5 Tips to Getting Your Recruitment Right with Unemployment on the Rise

6/17/2016 posted in Business, HR, Recruitment, Strategy

It’s all over the national press: unemployment is at its lowest since 2005 according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). That means 55,000 more people in work in the last three months, meaning a record 31.6 million are now employed. Earnings are also on the rise, an increase of 2.3% on last year (without bonuses).

Good news for employees, but what is the impact on small and mid-tier employers?

For most businesses, recruitment has been that bit easier since 2008, with more candidates than jobs, and a pick of the bunch for roles not in shortage professions.

That is rapidly changing: there is higher competition for good candidates, more roles available, and most employers need to consider how attractive they are to jobseekers, not the other way around.

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Is Your Leadership Style Stopping Your Business From Growing? Part 2.

2/12/2016 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing, Getting Ahead, Sales, Recruitment, Strategy, Change Management

Last week, in the first part of this series, we started to look at the barriers a lot of business leaders encounter when faced with the challenge of real growth.

The first barrier we identified was that of being able to look objectively at your company and ask “what do we have to do differently to reach the next barrier?”, and assuming you manage to answer than question, things will undoubtedly need to change. A CEO might have had nine people reporting to them directly when they started up and functioned perfectly well, but it’s impossible to cope with 45, 50, even 75 direct reports.

If you want to grow your company, you’re going to need to recruit leadership talent.

It’s pointless hiring new leaders if you don’t change your own leadership style. What’s appropriate for a start-up company doesn’t work nearly as well for an established business looking to grow. You can micromanage a small team, but if you continue to do that once you have a leadership team in place, at best, you’ll demotivate some of your leaders. At worst, you’ll micromanage your new leaders right out of the company.

You hired your leaders to do a job. Let them get on with it.

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Is Your Leadership Style Stopping Your Business From Growing? Part 1.

2/5/2016 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing, Getting Ahead, Sales, Recruitment, Strategy, Change Management

Believe it or not, not all businesses want to grow. Some people just want a lifestyle business, have it stay about the same, not grow and just keep ticking over.

If that’s your vision for your business, then this blog post is not for you. While it’s a perfectly valid strategy to want your business to stay exactly the same, the reality is that the world of business is constantly changing, which has an impact on your company, whether you like it or not.

When a child plays a video game for the first time, they quickly discover is that the character that stands still gets killed first. It’s the same in business. Usually, you’re going to either grow or shrink your business, but if you’re standing still, you’re really going backwards. Your competitors will be overtaking you if you’re staying in the same place. While staying the same is certainly a type of strategy, you may well decide that it’s not a good one or the right one for your business.

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Why First Impressions Really Do Count for Your New Recruits

11/26/2015 posted in Business, Speakers, Leading, Not Managing, Getting Ahead, Recruitment, Employee Motivation

I’m sure we all have a story about that great candidate we hired who didn’t quite turn out as well as we’d hoped, or that great employee we hired who left after a few short months, however I wonder what the employee would say about their own experience?

"It was nothing like they described it would be in the interview" perhaps? Or how about - "the induction consisted of; here’s your desk and here’s your phone – get on with it"!

I used to give every candidate I placed my ‘First 100 Days in a New Job’ document to try and help them get off to the best possible start and reaffirm to their new employers that they’d made the right decision in hiring them, however I woke up one morning and realised that hiring managers and Directors are just as likely to mess things up as their new employees are!

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4 Steps to Building a Team of A Players

9/25/2015 posted in Business, HR, Recruitment, Employee Motivation, Strategy

What do you think of when you hear the term ‘A player’?

Someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty, someone you know you can depend on in a crisis, someone other team members turn to when they need help and support.

It stands to reason that you’re going to want to attract and retain A players to help take your business to the next level, but how do you go about this process?

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4 Simple Steps to Creating a Corporate Culture of Superstar Performance

9/18/2015 posted in Business, Getting Ahead, HR, Recruitment, Strategy, Change Management

Are you getting the performance out of your employees your company needs?

A recent Gallup poll showed that a mere 31.5% of employees felt engaged at work, with a worrying 17.5% so disengaged that they actively worked against their company’s goals. It can be hard enough to get the results you want without having to fight against the people who should be on your side. The simple truth is that disgruntled employees have a direct impact on your bottom line and it’s an issue you ignore at your peril.

So what can you do about it?

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5 Essential Strategies To Increase Your Return on People

7/24/2015 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing, Recruitment, Employee Motivation

Did you know that 84% of businesses rank a C, D, or F on the newly released 2015 Return On People Benchmark Report, yet many beloved brands and best-kept secrets are hitting it out of the ballpark with an A+, A, or B?  Or that A companies earn over 7 times as much as the average company?

Where do YOU rank and what can you to do improve your grade?  It’s time to overcome 5 core challenges and significantly increase your bottom line.

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5 Ways You Can Make The Change To A High Performance Culture

7/10/2015 posted in Business, Leading, Not Managing, Recruitment, Employee Motivation

Studies show that the corporate culture of your business has a direct, measurable impact on performance. A survey of 90,000 people showed that while 20% absolutely loved where they worked, 40% of those questioned said they were completely disengaged with the organisation they were working for. That’s almost half, working for organisations they don’t like, holding back their business from achieving its true potential.

What if you then discovered that the 20% who were really enthusiastic about their job were 86% better at serving the customer and 95% better at coming up with ideas and innovations to improve the business? Wouldn’t you want more of your people to feel the same way?

This is why a high performance culture is so important to your business.

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The 6 Mega Trends Shaping The Future Of Your Workforce

5/22/2015 posted in Business, Technology, Recruitment, Change Management

There are significant changes ahead that will redefine the way that many of us do business, if we can keep abreast with these shifts then we can really take advantages of the opportunities that will arise.

We will shortly be entering a time when for many people there will be 4 generations in the home, this will have a dramatic impact on both our lives and our businesses. In addition, technology continues to transform so much about our lives, including the physical places we do business and the ways in which we communicate with colleagues and clients.

Businesses are only just adjusting their models to reflect the new economy and are engaged in a constant war for talent which will increase as employees take control of their working status, eager for training opportunities and flexible hours. Have you considered what this could mean for your business?

What will the global workforce look like in 2020?

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10 Top Tips For Checking Out Your Future Employees

5/20/2015 posted in Business, HR, Recruitment

The consequences of a mistake for your business may not be life threatening, but recruiting the right people is expensive and high risk, so getting it right can make the difference between a successful or unsuccessful organisation.

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