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Remote Working: The five magic ingredients
Date: 30th March 2020
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The way we work is changing – not slowly, but rapidly – all thanks to the coronavirus quarantine. Businesses are quickly being forced to adapt all their processes and people to a new style of remote working. This flexible approach to the workplace is something I’ve been encouraging for a while, as remote working can […]

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Working environment is key to employee productivity and retention
Date: 13th February 2020
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Working environment is one of the most common causes of employee dissatisfaction. How does a working environment contribute to increased retention rates?

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A Cambridge company leading the way in flexible working environments: Abcam
Date: 13th February 2020
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I recently visited the new offices of Abcam, a local Cambridge business supplying protein research tools to life scientists. They’ve recently moved to a purpose-built building and had the chance to completely change the working environment for their employees. I was so struck by how fantastically flexible and smart Abcam’s new offices were, that I […]

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Hiring for skills and firing for attitude. The approach to recruitment is all wrong…
Date: 26th November 2019
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When you think of a job advert, it’s usually skills based. Only a small section of the usual job advert is given to describing a candidate’s attitude or approach to work. Yet this is usually the most important part of hiring!

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How do we fix the broken recruitment process?
Date: 23rd July 2019
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Last week I received an email from a client challenging and telling me that “the vast majority of recruiters are looking for carbon copies” - recruiting based on keywords alone. Are they?

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Scaling, Failing & Prevailing… in the world of start-up recruitment!
Date: 29th April 2019
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Earlier this year, I was interviewed by the incredible Adelina Chalmers (a.k.a. The Geek Whisperer) and James Parton (of The Bradfield Centre in Cambridge) for their podcast, Scaling, Failing & Prevailing. We talked all things start-up recruitment.

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Biased… who, me?
Date: 9th February 2019
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In hiring, bias is bad. There are no two ways about it. Be it unconscious or conscious, bias gets in the way and stops us from making the right hiring decisions. But we've all got it!

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Who are you really hiring? Emotional intelligence vs. skills
Date: 25th October 2018
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The typical job interview process fixates on ensuring that new hires are technically competent. Only 11% of respondents in the study cited technical competence (or a lack thereof) as the reason for an employee leaving.

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Our haphazard approach to recruitment is leaving candidates (and recruiting managers) confused…
Date: 17th July 2018
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It seems as though every month there’s a new approach to recruiting. The beer test, video interviews, assignments… candidates never know what to expect. These various approaches are often driven by recruiting managers to find the people they need – but leave everyone else in the process confused and unsure in which direction to go… […]

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Open Your Eyes to a More Diverse Pool of Talent
Date: 19th April 2018
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How often do you recruit based on talent alone? You might think, always! But the truth is it’s probably less often than you would like to admit. Opening your eyes to a new pool of talent will help you to develop a more inclusive, diverse workplace.

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