Ways HR Can improve Workplace Creativity
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

Ways HR Can improve Workplace Creativity by Chandler C.

Creativity in the workplace is often considered to be a key element in driving the growth of a business. There are many reasons why creativity could be stifled in an office work environment. There are ways to improve ingenuity and inspiration that should always exist when working in a corporate environment – whether it be micromanagement, an isolated workspace or just a general lack of confidence. Motivation is a puzzle and can be shaped to form a strong, unified workforce if put together correctly.  Think about the future of your business and how having an open forum for all employees and a positive workspace that encourages new ways of thinking can have a big impact. Here are some great tips for all human resource representatives that will make staff members at all levels happier and more inspired as they walk through the door each and every day.

 

Encourage Remote Meetings

In the corporate setting, you may find that employees are hesitant to leave the office during the workday in fear of not completing assignments on time or missing crucial information. This feeling of isolation and constant anxiety can have a negative effect on work ethic and stagger workplace productivity. Consider speaking with upper management and coming up with new ways to foster creativity from your staff. One strategy could be to schedule the weekly update meetings outside the office. Meeting at a remote location such as a cafe or coffee shop would be a refreshing change of pace that gets the team away from their desks. Additionally, allowing employees to work from home once a week could also help boost morale. There have been studies that prove workers are just as productive if not more productive when they are able to work remotely or make their own hours. If it isn’t imperative that your staff be in the office during business hours, consider these types of options to boost free-thinking and relieve stress.

 

Allow Anonymity in the Workplace

Many employees, especially those at the bottom of the corporate hierarchy or that are new to the company, may find it uncomfortable to share their ideas. It can be challenging to be outspoken when you feel it isn’t your place to be or about things that are above your paygrade. Urging individuals to come to human resources to voice their ideas or concerns anonymously may help negate this issue. You could also begin a suggestion box in the office for all employees to contribute to at their convenience. Many of these individuals may have great ideas in terms of improvements or subtle changes that would help better the workplace, so allow them the opportunity to make their voice known.

 

Foster Personal Growth

Encouraging staff to consult with their managers regularly in regard to their personal accomplishments and career goals is crucial to creating a thriving office environment with employees who are working hard to succeed. Forming a culture that promotes upward movement from within can give your staff goal-oriented mindsets both in the short and long-term. Be sure to set annual or even quarterly performance reviews for all employees with either their direct supervisor or HR to ensure continued success and growth. The more feedback your staff is given, the more opportunities they will have to prove themselves. And although it may seem tedious to consistently conduct these evaluations, it will prevent anyone from feeling neglected or unheard. And don’t be afraid to invest in the cultural aspects of the company to foster a positive sense of well-being and togetherness among staff. Use this time to focus on those who are putting in 110%, looking for advice and stand out from the pack.

 

Company Culture

 

Reward Major Career Milestones

Most employees crave appreciation and praise for their hard work. Incorporating reward systems for those who are top performers at the company can help to jumpstart productivity in the workplace. Whether it be an employee of the month award, bonus incentives, or simply giving promotions to those who are deserving of them are all great ways to boost morale. Some companies celebrate anniversaries for years of service as well as hosting new hire lunches to connect new staff members with experienced co-workers in the department and/or department heads. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate milestones, employees will be appreciative and work diligently knowing that their hard work will be rewarded.

 

Streamline Workflow Processes

Find new and innovative ways to make your employee’s jobs easier. It will help take away the hassle of repetitive tasks and administrative work. Many human resource departments will partner with the IT team to find the most effective methods of workflow optimization. Some have chosen to incorporate business automation software to simplify back-end tasks, while others have opted to reevaluate the corporate structuring and specific job responsibilities to ensure optimal workflow. Certification programs for management training have also been used to help better delegation within and between departments. There are many strategies you can use, depending on the size and industry focus of the business you are in. Take time to review where there is a significant lag in your business processes and what can be done to correct them.

