Tips to Manage Stress at Work

Stress at work has always been an issue but even more so during the recent economic climate. In our recruitment agency we often have candidates who want to move from their current roles because they are “stressed out”.

Why is it important manage stress?
Workplace stress affects the performance of the brain, including functions of work performance; memory, concentration, and learning. In the UK over 13 million working days are lost every year because of stress. Stress is believed to trigger 70% of visits to doctors, and 85% of serious illnesses (UK HSE stress statistics).
Below are just some ideas that can help to reduce stress:-

Rehydrate
Drink more water – not tea or coffee of soft drinks but actual water!.
Here’s why…
Offices and workplaces commonly have a very dry atmosphere due to air conditioning, etc., which increases people’s susceptibility to de-hydration.
The brain is strongly dependent on water to function properly, if you starve your brain of water you will function below your best and get stressed both mentally and physically. It’s how we are built.
You will drink more water if you keep some on your desk at all times – it’s human nature to drink it if it’s there – so go get some now – you should aim to drink 8 glasses of water per day.

Humour
Humour is one of the greatest and quickest devices for reducing stress.
Humour works because laughter produces helpful chemicals in the brain.
Humour also gets your brain thinking and working in a different way – it distracts you from having a stressed mind-set. Distraction is a simple effective de-stressor – it takes your thoughts away from the stress, and thereby diffuses the stressful feelings.

Brisk Walk
Go for a short quick really brisk walk outside. Yes, actually leave the building.
Change your environment. Breathe in some fresh air and smell the atmosphere…
Just getting away from the stressful situation at work and having a little bit of exercise will change your mood – it’s amazing how just a 10 minute break can make you feel so much better.

Powernap
(Not so easy but still perfectly possible) Take a quick nap. It is nature’s way of recharging and re-energising.
A quick 10-30 minutes’ sleep is very helpful to reduce stress.
At some stage conventional Western industry will ‘wake up’ to the realisation that many people derive enormous benefit from a midday nap. Sounds silly?
People in the Mediterranean and Central Americas have a longer life expectancy and lower levels of heart disease, and this is almost certainly related to the fact that they take a siesta every working day.

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Creating a Working from Home Policy

Statistically one of the most sought after attractions employees are looking for from employers is having the option to work from home as this would allow them a better work/life balance and in many cases ranks higher than the importance of their salary.   Companies who are adopting a flexible approach to a job’s location are receiving a widening candidate pool to choose from when recruiting and in many cases without the need for increasing salaries to entice a new employee to join their company.  To help companies who are thinking of bringing on board a working from home policy, we have listed some issues below that you may want to consider.   When making such a policy it is imperative to pay attention to detail, because a failure to do so can have serious implications for companies.

Is this job role suitable for home working?
How many hours/days per week should the employee allocate to working from home?
Is this employee’s temperament suitable for home working?
How is the company going to monitor the performance of home based employees?
How will the employee safeguard the security of documentation they have taken home?
How does the company regain documentation/equipment from the employee when employment ceased?
What equipment and costs will be required for this employee to perform this role working from home?
What are the costs savings gained by employees working from home?
Does the company require a policy for a health and safety check on the employee’s premises?
What is the best way to word the working from home policy to safeguard the company properly?

Is this job role suitable for home working?
When a company is assessing what job roles can be performed equally as well at home compared to working in an office, the issues they may wish to consider include: Does this role involve working in a team?  Does this role involve face-to-face supervision? Does the job role require secure document storage?  Does this role involve equipment that is required on site but can only be stationed in the company’s premises?  Does this role involve the requirement for costly equipment that may be too expensive to install in the employee’s home?

How many hours/days per week should the employee allocate to working from home?
An employee’s tasks may vary during the day/week and so a company may alternate where and when the employee performs that particular function of the job role resulting in the employee working between the office and the employee’s home which could give the company and employee the benefits of both situations.

