Welcome to our Engineering & Science Insights magazine.
Bringing you industry news, insights and advice from both our in-house team as well as engineering & science professionals from across Oxfordshire.
Firstly, a belated Happy New Year to all of you. And to celebrate the start of a new decade, we are now officially out of the European Union, which will hopefully go some way in improving a sustained period of uncertainty that has impacted many businesses’ recruitment activity.
In this issue, we look at physical, mental and social wellbeing of our employees, with a piece on how you can create a more eco-friendly office and a guest article from Mercer Marsh Benefits (formerly Jelf) on supporting employees with gender dysphoria. We also share advice on how to overcome some of the recruitment challenges facing the STEM sector and guest contributors reveal how to navigate your science career paradigm, why emotion is key to employee retention and minimising unconscious bias during candidate selection and interview.
In local news, find out why a US company has chosen Oxford as its UK and Ireland base and how workers rate the quality of life in the area. Another theme is leadership and productivity – Rosemary Darby-Jenkins tells us how people managers aren’t just born but also made and other articles cover tips on managing meetings and collaborating in business.