31 October 2013 Hear ye Hear ye! We like to think we are pretty special.....but it's always better when someone else does! Thanks and pats on the back this month came in... more
16 October 2013 All aboard, full steam ahead! We are delighted to welcome back Melanie B and Amy T who have both had babies recently. They are both looking forward to... more
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03 October 2013 In the current climate of heated discussions about “work ethic” we found this clip really insightful. Do you think that people nowadays are... more
This is a really interesting example of someone putting their own spin on a routine task. If you gave your staff more freedom to express themselves in their job, what might you see?
Improve your applications If you apply for a job, the least you hope for is to get an interview. Yet as many as 9 out of 10 applicants for a job fail at the application stage, and often because of basic mistakes. Faced with a mountain of applications, employers look for simple way to sift out large numbers of applicants and get the pile down to a manageable number. So how can you make sure your application gets through? Well, by following some key rules you can massively increase your chances. Two things to do Employers are interested in the people who genuinely want the job and have the necessary skills and knowledge. So before you start to write your application, do two things. Look closely at the jobs and employers that interest you. Work out why they appeal to you. Knowing very little about the employer and what the job involves means you won’t come across as a serious candidate, so be clear about why you want this job. Work...
Top 10 Tips for getting a job Understand your strengths and motivations What are you good at? What comes easily to you? What thing give you energy? So apply to jobs and roles that relate to these themes. These are the things that you will be enthusiastic about when you apply. Apply to a few jobs well rather than to lots badly. Large numbers of non-targeted applications are likely to fail. Research the obvious Do your research into the organisation an the professional area/function of the role. Know why you’re applying and what you’re applying for – and be able to explain this. Be flexible about size and location Don’t just apply to the big names. Look at smaller organisations and locations outside the capital city. Jobs in regions are likely to receive fewer applications. Send a covering letter If you’re asked to send a CV, make sure you also send a covering letter. Your letter will as value because in it you...
• Did you more than 40 hours last week? • Is that the norm for your company? • Are you constantly getting to work early yet still getting home too late to have dinner with your partner, or have a meaningful family or social life? If you’re nodding in agreement, you’re not alone. Far from it, this year’s Best Companies research shows that thousands are working far longer than is good for their health or their company's productivity. Unfortunately, it’s a very British bad habit. In the foreword to Flexible Working – The Business Case , published by The Department of Trade and Industry, Patricia Hewitt, then Secretary of State says: "…there are still too many organisations where an old-fashioned long hours culture still prevails. This is costly - although British companies work the longest hours in Europe, our productivity levels are one of the lowest, and stress-related sickness costs British business around £12 billion every year. No...