Is this employee’s temperament suitable for home working?
As we all know every employee is different but the main personality traits required of someone to work from home is that of a self-motivated and disciplined individual who will not lose focus when there is no one there to manage them.

How is the company going to monitor the performance of home based employees?
Before implementing the working from home policy it may be advisable to utilise software that can track and measure the employees work input.  If this is not an option setting up a work rule of regular updates from the employee of daily performance by contacting by email or phone should allow management the amount of control that is required.

How will the employee safeguard the security of documentation they have taken home?
Company information or documentation may have to be entrusted to employees to perform their role, as a result a company may wish to implement a policy to get the employees to sign for the release and the security of the documents released to them stating the legal implications to the loss or damage of the material under their supervision.

How does the company regain documentation/equipment from the employee when employment ceased?
Companies who are looking to start a working from home policy need to consider creating legal documentation that hold the employee accountable for the loss or damage of any equipment that is legally obliged to be returned to the company in the case of the employment ending.

What equipment and costs will be required for this employee to perform this role working from home?
Additional cost of equipment may have to be factored and provided to employees working from home to allow them to perform their duties properly (mobile phone, laptop, printer/scanner, internet connection, etc.).

What are the costs savings gained by employees working from home?
Although there will be the initial costs of setting up an employee to work from home these can sometimes be offset by the cost saving gained such as the reduction in overheads, employee travel costs, benefits including child care, lunch vouchers, etc.

Does the company require a policy for a health and safety check on the employee’s premises?
Employers have different levels of responsibility for employees working from home and as a result it may be beneficial to companies to include legal terminology in their working from home policy that would allow them to access the home of the employee to review potential hazards or risks.

What is the best way to word the working from home policy to safeguard the company properly?
Creating a well detailed working from home policy is critical as it can safeguard the company against any disagreements regarding employee’s rights.   It may be worth engaging a legal firm to check over the policy before implementation.

Summary
This can be a win / win situation because having the ability to offer candidates the flexibility to work from home will definitely increase the pool of candidates you can recruit from, it means you don’t need to have expensive office space allocated to the employee (hot desk facilities for staff who occasionally visit the office is much more cost effective) and can therefore reduce your business costs.  The candidate benefits because the flexibility to work from home generally makes them happier in the role and surprisingly often more productive as they don’t have the same distractions that come with working in an office environment, and can often focus more on the job.

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Importance of Creating a New Employee On-boarding System

Latest figures have once again shown an employee’s average period of time staying at the one company has continued to drop and that circa 80% of all new employees decide within the first 6 months of employment if they will stay with their new employer or once again enter the job market.  This arguably has increased the level of importance of companies adopting an effective New Employee On-boarding System, in fact independent figures which have been released suggest statistically, companies who have implemented a New Employee On-boarding System have reduced employee turnover and in turn have reduced their recruitment and training costs.   We acknowledge every company is unique in their own way, but we have included below the main benefits for a company to creating a New Employee On-boarding System (NEOS).   At the end of this blog there are instructions on NEOS activities to help insure you have a robust and efficient new employee on-boarding process.

COMPANY NEOS ADVANTAGES SUMMARY
Company will increase motivation and company loyalty from new employees
Company employee retention rates increase as new employees will stay longer
Company will reduce the recruitment costs associated with new hires
Company training budget for new hires will also be reduced
Company savings will reduce bottom line costs
Company will receive an increase in overall profitability and shareholder value

COMPANY NEOS ADVANTAGES DETAILED
Outlines Company Brand and Culture to new Employee
Adopting an NEOS provides the company/department with the opportunity to outline to their new employees:-
What is it that makes an employee succeed in their organization?
What are the issues that can blindside a new hire and isolate them from their colleagues?
What processes are necessary for the new employee to know?
Who does the new employee go to and for what?
Who the Senior Management are in the organization?

