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What is SAD Syndrome?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD syndrome) is a very real problem that can affect people’s mental health and their ability to function in their job. Here we look at raising awareness around SAD syndrome, what it entails and proactive steps that you can take to protect yourself and a friend or colleague from being affected by this debilitating disorder. SAD syndrome

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Is Sales A Career For You?

If you’re considering a career in Sales then here we help you explore whether it’s a career for you and ensure you’re selling your worth, not selling your soul. Working in sales has had it’s fair share of sigma over the years, from the horrendous Apprentice Audition Clichés that we all like to cringe over, to that 8pm sales phone

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Office Pet Pin-ups

Do you have an office dog or pet that you think has the cute-factor to feature in our Benchmark 2018 Calendar? We’ve met some gorgeous pooches and pets out and about in Sheffield offices and know that there are more hiding out there. If you think your office pet warrants a place in our ‘Office Pet Pin Up’ 2018 calendar

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BM Big Fat Charity Quiz 2017

On a cold November night our quiz go-ers certainly bought their ‘A game’ to the BM Big Fat Charity Quiz this week – our second annual charity quiz. It’s hard to out-quiz so many Sheffielders, and our business friends showed off their knowledge of the city and 2017. There were some challenging questions in there, and for those that were

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Creative, Digital and IT Talks

Our involvement in the IT and Digital sector gives us an insight into emerging trends and requirements from Sheffield businesses that we are keen to share.  In the first of our new ‘Creative, Digital and IT Talks’ we do just that – our blog pieces are aimed at profiling some of the people and organisations behind Sheffield’s growing tech scene.

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BM Switches on Sheffield Digital Partnership

At Benchmark we’ve switched on a new partnership with Sheffield Digital to become of  one of their Associate Sponsors.  The connection is born of us sharing the same objectives as Sheffield Digital; working to develop digital businesses and attract job seekers in Sheffield and South Yorkshire. We work extensively with Digital businesses in Sheffield to retain the best talent.  In

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Writing a perfect job advertisement

If you have a vacancy lying open and you’re wondering why your preferred candidate hasn’t come along yet we recommend sitting back and assessing your hiring approach.  The reality is it’s a candidate market and expectations in terms of salary, flexibility and benefits are high; without realising it you could be alienating a large amount of talent by creating an

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Forward Ladies Accolade

Benchmark’s Managing Director, Louisa Harrison-Walker, was highly commended at the Forward Ladies Awards 2017 in the SME Emerging Category on Friday (22nd September) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Newcastle. With 15 business women shortlisted in the category, Louisa received the accolade for her achievements in business, the community and education projects she is involved in the Sheffield City Region.

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CDI Café Completes the Candidate Lifecycle

The quarterly CDI (Creative, Digital and IT) Café event is running its final session on Thursday, 14th September focusing on the last stage in the candidate lifecycle, managing employee departures. The ‘Exiting Gracefully and Disgracefully’ session will be led by Benchmark Managing Director, Louisa Harrison-Walker, and Jay Bhayani from Bhayani HR and Employment Law; they will share advice on handling

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Perks of the Job

The stakes have been upped when it comes to perks at work and free tea and coffee no longer cut it.  Grainy coffee granules and tea stained mugs have been replaced let’s face it by premium coffee machines that rival your local baristas skills.  That’s just for starters; we’re seeing companies catering for employees lifestyles with benefits that keep the

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Leading Lady

Benchmark’s founder Louisa Harrison-Walker is celebrating after being shortlisted in the Forward Ladies National Awards 2017 in the SME Emerging Category. Louisa is the Managing Director of recruitment agency Benchmark which is in its 11th year of trading.  She is also the first female to chair Sheffield Chamber Council, Chair of the Common Purpose Advisory board for Yorkshire, plus trustee

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Who let the dogs in?

