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The Hips Don’t Lie – The Role of Body Language in Communication

Posted by on 1st August 2018 in candidate advice, employer tips | 0 comments

The Hips Don’t Lie - The Role of Body Language in Communication

You may have heard some statistics quoted regarding body language. It’s commonly cited that 55% of communication is gleaned from body language, 38% is down to the way things are said, and just 7% is the actual words spoken. These figures came from a study carried out by eminent psychologist Albert Mehrabian who has famously studied the importance of both verbal and non-verbal communication. His test was conducted under specific conditions, and so the numbers are often questioned in the context of everyday communication. But nevertheless, it...

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How to Talk so People will Listen

Posted by on 24th July 2018 in candidate advice, employer tips | 0 comments

How to talk so people will listen

It’s been proven that the “way” we talk to people, particularly about making changes, has a huge impact on whether they will be either receptive to our feedback, or ignore it. The key to effective communication is to ensure that both parties feel respected and understood. This is critical in creating a foundation for the meaningful exchange of thoughts and ideas. You don’t necessarily have to fully agree with each other, but a positive conversation is more likely to move things along towards a solution. There are a few guidelines that can...

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Managing the Micromanager

Posted by on 16th July 2018 in employer tips | 0 comments

Managing the Micromanager

We’ve probably all come across at least one in our time – the micromanager who hovers over your shoulder, checking every little thing you do and telling you how they would have done it. Or delegating a task but then asking every 10 minutes how you are getting on. It’s a real source of frustration for the team and an inefficient way of working for the manager concerned.  So why does it happen?  It can be a challenge to get a micromanager to loosen their grip, and to do so, you need to understand what is behind their behaviour.  If you ask such...

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Attracting Top Talent in a Changing IT Sector

Posted by on 29th June 2018 in employer tips | 0 comments

Attracting top talent in a changing IT sector

I guess we’ve all experienced the sometimes frustratingly slow pace of recruitment at one time or other.  But there’s one industry that certainly bucks that trend. The tech industry develops at a lightning fast pace, resulting in ever-changing job demands and roles.  As a sector, technology is growing twice as fast as the UK economy as a whole, according to research by Tech Nation. In fact, the UK tech industry leads the way across Europe.  We’ve seen a greater investment over the last seven years in this sector within the UK than the...

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Unlocking the Key to Innovation and Success

Posted by on 12th June 2018 in employer tips | 0 comments

Unlocking the key to innovation and success

It’s a competitive world out there in business.  Organisations need to innovate, or they stagnate and eventually die.  We’ve seen some high-profile examples of that in retail recently, with well-established brands disappearing from our streets because they didn’t recognise this, or didn’t act on it.  Research Many pieces of research show that collaboration can be the key to unlocking that innovation. Back in 2014, a Stanford study showed that performance can be improved just by the perception of working together.  Those in the research that...

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Be happy – Tips on creating a positive working environment

Posted by on 15th May 2018 in employer tips | 0 comments

Be happy – Tips on creating a positive working environment

Let’s be honest, most of us work to earn money to support our lifestyles.  If we are lucky, we get to spend our days doing a job that we enjoy – most of the time anyway.  But if you got a call to say you’d won a few million on the lottery, would you really keep getting up and going into your place of employment? So, if we assume that people are at work because they need to be, it’s really important that employers take responsibility for making that time as satisfying, fulfilling and enjoyable as they can. Some companies don’t realise that,...

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Dealing with Toxic people in the workplace – The danger of letting it go

Posted by on 2nd May 2018 in employer tips | 0 comments

Dealing with Toxic people in the workplace – The danger of letting it go

Toxic employees are about more than being a little bit of a moaner. Having a bit of a gripe is part of the working world and blowing off steam now and again can actually help get you through a bad day sometimes. When it all goes wrong, you have every right to have a little moan. There is a difference between a perfectly normal response to a difficult time and having a toxic influence. There are many reasons why someone becomes a toxic influence in the workplace. Sometimes a new employee brings a difficult attitude with them and sometimes it...

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Attracting passive candidates – Why starting the engine takes the most fuel

Posted by on 14th April 2018 in employer tips | 0 comments

Attracting passive candidates – Why starting the engine takes the most fuel

Despite how it seems, reaching out to the passive candidate isn’t some mystical art form or a result of some hidden knowledge passed on through the ages. The truth is that it is more about knowing the market, knowing the candidates, understanding what people want and, yes of course particularly on the part of the recruiter, a lot of very hard work. What is a passive candidate? Before we take a brief look at what helps to attract them, let’s just take a moment to remember who we are talking about and why they are important. The passive...

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Not just staring out of the window – What does employee engagement really mean?

Posted by on 6th April 2018 in employer tips | 0 comments

Not just staring out of the window – What does employee engagement really mean?

Recently I had cause to be on a train. It was a reasonably long journey, but the seats were comfortable, and there was room to work, so I was, in all fairness, enjoying the trip. I caught up on my business reading and emails and even had time for a little reflection time while I was staring out of the window at the passing landscape. Across the way from me, there was a mother and her daughter. The little girl was clearly on a train for the first time and was interested in every little aspect. A plug socket in her chair was a delight. She...

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Getting to know you – Should you test or not test during the employment process?

Posted by on 29th March 2018 in employer tips | 0 comments

Getting to know you – Should you test or not test during the employment process?

There is a lot of debate around the subject of testing during the employment process and probably with good reason. Regardless of the reason for the testing being carried out, there is a certain validity in the viewpoint that a test is, in essence, only ever an assessment of the performance or answers given during that specific test. Basically, some people are of the opinion that the test only actually checks the candidate’s ability to do the test itself and nothing more. At the heart of the debate around testing then is the question of the...

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