The future of the recruitment supply chain
Jul16

The future of the recruitment supply chain

Guest Blog by Pete Holliday, Managing Director of Sopra Steria Recruitment While organisations have, for some time, relied on master vendor recruiters to source diverse and disparate skills, the ‘master – servant’ relationship which defined historic RPO structures is beginning to crumble. Internal hiring managers are instead increasingly choosing to work with external organisations which are open and honest about their carefully...

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The different types of team meetings – and how to choose one
Jul12

The different types of team meetings – and how to choose one

Guest Blog by Nicolas Walker   Business communication ought to differ from a secular one as it has a certain role and a strict ethic of behavior when sophisticated small talk is totally free in a form. Business gatherings are held with a goal to come up with a concrete decision of actual task or problem.   Such communication form allows seeing the company’s current situation in complex, to make out all its strong and faint sides. It...

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Tips to help you successfully manage a virtual team
Jul12

Tips to help you successfully manage a virtual team

Guest Blog by Beat Buhlmann, Evernote’s General Manager for EMEA   Virtual teams have become a crucial part of many organisations in order to allow them to cope with the new globalised nature of the business environment. In fact, by 2020 half of the UK workforce will work remotely according to estimates. But as this trend grows, research shows that an alarming two out of every three experienced managers fail at their first attempt to...

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Half of UK workers worry Brexit will prevent them working abroad
Jul11

Half of UK workers worry Brexit will prevent them working abroad

Guest Blog by Sinead Bunting, VP Marketing Europe at Monster.co.uk   Brexit has left half of Brits (45%) worried they won’t be able to work abroad, according to new research from global jobs site Monster.co.uk.   Moving abroad to work in the future is of interest to almost a third (31%) of UK workers, and around a fifth (17%) of Brits say they’ve held a job overseas already. Workers aged 18-36 (41%) are most interested in broadening...

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Preparing for summer holiday season
Jul09

Preparing for summer holiday season

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Content Executive at Brighter Business   Summer is nearly upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare. For all the sunshine, beach trips, BBQs and picnics that summer brings, there are invariably some challenges that businesses face.   Here, Conor McArdle from Brighter Business has some advice and pragmatic solutions to help businesses and business owners navigate the obstacles they face...

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Summertime in the office: the dos and dont’s
Jul06

Summertime in the office: the dos and dont’s

Guest Blog By Matt Weston, Managing Director at Robert Half UK   When the weather warms up and holidays are edging closer, it can be all too tempting to relax and let your professional guard down. If this is something you identify with, then you aren’t alone.     Workplace data suggests that productivity drops 20% during the summer months, with 45% of employees admitting that they’re more distracted. This could be down to excitement...

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Why a healthy dose of competition is good for your career
Jul06

Why a healthy dose of competition is good for your career

Guest Blog by By Matt Weston, Managing Director at Robert Half UK   Most of us can probably agree that coming up against competition brings out a very different side to our personalities. Rivalries for promotions, pitches or new roles can push us to be more productive and to produce stronger work.     Experts believe that being competitive in business drives creativity and helps refine skills like a willingness to push boundaries,...

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What can the built environment learn from England’s World Cup success
Jul06

What can the built environment learn from England’s World Cup success

Guest Blog by Jonathan Cameron of Incendium   The 2018 FIFA World Cup is certainly a break with tradition so far as the England squad is concerned. In previous tournaments, England fans – encouraged by the media – dared to dream that their boys could replicate the success of 1966, when Bobby Moore’s team defeated West Germany 4-2 in the final after Geoff Hurst scored two goals in extra time. With remorseless predictability, such...

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Tips for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace
Jul05

Tips for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR As controversial “gay conversion therapies” are to be banned as part of a government plan to improve the lives of gay and transgender people, diversity is a topic that has continues to be a major talking point when it comes to equality in the workplace. Yet some companies are still grappling with defining what this means to their organisation in terms of LGBT inclusions, communicating why diversity...

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Working Remotely During a Heatwave
Jul05

Working Remotely During a Heatwave

Guest Blog by Jonathan Dungan, Marketing Executive at 247meeting   It’s like, really hot.   There are better, more sesquipedalian ways to convey that message, but I find it’s too hot to even string a series of relevant thoughts together.     I even had to run a Google search to find that fancy word there, all because I can’t seem to express myself properly in these drought-like conditions. It’s a great word though, it actually means...

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How Smart are your people working?
Jul05

How Smart are your people working?

What percentage of your working week is spent doing things you think you should be doing, and doing them well? In other words, Working Smart.   If you have just answered this question, make a note somewhere. I’ll explain why.   It’s a question I have been asking employees around the world in my leadership training programmes for the last 20 years. I have met nearly 10,000 people in that time, so when I tell you what the average answer...

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What employees’ rights are when a business decides to restructure
Jul05

What employees’ rights are when a business decides to restructure

Guest Blog By Kirsten Cluer, HR Consultant and owner of Cluer HR     With the recent news that 11,000 jobs are being put at risk at House of Fraser amid heavy falls in profit forcing it to close more than half of its UK stores, it has raised questions around what employees’ rights are when a business decides to restructure.   When a company or organisation enters a period of transition, the major changes can be swift. During this...

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Understanding sexual harassment in an increasingly diverse and complex world
Jul04

Understanding sexual harassment in an increasingly diverse and complex world

Guest Blog by Valerie Nichols, Executive Consultant at Hemsley Fraser   Most of us are aware that grabbing someone’s crotch or buttocks is highly inappropriate and is likely to be considered sexual harassment. That’s one end of the spectrum. How about a friendly pat on the back in acknowledgement of a job well done? Sexual harassment or not? How about telling someone that they look good? How about a ‘wolf whistle’?   The extent of...

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5 tips to make your meetings more enjoyable
Jul03

5 tips to make your meetings more enjoyable

We often spend countless hours preparing for, and dreading, our meetings. Whether these be with clients or colleagues, meetings often don’t seem very exciting and regularly take up a large proportion of our weekly schedule.   Meetings also often bring with them a lot of pressure as we hope to impress and land crucial new contracts. As a result, it’s important to not feel overwhelmed or demotivated by the prospect of upcoming meetings;...

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Supporting staff and managers through redundancies
Jul03

Supporting staff and managers through redundancies

Guest Blog by David Price, CEO and Wellbeing Expert at Health Assured   Over the past few weeks, the retail industry has been making redundancies at an alarming rate and many retail sector staff has felt the pain of losing their job or a colleague to redundancy.   So how can managers ensure that staff who are being made redundant or who survive are sufficiently supported as the uncertainty they are facing may cause mental and physical...

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