The World Cup 2018 – how to handle match days

14.06.18 / Insight posted in Blog

Whether you’re a football fan or not, there is something about an international tournament that brings out the patriotic spirit in us all! With the World Cup happening in Russia, there isn’t a massive time difference as there has been in previous tournaments. This means that most matches start after 5pm or take place at…

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Making Promotions Count

27.03.18 / Insight posted in Blog

With the recruitment market on the move once again and many clients reporting how hard it remains to recruit the right people, many businesses face losing people to the competition. It’s a great time to review how you handle promotions and career progression to ensure you motivate and retain talented staff. Here are three simple…

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It’s not personal, it’s business! Right?

27.03.18 / Insight posted in Blog

Have you heard the expression ‘leave your personal issues at the door’? How relevant is this in today’s working environment? There is an emphasis on employee wellbeing, duty of care to your employees and being an employer of choice. So why, if an employee is going through a tough time personally, would an employer take…

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The importance of an induction plan

27.03.18 / Insight posted in Blog

Do you have a formal or informal induction plan in place? Or do you just show the new starter round the office, get them set up with IT and leave them to get on with it? An effective induction is important in influencing how an employee feels about the company during the early stages of…

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Brexit Blog – At last, an agreement!

26.03.18 / Insight posted in Blog

Well a kind of agreement – an agreement on the transition period at least…although we are told that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”, and the whole thing could fall apart over something we haven’t even thought of yet. It could unravel in areas where things are very obviously hanging by a thread –…

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Measuring the impact of a membership organisation

05.03.18 / Insight posted in Articles, Blog

How much natural instinct do we have to check things out? Can we believe the news we hear, things people say or even information we pick up at home or in the office? The fact is that we rely heavily on trust in preference to constantly doubting. This can be a mistake. We know we…

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Does it matter what a candidate earns right now?

01.02.18 / Insight posted in Blog

I’ve not only helped clients recruit and been a recruiter myself, I’ve also been a candidate. I’m still genuinely surprised when employers reduce the salary allocated to a role because the applicant earns considerably less in their current job. Especially when you consider that, if the applicant earnt more, employers would be unlikely to increase…

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Would you fill your vacancy with a random person off the street….?

01.02.18 / Insight posted in Blog

You might as well recruit someone random off the street if you don’t get your recruitment process right! During my time working in HR, I’ve seen businesses cover the whole spectrum when it comes to assessing individuals for a job. At one end of the scale, there’s the hiring manager with a shortlist of candidates…

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5 minutes late for work: You’re fired

01.02.18 / Insight posted in Blog

I once heard of a new recruit being dismissed on day three of his employment for being late. It wasn’t the five minutes he was late that really bothered the manager, it was that he was clutching a takeaway coffee as he ambled into the office. The logic behind the manager’s decision was that the…

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Carillion to be liquidated – how can this happen?

15.01.18 / Insight posted in Articles, Blog

Carillion is the second largest construction business in the UK (behind Balfour Beatty) with huge construction projects under its wing. The government has relied on the completion of many varied high-profile contracts – from HS2 to the provision of school meals – to provide the very infrastructure of our economy. In business, it is wise…

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