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Are you a Meeting Monster?

When it’s time for a business meeting, it can conjure up a feeling of ‘dread’ – agree? Even if there is an agenda, you know there is no point reading it, as it will change as soon as the meeting begins. Discussions can get hijacked. Bad ideas may fall like blunt objects. Long-winded colleagues consume…

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Be prepared, snow is on its way again

As I began to think of ideas for our next blog, snow was falling outside of my office window and I reflect on how many different approaches I have seen, in terms of how clients deal with bad weather situations at work. It tends to range from no plan at all – to a well…

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Remote Working – Key Facts

Remote working, distributed teams, telecommuting. They all speak to a decentralized community of co-workers who rarely see each other, and even more rarely, get to know one another in person. But in today’s competitive economy, it’s becoming more common and even necessary for companies to embrace telecommuting as a core strategy in hiring and retaining…

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Keeping it Professional at The Christmas Party!

As we hit December, it really ’tis the season to be jolly’, and many employers indulge in the festive season with an annual tradition . . . the office Christmas party. It’s the perfect opportunity for employers to thank their teams for their hard work the previous year, as well as a great opportunity to…

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Successful Employee Recruitment – ‘3 Ingredients for Success’

Ingredient 1 – ‘Build your candidate pool before you need it’ The best candidates are usually working for someone else and they may not even be looking for a new position. So, we suggest that the following may help you to build a candidate pool for when your organisation needs it – it also speeds…

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Five Key Benefits of Exit Interviews

We are often challenged on the issue of why managers should bother to conduct exit interviews. They consider that it’s all too late to ‘save’ the person from leaving and so see little value in conducting them. Whilst this may be true, some employees, on occasion, can be influenced to re consider, but the true…

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Be the Best – Be  ‘the’ Employer of Choice!

Being an ‘employer of choice’ is a ‘must’ in today’s employment market –  for top candidates it’s like being in a ‘sweet shop’ now – they often receive multiple offers – and so employers need to stay ahead of their competitors.  This may mean offering other things over and above a competitive salary package – …

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10 Tips for ‘high performance’ in work teams

This picture made me smile when I saw it – I wasn’t sure if it was the latest ‘in vogue’ team exercise – of which there are hundreds! It looked to me like an unusual ‘take’ on a ballet class – as it reminded me of my daughter’s grand jetes – or it could be…

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3 Top Tips – to make your Employee Handbook more engaging!

When we ask employees about their Company Handbook, in our experience – the majority have never seen it or even if they have, they have never managed reading past the first 3 pages. Here are our 3 top tips to make an employee handbook more readable, beneficial & engaging. Tip 1 – Design – so…

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A one minute read – all you need to know about GDPR

See how you can avoid penalties of up to €20 million – act now – is our advice. It will mean changes to your employment contract and HR processes. I know that this can be a really ‘dry’ topic, but I also know that it’s at the forefront of many managers minds – so here…

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