Sorry for repeating myself

This month I come back to a subject I have written about before. A café-turned-arts venue has just come under fire after posting a job advertisement for an office administrator slating millennials’ attitudes to work. After struggling to fill an

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How much do you think you are worth?

I recall at the start of my career I was offered an increase in pay to reflect additional responsibilities I had been given and was meeting. Perhaps with the naivety of youth I was very disappointed and upset with the

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Maybe it’s time to re-assess how we recruit

Apparently, the UK is experiencing its steepest drop in candidate availability in 16 months. And it appears to be caused by uncertainty around Brexit. Data from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) revealed that 38 per cent of recruitment agencies

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Good health leads to good productivity

One of my clients recently said to me “Of course, in our industry taking short lunch breaks and working extra hours is the norm and expected” It might feel counterproductive to persuade your employees to work fewer hours, but you

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Will T Levels be the answer to youth unemployment?

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond took a bit of a barrage in the recent budget. However, within the budget, the introduction of T levels, announced by Hammond, is the latest government initiative to solve the problem of youth unemployment.

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Does remote working have to really be remote?

More and more I have clients asking me about letting staff work from home. I guess with changes in technology and social trends it is likely to become even more prevalent. The key question I am asked is how do

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Live and let live?

As an HR practitioner I often hear complaints from clients (and businesses in general) that there is too much regulation and red tape. Indeed, this was one of the arguments put forward by the Brexiteers in last year’s referendum. And

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Use social media to develop your employer brand

We all hear stories about staff “badmouthing” their employer on social media and companies “stalking” prospective employees through Facebook or whatever. But hang on … What about the other side of the” social media coin”? Everyone says they want to

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Finding good candidates through social media

Many of my clients are quite small businesses but, just like larger organisations, they want to recruit the best candidates they possibly can. Many feel that the conventional method of placing adverts on the internet or in the press or

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When you just know you are having a bad day

A client just said to me that her husband knows when she has had a bad day at work. She says “I’ll have a large Bacardi and coke and and speak to me again in half an hour!” That got

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