The only thing that you can be certain of in life is, that nothing is certain. For thousands of years the human race has tried to prove otherwise. People have attempted to predict the future with tarot cards, tealeaves and by staring into crystal balls. It’s highly unlikely that we’ll ever be able to see exactly what lies ahead, but thanks to significant technological advances, what we can do is use knowledge of the past and the present to drive a desired future outcome. In the field of IT security, today’s threat landscape is not the same one that we faced when the first PCs were introduced, but new technology creates an exciting opportunity for the security world to strengthen defences. And this is vital in a world where cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and targeted.
Mental health problems are becoming increasingly prevalent in the workplace. One in four people will experience a mental health problem in any given year and one in six will experience a mental health problem at any given time*.
Small businesses rarely work Monday to Friday 9-5, but the government’s new legislation to allow all employees to request flexible working arrangements, could prove to be a great benefit for small business owners. Providing they have worked for the company for at least 26 weeks, employees can now request flexing working arrangements. However, employers don’t have to accept this request, as long as they have a good business reason for objecting.
Start-ups and early-stage businesses are in a unique position to out-manoeuvre existing less nimble, larger businesses who consistently fail to give customers what they want. The smaller businesses should be more flexible, nimble and responsive to customer needs. The emphasis must be on the word should.
1. Where to start?
First you should assess: Do I really need to hire someone? You’ll have to think about what jobs you can get done yourself and what you can get done by freelancers. Accounting, manufacturing, web-site design, marketing and public relations can all be completed by freelancers nowadays for a one-off payment. Deciding what to outsource and when to hire an employee will come down to whether you need continuous work on these areas or not.
Chris Smith, CEO of digital recruitment specialists Opinio Group, looks at the best ways to conduct an interview to ensure both the interviewer and the candidate will benefit from the experience.
Research from Monster.co.uk reveals an interviewee’s first impression is impacted by everything from the reception area to what they think of the interviewer’s handshake and fashion sense.
Employing staff is something of a lottery. People who perform well in interviews, shine in aptitude testing, stand out in psychometric tests, and even rock the role plays, may be awful once their feet are under the desk. Good workers can also become ineffective, over time, as they, their situation or the work environment changes.
It’s not as simple as it seems to part company with an employee in this day and age. There are so many potential ramifications that even a mutual parting of the ways can sometimes come back to haunt the parties and end up in an employment tribunal.
Owners and employees of Britain’s small and medium sized firms have reason to be proud – they make up 99.9 per cent of the UK private sector’s businesses, employ nearly three-fifths of its workforce and account for 48 per cent of the turnover.* But, according to our new poll of SME employees, full-on pursuit of commercial success may be putting them at increased risk of ill health and burnout.**