After what feels like an endless recession, with the summer months ahead of us it finally feels as though market conditions are improving and the economy is looking up. With that, many businesses’ thoughts may be turning to recruitment, perhaps after a period of low to no growth. If you are hesitant to put large amounts of up-front investment into new staff, looking to take on more junior staff who you can train on the job, creating the specific skill set you need as well as inspiring loyalty in your workers, could be a good option. Luckily the newest cohort of university graduates are just finishing their degrees now and ready for their first steps in the world of work.
Posted on 22nd July 2014 in Recruitment.
Technology is becoming more ingrained in our working lives and as a part of this businesses should adapt to keep up with new flexible working trends. Location is no longer a limitation as there is now the possibility to keep communication open with colleagues, suppliers and customers all around the world.
Xactly recently undertook a survey with YouGov to identify what motivates UK salespeople. One of the key findings of the research showed that 68% of respondents prefer to be rewarded based on individual and personal needs. This figure is a little daunting for managers who want to support their team, but who just don’t have the time to sit down and pinpoint the motivators for each individual employee.
On 30 June, flexible working law was extended to enable all qualifying workers in England, Scotland and Wales to make a flexible working request.
Research by YouGov for Croner in March this year found that despite making it easier for people to work flexibly, the majority of employees (3/4) won’t be taking advantage of this opportunity, which will come as a welcome relief to small business owners worried about the impact this will have on their business.
With the jobs market picking up, a fifth of employees are planning to change jobs this year, according to
the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).
When a key member of your staff decides to leave, particularly in a small business, it can seriously
impact your performance and affect the motivation of your remaining staff.
Naivety and misplaced trust are a dangerous combination in business. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than when it comes to managing information risk. A recent study* reveals that 87 per cent of companies across Europe do not believe that their employees take information with them when they leave.
A lot has been said about how technology is changing and the impact that is having on the way businesses operate and the way we live our lives. We’re more mobile, we have the world’s information available to us at the click of a button and our data is stored on interconnected servers spread throughout the world.
What motivates the millennials? The generation that grew up alongside Facebook, Harry Potter and Britney Spears now makes up a third of the workforce – and will account for 50% of it by the end of the decade. As such, the corporate world shaped by previous generations is quickly changing. And the new generation may like what they’ve done with the place, or may have something a little more ‘millennial’ in mind.
The countdown is on for to a new law that comes into effect at the end of June, giving employees the right to request flexible working. David Sturges, Chief Commercial Officer of WorkPlaceLive, a provider of cloud-based Hosted Desktop Services in the UK, looks at how ‘the cloud’ can help businesses implement flexible working practices.
It’s worrying to see that, despite a nominal decline in numbers shown in last fortnight’s ONS report, a fifth of British 16-24 year olds – almost a million – remain out of work, study or training. Meanwhile, Sir Ian Wood’s analysis of youth unemployment in Scotland, released earlier this month, highlights a crisis that is proving to be a drain on the economy as well as an alarming waste of potential.