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Monthly Archives: March 2015

Are you a ‘bad boss’?

Recent research by leading UK market research company OnePoll has found some interesting things about what makes a ‘good’ boss.

There are some great findings, including what are the main positive traits of a good boss and which celebrity would make the best boss.

Do you think your staff would say you are a ‘good’ boss?

To read the full article, go to OnePoll

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Spa and beauty jobsDo you have qualifications in beauty or spa therapy?

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Please browse through our Spa and Beauty jobs while you’re here but bear in mind that due to the urgent nature of some roles, we don’t put all jobs on the website. The best thing to do is to contact us and let us know you’re interested.

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#ThisGirlCan do a 5k

I played a lot of sport as a school girl. I represented my school at trampolining, athletics (field), rounders, and netball. I played field Hockey for our city’s schoolgirl team, and I played badminton at one of the top clubs in our region. I’ve never been a natural athlete, relying mostly on my agility and cunning to see me through. Working full-time and raising a family has meant my adult life has been almost devoid of a half-decent exercise regime. As in a lot of cases, life has taken over.

Before Christmas, I started going to a gym. At only £10 per month, the membership was hard to refuse, and wasn’t too much of a disaster if I didn’t find the time to go every week. I have managed at least once a week – apart from that dodgy period over Christmas and the New Year – and have been slowly getting back into the swing of things.

Last month, I heard about a one-off 5k race on a soon-to-be-opened road less than a mile from my house. I thought ‘why not?’

With all good intentions, I have been trying to get to the gym regularly, but I have been busy and haven’t always found the time. I broke the 5k barrier on the treadmill a couple of weeks ago. I have managed to go out into the real world for a run on two occasions – once for 3k, and the other for 5k. It was hard. The change from a piece of equipment in an air-conditioned building to out on the road with weather and incline was more than noticeable. I also missed the equipment readings which helped me keep to a manageable pace.

I’d like to say I’ve been eating a more balanced diet to accompany my new exercise regime, but I think you’d be disappointed. I’ve certainly cut back on the sugary items such as cola and chocolate, but then I eat far too much of those anyway. I might have lost a little weight. I don’t really know. I never was one for weighing myself.

I’m no athlete. I never have been really. But then we all have to start somewhere. Am I inspired by the recent #ThisGirlCan campaign? A little bit I suppose, but I think it was always lack of will and time rather than lack of confidence which has seen me slip into lifestyle with no clear exercise sessions.

Anyway #ThisGirlCan run a 5k! I did it this weekend and it was hard. At first it was easy, but then at 2.5k we turned around to come back, and the wind hit me like a brick wall. 3k and 4k were very tough, and I was starting to feel regret. After 4k, we re-joined the spectators, the road flattened out again and the wind moved to the side. I made it back. I didn’t come in the top half, but I got around without making too much of a fool of myself (apart from the tutu, but it had to be done).

#ThisGirlCan do a 5k in 35 minutes, and she is mighty proud of herself.

For more information on the #ThisGirlCan campaign, please visit http://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/

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Celebrating your ex-company’s success, and other HR No-Nos

Human resources failsThis week, we read this article with interest >> http://www.hrgrapevine.com/markets/hr/article/2015-02-27-sacked-npower-staff-disgusted-by-letter-urging-them-to-celebrate-firms-success

It seems that a large company which made several people in the UK redundant sent out letters asking them to celebrate their success. The company claim it was a genuine mistake, which it probably was, but it did not ease the disgust that was felt by the redundant workers. The problem is that not only can this be prevented by simple administrative competency, but also that firms believe they have a right to celebrate in profits without thinking about the people that helped them achieve it. They should be thanking their current staff for helping them and their shareholders to profit, not asking them to celebrate, whether currently employed or not. Too many companies forget the human effort it takes for collective success. And now, we shall get off our soapbox.

Here are some more lessons we can learn from human resource fails

  • If you cheese them off, don’t expect compliance

This story from a couple of years ago will serve as a reminder why you don’t upset the employees left in control of your public channels. When staff at HMV found out, rather abruptly, that they were being made redundant, HR didn’t think to first take control of the company’s Twitter account. This is the result. http://www.businessinsider.com/hmv-employee-live-tweets-firing-2013-1?IR=T

  • Never undervalue your best staff

In the 2007 US company Circuit City, a rival to Best Buy, decided to replace its loyal, knowledgable employees with more cost-effective staff. Complaints increased, confidence in customer service plummeted, which meant the aim of cutting staff costs to increase profitability had the opposite effect. By 2009, the company had all but disappeared.

 http://content.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1858079,00.html

 

  •  Don’t forget that people have feelings

After asking for feedback after an unsuccessful interview, 48-year old James was stunned by the response. While it may be that James was “rude, inappropriate, and insulting”, it’s probably not best practice to actually tell him so. Even if it was true, James was obviously upset enough to name the employer. In the internet age, it’s wise not to show your company in a bad light – it may put off less rude, inappropriate, and insulting candidates applying to work for you. http://www.recruitmentgrapevine.com/article/2015-02-16-jobseeker-receives-foul-mouthed-rejection-email

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