Outlines Company and Department Strategy to Employee
An NEOS provides the company/department with the opportunity to give their new employee a general introduction to the organization and a chance to understand more about the company (i.e. organizational goals, important processes, general employee information, etc.).  It is at this stage each new employee should be assigned a mentor to help them with their transition in the company but it is advisable the mentor should not be the new hire’s direct supervisor but a peer who is not in competition from the new hire.

Celebrates Employees success in getting the job
There is no nicer way to welcome a new employee in to the company than to celebrate their arrival. You can do this by either having a reception in the boardroom or if appropriate going out for drinks for lunch or after work as this will give people in the organization an opportunity to get to know them. It also says very clearly that the company is happy that the new hire is now part of the organization and is an important part of their team.

Companies only get one chance to create a good first impression with Employees
There in an old saying that says first impressions last longest.  A company that adopts and implements a NEOS is saying to their new employee that they are not on their own to either succeed or fail in their new job but the organisation has created a system for them not only to succeed in their current position but will also allow them to develop their skills to further their career in the company.

New Employees generally learn and remember more at the start
There is a saying you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  Whether this is true or not is up for debate but what has been factually proven is new employees are more likely to be more emotionally susceptible to learning and remembering.  As a result an NEOS will take advantage of the opportune time to capitalize on the new employee’s emotions and excitement and solidify their commitment to their new employer.

Introduces Employees to technical tools at their disposal
New employees should be introduced to all the technological tools that will be at their disposal to perform their tasks properly and efficiently, ranging from desktop computers to laptops to fax machines to printers to telephones to smartphones to tablets, etc. Full training should be given to the new hire when and where appropriate with assessments built again in when and where appropriate.

Reduces Employee misunderstanding of role expectations
For approximately the first 2 weeks of the new hires employment, the mentor should be setting up lunches or meetings with various staff and in if relevant clients to allow the new employee the opportunity to get to know all the people that they will be working with and the business/projects they may be active on and what is expected of them.

Decreases Employees learning curve
Companies that have adopted a NEOS and utilise the opportunity to have established employees share examples of best practices with the new employees (avoiding reinventing the wheel) successfully reduce the amount of time a new employee learns their new job and are able to perform their tasks properly and efficiently in less time in being in their job.

Builds Employee optimistic attitude towards the Company
Success breeds success.  Employees who are successful in their roles tend to be more engaged and loyal to the company.   Pick a project or task for the new employee that will work to their strength and is relevant to the reason that you hired them. This will allow the new hire to feel a part of the organization and build their internal self-confidence and additionally this will have significant impact on their engagement that will in turn want them to utilize their skills to the fullest extent possible to create more successes for themselves, their team and the company.

Engages Employee to give new ideas and builds their self-worth and confidence
NEOS should fully engage the new employee/s because new hires who feel their participation is not just welcomed but that their feedback is listened as the company seem to care about them are more likely to develop their self-worth and personal confidence which will contribute to their overall performance of their job.

Builds Employee motivation and job satisfaction
When creating a NEOS build in assessments for the new employee and implement when appropriately and share the results with the new employee.  When results are positive the assessor needs to compliment the new hire on their success.   If any of the results are not positive the assessor needs to give the new employee constructive feedback explaining where they are going wrong and the steps required to improve their standard of performance.

Builds Employees relationships with fellow Colleagues
There is no better way to building a new employee’s team spirit with their other colleagues than by interaction.   Create a relevant task for the new employee to perform with some or all their colleagues within their department to allow the new employee to create a rapport with their new colleagues.

Statistically reduces Employee turnover
NEOS statistically help create happy productive employees and happy productive rarely leave their current employment thus reducing employee turnover which has an impact on the profitability of the company’s profit margin.

Provides Company opportunities to identify Employee shortfalls and actions to take
One of the main advantages to a NEOS is that it gives the company the opportunity to assess the strengths and weaknesses a new employee has and as a result what actions may need to be taken to address any new candidates shortfalls they have before it becomes a major issue and has too much of a negative effect on the new hire or the rest of the team they work with.

