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Is Your Workplace Ready For The Summer?
The days are getting longer and the temperature is finally on the rise. Talk around the office has turned to bikini diets and discount airlines. The parks are packed full with joggers and cyclists. There’s no denying that summer is very firmly on the horizon. But is your business ready?
As always, a little preparation can go a long way. Here, we’re going to talk you through the considerations that you need to make to ensure that your business is fighting fit to contend with its upcoming challenges.
Are you keeping spirits high?
The summer can be a bit of an unsettling time for employees. There are often many factors at play that can present unique issues. Team members are taking time off, sunny gardens seem much more appealing than the office and sporting events are scheduled for right in the middle of the working day. The list goes on and on.
So it’s easy to see why motivation and engagement can sometimes be sorely lacking during the warmer months. Instead of trying to firefight problems once they arise, be proactive and consider what you can do to raise spirits. Organize an outdoor picnic during the lunch hour, treat your staff to an ice cream, or organize to have the biggest sporting events streamed into the workplace. Small gestures can often go a long way.
How will you handle a heat wave?
Okay, so this might be wishful thinking. But every now and again, the weather throws a pleasant surprise our way. Do you know what you should do when it comes to managing the working environment when the temperatures soar? There’s no guideline, which is partly because some industries require extreme hot or cold conditions just to get the job done.
When there’s no legislation to refer to, use a bit of simple common sense. Is the office getting hot and stuffy? Is it uncomfortable for your staff? If so, think about making some adjustments. Fans can make a good quick fix, and you should always ensure that fresh cold water is available for drinking.
Have you mapped out staffing requirements?
More often than not, the summer months pose challenges in terms of making sure that you effectively manage the annual leave rota so work still gets done. The starting point here must involve working out what you need. How will you ensure the phones are answered, and questions are dealt with in a timely manner? How many team members need to be present at any given time? Go back to basics.
Don’t forget to think about how you can use this period to create opportunities. Members of staff who are eager to progress may be keen to step up and contribute to ongoing projects while their colleagues are away, or take on a more diverse range of responsibilities to assist with their professional development.
Perhaps you’ve got your plan of action mapped out and you’re confident that you’re ready for the summer. Or maybe you’re feeling unorganized and worried about the issues you know you’ll have to handle in the very near future. Need some help? That’s exactly why we’re here. Give us a call today for an initial chat about your circumstances.
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A Quick Drink After Work, Or A Serious Problem For Your Business?
Many of us are no strangers to a little tipple after work.
A glass of wine with colleagues to put the world to rights.
An informal brainstorming session over a few beers.
Some all-important bonding and team building away from the constraints and routine of being tied to a desk.
But as a leader, you no doubt fully recognize that alcohol can turn into a serious problem in your workplace if it’s not carefully managed.
What would you do if an employee turned up for their shift looking worse for wear?
What if rowdy behavior in the bar brought your business into disrepute?
And what exactly is the difference between your staff enjoying a couple of drinks, and your business being faced with a deeper and more serious problem?
You must have policies that ensure that issues are handled fairly and consistently. And your managers should have sufficient training and capability to deal with workers who need help.
It should be noted here that taking a hard-line approach rarely serves anyone well. You probably don’t need us to tell you that dragging an employee with a serious problem into your office and giving them a telling off isn’t going to fix anything.
As a responsible employer, you’ve got a duty of care to make sure that you support your staff through difficult times… Which is a solid reason why many employers now view alcohol and drug problems as illnesses that need to be treated through rehabilitation practices.
Of course, drugs can be a different kettle of fish entirely. They’re less socially acceptable, and can have a much more damaging impact on a person’s life than enjoying a few drinks with workmates now and again.
Remember too that if you have a team of managers, their role is important in all of this. Can they spot potential problems? Do they have the confidence and ability to tackle them? Do they know where to turn to for expert help if things start to escalate?
If you’re just reading this guide out of interest, and you don’t have an issue like this in your workplace at the moment then that’s great. However, you must understand that you need to be prepared. Firefighting problems like this is always going to be seriously difficult for everyone involved. But if you’re dipping into this advice because you’re worried about a current situation regarding alcohol or drugs in your business, then getting some tailored advice from a professional is highly advisable. This is complex stuff, and you don’t have to manage it on your own.
