Hiring is one of the most important responsibilities of a small business owner. The right person can be a great addition to a growing company, while the wrong person can be detrimental.
The key to finding the right people begins with a smart hiring strategy. Start by thinking about where your business will be in the future and the number of employees you’ll need to get there. Then determine what your business needs today and how much you can currently afford to pay.
According to research approximately 40% of new employees leave their respective companies within just a year, typically because they did not live up to expectations, or the job was not what they thought it was. The net result of these high levels of staff churn is that it soon becomes very expensive and resource-intensive. With this in mind organisations are turning their attentions to lengthening the employee lifecycle. While improved job satisfaction is often synonymous with extended employee lifecycles, achieving this involves a co-ordinated strategy focused on the provision of growth opportunities, personal development and upward mobility.
Posted on 12th September 2014 in Recruitment.
An innovative idea or a fantastic product is a great start, but to develop that into a successful business you’ll need the right team of people around you. It’s a stumbling block for many entrepreneurs. Great ideas people don’t always make the best employers, and many founders fail to attract the right people or keep them on board as they grow.
Posted on 8th September 2014 in Recruitment.
The Health and Work Service (HWS) is scheduled to be introduced in England and Wales on 31 October 2014, with full implementation by 31 March 2015. In England and Wales this service will be provided by a single “independent” supplier, Health Management Limited, part of the Maximus group, which will operate under the supervision of the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) on a maximum budget of around £170 million over five years. This budget will be derived from scrapping Statutory Sick Pay Percentage Threshold Scheme (PTS) reimbursements to employers. In Scotland the service will be operated directly by the Government.
According to the latest ONS data, the number of young people Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEETs) is on the decline. This is great news for the British economy and especially for those firms benefitting from young talent joining their workforce. But while the number is falling, we mustn’t forget there are still 955,000 NEETS still out there across the UK.
Posted on 1st September 2014 in Recruitment.
When we talk about the “traditional” job role in today’s workforce, what does that make you think of? It’s a tough question to answer, and with the continual culture of innovation and development in and beyond the manufacturing industry, traditional job roles are evolving. More and more, we see strategic roles in fields such as research and development (R&D) becoming more important than ever to drive innovation and business growth.
Posted on 7th August 2014 in Recruitment.
It’s been well-publicised that the UK is in the midst of an ongoing digital skills shortage. And with more and more organisations looking to take on technically gifted talent, it appears unlikely that this will halt any time soon. In fact, as the growth of digital technology continues to have an impact on almost every area of business, increasing numbers of these professionals will be required. But how can companies secure this technical talent at a time of a skills shortage?
Posted on 7th August 2014 in Recruitment.
Maintaining a clear and consistent approach to recruiting employees helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) flourish and succeed. In the early stages of growth, when you may be struggling to keep up with customer demand, it can be tempting to hire people quickly without considering if they’re truly right for your business. However, the impact of making a pressured choice can be huge — putting the long-term success of your business at risk.
Posted on 1st August 2014 in Recruitment.
In the last week, the UK economy has returned to pre-recession levels, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), which revealed that the economy has expanded 0.8% between April and June. However, as organisations look to take on more staff to sustain growth in their sector, attention must turn to the pool of resources on offer
Posted on 31st July 2014 in Recruitment.
Across Europe millions of new graduates will be starting their first full time office jobs in the coming weeks and months. However, the junior roles they fill usually consist of manual, repetitive tasks such as data capture and administration.
Posted on 30th July 2014 in Recruitment.
Smaller businesses can struggle when it comes to sourcing key talent. Often, they rely on a combination of personal networks and recruiters to fill vacancies and even then, they’re only dealing with the candidates that are handed to them. This begs the question, when it comes to quality candidates, are SMEs getting the full picture?
Posted on 29th July 2014 in Recruitment.
‘Bring Your Own Device’, or BYOD, has been a buzzword amongst recruiters for a while now, with many hailing the approach as the next step towards harmony in the workforce when it comes to digital and mobile. It is surprising, then, that the same recruiters are not putting more emphasis on mobile when it comes to their recruitment efforts. The step into mobile can seem daunting and costly, but the benefits speak for themselves and the time is ripe for recruiters to lead by example and put mobile first, if they want their business to follow.
Posted on 28th July 2014 in Recruitment.