 

About the Author

Chandler Coleman is a contributing author to Smart Recruit Online and has expertise in business and tech-focused content.

 

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Chandler Coleman is a contributing author to Smart Recruit Online and has expertise in business and tech-focused content.


Is this the most highly endorsed recruitment service in the UK?
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

Is this the most highly endorsed recruitment service in the UK? by Mark Stephens.

Having successfully completed more than 500 customer feedback surveys in the last 5 years, we can now confirm that 98% of all Smart Recruit Online (SRO) customers gave the maximum 5 out of 5 ratings against their onboarding and customer support services. 94% of all SRO users gave a 5 out of 5 satisfaction rating for the platform capability and ease of use, and 91% of all SRO users gave top marks against the quality of applications and against successful outcomes achieved.

 

Talent Attraction

 

Leading the way for Customer Service

Also, over 400 individual customer testimonials received to date confirm these numbers, with the majority referring to SRO as the most effective method of direct hiring that they had ever experienced and many sharing how they felt about the ease of use and extremely high levels of user adoption. Almost every testimonial received, refers to the exceptional levels of customer experience, with one national company Director, even going as far as saying that it was the best customer experience that he had ever experienced in over 50 years of business management.

 

Discover what we can do

We know that it is difficult choosing the right recruitment solution in what is a complex and fragmented market place with hundreds of tools, methods and services to choose from, but if you are looking for evidence of what genuinely and most consistently works best, backed up by existing customer endorsements, then SRO would like to provide you with a personalised online walkthrough of how we work, with no obligation to buy. After we complete your walkthrough, we will provide you with a full proposal and an option to run a 3 month free trial of the platform, tools and support, in order to establish your own evidence and a business case for using SRO.

If you already use an ATS, then we can demonstrate how we are able to convert your ‘recruitment management system’, into a genuine ‘Talent Attraction system’ and if you are already using another online service, why not take our ‘Pepsi challenge’. In a recent trial, we achieved nearly 10 times the number of quality applications for a national security client in the first few months.

 

More about the author

Mark Stephens

Mark has established a reputation for his passion and enthusiasm over twenty years working in the recruitment industry, both client and agency side. For the last seven years, he has been researching the recruitment landscape from both a technology and people perspective. His insights into market trends are often used and quoted across the industry’s leading publications.

His company, Smart Recruit Online, have been the winner of 5 international awards for technology innovation and Recruitment Technology in the last 18 months and currently hold the accolade of filling more jobs from direct applications for their clients than any other online recruitment service in the UK.

Connect with Mark Stephens on LinkedIn

 

 

Smart Recruit Online offers an award-winning talent attraction software that will streamline and revolutionise your recruitment strategy.

To book a demo with us and learn more about how our technology can transform your recruiting process, click here.

Book a demo

Mark Stephens


Mark has established a reputation for his passion and enthusiasm over twenty years working in the recruitment industry, both client and agency side. For the last ten years, he has been researching the recruitment landscape from both a technology and people perspective. His insights into market trends are often used and quoted across the industry’s leading publications. His company, Smart Recruit Online, has been the winner of 5 international awards for technology innovation and Recruitment Technology in the last 18 months. And currently holds the accolade of filling more jobs from direct applications for their clients than any other online recruitment service in the UK.


Is the traditional CV now dead?
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

Is the traditional CV now dead? by Mark Stephens.

An article that I read this morning encouraged me to share a few thoughts and insights on this topic.

Increases in attrition levels and longer bedding in periods before new hires become productive are becoming more commonplace, and can often be traced back to poor or inadequate recruitment practices.

 

The limitations of a CV

Most of us understand that if you want to evaluate prospective candidates properly, then you will need to dig far deeper than the traditional CV.

You will also need to go beyond a telephone interview, and if you want your onsite face to face meeting to be effective, then you will need to do a lot more ahead of that interview, to evaluate the prospective employee that you are meeting with.

Few people will argue against the opinion that a CV is a one-dimensional document, that I like to think of as a business card, but rarely, if ever, will a CV tell you everything that you need to know about someone, before hiring them.