Get in touch today to arrange a no-obligation and confidential discussion around how we might be able to work together to deal with alcohol and drug problems at work. If we are unable to fulfill your HR needs, then we will direct you to an HR professional who can.
Will Facebook’s New Jobs Feature Make LinkedIn Obsolete?
For the past couple of years, LinkedIn has well and truly had a monopoly when it comes to being the social network of choice for recruiters and small business owners on the lookout for top new talent. With the new changes recently announced from Facebook though, the more ‘professional network’ might have a fight on its hands.
Of course, many business owners have been using Facebook for recruitment more informally for quite some time now. We’ve all seen the posts from companies letting their followers know that they’re hiring. The new feature simply makes the process a little more intuitive.
As soon as the job listing is posted to Facebook, anyone who visits the page will be able to make an application. There’s even the option for candidates to auto-fill their information based on the details that Facebook holds on them, such as name and location, to make the process a little speedier.
Similarly, Facebook will allow page owners to pay to ‘boost’ their job ads to reach more people, based on their demographics and interests.
The feature’s brand right now, so it’ll be interesting to see how it works out over the coming weeks and months, and how businesses manage to leverage the power of Facebook to find their top talent. Still though, the move demonstrates that online recruitment is very much a growing phenomenon, and it’s something that businesses absolutely can’t afford to ignore. Putting an ad in your local paper is not likely to cut it anymore, and you need to make sure that your recruiting toolkit is up to date.
With Facebook more traditionally being the less formal social network, favored by those looking to connect with their friends rather than seek out professional opportunities, the new developments also raise some compelling points about how the world of business is changing. The lines between work and play are becoming more and more blurred, and this is a challenge and an opportunity in its own right for small business owners.
What do you think about the recent announcement from Facebook? Will you update your recruitment practices accordingly? Get in touch today for a free no-obligation consultation. If we are unable to meet your HR needs, we will put you in touch with an HR professional who can.…read more
Recruiting For Less Desirable Roles… What Do You Need To Know?
Picture the scene…
Your business is growing, and it’s time to bring in an extra pair of hands to manage all the various different tasks that are clogging up your desk. Excellent! It’s a sign of growth, and it could mark the start of an exciting new chapter for your business.
But you sit down, and you start to put your job description together.
All of a sudden, you’re worried.
You know that you need to recruit a cold-caller, but you also know that finding someone who loves getting on the phone to complete strangers and attempting to sell them something is going to be a bit of a challenge.
So what do you do?
Well first of all, don’t be tempted to write a whole load of lies (or even exaggerated truths) about what the role involves.
If you do that, then sure, you might get more applications.
But what happens once they’re working in the role? They’re quickly going to realize that you deceived them. There will be unrest, disappointment, and it’s highly likely that they’ll move on to new pastures … Meaning that you’ve pretty much just wasted your recruitment and training budget.
Giving your applicants a realistic job preview at every stage of the recruitment process is essential. They should know exactly what they’re applying for, and understand what their role is likely to involve on a day-to-day basis.
The key here is knowing how to craft an honest but compelling job advert and description, and getting it in front of the RIGHT people. It’s about knowing your audience, knowing how to draw out the key points of a role, and speaking the language of the kind of applicants who can take your business to the next level.
Just because YOU hate the idea of cold-calling, it doesn’t mean that everyone else does. Some people will love the challenge of jumping on the phone and forming profitable relationships with people of influence and buyers, and they’ll be dying to get plugged in.
Bringing those kinds of people through your doors is a challenge, but when you have the right tools in your kit, it’s definitely very achievable.
If you’re struggling to find the right talent for your roles, or you’re unsure about how to craft your descriptions and advertisements, then let’s talk. Working with a professional to get this right first time could save you a huge load of time, money, and hassle in the longer term.
Give us a call today, and we’ll arrange a no-obligation consultation. If we’re not able to fulfill all your HR needs, we’ll direct you to HR professionals who can.
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