Increases the Companies Candidate pool
Companies who create an NEOS soon find out this provides them with a mechanism that allows them to assess candidates who have additional skills that had never been considered before that could benefit the company thus broadening the skills range of potential candidates they could choose from.

COMPANY ON-BOARDING ACTIVITIES
Before First Day Activities
Send successful New Employee a personal welcome.
Ensure infrastructure support has been put in place for New Employee.
Prepare New Employee’s first work assignments.
Prepare “New Employee Welcome Pack”.

First Day Activities
Share the Company mission and values to the Employee.
Assign a mentor (not someone who is above them or would be competing against them).
Orient the Employee to the Company.
Explain the Company management style and preferences.
Send introduction email to Staff and introduce Employee in person to all relevant Staff.
Review Employee’s lunch breaks and leave requirements.

First Week Activities
Set Employee job scope and performance expectations.
Explain to Employee how work is routed and assigned.
Assign Employee with meaningful work.
Ensure inclusion of new Employee on email distribution lists.
Introduce Employee to key Management if relevant.

First 90 Days Activities
Provide Employee with essential training.
Monitor Employee performances and provide and obtain Employee feedback.
Assign time for periodic one-on-one Employee sessions.

First Year Activities
Provide Employee with formal and informal feedback on their performances.
Create a Development Plan for the Employee.
Recognise Employee for any positive contributions they have.

NEW EMPLOYEE ON-BOARDING SYSTEM SUMMARISED
Implementing a new employee on-boarding system (NEOS) will increase motivation and loyalty, which means improvements in staff retention rates, which in turn reduce the recruitment and training costs of new hires.  The bottom line is that the NEOS will help the company, reduce costs, save money, and produce a happier workforce.

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Your Offices DO Matter When Recruiting

Interviews are a two way process and you better believe that the candidates are evaluating your company during the interview and deciding whether or not they want to work there. If you don’t have a good working environment you could be losing out on the best candidates.  So here are a few things to think about:-

Office Furniture
Your office building and its contents are a reflection of your business and nothing will put potential employees off like old outdated office furniture and dilapidated rundown buildings.  Aesthetically pleasing large desks with good storage space and comfortable ergonomic adjustable chairs will have a really positive impact.  In fact studies show that employees are happier and more productive in a nice environment.

Lighting
A huge turnoff for potential employees is walking into a workplace filled with blinding fluorescent lights.  Fluorescent light increases anxiety levels and causes migraines in many individuals, Incandescent light bulbs are much easier on the eyes, so wherever possible let in natural light and introduce floor and desk lamps into the office.

Plants
Adding plants to the workplace is a great way to bring a little bit of the outdoors into the office.  Whether it’s a fern here and there or fresh flowers to welcome your current and prospective employees, a little green really does go a long way.
In addition to the beautifying qualities that greenery adds to the office, the oxygenating abilities of plant leaves are known to naturally reduce stress, increase positive feelings, relieve anxiety, and lower blood pressure.

Lunch Room
Often companies will give prospective employees a tour of the building, so you need to ensure that if you show them the lunch room or the break out area, that it is an appealing place where the candidates could imagine taking a break or having lunch.  A comfortable environment with good snack and drink options and an inviting ambiance, and comfortable seating, will help give the candidate a good feeling about your business, and make them feel that this will be a great place to work.

Motivational Pictures
Motivational pictures add colour and variety and have positive messages that can inspire your staff; they also break up the monotony of plain walls. These can be purchased at a low cost and can be colour co-ordinated to match your office furnishings.  Making an effort with your work environment will really help you attract candidates to your business, as well as helping you to retain the staff you already employ.

