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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...

8 ways to boost employee wellbeing

Workplace absence is costing the United Kingdom’s economy £18 billion pounds each year – and is predicted to rise to £21 billion by 2020 according to research by the Centre of Economic and Business Research. HR professionals across the UK are reporting that a focus on...

Employee engagement – beyond the pay packet

Employee engagement was considered the biggest challenge of 2018 by 41% of 447 HR Directors in the UK interviewed for an annual survey*. But, what exactly is employee engagement? The CIPD defines employee engagement in three aspects: Intellectual engagement –...

Why use a recruitment agency?

With record numbers of people in work (32.54m and rising according to the Office of National Statistics in January 2019), it is not surprising that employers are increasingly turning to trusted Recruitment Agencies to find the talent they need.  How clients work with...

Developing Future Leaders

In 2018 we sat down to explore what more our team could do to support the young people of Gloucestershire and the local community. We have been involved in many of the more traditional initiatives to help young people into work over the years. This year we wanted to...

Team Building Success

After a great first quarter's work from my team, I thought long and hard about an appropriate reward for my team. I decided on "locking them in a room to see if they could escape"... Well done guys. The Haunted House team got out with 33 seconds to go and the Prison...

Customer Experience – Putting Employees First

The topic of customer service and customer experience has been coming up in lots of client conversations as well as at networking meetings lately. As my colleague and First Base Director David Tovey is writing a book on the subject we put our heads together to agree...

Our Lilly turns one: Happy First Base Birthday

Lilly Chappell turned one last week and we celebrated her First Base Birthday in style (okay, some delicious cake, some celebrations, and some well deserved praise!). We are so so proud of how she's doing - Lilly is a great addition to our team and is absolutely...

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