When you have a task that you complete on a regular basis, or one that seems to have a very simple method, it is easy to fall into the trap of taking them for granted. Checking references for a potential employee can very easily become one of these tasks. It is almost too easy for the reference check to become a mechanical, automatic part of the hiring process. It really shouldn’t be though because, despite how it may seem, taking up references is both important and, if done right, a very informative function.
Remote working is very much on the radar for many employers at the moment. More and more work opportunities are coming with the option of working away from the place of business for at least part of the contracted work time. Without doubt, remote working is on the rise, but is it worth accommodating in your employment policy? [Read more…] about Remote working – Could it be a real boon for your business?
At no point in this article will anyone tell you to ‘pull yourself together and get on with it’ in relation to the fears everyone encounters when they start a new job. Firstly, it is pointless advice because you have already ‘got on with it’ to get the job. Secondly, and for the purposes of this article, most importantly, the fear of a new job is very real and just ‘getting a grip’ is not going to be the answer. [Read more…] about Despite what you think, there are not going to be sharks – Common fears when starting a new job
To be clear from the start of this article, your CV is vital if you want to get the career you deserve. As a candidate, your CV is your calling card and one of the employer’s reference points throughout the process of employment and beyond. So, it goes without saying, it should be an accurate summation of who you are and what you can do. Under no circumstances, therefore, should you ever lie on a CV. Sadly though, this does occasionally happen. [Read more…] about The Importance Of Reviewing, And Why You Need To Target Your CV
Leadership skills tend to be grabbing the spotlight at the moment with high profile ‘TED talk’ style videos seemingly everywhere on the internet, and large sums of money being exchanged to attend leadership seminars. However, managers are just as necessary for success because, without them, the spotlight would probably not work in the first place. [Read more…] about Build a Better Mousetrap or Catch the Mouse? – The Difference Between a Leader and a Manager.
There are many reasons why people take a career break. The one that probably immediately springs to mind is a period of child care, but this is far from the only reason. Extended health issues, returning to education, caring for a sick relative or just taking time out to travel or follow other interests are all regular motivators for people to take a break from their current work path. [Read more…] about ‘Actually, yes, I do still remember how the printer works’ – How to approach returning to work after a career break.
How often do we see ‘must be a team player’ in job specifications? Indeed, by the same token, it is probably one of the most common items on the list of strengths candidates put on their CV. Being able to be part of a team is something that we almost universally accept as being desirable. Collaboration in the workplace is a very different concept, however, because it is very possible to be part of the team, and indeed for that team to run quite well, and not have everyone collaborating effectively. [Read more…] about Friction to fulfilment – Does workplace collaboration automatically promote success?
For most people, health and wellbeing at work will initially mean health and safety. The physical safety of the workforce is quite naturally very much to the fore when it comes to considering wellbeing. Good training, the right protective clothing and a safe working environment amongst other things are a reasonable expectation of any work environment. In fact, this is so much the case that they are enshrined in law to protect workers. The question is, are there benefits to extending the principles of wellbeing at work into initiatives beyond those required by a safe environment? [Read more…] about Health and wellbeing in the workplace – Helpful, hype or important?
Have you heard of the Duchenne smile? It is named after a French Physician, Guillaume Duchenne, who proposed the theory that a real smile and a fake smile produce very different facial expressions. It’s all in the eyes, apparently, and it is very difficult to approximate a ‘real smile’. [Read more…] about Saying What You Mean – Is Your Body Language Telling a Different Story to Your Words?
While out shopping in a supermarket the other day, I happened to overhear what I assumed was the team leader complaining about a someone being lazy to her co-worker. She ended her little rant by calling them a ‘typical Millennial’. Yes, if you matured around the turn of the century, sorry, but you have a bit of a bad reputation. [Read more…] about Move over Millennials, Gen Z are coming – But what skills do they bring to the workplace?