And yet more than 50% of hires in the UK ever go much beyond the CV, before moving onto a telephone interview and then to a face to face meeting.

 

Time for change

Deloitte, in its 2019 Global Human Capital Trends Survey, showed over 70% of employers cited recruitment as a critical business issue, and if you go back a few years to the last CIPD survey of over 1000 business owners, over 90% stated that the recruitment of staff was the most critical issue influencing effective growth within the organisation.

So it is slightly disturbing that so many recruiting businesses, fail to apply the right level of due diligence.

Recent surveys indicate that current national attrition rates are massively up and are, of course being affected by the current record low unemployment rates we are experiencing, but there is also a lot of evidence to prove that there is a direct correlation between employment longevity & new hire productivity, and the quality of due diligence performed during the applicant screening process.

 

Talent Attraction

Collecting the right information

Here is a selection of the most common forms of due diligence that can be delivered as part of your assessment process:

– Industry and Job Knowledge Tests

– Competency-Based Assessments

– Skills Assessments

– Gamification or Task Orientated Tests

– Cognitive Ability Tests

– Critical Thinking Test

– Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving

– Numerical Reasoning

– Aptitude Tests

– Cultural Alignment Profiling

– Behavioural Alignment Profiling

– Emotional Intelligence

– Team Fit

– Personality Profiling

– Presentation and Communication Profiling

– Background and Reference Checks

 

In reality, it is impossible to consider running too many of these tasks, which is why consideration needs to be given on a per role basis as to what due diligence is most appropriate to the position being recruited for, in order to provide an effective holistic assessment of the prospective employee.

The traditional CV should at best form part of a well thought out set of screening tasks and references that contribute towards the interview selection process.

Better screening can also remove the need for multiple on-site interviews, which, in my experience are often costly and unnecessary.

Decisions at face to face meetings are also often heavily driven by gut feelings, so it makes sense to do the formal groundwork before-hand.

By adopting a good talent attraction and recruitment management system as the centrepiece to your recruitment strategy, will also contribute towards applying better practices as it makes it easier and more effective to issue and draw conclusions that assist in making the best hiring decisions.

 

 

More about the author

Mark Stephens

Mark has established a reputation for his passion and enthusiasm over twenty years working in the recruitment industry, both client and agency side. For the last seven years, he has been researching the recruitment landscape from both a technology and people perspective. His insights into market trends are often used and quoted across the industry’s leading publications.

His company, Smart Recruit Online, have been the winner of 5 international awards for technology innovation and Recruitment Technology in the last 18 months and currently hold the accolade of filling more jobs from direct applications for their clients than any other online recruitment service in the UK.

Connect with Mark Stephens on LinkedIn

 

Smart Recruit Online offers an award-winning talent attraction software that will streamline and revolutionise your recruitment strategy.

We offer a customisable software platform integrated with multiple selection and screening tools, enabling you to make well-informed recruitment decisions. 

To find out what we can to for your recruitment strategy, book a demo by clicking here.

Book a demo

Mark Stephens


Mark has established a reputation for his passion and enthusiasm over twenty years working in the recruitment industry, both client and agency side. For the last ten years, he has been researching the recruitment landscape from both a technology and people perspective. His insights into market trends are often used and quoted across the industry’s leading publications. His company, Smart Recruit Online, has been the winner of 5 international awards for technology innovation and Recruitment Technology in the last 18 months. And currently holds the accolade of filling more jobs from direct applications for their clients than any other online recruitment service in the UK.


Health, Wellbeing & Mental Health Community goes live
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

Health, Wellbeing & Mental Health Community goes live by Mark Stephens.

 

Its time to take action

As a nation, we are travelling head-first into a national crisis around mental health, with the NHS and GP’s already overloaded beyond their capacity.

Subsequently, without the resources to cope, individuals are being signed off work and prescribed antidepressants at an alarming rate. This is leading to an ever-increasing number of sick days, thus impacting individual businesses and costing billions of pounds in revenue losses to the economy each year already.

