. Here are some reasons why: Amazon just hired 100,000 extra people In the middle of March, it was announced that e-commerce giant Amazon was to take on 100,000 new warehouse and delivery employees in the United States to deal with the huge increase in orders. The expansion of its service must be good for the business long term, with more and more people using its service even after the coronavirus crisis calms. Streaming is surging With so much of the world essentially forced to stay in front of the TV for weeks at a time, it’s no surprise that streaming services have come under huge demand. For several days, eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed a slight dip in video quality from their streams as the Netflix infrastructure struggled to cope with the added demand. While they might have remained tight-lipped on the actual number of additional subscribers they might have earned through the COVID-19 pandemic, one would have to think that this additional revenue (many will remain subscribers) will be used in the future to create more tech jobs and grow an already huge company. Reputations are being made When we look back on the COVID-19 pandemic months and years into the future, we will be able to reflect on how all companies reacted, and whether or not they used their size and influence to help. Amazon, Microsoft and Palantir have offered free resources towards a massive data collection effort for the NHS, with the goal of using the data to model where ventilators, hospital beds and medical professionals will most be needed in the coming months. Likewise, many other companies have answered the call of the UK government for help. Uber offered to provide free taxi rides to medical staff, while food delivery service Deliveroo offered to keep hospital workers fed. We wouldn’t claim that they are doing any of this purely for their own gain, but philanthropy in a time of great need can’t do them any harm. It’s not just the really big boys who are benefitting With the way we work completely changing, at least for the near future, a lot of smaller tech companies and app developers are seeing a huge surge in usage. Slack is one such company and featured in our best technology for working from home. In 2015, Slack hit 1 million simultaneous users. On Tuesday March 10th 2020, Slack saw concurrent users pass 10 million, which then jumped to 10.5 million six days later before later reaching 12.5 million. This is the record of concurrent users - the actual number of additional daily users is through to be much higher. The increase in user base has led to Slack having to release updates to improve and alter their platform, driving innovation. The next innovators? While the big tech companies will certainly be wrestling with the pros and cons that the pandemic has on their businesses, there is certainly an opportunity for the next great app idea to be developed. With great change comes great opportunity, and with this marking the greatest shift in global routine in over 70 years, it’s the perfect opportunity for a radical new technology to grow, creating the next generation of tech jobs. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up to date with what we're doing to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Search the latest tech jobs here

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