12 Articles from 2020

  • Working From Home: A Guide

    In light of recent developments around the current pandemic a lot of people across the UK are finding themselves working from home. Even if you are used to working remotely a few days a week, nothing could have prepared you for the self-isolating measures that are being put in place indefinitely. While for some these measures may sound like a dream, there are others who will likely get cabin fever. While none of us here at ShapeIT have ever experienced something of this magnitude we have always worked from home at least one day a week. So, we’ve decided to give you our top tips about how to keep productivity levels to a maximum, as well as how to stay sane by keeping both your body and mind healthy. Our list of “Do’s” Keep in touch Working with your colleagues means constant social contact, something which doesn’t really exist when self-isolating. A close second is obviously keeping in touch virtually. Make sure you replace your face-to-face interactions with video calls and group and individual chats. This way you’ll be able to still share ideas and just have a bit of a laugh together. Get some fresh air Swap your wanders...read more
  • Interviewing During A Pandemic

    Since it appeared in Wuhan, China, the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak has dominated headlines across the glove as the number of cases has expanded. In more recent weeks countries outside of China have seen the outbreak worsen. Due to continued uncertainty about its impact and progression, companies around the world are taking measures to reduce face-to-face gathering. A growing number of companies are switching to fully remote operations for their employees, so where does that leave the hiring process? Same place as their day-to-day operations: online. One of the first things we are noticing here at ShapeIT is that companies are swapping to video interviewing. While in essence the process is the same as a face-to-face interview, we are aware that candidates will notice a difference in the process and find it a bit more challenging. Many companies tend to have a quick interview process, however now that we are faced with a pandemic this may go on the back burner. The process from initial interview to job offer will most likely take a lot longer. This can be due to a number reason, but one of the main issues when marrying working remotely and interviewing is getting everyone that has...read more
  • How Tech is Bolstering Wildlife Conservation

    It is high-time conservation bodies started adopting high-tech strategies in their battles to protect animals. While some have been slow to the uptake, a lot of groups have seen the potential for new monitoring tools. With the help of groups such as Google more and more bodies are embracing the devices as a way to take on poaching head on. The WWF estimates illegal wildlife trade is worth around £16 billion a year and is one of the main factors of the devastating decline in some species. The Living Planet Index maintained by ZSL and WWF shows that 60% fewer vertebrates (mammals, reptiles, fish, etc) live in the wild now that half a century ago. The steepest drop has been recorded in the tropics. ...read more
  • Changing The World: 10 of The Most Famous Women in Technology

    Today marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. All throughout history it is safe to say that men have made their mark in STEM areas, however women have contributed to a lot of programming languages and helped change the male-dominated field. Generally, women’s contributions are left out or unheard of, so we take a look at the 10 most famous women that have changed the technology landscape:...read more
  • UK Government Tightens Law Around IoT Cybersecurity

    Last week, digital minister Matt Warman, announced a new law that will force smart device manufacturers to adhere to a set of strict cybersecurity requirements.“We want to make the UK the safest place to be online with pro-innovation regulation that breeds confidence in modern technology,” stated Warman....read more
  • How Badly will Brexit Affect UK Tech Talent?

    Brexit is almost upon us. With the clock ticking down the hours, we are now in the last few days of being part of the European Union. Formally leaving the EU on January 31, we’ll be entering a transition period which will see us remaining subject to the union’s rules and regulations while undergoing a process of untangling from a 47-year relationship....read more

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