Businesses cannot rely on the government to address this issue. The solution sits within the realms of corporate responsibility and unless we each take action to address this very real issue, we will undoubtedly suffer the repercussions through disruptions to workflow and productivity ourselves.

However, there is a reward for adopting a more caring culture that supports a genuine and practical approach to the wellbeing of staff, as businesses will inadvertently be establishing a more attractive cultural brand that will appeal to the future talent that they would like to attract.

 

Health and Wellbeing Events

Together with our trusted partners, we have come together to create a Health and Wellbeing Community, which will help you to address this issue. Our core team already contains more than 50 CEO’s, experts and practitioners and we are aligned with more than 50 organisations providing practical solutions across diet, health, fitness, alternative medicines, DNA research, holistic solutions, financial debt resolution, company benefit schemes and more.

Our efforts will be directed towards running regular health and wellness-themed events across the UK for Senior HR, business owners and individuals who are responsible for corporate wellbeing initiatives within their business. Giving you the chance to attend and meet with peers, practitioners, suppliers and industry professionals to hear personal stories and establish meaningful relationships.

The purpose of this group and ultimately these events is to educate businesses on how to support staff from the perspective of both mental & physical health and to share and generate practical ideas to take into your business. Ultimately leading to increased staff retention, productivity, and overall business success.

 

Health & Wellbeing Group

 

A successful launch

The launch of our Health and Wellbeing event a few weeks ago was hugely successful, hosted by Bannatyne Health & Fitness and professionally run and organised by the team at Business Live UK, we are pleased to say that the feedback has been outstanding and we are looking forward to announcing the next set of dates and locations as we take this event on a UK wide tour.

If you work in or around HR and the company you work with are looking at health, wellbeing or mental-health initiatives, then these events offer a fantastic way to explore what and who is out there providing meaningful resources and solutions. Our events are hosted in a totally relaxed non-sales environment, with free food, drink, great speakers and of course collaborations alongside industry peers.

The following video was filmed at the launch event; over 75 individual businesses attended along with 20 carefully selected industry suppliers, and our team of organisers, promoters, sponsors and speakers.

 

You can watch the video here

 

If you would like to join our Health, Wellness and Mental Health community, share ideas, get useful insights, engage with experts and stay informed about future events, then please join our community and group on LinkedIn: Here

 

Smart Recruit Online offers an award-winning talent attraction software that will streamline and revolutionise your recruitment strategy.

We offer a customisable software platform integrated with multiple selection and screening tools, enabling you to make well-informed recruitment decisions. 

To find out what we can to for your recruitment strategy, book a demo by clicking here.

 

Book a demo

 

More about the author

Mark Stephens

Mark has established a reputation for his passion and enthusiasm over twenty years working in the recruitment industry, both client and agency side. For the last seven years, he has been researching the recruitment landscape from both a technology and people perspective. His insights into market trends are often used and quoted across the industry’s leading publications.

His company, Smart Recruit Online, have been the winner of 5 international awards for technology innovation and Recruitment Technology in the last 18 months and currently hold the accolade of filling more jobs from direct applications for their clients than any other online recruitment service in the UK.

Connect with Mark Stephens on LinkedIn

Mark Stephens


Mark has established a reputation for his passion and enthusiasm over twenty years working in the recruitment industry, both client and agency side. For the last ten years, he has been researching the recruitment landscape from both a technology and people perspective. His insights into market trends are often used and quoted across the industry’s leading publications. His company, Smart Recruit Online, has been the winner of 5 international awards for technology innovation and Recruitment Technology in the last 18 months. And currently holds the accolade of filling more jobs from direct applications for their clients than any other online recruitment service in the UK.


The Power of Hypnotherapy
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

The Power Of Hypnotherapy by Amanda Coles.