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Top 25 General Interview Questions to Ask

Below is a list of the most common interview questions asked by Hiring Managers or HR Professionals at an interview.  These can be very helpful when you are new to interviewing or if you want to ask a range of questions that will ensure you gain an excellent understanding of the candidate’s ability to succeed in your business.
Additionally, we believe that if you score the candidates out of 10 for each question you ask, it means that at the end of the process you can add up all the scores to see which of the candidates came out on top.  This can be a helpful guide when making a hiring decision and means you are not having to rely on just your memory.

Tell me about yourself?
Advice:-This is usually the first question an interviewer will ask a candidate This question is sometimes used to put a candidate at ease but also to get an overall feeling about the candidate.  This same question can also lead the interviewer to ask other relevant questions regarding the candidate that they may not have previously thought of further enabling the interviewer to assess the suitability of the candidate for the role.

What are you passionate about?
Advice:-The answer the candidate gives the interviewer allows the interviewer to know if the candidate has interests that could this enable the candidate to perform the role well or could have an adverse effect in their performance. i.e. commitments that would not allow them to do overtime if required or physical sports that could result in injury that could keep them off work for weeks/months.

Tell me about something that’s not on your CV/Resume?
Advice:-This is a good question for the interviewer to ask the candidate to uncover a more comprehensive picture of the candidate’s background. The candidates CV/Resume states the facts, but the interviewer should want to know about the person behind the work history to determine whether they are a good match for the job and the organization.

What were your responsibilities?
Advice:-This will allow the interviewer to find out if the candidate has the knowledge, understanding and experience necessary to do their job well.

Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it?
Advice:-By getting a candidate to give an example and explain how they handled a difficult situation at work allows the interviewer to know if the candidate has the tactical and diplomatic skills to perform the job role well.

What is your greatest strength?
Advice:-This allows the interviewer to gauge if the candidate has the attributes that will qualify them for the specific job.

What is your greatest weakness?
Advice:-This question can sometimes catch a candidate off guard and can allow the interviewer to find a shortage of skills in the candidate that may hinder them from doing the job properly and help them decide on future training for the candidate if they got the job.  This is also a great question to see how a candidate reacts under the pressure of an interview.

How do you handle stress and pressure?
Advice:-Stress is a common situation at work and people can react negatively under stress and pressure. Asking this question and other questions such as “what was the most stressful situation you have encountered at work and how did you handle it?”.  This will help you understand whether or not the candidate could cope with the pressure and /or stress associated with your role.

What was your biggest failure in this position?
Advice:-Interviewers asking this question can not only find out what strengths a candidate has but also the level of expectations the candidate has in themselves and the role.

What was your biggest accomplishment in this position?
Advice:-Interviewers asking this question can not only find out what strengths a candidate has but also the level of expectations the candidate has in themselves and the role.

How do you evaluate success?
Advice:-This gives the interviewer a sense of the candidate’s work ethic, goals, and overall personality.

What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
Advice:-The interviewer will be able to gain insight into the candidate’s mind-set, which may provide information about the candidate’s ability to fit into their company culture and help the interviewer decide if this candidate is likely to succeed in their organisation.

Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?
Advice:-From this question an interviewer is trying to understand from the candidate if they are a team player or someone that prefers to work on their own or if the candidate is more flexible and would do either depending upon the task at hand.  If your job requires a team player then someone who prefers to operate independently may not be ideal for your position.

How do you relate to your supervisors and co-workers?
Advice:-This question asked by the interviewer can determine if the candidate can successfully work as part of a team especially when working to deadlines or is able to successfully overcome any issue that require solving.

Who was your best boss and who was the worst?
Advice:-This is a great question to ask if you are considering the candidate for a leadership position, The answer to the “great boss” question is likely to show you the values the candidate would be likely to portray, and this can be used to help you make a decision about the candidates management style.

What strategies would you use to motivate your team?
Advice:-This is a question that is asked by the interviewer to understand how well the candidate will perform on a daily basis managing his new team and if they understand that different approaches work for different personality types.   It’s always a good idea to ask the candidate to give some examples of ways they have successfully motivated staff in their previous roles and the outcomes it achieved.

