Is it time to go off on your own? Aligning your career path with your goals; not your employers
May25

Is it time to go off on your own? Aligning your career path with your goals; not your employers

Contract vs. permanent work Everybody has moments when they’re unhappy with their job. But do you have the nagging feeling that something’s seriously wrong with the way that you work? Perhaps it’s time to loosen the bonds of your permanent job and enter the world of professional contracting.   Controlling your own destiny The thought of giving up a permanent contract can be overwhelming but if you feel that you’ve outgrown your...

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Half of British workers have a had a terrible first day at a new job, according to research.
May25

Half of British workers have a had a terrible first day at a new job, according to research.

A study of almost 3000 employees revealed that the first day at work can be a nightmare if things don’t go to plan.   Turning up late wearing the wrong attire and bumping a colleague’s vehicle in the car park are among the worst first impressions made by new employees according to the study.   Other first day mistakes employees said they made include arriving completely over-dressed, spilling tea everywhere, getting lost en route to...

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38% of women claim their gender was to blame for being spoken to in a patronising manner at work
May25

38% of women claim their gender was to blame for being spoken to in a patronising manner at work

New analysis from the Market Inspector, as per the report, ‘Gender Inequality in the Workplace’ shows that there is still progress that needs to be made in the workplace. The report shows that in 2017, only 35% of women in the UK are in managerial positions, while when it comes to junior positions, 69% of employees are female; perhaps alluding that women are less likely to take on or be offered leadership roles.   As a result,...

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Eurovision – if only businesses could be as successful
May25

Eurovision – if only businesses could be as successful

Guest Blog by Iain Thomson, Director of Incentive & Recognition,  Sodexo Engage As the europop and garish outfits begin to die down for another year, one lasting image from Eurovision always remains: how people from all walks of life unite under one roof for an epic display of talent and competition, all in good taste and positive energy. How many business leaders would be confident in achieving that atmosphere on such a scale...

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Demand for Big Data talent intensifies with 78% surge
May25

Demand for Big Data talent intensifies with 78% surge

Demand for Big Data skills and professionals has surged by 78% in the past 12 months (Q1 2017 – Q1 2018), according to the latest Tech Cities Job Watch report from Experis, the global leader in professional IT resourcing. Contractor demand was up 128% in the same period, while there was a 68% increase in the larger, permanent jobs market. These figures build on a similar boom in demand for Big Data skills in the previous year.   The...

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Collective redundancies – 5 things employers should know
May24

Collective redundancies – 5 things employers should know

Guest Blog by Croner Associate Director Paul Holcroft   Recent news stories surrounding job losses at retail giants Marks & Spencer and Tesco Direct has brought to light the issue of collective redundancies. Carrying out collective redundancies can often be an emotive and onerous matter, particularly for first time employers, and the below highlights five key points you need to be aware of.     1)    What qualifies as collective...

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Dates, taxis and now jobs? Everything appears in an instant, so why should employment be any different?
May24

Dates, taxis and now jobs? Everything appears in an instant, so why should employment be any different?

Part-time and temporary workers now have access to the latest technology to help them manage their jobs as part of their busy lives.   Short-term recruitment specialist RedWigWam has developed an app that allows staff to book roles, report on jobs and track timesheets ‒ via their smartphones or tablets.     It means employees can secure work and get paid faster than ever before.   Lorna Davidson, CEO of RedWigWam, said:   “People can...

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5 ways to arm employees against data breaches
May24

5 ways to arm employees against data breaches

Guest Blog by Andrew Stellakis, managing director of IT support specialist Q2Q IT, explores why employee training is vital when it comes to keeping data safe.   With the GDPR looming, and new cyber-security threats continually on the horizon, it has never been as essential for companies to safeguard the data they hold. This new set of protection laws – centred around upholding the rights of individuals and limiting how their...

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Satisfaction Over Salary – Seven Out Of Eight Working Say It’s Not All About The Money
May24

Satisfaction Over Salary – Seven Out Of Eight Working Say It’s Not All About The Money

The vast majority of workers in the UK are not motivated primarily by how much they are paid, according to surprising research conducted by the world’s largest job site, Indeed. Only 12% of workers class their salary as the most important factor in their job, far behind enjoying the job (24%) and ‘having a good relationship’ with their colleagues (21%) as the main drivers of job satisfaction.   So essential is a good working...

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It’s Time for Companies to Take Proactive Steps for Recruiting Top Talent, Say Experts at Templeton Parker
May24

It’s Time for Companies to Take Proactive Steps for Recruiting Top Talent, Say Experts at Templeton Parker

Businesses can no longer leave recruiting leading talent until they have an urgent vacancy to fill, according to the experts at Templeton Parker. The leading recruitment firm, which operates in the competitive MedTech sector, notes that sourcing experienced professionals is set to become even more challenging as the workplace culture becomes more fluid to embrace technological advancements.     As remote working continues to rise,...

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World’s biggest sandwich maker embraces new learning-on-the-go culture
May24

World’s biggest sandwich maker embraces new learning-on-the-go culture

Global learning consultancy OnTrack International has helped to design engaging ‘learning-on-the-go’ tools and materials for an innovative line manager development programme at Greencore, the international convenience food manufacturer and the world’s biggest sandwich maker.     Natalie Rogers, Greencore’s Leadership Development Manager said;   “Our 2,500 line managers are the face of Greencore for our colleagues and they set the tone...

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Why employers must look after the mental health of their employees
May24

Why employers must look after the mental health of their employees

It is known that 300,000 people in the UK quit their jobs due to mental health reasons. This staggering number emphasises the huge impact the issue has on British businesses. For each of those individuals there is a personal back-story of suffering, often without help or support. For the employer, there is disruption and financial cost as they need to recruit and train replacement staff or experience constant poor attendance and low...

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How to overcome networking anxiety
May23

How to overcome networking anxiety

Success within many industries often incorporates networking events; exciting opportunities to expand your professional contacts and liaise with potential clients. As we build a positive reputation, our career is inevitably given a little boost.   Although, networking is not an innate ability that comes naturally to all; pressure to impress and social anxiety can often make this supposedly enjoyable extra-curricular somewhat daunting...

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Was Your Last Staff Training Day Worthwhile?
May23

Was Your Last Staff Training Day Worthwhile?

We’re not about to preach to the converted. You know that staff training is simply part of successful business life. However, not all staff training is created equally. Rarely do we take the time to stop, reflect and evaluate whether a training experience has been truly worthwhile – in terms of outcomes, professional development and of course cost.    A fill-in feedback form from delegates isn’t sufficient, you need to take a more...

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Guest Blog by Emma O’Leary of ELAS Group
May23

Guest Blog by Emma O’Leary of ELAS Group

Last year a Parliamentary committee recommended a change in the law regarding dress codes in the workplace, following a spate of reports that revealed archaic practices including some organisations requiring women to wear high heels and make up.   The law has not changed but today the Government Equalities Office has issued guidance for employers on the issue warning of the risk of sex discrimination and providing examples of what...

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