Hello! My name is Amanda Coles and I spent over 20 years working in Corporate HR before retraining as an NLP Hypnotherapist and Life/Business Coach. But I have a confession to make, and it took me years to confront it. Throughout my 20’s and 30’s I suffered with anxiety, stress and panic attacks brought on by numerous personal issues and too much stress at work.

In 2013 my GP wanted to give me anti-depressants. They are commonly dispensed by GP’s who struggle in a short 10 minute window to get to the root cause of problems. In fact, they are so common that 1 in 6 adults between the ages of 18-64 are currently on anti depressants, and according to the latest study by the Mental Health Foundation 23% of all absences in the workplace are mental health related and it is the leading cause of absence in the UK. Having worked in HR I have seen for myself the rise in mental health problems.

 

A Better Alternative

I decided to investigate alternative and complementary therapies rather than take anti-depressants. Waiting times on the NHS for CBT were up to 2 years and so in desperation, I turned to hypnotherapy.

It was so successful I decided to retrain as an NLP Hypnotherapist and Life/Business Coach. I now combine my HR background with my experience as a Coach and Hypnotherapist and I work with companies to implement mental wellness strategies and individuals who want to re-engineer their lives for greater success.

What is hypnotherapy? One of the questions I am always asked by potential clients is will you make me cluck like a chicken? My answer is always the same – only if you want me to.  As far as I’m concerned it’s unlikely to be a solution to your problem.

Hypnotherapy is not something you need to believe in for it to work and more than you have to believe in gravity to fall off a building. So is it all just suggestion and placebo? No. It is scientifically proven that the process of hypnosis causes specific physiological, neurological and physical changes in your body and brain.

It is not something I do TO you, it is a collaborative process and you simply need to give yourself permission to heal yourself and through my unique blend of therapy, motivate you to a successful outcome.

 

Does it Work?

So how effective is hypnotherapy?? A study conducted by American Health Magazine found that only 38% of patients recovered after 600 sessions of psychoanalysis. In behavioural therapy, it took 22 sessions for 72% of patients to recover but after just 6 sessions of hypnotherapy, 93% of patients recovered.

We all know that mental health problems are on the rise. The pressure of stress found at work, within relationships, through comparison with others and within a drive to “succeed” can affect everybody, no matter what your background is.

The reality is however that hypnotherapy helps to treat more than just anxiety and stress. It has been scientifically proven to have many other uses, and that’s because nearly everyone can benefit from learning how to relax, how to think positively and use their imagination to rehearse the positive changes they would like.

 

Mental Health in the Workplace

The estimated cost of mental ill-health to UK employers each year is between £33 billion and £42 billion.

Organisations suffer the consequences of poor mental health. A CIPD study highlighted the impact that mental ill-health has on companies and found that:

– 37% of sufferers are more likely to get into conflict with colleagues
– 57% find it harder to juggle multiple tasks
– 80% find it difficult to concentrate
– 62% take longer to do tasks
– 50% are potentially less patient with customers/clients.

As an employer, you can help manage and prevent stress by improving conditions for staff at work. But you also have a role in making adjustments and helping someone manage a mental health problem at work as mental health is covered as a disability within the Equality Act of 2010.

Wellness

 

 

So what can you do practically?

By constructing and implementing mental wellness strategies within your workplace you can reduce absenteeism and presenteeism, increase engagement and staff retention – all proven ways to increase profits.

So in summary, hypnotherapy is not the woo-woo, voodoo magic it is so often portrayed in the media, rather it is a safe, effective, fast and drug-free method for improving your health and happiness – who wouldn’t want some of that?

 

Hypnotherapy

Amanda Coles is a CNHC Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP & Meridian Practitioner & Life Coach.

 

Smart Recruit Online offers an award-winning talent attraction software that will transform your recruitment strategy.

To book a demo with us and learn more about what our technology can do for your business, click here.

Book a demo

 

AmandaColes@smartrecrooot.com'
Amanda Coles


Amanda Coles is a CNHC Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP & Meridian Practitioner & Life Coach.


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