Are you offering candidates a seat at the top table?

It’s no secret that we’re now recruiting in a candidate-driven market. The days of a one-sided recruitment process are well and truly over and it’s simply no longer just about what the candidate can offer you, but what you the employer are bringing to the table and also how you’re bringing it. To find out… Read More

How to create a strong employer brand

It’s time to ask yourself what you think your employees would say about working for you. Imagine, they’re talking to their friends and they’re asked that ever popular question – “how’s work?” It’s important as a business owner to consider how they would respond; would they roll their eyes and mutter “it pays the bills”,… Read More

Attracting and Retaining the Workforce of the Future

Now, let’s talk talent. What does the word ‘talent’ mean to you? Talent has become a word that lots of companies shy away from using as it can commonly be used to refer only to those performing above and beyond. We’ve highlighted some pointers that we feel will help change the way talented employees are… Read More

What not to ask in an interview

Interviews are crucial when it comes to finding the best candidates for your business.  The key is to make the most of the time you have with each applicant, so asking the right questions is of utmost importance. So, good preparation is key. You’ll undoubtedly be just as well organised as your candidates, ready with… Read More

Six steps to manage stress in the workplace

With 4 out of 10 sick days taken in the UK being stress-related, many employees are reluctant to talk about their own stress levels for fear of being seen as weak by admitting that they are struggling. To coincide with this week’s National Stress Awareness Day, we take a look at the main causes of… Read More

The seven habits of great managers

You know the ones; the managers who have an infectious love for their work and the ability to make decisions with both empathy and experience. They know exactly where they are going and how they’re going to get there.  They plan ahead, maintain momentum and get things done. Whether you’re recruiting or promoting, there’s not… Read More

One in five employees fail probation

One fifth of new recruits don’t pass their probation or have their probation period extended.  So whilst employees might think that getting a job in the first place is the toughest part, does the real challenge lie in passing the probation period? Poor performance was the most common reason cited by employers for letting their… Read More

73% of today’s candidates are passive

What does the perfect candidate for your role look like? Finding candidates is a completely different ballgame compared to just 5 years ago. According to a Talent Trends study by Linkedin, 73% of the employed workforce is open to exploring new opportunities and just 12% are actively looking. The other 15% are quite happy where… Read More

Psychometric tests – Then and now

You may have heard of the Myers-Briggs type indicator, developed back in 1943 Based on Carl Jungs typological theory, it is a questionnaire that highlights a person’s psychological preferences in how they view the world and make decisions. It was very popular in the business world but we have come a long way since then…. Read More

Hiring your shining stars vs black holes

Every business needs its shining stars in order to succeed. This is a fairly obvious statement. In this post however, we are going to talk about the dangers of hiring black holes that can swallow up your shining stars and eventually, your whole business. I know it sounds extreme but let me explain. In the… Read More