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US jobs data – “bitter reality lurking beneath vanilla surface”

Though the headline job creation figure came in below expectations, 157,000 is far from a failure. The markets quickly summed it up as robust rather than retreating, leaving the Dollar largely unphased and holding onto the gains it made earlier this week against both sterling and the Euro.

Article by: Jacob Deppe | Published: 15 August 2018

parenting

Why parenting team members can be so detrimental

As a leadership writer and researcher, I focus on the caring behaviours associated with management actions. One risk of this thinking however is that parental, controlling styles of leadership can often be mistaken for caring. The language of Transactional Analysis - a theory of communication and therapeutic interposition - is helpful in illustrating this.

Article by: Tracy Kite | Published: 15 August 2018

strategy

Is your marketing strategy aligned with your business goals?

A recent study by Oxford Economics shows UK SMEs are more confident than ever before in 2018 and 41 percent plan on using their agility, innovation and strong customer relationships to reach ambitious targets. With all this in mind, now is a great time to consider whether your marketing strategy is aligned with your goals.

Article by: Jakiya Rahman | Published: 15 August 2018

mental health

Supporting mental health of expat employees

Research reveals organisations with employees working overseas are falling short when it comes to providing dedicated mental health support. Only 34 percent of employers were found to have a specific policy in place, such as an employee assistance programme.

Article by: Sarah Dennis | Published: 14 August 2018

The do’s and don’ts of a winning CV

Analysis of over a million CVs reveals the top buzzwords seen by UK employers, ‘Motivated’ is the most cited feature in UK CVs, found in over a quarter (26 percent) of those analysed. ‘Initiative’ and ‘Social’ also feature heavily, found in 24 percent and nearly 20 percent of CVs respectively.

Article by: Andrew Hunter | Published: 13 August 2018

work

How to encourage a friendly culture at work

Work is better when you enjoy the company of your colleagues and co-workers, and having the right environment is a big part of that. One of the best ways to create a friendly culture at work is to improve the quality and quantity of social interactions between your colleagues – inside and outside of the workplace.

Article by: Conor McArdle | Published: 13 August 2018

rules

Risk of unfairness in proposed extension of ‘off-payroll working’ rules to private sector

ATT is calling for the proposed extension of ‘off-payroll' working rules to the private sector to be dropped or deferred. The new rules have proved controversial in the public sector, and the ATT is concerned that self-employed people working through their own personal service companies (PSCs) may unfairly lose a significant part of their take-home pay under the plans.

Article by: Michael Steed | Published: 12 August 2018

culture

Future-proofing company culture

With half of UK employers concerned about the number of permanent candidates available, it’s no wonder that the recruitment industry continues to grow rapidly. As recruiters themselves are struggling with the quality of hire and talent scarcities, recruitment companies must foster a workforce that’s competitively productive and efficient.

Article by: Mark McAinsh | Published: 12 August 2018

generation z

What Generation Z really wants

With a fresh wave of Generation Z graduates entering the workforce for the first time this summer, what businesses can offer to attract and retain them? A study of 2,315 UK workers carried out by Perkbox, as part of the 2018 Great Perk Search Report revealed that Generation Z-ers, or those born between the mid 1990’s and 2000, value workplace benefits more than any other age group.

Article by: Chieu Cao | Published: 11 August 2018

early talent

Working towards early talent diversity

The Early Talent market is changing and becoming increasingly competitive. In fact, in 2017, the number of students planning to go to university fell to its lowest level in 8 years. Companies are having to adapt and evolve to this changing marketplace where competition and demands are high.

Article by: Will Shepherd | Published: 11 August 2018