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17/11/2016
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. A friend of mine told me the other day that after twenty years as a teacher she was ready for a career change but didn’t think she had any transferable skills. After…
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19/10/2016
Following on from last week’s World Mental Health Day, it seems like a good time to take stock of how we manage mental healthcare in the workplace here in the UK. World Mental Health Day, an ambitious project run by the World Health Organisation, is held on 10th October every year, with the overall objective…
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19/09/2016
Look back over the last years and you’ll see there’s been a seismic shift in the recruitment landscape. The battle to reach enough of the right candidates is largely over. Whereas the battle to convert candidates into hires has only just begun. Employer branding has a huge role to play in this, with social media…
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20/07/2016
It is no surprise in this rapidly changing world that the behaviour of the workforce will change along with it. You had a job for life thirty years ago, now it can be as little as eight months. But has it gone too far the other way? Is it possible to make a mark with…
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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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