Category Archives: HR/OB

Relocating your Business Internationally : How to facilitate your Move

In the pursuit of achieving career goals and long term aspirations, you may well be forced into actions that are as daunting as they are disruptive. Take international relocation as a prominent example of this scenario, as although it is an arduous and emotionally challenging task it may well hold the key to advancing your freelance career or business and boosting your earning potential significantly. It is a process that needs to be managed carefully, however, especially when you consider the logistical and strategic implications of relocating for professional purposes.

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4 Ways to Ensure that Your Employees are Happy to Work for You

Your employees are the most valuable asset to your company and their skills and experience provide the key elements that your business needs to thrive. With so many people looking desperately for jobs, companies can sometimes take advantage of what their employees are willing to do. The costs of hiring and training new staff are often higher than investing in the ones that you already have. Here are four ways that you can keep your employees happy and working at their best for your business. Continue reading

Be your best at interviews

Make sure you don’t sabotage your chances at the interview stage by following a few simple and well-known tips for creating a good impression which, nonetheless, many people forget. The first basic tip to remember when preparing for an interview is to scout out the location first to ensure you know how to get there. Do the journey at least once and then add on an extra 20 minutes travel time on the day to allow for any traffic jams or other unforeseen problems. Continue reading

Maternity rights and umbrella companies – a guide

Contracting is becoming an increasingly popular way of working for a number of reasons. Many people assume this is primarily because more opportunities are available at a time when employers are less certain of economic conditions and so unwilling to take on full-time salaried workers. However, while this may be true and there are certainly a wealth of options open to contractors, it is the freedom and flexibility afforded by this career path that is most often cited as its major benefit. This is especially true for umbrella contractors or limited company contractors who utilise the services of an accountancy service provider, as these organisations take away much of the administrative burden that accompanies this way of working. Continue reading

How to better manage your apprentices

Have you decided to hire apprentices for your firm but are unsure of how best to use them? Like any member of staff, apprentices are a vital component of your business’ success and this means you must invest in them as much as you would with any other employee. Apprenticeships can be symbiotic relationships for businesses, offering each party mutual benefits as they grow and develop together. Continue reading

How to Improve Employee Engagement and Boost Productivity

It’s no secret that some employees just aren’t engaged at work, and those employees are less productive than their motivated counterparts. Employees need feedback, respect, support and constructive criticism in order to feel motivated to do their jobs well and to continue growing in their abilities. Leadership should work to inspire the commitment of their team members. Continue reading