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The six qualities that will get you hired

“Hiring managers value excellent verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills in candidates as it allows them to successfully convey important information, ideas and opinions to stakeholders at all levels of the business,” says Sprott at Robert Half, before adding how “effective communication skills can strengthen business relationships and improve productivity and teamwork.”

Article by: Laura Holden, Communications Executive - Reed Online Ltd | Published: 14 December 2019

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A breath of fresh air for the workplace Promoted

When I think back to the 1990s and early 2000s it was the beginning of the revolution in green buildings. Today, there’s a new revolution afoot. Wellness in buildings is the new green. The Green Revolution was all about optimising the performance of the building and making it as energy-efficient as possible.

Article by: Dr David Glover, Scientist and Founder - Plasma Clean | Published: 13 December 2019

The Do’s and Don’ts of the  Christmas Party

Generally, Christmas parties should be an opportunity for employees to let their hair down and relax in a more social setting. It should not be forgotten, however, that what happens at the Christmas party does not always stay at the Christmas party.

Article by: Louise Newbould-Walton, Associate Solicitor - DAS Law | Published: 13 December 2019

Global expansion – a CEO’s persepctive

As the company began expanding its operations overseas, new challenges cropped up. Operating as a global business means you must have the right talent in place, who are ready for the trials and tribulations ahead. This period required careful planning of the structure of the organisation including the location of key team members.  Getting this right was fundamental for successful global growth. And of course, when operating world-wide, it’s important to have a solid understanding of the local cultures and know what the residents expect from companies. This applies to both clients and potential employees.

Article by: Steve Rawlingson, Group CEO - SKI Corp | Published: 12 December 2019

Students moving into the workplace

I’m currently studying engineering at Liverpool and stats. in my sector don’t paint a great picture either. More than a third (37.2%) of engineers described their mental health as “fair” or “poor” and more than a fifth take time off because of mental health. In reality this is likely much higher, given the engineering sector is mostly men (79.5%) and 40% of men don’t talk about their mental health.  

Article by: Ben West | Published: 11 December 2019

Forward-thinking organisations must support lifelong learning

A study led by psychologist Aloysius Wei Lun Koh suggests peer learning is effective because it forces the teacher to retrieve knowledge. This repetition strengthens neural connections, a premise studying is based on. Articulating knowledge also requires a thorough understanding of the subject matter. It’s possible to have deep expertise, but explaining it concisely to others quickly identifies any gaps in the teacher’s knowledge. It also requires a greater understanding of context — the reason why we do it. Additionally, a cycle of learning and teaching builds an environment where curiosity, learning and feedback are encouraged.

Article by: Jen Jackson, CEO - Everyday Massive | Published: 11 December 2019

International
Copenhagen – a vibrant and sustainable metropolis

Copenhagen doesn’t immediately spring to mind as the ideal place for commercial relocation and development. But as a city with a growing reputation for sustainable living, an attractive quality of life and favourable government schemes for foreign businesses, perhaps it should feature higher up the list of potential expansion locations. Contributor Abi Bennett, Research Partner - Wilbury Stratton.

Article by: Abi Bennett | Published: 10 December 2019

Flexible benefits in a new decade

As we move into a new decade, the trend for providing benefits that help employees manage their physical, mental and financial wellbeing will continue to expand as a way to help employees and contribute to their engagement.

Article by: Alistair Dunn-Coleman, Head of Product - Zest Benefits | Published: 9 December 2019

Apprenticeship Levy needs ‘shake up’ to serve businesses and communities

Bates cites Basildon, which grew up around the automotive industry in the 1960s, as an example of a community which could benefit from this approach. While technological change has transformed the town into an advanced engineering powerhouse, with highly-skilled, well-paid jobs, he argues the local education system has not kept pace.

Article by: Neil Bates | Published: 7 December 2019

Top tips for relieving back pain whilst at work

“Backs are complex structures comprising of vertebrae bones of the spine, cartilage or discs, muscles, tendons and nerves. Backs play an important role in supporting and moving our bodies. When back pain occurs it can have an impact on us physically and mentally.

Article by: Mr Jonathan Bull | Published: 6 December 2019