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Bank Holidays - England, Wales and Scotland

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Written by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017. Revised 4th January 2022.

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Bank Holiday dates for England, Wales and Scotland

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Making Search Effective

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Written by John Berry on 12th November 2021. Revised 9th December 2021.

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Executive search and recruitment agencies abound. The industry is vibrant but that doesn’t mean all of the players are good at search. Search needs careful planning and thought and time allowed for – and mostly that’s not done. It’s not just about dipping into databases and advertising on jobs boards. Here we set out three key issues where agencies need to improve.

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Making the shift to home working – practical steps for the firm

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Written by John Berry on 7th December 2021. Revised 9th December 2021.

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A firm that’s oriented around a central headquarters and offices is a very different beast from one that embraces flexible working and working from home. There are some practical things that all firms must do when moving to home working. Here we discuss some of the changes needed to the terms and conditions of contract and employee handbook.

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Vacancy Dilemma

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Written by John Berry on 21st November 2021.0

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At a recent employers’ conference, anguish from the floor centred on inability of firms to find employees with the right skills. And once firms had found someone, they seemed universally unable to keep them. The problem's commonplace. Fundamentally, things have changed. Employers are not looking for the right people, and people are not skilled in the jobs that are available. Here's an approach to a solution.

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Building a positive staff worldview under hybrid working

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Written by John Berry on 21st August 2021. Revised 21st November 2021.

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The creation of the right staff worldview is critical to a firm's operations. Worldview requires that managers set up the right formal and informal communications for staff. A positive worldview within the firm heightens staff commitment and enables high performance. Here's how to think about worldview and how to set about managing the worldview for positive outcomes.

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Should recruiters ask candidates about current salary?

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Written by John Berry on 18th November 2021. Revised 21st November 2021.

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The phrase ‘a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work’ is common in the labour market. Penned first by Carlyle and then Engels and it applies now. The employer and candidate reach a bargain between work and pay. It’s not necessary for managers to know about the past. They should never ask anything about history. As soon as they do, they're wide open to bias.

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