How Does an SME Remain Competitive in the War for Talent?

Written by EO Executives on Nov 30, 2018

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are recorded to make up 97% of organisations in the UK (excluding micro-businesses), and therefore it would seem fitting that they are shouldering most of the skills shortage challenge that we are seeing in the UK.

According to a recent survey by The Open University¸ small businesses are feeling the strain when it comes to talent attraction with three in five (62%) feeling that losing highly skilled candidates to larger competitors, significantly affects their organisation’s growth potential. 

Whilst the feeling of many business leaders seems to be that the larger organisations monopolise the best talent in the market. It is key to remember that different skill-sets and behaviours are required in the fast-paced start up environment than an established FTSE organisation.

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What is the Cost of a Bad Executive Hire?

Written by EO Executives on Oct 05, 2018

What is the most important quality your business looks for in a new hire, and how much time and additional resources are you willing to dedicate to getting it right? 

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How to Ensure Your New Hire is a Success

Written by EO Executives on Sep 26, 2018


Most business leaders reading this will probably understand the feeling of accomplishment after securing a great candidate for a role. The hiring process can be lengthy, tedious and exhausting, especially when sourcing top talent is challenging. So, when you finally find the best person, there is a sense of relief because you think the work is done. 

It is surprising that so many businesses fail down at this point and believe sourcing and filling roles is all there is to it. If you want your new employee to last and create a positive impact, you will need to make the effort to on-board them. Organisations that fail to on-board their candidates are less likely to see a return on investment, but are still left surprised when the employee fails to make a positive impact.  

Where does your hiring process end?  

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Understanding the Importance of Psychometric Profiling

Written by EO Executives on Sep 06, 2018

Have you ever had a successful interview, even met the extended team and felt like you would be a great fit for the company? At this point where you convinced you would get the job? 

Just when you are waiting for them to offer you the role, you get the call to say they would like you to do a psychometric profile test...which can sound daunting. However, psychometric profiling should be a crucial element for both the yourself (the candidate) and the business conducting the interview.  


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Why Chemistry Will Be Crucial for Your Next Executive Hire

Written by EO Executives on Sep 04, 2018

Having the ‘most skilled’ candidates in place will not always guarantee success. You could find the ideal candidate with an impressive CV and tons of experience, and will no doubt spend an extensive amount of time and money on implementing a vigorous recruitment process. However, there is one key factor you need to consider if you want to avoid doing it all over again.  

I’ll explain this further… 

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5 Steps for Making the Right Impression With Your New Employees

Written by EO Executives on Aug 01, 2018


How to Make the Right Impression With New Employees

Competing with other players in your industry to attract the best talent can be tough. So, when you finally secure your perfect candidate after following a long hiring process, you will want to ensure they are set up for success.  In a recent blog we took a detailed look at the importance of on-boarding candidates and how this contributes to their overall work ethic and performance in a business - read more here.

In this blog we follow on from that topic and take a deeper look at how your business can successfully retain its employees. You may think it is an easy task but one of our previous studies found that 46% of new hires give up within the first 18 months of their placement. An alarming statistic for businesses making crucial hires.

The good news is there are some key steps any business can follow to prevent this...

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