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Boardroom boredom – is YOUR work routine reducing your chance at success?

            It’s 6 o’clock. The alarm blares in your ear. Zombified, you crawl out of bed and switch the kettle on, scrolling through unanswered emails as you go. You pull on your usual clothes and off you go to work. It’s a standard routine and one you could probably do with your eyes closed, if fact I bet some of you do, but is it …

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The Kids Are Alright? – Are Internships The New Entry Level Job?

            “To get a job, you need experience” Yes, that old chestnut. It’s a phrase you’ve heard a thousand times and you can’t deny there’s a logic behind it – experience guarantees you understand the ins and outs of the job you’re applying for – but there’s a glaring problem with it. To get a job, you need experience but to get experience, you need …

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Try Before You Buy – Why Probation Periods Are An Invaluable Business Tool

            With almost a fifth of new recruits proving to be a poor fit for their organisation, can you afford not to find out? 18% of employees will fail their probationary period (opinion matters survey), most commonly because of poor timekeeping/attendance, ill-fitting personality or not delivering on skills they promised in the recruitment process. Utilising a time of three, six, or twelve months to test …

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Dress to impress?

            In an age where job descriptions and locations are becoming increasingly unconventional, deciphering the casual dress code can be tricky. In a recent survey, the clothing retailer Banana Moon discovered that more than a third of workers would prefer a compulsory uniform to avoid the difficulties of navigating a casual dress code and, with over 20% feeling they had been disciplined for wearing incorrect …

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A dog-friendly workplace – the claws and effect

                      It’s a well-known fact that a happy employee is a motivated one, but what’s the best way to make the work environment a livelier place? Companies like Nestle and Mars think they have found the answer in allowing their employees to bring their furry friends to the office. As a dog owner, the idea of being able to bring …

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Grievances in the disciplinary procedure – a HR minefield?

              The disciplinary process can be complicated at the best of times, but add in an employee grievance with little legislation to help and it can leave everyone walking on egg shells trying to reach a solution. Grievances can manifest in many different forms during the disciplinary process, such as allegations of unfairness about the disciplinary itself or about the circumstances leading up the …

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Contracts of Employment – do I really need them?

              Contracts of employment are always an interesting topic for discussion, you would think with around 31.85 million* people in work (*UK Labour Market March 2017) that every business would be slick about employment contracts by now.  We are asked many questions around contracts, from do I have to have them, do they have to be in writing, to why do I need them …

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How to get a First-Class performance out of graduate employees

        For many students across the country, myself included, the coming weeks will mark the end of our time at University. After three years of studying, we will all graduate in the hope of moving on to bigger and better things and with an 18% increase in employment for university leavers in the last year, it’s a dream that feels more possible to realize than ever. And …

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The way we work seems to be changing

            Contemporary trends show that there are more people than ever starting up small businesses or becoming self-employed and moving away from being employed by larger firms.  The numbers of self-employed people has increased significantly since we moved into the 21st century, in fact the growth of self-employed people is becoming greater than the total number of people employed by the four large supermarkets combined.  …

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13 top tips on how to retain your best employees

13 top tips on how to retain your best employees: Selecting the right people in the first place through behaviour-based testing and competency screening will pay off in the long term. The right person, in the right seat, on the right bus is the starting point. Offer an attractive, competitive, benefits package, for example child care vouchers, career breaks, employee assistance programmes, dental insurance and flexible hours. Give employees the opportunity …

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