Everyone enjoys a visitor in the office every now and again, but it’s a bonus when the visitor has 4 legs and barks. On Tuesday 18th July Benchmark had a visit from Luna a lovely Border Collie and her owner Wendy. Luna and Wendy were also joined by Danny from Support Dogs UK. As much as the team enjoyed cuddles

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Bright Sparks

Caption (LtoR): Amelie De Candolle (Creative Consultant at Benchmark), Matt Ingram-Smith (IT & Digital Consultant at Benchmark), Jack Underwood (Code Make Win Overall Winner) and Robert Walker European and Strategic Project Manager at Sheffield City Council. Our IT & Digital consultant Matt Ingram-Smith this week (Tuesday, 4th July)  mixed with the  bright sparks of the city at the Sheffield Digifest

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Are you a super Dad?

We know the struggles parents face juggling the demands of work and childcare, and just making it to the weekend is often deemed a success!  This week it’s time to give a shout out to the Dads out there who are their kid’s superheroes.  These are the signs you’re killing it as a Dad and giving your kids the best

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Office ‘Politics’

When political discussions are rife it’s hard to avoid them, as you’ll hear it on the office radio, see it on social media, and will naturally be drawn to comment.  Whereas you may embrace healthy political discussions in your play time, in work time it can be a dangerous subject!  When it comes to office ‘politics’ should you go there?! 

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Lead By Example

Benchmark Team Leader Rebecca Morris is smashing up the Benchmark record books by winning consultant of the month three times already in 2017. She certainly knows how to ‘lead by example’ as  she also recently went on an all expenses paid trip courtesy of Benchmark to Vienna to mark her winning Consultant of the year in 2016 – the third

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Bonjour to Amelie

Say Bonjour to our latest recruit Amelie De Candolle who is Parisian born.  Amelie has joined Benchmark HQ as a Consultant managing creative roles specifically working with clients seeking marketing and design candidates. Amelie has hit the ground running as she joins Benchmark with three years recruiting experience, and is already assisting candidates in their job search – plus she’s

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Special Commendation for Cortney

Our Office Administrator Cortney Oneal was this week recognised for her professional and personal achievements with a Special Commendation Award at the North Midlands South Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards. Cortney was shortlisted for the Sheffield Apprentice of the Year award and came second with a Special Commendation Award for her commitment and dedication to her role. “As an employer I was

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Countdown for Cortney

Our Office Administrator Cortney Oneal is on tenterhooks in anticipation of  Tuesday’s North Midlands and South Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards, when she will find out whether she is Sheffield’s Apprentice of the Year.  Cortney has been shortlisted for the awards and will go up against other high achievers of the city. Whatever the outcome we are so proud of Cortney who

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Skills survey asks business exactly what it needs

5 minutes to tell Sheffield City Region about the gaps  As employers everywhere worry about finding skilled staff, a ground-breaking initiative by the Sheffield City Region (SCR) is being launched today (Thursday 27th April)  to find out exactly what business needs. In one of the most in-depth surveys into skills gaps and hard-to-fill vacancies, hundreds of business leaders across the

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Apprenticeship Levy – A New Future For Apprenticeships

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy on April 6th  is set to create monumental changes in the future of Apprenticeships.   From this date onwards businesses with a payroll of over £3 million will be required to invest in apprenticeships.  The Apprenticeship Levy will see a co-investment and development of vocational skills designed to significantly increase the quantity and quality of

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Striving For a Fairer City

Is your company engaged with the Sheffield Fair City Employer Charter? Is the charter on your radar, and do you know which businesses in the city are already signed up? The Fair City Employer Charter is happening, and it’s happening in your city, and now is an opportune time to get behind it.  Businesses across Sheffield are championing fairness and

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Introducing Benchmark Bites

Here we introduce to you ‘Benchmark Bites’, the first of our monthly podcasts.  Benchmark Bites gives a view from company Managing Director, Louisa Harrison-Walker, on key trends and issues which affect businesses in the Sheffield City Region. A timley topic for Mother’s Day is the issue of ‘flexible working hours for all employees’, the Benchmark Bites podcast gives an insight into employers practice –

