In series 2 of The Ambitions Podcast, our specialists look to the future to discuss how upcoming legislation and technological advancements will impact recruitment and the workforce. The team also explores different areas of work culture and challenges stereotypes.
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In this first episode of the second season, Lizzie is joined by Gerrard and Ashleigh who discuss the state of the UK's staff market and what changes we've seen in recent history when it comes to migrant workers and skills. They look at among other subjects, the effect that events like Brexit are having on confidence in the UK labour market and what the future might hold for getting skilled labour to meet work demands.
In this second episode of season 2, host Lizzie Tasker is joined by recruitment experts, Leanne and Paula to talk about interviews, what types there are available and which kind is suited to what business.
The group also discusses whether enough is being done in the interview process to attract candidates and whether the right kind of interview is being used. Could businesses actually be putting candidates off with their current approach?
In the third episode of the second season, Lizzie talks with guest Ollie Tasker, Partner in Employment Law at Wilkin Chapman Solicitors. The pair talk about the effects that zero-hour contracts have on the employment sector as well as workers rights.
Also on the agenda this week, holiday allowance changes and what they mean for workers, as well as the effects of IR35.
Lizzie is joined by recruitment experts Mandy and Helen to talk about the importance of employee wellbeing. What does wellbeing really mean, and what role do line managers and employers play?
The group also discusses what employers should invest in to ensure their employees are working in a comfortable and stimulating environment, as well as how to ensure that staff feel valued in their role.
In the fifth episode, Lizzie, Paula and Gerrard discuss multi-generational workforces and the positives that age diversity can bring to a business. The group talk about the impact that generations have on each other across the workforce on a day-to-day basis and challenges it brings.
Also on the agenda this week, how employers can best harmonise their age-diverse workforce, and tackling stigmas and stereotypes between generations to help boost productivity.
This week, Lizzie is joined by Mandy and Becky in an episode about rewards and benefits packages. Where a salary was enough to attract candidates previously, employers are having to work harder to make themselves stand out in the marketplace to attract and retain candidates.
The experts discuss a variety of benefits that employers are now offering their employees, as well as consider finding a happy medium between choosing their own benefits and maintaining a flexible benefits package.
Lizzie is joined by Paula and Mike Shields, Head of PR at innovative marketing agency, Distract. The trio discusses using PR and marketing as a candidate attraction method and the importance of utilising your brand.
The team also highlight how positioning yourselves as an expert in your industry carries more weight with journalists and can make you stand out from your competitors.
Lizzie is joined by Helen and Rachel, who heads up the Ambitions Personnel training division.
The experts discuss the importance of CPD (Continued Professional Development) and the benefits it provides to individuals and the wider team.
Also in this week's episode, the team explore whether CPD is an area of under-investment, the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy and ask if companies are struggling to find relevant training for their business needs.
In the final episode of the second season, Lizzie is joined by Gerrard and Ashleigh to discuss the future of the world of work and how it will affect employees and employers.
How will the rise of AI and automation impact the recruitment industry? Will jobs that exist now cease to exist in the future? How far away is that future? Will jobs be created as well as lost to automation? The experts offer their advice to job seekers and the younger generation looking to prepare for the future world of work.