Describe how you managed a problem employee?
Advice:-The interviewer is asking this question to find out if the candidate is able to demonstrate that they are capable of bringing out the best in marginal performers.

Why are you leaving or have left your job?
Advice:-This can allow the interviewer to recognise if the candidate was successful and has the cultural fit to join their company.

What are your goals for the future?
Advice:-Interviewers asking this question should be able to assess if the candidate being interviewed is worth the investment or if the candidate is likely to move on to another job the moment another job comes up that fits their stated goals and aspirations.

What do you know about this company?
Advice:-An interviewer is asking this question of the candidate to find out if the candidate has prepared themselves by carrying out the necessary research of their company and this answer will give them a good insight into how much preparation they made before the interview and therefore how committed they may be to actually joining your company.

How would you adjust to working for a new company?
Advice:-Interviewers asking this question and discussing this scenario will be using the candidates answer to assess their adaptability to adjust to new situations and the demands that working in a new job and for a different company can bring.

Why do you want this job?
Advice:-This question demonstrates if the candidate has taken the time to research the job and the company giving a guide to how serious they are about working for your organisation. Crucially it will help you understand the candidate’s motivations and access whether your organisation can match the candidates hopes and expectations.

Why should we hire you?
Advice:-This will help you understand if the candidate has all the right attributes to make them the best fit for the position.

What were your starting and final levels of compensation?
Advice:-Apart from allowing the interviewer to know what package may be acceptable by the candidate if offered the job (compensation packages can vary with similar jobs within the same sector i.e. basic and OTE).  This also allows the interviewer to find out if there are any discrepancies on the CV and if the candidate is truthful.

What are your salary/remuneration requirements?
Advice:-This provides you with the details as to what package is required so that if you wish to make an offer to the candidate, you can structure it to ensure that it will be accepted.

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Create Job Adverts and Descriptions that Will Attract Top Candidates

To attract the right candidate to your business can be challenging, it is probable that a candidate will look at many job adverts before hitting the “apply” button, so your advert has to be attractive to the people you want to bring into your business. It is imperative that you write a job advert that is clear, gets to the point, and highlights the rewards quickly in order to ensure they actually apply for your role in the first place. A poorly written advert can in fact turn off a high calibre candidate.

We have many years’ experience in this and knows what makes a good job description or advert. The advert is normally a shortened version of a full job description, and prior to an interview the candidate should be furnished with a full job description. This means that the candidate will be clear about exactly what role they are applying for, the remit and objectives or that role and exactly what is expected of them.

So Where Do You Start?
At the start of the recruitment process all the managers/directors involved in the recruitment of the position need to be involved in identifying and defining the full job description in writing that way there is no misunderstanding of the key attributes of the job role between the management who are to conduct the interviews i.e. if this is a sales role is it purely a new business development role or an account management role or a bit of both?

Job Description Main Purposes

Candidate Attraction
Describe the job role and required track record and qualifications with the purpose of attracting a response from the best internal or external applicants for the job.

Role Definition
For the management and individual performing the role to understand the scope and level of responsibility expected of the position and to have a reference point for their responsibilities and required level of performance, especially at appraisal time or when a promotion is being considered.

Job Description Key Attributes
Exact job role title
Location and travel requirements
Where the role sits within the team, department and overall business
Who the role reports to, and other key interactions
Key areas of responsibility and the deliverables expected
Short, medium and long-term objectives
Soft skills and personality traits necessary
Required education and training
Convey the company culture and identity
Progression and promotion opportunities
Remuneration range and benefits available

Job Description Advice

Using Internal Terminology
Don’t use terminology / abbreviation that may not be understood by potential external candidates as this may put off potentially excellent candidates that may have applied for the role. Keep to well-recognised requirements to appeal to the widest possible audience.