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Championing Flexible Working Hours

With Mother’s Day fast approaching we are turning our heads to the working mums who strive to strike a balance between home and professional life. It still surprises us that there are companies in Sheffield and South Yorkshire who are unwilling to bend when it comes to flexible working hours, essentially alienating a large proportion of the female workforce. An

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Three Times Lucky

They say good things come in threes, well March has got off to a great start with three Benchmark employees all celebrating achievements.  Here we pay tribute to the hard work of Cortney Oneal, James Holding and Lucy Sibbald – each has their own story to tell….. First up there’s Cortney our receptionist and administrator who after just 10 months

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Geared up for KICX

Benchmark is all geared up to support Kelham Island Cyclo Cross (KICX) by sponsoring the new cycling event.  Due to take place on 6th May, this inspired race is a celebration of the industrial heritage of the steel city and combined with the passion for cycling from so many of Sheffield’s inhabitants.   The cyclo cross circuit will weave its

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Creative Sheffield unites for the CDI Cafe

Caption: Jay Bhayani, Bhayani HR and Employment Law, Richard Gourlay, Cowden Consulting, and Louisa Harrison-Walker, Benchmark Recruit. The creative minds of Sheffield came together for the second CDI Café today (Thursday, 16th February) focusing on Managing, Motivating or Moving On staff. The series of quarterly business breakfasts hosted by Bhayani HR & Employment Law and Benchmark address the employee life

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Digital Talent Of 2017

Benchmark has signed up to sponsor the Code>Make>Win awards for 2017 after their heads were turned by the hot bed of young talent at last year’s Code>Make>Win awards. This year young people will be invited to showcase their innovative ideas through Sheffield’s annual digital making competition, Code>Make>Win. Run by Sheffield City Council, the competition is open for entries in four

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New Chapter For Ellis

Senior Consultant Ellis Ridge has headed off to start a new chapter after four incredible years at Benchmark.  Ellis rose through the Benchmark ranks starting out as an apprentice at the age of 18 and finished her time here as a fully fledged consultant. “ Ellis’ success at Benchmark is testament to her determination and commitment, plus a result of

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CDI Cafe 2

The CDI Café team are all geared up for the second event on Thursday, 16th February at the Showroom Bar.  After the success of the first event in November 2016 Benchmark and Bhayani Law will  cover the second stage of the employee life cycle – Managing, Motivating or Moving On. The workshop based event is designed for Decision Makers of

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Benchmark Partners Up With Connect Yorkshire

Benchmark has taken the privileged position as one of Connect Yorkshire’s partners for 2017-18. This unique business group acts to support and develop talent across the region to help companies grow. Connect Yorkshire taps into a wealth of expertise from the most successful entrepreneurs in Yorkshire to deliver a programme of monthly sessions focused on key business areas of development.

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Christmas Party Exposé

Benchmark polled candidates and clients of South Yorkshire to uncover what really happens at the Christmas works party.   Business leaders will be relieved to discover 73% of respondents enjoy the Christmas do and only 27% would rather be at home. Of largest concern is that half of people questioned admitted to revealing company secrets, and half regretted it.  It transpires

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Sheffield Job Growth

According the research from leading job board, CV Library Sheffield is the place to be as in November it had the largest job growth in the UK. The steel city led the way with a 28.5% growth in vacancies, closely followed by Southampton (23.1%). Louisa Harrison-Walker, Managing Director at Benchmark commented: “These latest statistics further cement our city’s status as

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Leading The Way With Common Purpose

As a member of the Common Purpose advisory board Louisa Harrison-Walker, Managing Director at Benchmark, was proud to take part in the Frontrunner leadership development programme.  Louisa’s involvement enabled her to give university students first hand experience of leadership within business, and provide an open forum to discuss best practice. The Frontrunner Leadership Programme is designed to develop students leadership

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