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20/06/2016
When you realise you’re too busy to find the time to write a blog about the curse of busyness, it is perhaps time to realise that Tim Kreider’s wise words ‘Life is too short to be busy’ are more true than we care to admit. He wrote an article for the New York Times a…
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31/05/2016
There has been a lot of press coverage over the summer about robots and more generally Artificial Intelligence (AI) taking over the world of work. BBC news has recently run a special feature on it which included an interactive test to check if your job is at risk (Will a robot take your job?). What…
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24/05/2016
Perhaps you saw the BBC 2 series ‘Who’s the boss’, three programmes featuring collaborative hiring, a relatively new concept in recruitment whereby the entire workforce has a say in who to hire. They followed three small companies as they tried the technique for the first time with mixed results. It was a fascinating insight not…
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17/05/2016
Discrimination is everywhere and the workplace is no exception. There have been many attempts over the years to correct bias in recruitment, to address the gender pay gap, increase ethnic diversity and ensure disabled workers are not disadvantaged. Recent news stories about introducing name-blind recruitment in the public sector and forcing businesses to publicly disclose…
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10/05/2016
There is a fundamental difference between recruitment and talent acquisition but the fact that they do so often get mixed up perhaps goes some way to explain why so many companies are currently suffering from an acute talent shortage.  So, what is the difference?  Recruiting is a part of talent acquisition (TA), when there is…
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26/04/2016
                        Everybody knows by now how important it is to have a diverse workforce; one that reflects your customer base and the population at large. A worrying number of companies in the past have approached the problem of how to recruit for diversity from…
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19/04/2016
Current state As the talent shortage gets shorter, so the recruitment process has got longer. Glassdoor.com research featured in Forbes, estimates that the average length of the interview process has doubled in five years, from 12.6 days to 22.9 days. Meanwhile, the best candidates are on the market an average of just 10 days. It doesn’t…
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12/04/2016
Perhaps your train to work this morning was delayed by a ‘body on the track’ or you drove past a car accident on the motorway, and for a little while afterwards perhaps, you drove more slowly?  We often spare a thought for the individual and their family at such an awful time but what about…
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05/04/2016
You may have seen reports in the press recently about how Sweden plans to adopt a 6 hour working day. It turns out that it is not a nationwide legislation, but merely a few select businesses trialling the idea and one ongoing trial in nursing. It isn’t a new concept either, as a Toyota service…
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20/10/2015
Candidate compliments before job interviews boost performance Complimenting your candidates could have a positive impact on their future chances of success, according to new research. Researchers at Harvard Business School mock interviewed 123 participants to analyse the effect of compliments at work. They found that those who had been given positive feedback by friends prior…
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