Relevant Management Not Involved
The most accurate job descriptions and requirements are produced with the involvement of all management involved in the recruitment of the position. When defining or refining what the job role involves and what experience and qualifications are required it is also advisable to involve the input from employees in a similar function.

Unrealistic Requirements
Every job description should be an accurate representation of what is to be carried out in the job role and the relevant experience and qualifications required to perform the role at its best. This should not be an impossible wish list of every skill that may come in useful as you will put off potentially excellent candidates that may have applied for the role.

Using Discriminatory Language
Although this is frequently inadvertent, the use of certain words and phrases in a job description can be construed as discriminatory and can limit the diverse group of potential candidates that organisations are trying to achieve.

Not Reviewing Job Description Regularly
Organisations are continually evolving, so for job descriptions to accurately reflect changing requirements they should be reviewed, ideally annually, and amended as appropriate.

What Is Different About The Job Advert?
Once the job description has been created should you wish to “advertise the role” you should create an advert from a subset of the key points in the job description to cover:- what the company does, the remit of the role, the skills and qualifications required from the candidate and the remuneration and rewards including any potential for career development. This should be short, sharp and to the point and highlight the “benefits” for the candidate in order to attract the best people.

Taking the time to create an accurate job description / advert can be invaluable to contributing to the ongoing attraction, hiring and retention of the best possible employees.

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How to Attract High Calibre Professionals into Your Business

When you are trying to attract high calibre professionals to your organisation, it is important to understand what motivates and inspire candidates to work for certain companies.

Proactively promoting your company’s unique values, culture and career opportunities will help prospective candidates have an understanding what it would be to work in your company and if their skill sets, type of personality and career aspirations would suit them.   There are various reasons why high calibre professionals are attracted to certain companies.  Below are some of the more common attributes in a new employer high calibre professionals are looking for when they are in the job market.

Cultural Fit
High calibre professionals are looking to work for companies that have similar corporate values to their own personal values i.e. forward thinking, commitment to customer service, green policy, creative and innovative, etc.  Does the company’s culture reward teamwork or competitiveness? Individuality or conformity?  Promoting your company values will help you attract like-minded individuals and will increase your chances of successfully filling your roles with the right people for your business.

Remuneration and Rewards
High calibre professionals are looking to understand what is it that makes your company different from the rest. How do you recognise achievement? How is it rewarded? What opportunities are available to high achievers? What else do you have to offer? What kind of culture do you promote? Examples of these can be career development opportunities, competitive pay, work/life balance initiatives and company stability. Promote these attributes through your company website, public relations, advertising and word of mouth, so that prospective candidates will be attracted to becoming an employee within your organisation.

Business Reputation
Are your employees brand ambassadors or critics? High calibre professionals are looking to work for a company that has strong brand recognition and a reputation for excellence in their market. They will use their network of contacts to gain an insight into your company’s culture internally and externally. Work to engage and motivate your existing employees is critical in attracting high calibre individuals in to your company, as they are one of your most powerful sources of advertising and testimonials.

Career Development
The opportunity for high calibre professionals to develop both personally and professionally is crucial for job satisfaction. They are looking to work in a company that can help advance their career and enhance their existing skill sets. Do you offer on going training and development? A clear and defined roadmap for growth and promotion? Challenging projects? Recognition and Financial Rewards? Cultivate a culture of continual learning and career opportunities?

We speak to literally thousands of candidates a year, and as an employment agency we know that candidates are attracted to companies for a variety of reasons. However there is a common theme in that candidates will definitely be attracted to companies with a good reputation, excellent remuneration and rewards packages, on going training, career development opportunities and what they perceive as a good cultural fit.  Candidates usually have 2 or 3 job offers under consideration, so if you company ticks all or most of the boxes discussed they are far more likely to accept your job offer.  If you make it a policy to advertise the benefits that your company brings to employee’s on your website, via social media and by ensuring your employee’s are “Brand Ambassadors” you will increase your ability to attract the very best candidates to your business, which in turn will ensure your success.

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