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Motivating staff after the summer holidays

Motivating staff after the summer holidays

We all know that it’s important for people to take holidays. Breaks allow people to recharge physically and emotionally, disconnecting from day-to-day concerns and return to work rested, refreshed and enthused. However, keeping employees focused on work before and...

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

One of the most frequent questions candidates tell us they have difficulty answering is “Where do you see yourself in five years?” No interviewer really expects candidates to be able to describe EXACTLY what they will be doing 260 weeks from...

Has the annual review had its day?

A waste of time, stressful, outdated are just some of the descriptions we hear when we speak to clients and candidates about annual reviews. It seems many employers and employees don’t find the topic of the annual review very engaging. Yet, as we discussed in a recent...

Ten interviewing tips for employers

Poor interview technique cost one technology company a lot of bad press recently when the CEO was accused of bullying a candidate. Beyond what appeared in the public domain, we are not privy to what actually happened. But sadly we do get to hear first-hand some pretty...

First Base team up with Forest Green Rovers

We have teamed up with Forest Green Rovers to support the great work they do throughout their community initiative with young people. Every year, FGR recruit a team of new young ambassadors who promote the club and get the message out about all the things they do on...

How to answer the ‘tell me about yourself” question

The team at First Base undertake hundreds of recruitment interviews on behalf of employers every year.  Well qualified people too often let themselves down by failing to prepare for the questions they should expect to be asked. Often the most stumbled over and feared...

Recognising stress and how to help – a management guide

We get to hear a lot about the stress people experience at work. It is often the real reason they approach us to help them with a career change in the first place. By then stress has gone far beyond what is healthy. Most people are all too familiar with workplace...

If you want that job – be on time!

Question: When is punctuality important at a job interview? Answer: Always! If you want to get off to a good start and earn some positive points at an interview, being punctual is absolutely vital. “Punctuality is a fundamental business courtesy that demonstrates you...

Start a conversation about mental health

Businesses rely on having a healthy and productive workforce. Conditions like anxiety, depression and long term excessive stress are experienced by one in six British workers each year. Over the past five years, employers have repeatedly cited stress as the number one...

Giving 75% effort but expecting 100% pay?

No candidate would get very far in the recruitment process if on their CV or during interview they suggested they would give 100% in a new role based on that old employee ‘joke’ - I give 100% at work... 12% on Monday, 23% on Tuesday, 40% on Wednesday, 20% on Thursday...

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