I’m sure most of you reading have experienced this at some point in your career. You’re in post and in a great role, then suddenly the phone rings and you're presented with a new proposition. You’ve been headhunted...Continue reading
Talent has reached the boardroom agenda as a key source of competitive advantage. High on the list of priorities for Global HRDs who I speak with is the need to unlock a talent acquisition approach that responds to these growing demands.
Engaging Generation Z, an ageing workforce across most western markets, and competition from disruptive new start-ups are not only all serious issues that are causing businesses pain but also a great opportunity for HR to step up and take charge.Continue reading
Employee engagement and its link with business performance is very much a hot topic at the moment. Intuition tells us that it must be right to build a great place to work for our employees as more content employees are happier and this shines through in the provision of better service to our customers. Research supports this, as surveys have shown that engaged employees very much become brand and organisational advocates and happily work enthusiastically both with their team, their clients, and the general public.Continue reading
What words does the term “Psychometrics” conjure up to you? Does it send shivers down your spine? Do your hairs stand on end? Do you dismiss them as adding little value?
Despite psychometrics being used in hiring for over 10 years and their increasing popularity amongst hiring managers and HR teams, I often encounter misconceptions about the insights they provide and the value they bring… I've even heard senior leaders compare psychometrics to a new age fad!
In truth, psychometrics are actually based on the theory and technique of psychological measurement; created using a combination of science, psychology, mathematics and technology. This in turn can be designed in such a way as to measure knowledge, ability, attitude and personality.Continue reading
Business Legend Jack Welch is a big fan of HR. He has repeatedly stated that HR managers have the most important job in businesses, and that CEOs should value their HR Managers as much as their CFOs.
It often feels like most of HR is no closer to this type of recognition, so what do the most successful HR Managers do to ensure their contribution is valued?
Foresight is ‘to have the ability to predict what will happen or be needed in the future.’
Pace of change has accelerated so quickly in modern times that by the time you read this, an event will have no doubt occurred somewhere in your business. Prime examples of these are; a lucrative contract signed, a sale, a meeting with marketing, a change in budget or a change in personnel. The future is always upon you and this is inevitable therefore, I ask the question. Are you in control of every event that has happened in your organisation and did you expect them to occur?Continue reading
Executives seeking a new role who have made it past the first hurdles of CV, short-list and interview(s) eventually confront the final obstacle: Negotiating an acceptable job offer.
This makes many people nervous, especially those with jobs that don’t regularly involve negotiation.Continue reading
In my numerous contacts with my clients there is sometimes a debate on do you engage one agency for your recruitment needs or do you involve multiple agencies at the same time?Continue reading
So, you apply for a role which you’re absolutely perfect for – of course. You await the call from the recruitment company and after a couple of weeks begin to wonder why you haven’t heard from them. So you call them. You’re curious to understand the status of your application. When you finally manage to speak with a human you hear words that are generic and could be applied to any candidate! You’ve been rejected from a role that you’re a perfect match for and don’t know why you haven’t move to the next stage. Or, worse than that, you don’t receive any feedback and are left feeling confused and angry about the time you’ve taken to submit your application and missing out on the perfect job for you.Continue reading
There comes a time in every executive recruitment process when the prospective employer, client or recruiter asks for your references. It’s tempting – and probably correct – to interpret this as a “buying signal”; why would someone bother to follow up with references if he or she didn’t intend to hire you?Continue reading