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How To Handle The ‘Year Of The Candidate’

This year has been billed ‘The Year Of The Candidate’, due to skills shortages in the marketplace. Ever since the term was first coined in a Wall Street Journal article at the very beginning of January, the concept quickly gained momentum amongst HR circles and those who are passionate about matching the best people with the right roles. But as a business owner, how will this have an impact on the work you do? Basically, there aren’t enough white-collar professionals to go round. If you want to fill your higher-level…

Don’t accept mediocrity from your HR provider

Think that HR is just about making sure that you don’t break the law, and having all the right paperwork in order? You wouldn’t be alone in thinking that. It’s an approach that many business owners take, even in huge organisations that have the time and the resources readily available to do things differently. Here’s the thing though. If your HR practices are limited to firefighting problems – like dealing with disciplinary issues, or handling poor performing members of staff – then you’re missing out on one of the biggest…

Would you ignore Richard Branson’s business advice?

When you think of influential people from the world of business, Richard Branson is a name that’s likely to feature pretty high up on your list. With a multi-billion pound empire that has included transport, music, and even his own private island getaway retreat, he certainly knows a thing or two about creating and sustaining huge success. With that in mind, it might pay to carefully consider his latest comments on the value of mentoring. Speaking via a recorded message to an event on mentoring hosted by Purple Cubed, he…

Will you lose a third of your employees this year?

The figures are in, and research from the Institute of Leadership and Management suggests that 1 in 3 employees plan to change jobs this year. It’s double the proportion from last year, and it demonstrates that even if you think your staff are happy and fulfilled in their roles, there could be more going on beneath the surface. Will you have to deal with unexpected recruitment drives in 2015 to replace leavers? And are you doing everything you can to hold on to the very best people in your business?…

What to do when your staff resist technological change

Technology is moving at the speed of the light, and this is undoubtedly presenting a huge and unmissable opportunity for employers. Want to make your processes more effective? Need to ramp up productivity and improve output? With the right technological solution, just about anything is possible. The big question here though, is just how well received the changes will be when you introduce them to your staff. Through the years, change, in its many forms, has been the cause of many headaches for business owners and HR professionals alike. Even…

Enforced Subject Access Requests Are Now Illegal

Here’s What Employers Need To Know If you are currently using enforced subject access requests to gather information about candidates during your recruitment exercises, you are committing a criminal offence. The new law came into force on 10th March 2015, and it’s likely that many businesses will need to update their practices to ensure that they’re compliant. Previously, it was legally acceptable for employers to require job applicants to provide details of their criminal history through subject access requests, under the provisions outlined in the Data Protection Act 1998. Employment…

What will the general election mean for business owners?

With the general election looming on the horizon, the key parties are honing their policies and starting to pull out all the stops when it comes to showing the country what they could achieve if they win those all-important votes. Whatever your political leanings happen to be, it’s definitely worth considering what the overall result could mean for you as an employer. Results from a very recent Guardian/ICM opinion poll suggest that it’s going to be a close fight, with 36% of respondents stating that they intend to vote Conservative,…

Apprenticeships – What business owners need to know

Have you ever considered bringing in new talent to your business with apprenticeships? Following Labour leader Ed Miliband’s recent pledge to guarantee them for all school leavers who get the grades by 2020, should his party win the general election of course, it’s a subject that’s once again back on the table. Miliband argued that better training and higher wages were what would be needed to give the work schemes a much-needed overhaul, and suggested that they could play a significant role in boosting productivity and driving the economy forward.…

Why taking a lunch break as a boss is important!

Research by Bupa has revealed that almost two thirds of British workers are too busy to take the twenty-minute lunch break that is required by law when they’re working shifts of six hours or more. In fact, a whopping 28% are not taking any breaks at all during their working day. Take a second to think about how this applies to your business. Is there a culture of employees being chained to their desks until the end of their shift? And have you really taken the time to consider what…

Lessons To Take Away From The Secretary Job Advert Disaster

Recruitment firm ICS faced a massive backlash recently after advertising a job role with a raunchy image of a woman bent over in a short skirt. The advert was posted on social media and included the caption ‘Secretary required in Mayfair. Stockings optional! £35K. Ready to assume the position?’ Unsurprisingly, the firm was inundated by messages from angry Twitter users. ICS tried to defend its position saying that it was simply a reference to the 2002 erotic movie Secretary, about a sexually submissive office worker, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal. By then…