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Why UK Businesses Should Offer Workers Flexible Working Hours

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Do you Suffer with Anxiety in the Workplace?

Monday, June 24, 2019

Ever feel anxious or even distracted at work? This small, simple and cheap trick could be the solution to these tiring habits.

It’s unarguable that we have more resources to remain productive but if you’re anything like me, you haven’t been lucky enough to come across that energetic cure just yet.

Did you know that chewing gum can increase concentration as a result of ‘mastication-induced arousal’ which is a chewing activity to get the body moving? This creates a response in readying the body for more action. Although this won’t instantly serve you results, you will most certainly see an impact on your mood and performance.

Here are some TOP REASONS why you should settle with our simple cure:

Distraction… what’s that?


Distractions at work can be frustrating. Whether it’s your gossiping colleagues or the whistling kettle, chewing gum can help keep those off puts at bay. This essentially sets your focus onto chewing that one piece of gum so everything around you will then become irrelevant.

Memory booster


The act of chewing increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain which scientifically (and obviously) would increase overall performance.

Anxiety decrease


It has been discovered that chewing gum can reduce your brain’s vagus nerve. The stimulation will cause your heart rate to decrease with the result of feeling more relaxed and more motivated.

Check


All we have ever wanted was to tick off that long list of to do’s, right? Start chewing and begin to watch your list grow shorter and shorter as you power through all the tasks you need to get done.

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How to find the Perfect Summer Job

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Finding the perfect summer job is essential to having the perfect set of forthcoming teenage months. Whist a lot of your friends are already in work, we understand the frustration of being stuck in that whirlpool of unemployment.

Waste no time


The hunt for a new job should always happen sooner rather than later. Did you know that an estimate of 70% of summer jobs are usually filled by the end of May? But don’t panic, the likelihood that all businesses have filled their summer positions is unlikely. A benefit of applying for a handful of jobs early in the year, is that you also get choice once you hear back from a few. This gives you a chance to find a job that you will enjoy.

Positivity is key


The more positive you feel and approach the mission of finding a new job, the more likely you are to attract an employer. Employers want a team that are going to sell a company whether it’s through customer service, teamwork and many other individual elements. If your positive attitude is implemented strongly when employers are working out your persona, you will have a job in no time.

Flexibility… not the bendy kind


The most important factor that an employer will recognise and remember is your flexibility to work. During the summer months, companies want an employee that can work during the busy hours usually at short notice. By having a huge amount of flexibility, you are more likely to get the job over another individual seeking specific hours.

Money & Time


Most employers expect summer employees to work around 28 spontaneous hours per week depending on the movement of that present week. If you are looking to work more hours and your employer can’t offer you any more hours than you are looking for, you might have to get a second job. Although this isn’t ideal, it also gives you a mix of work so you can’t essentially get tired of doing the same thing.

Socially acceptable


It is very popular now for employers to take a sneak peek at your social media channels. Make sure you have a quick flick through to make sure there is nothing personal that you wouldn’t want them to see. This could play a massive role in whether they offer you the job or not.

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How to Fall in Love with your Job

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

The average person will spend over 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime, crazy right? The best way to overcome the daunting future of the working lifestyle is to completely and utterly fall in love with your job.

Sounds impossible right? Here are a few small changes you can make, in order to maximise your satisfaction in your workplace:

Monday Snacks

Sounds absurd I know, but it’s amazing what affect a weekly feast can have on your mood. Perhaps ask some colleagues to get involved too and turn it into a weekly habit. Everyone knows that Monday sucks, but everyone also loves a good snack. Turn the first day of the week into something positive and your mood will follow.

Go out to lunch with Colleagues

Going out with a colleague is a great way to build a friendship and to enhance the positivity back in the workplace. By becoming friends with your colleagues, you will feel less stress in the workplace ultimately leading to more movement and production internally. Remember not to leave any sour teammates out but to simply brush aside their negativity.

Be a Motivator

Never put your teammates down when a problem occurs and instead simply bring people together to solve the problem as a team. Especially if you are running the company, it is vital to motivate your employees. If a problem occurs you can not change it and instead can only fix it, so there is no point crying over spilt milk. In addition, motivate your employees and teammates to be the best they can be. Everyone is trying to develop a successful and sustainable career. Support everyone else around you and they will do the same for you.

Clean up someone else’s Mess

Even if you didn’t make the mess, offer your hand to help clean up a mess made by a colleague. This should be widely recognised by your employer and if not then highly respected by your team players. This will increase production and motivation in the workplace because colleagues will feel safe and will not worry about making mistakes in the future.

Be a Peacemaker

Life is too short to instigate an elephant in the room. If there is a problem in the office resolve it and work out any differences. It is likely that there is just a misunderstanding within an issue and it will benefit everyone if the issue is quickly and efficiently resolved.

Complement Employees

Spread some love in the workplace by handing out compliments. This will instantly lift the mood in the workplace and set a positive atmosphere for the day ahead. You will most likely receive respect and warmth from other team players by being generous with your words. It never hurts to be nice.

Challenges

Approach challenges as an opportunity for growth and self-expansion. If you are unsure of a task, accept the challenge and research the best way to pull through. This will be recognised by your employer and will be an achievement for yourself. Lessons are learnt everyday and only you can achieve them through hard work.

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Millennial's are going to change the world... PERIOD.

Friday, April 12, 2019

As always, the world is forever changing, and as an employer in today’s working generations, attracting millennials has become harder than ever. Although we think they are uninterested and lazy, they just in fact seek a different type of work environment than what previous generations were looking for. The older generations were happy with working and earning, however, in contrast millennials want companies to withhold character and compassion.

Companies are in desperate need to utilise the younger minds if they want to keep their businesses running. Unlike Generation X and beyond, millennials seem to believe that they are entitled to good pay and great benefits. Although this sounds mind baffling, there are ways around giving your new employees what they are looking for.

Here is how you can attract millennials, keep them and increase productivity from them:

Ditch the 9-5

Millennials are beginning to increase the importance of the ‘you only live once’ policy and therefore will be turned off by any robotic hours that you, as an employer, should propose. Modern companies have found that if their employees are given the opportunity to control their own hours, their work output will be much more beneficial over someone who is sat clockwatching the day away.

Mixture

Millennials prefer to work in work environments that are diverse, and promote a wide range of individuals with different religions and ethnicities.This is because they believe that if a company is accepting of someone because of what they do and not who they are, then they will consider the workplace to be safe.This will also be reflected onto future employees, pumping even more incentive into them to take the job.

Valued work

It is super important to give out meaningful tasks rather than the original ‘low ‘jobs. For example, a millennial is not going to stay if they are answering phones and filing. Make sure the work that you give them will be highly valued and respected on completion, usually in some form of project. By making millennials feel their work is worth their time, they will certainly WANT to stay.

Work vs Life

It is super, super important to highlight the work/life balance to a millennial. Encourage them to do things that they want to do. For example, any holidays that they have dreamed of doing, or stuff that might leak into work time, make them fully aware that they should follow their dreams. The likelihood of having this attitude normally leaves them only wanting to come back.

Money & Benefits

A lot of millennials have forever seen the struggle that money can cause at home with their parents, so it is important to offer security alongside a salary. Make sure the amount of money that you offer is worth their time, otherwise they will most likely slack, or leave. Colleges and Universities have forever promised the perfect job with a huge salary upon completion but we all know the reality of that is untrue. So make sure the money is worth it, because they will turn down the offer or leave soon after accepting it.

Although these techniques are tough to implement into every industry and job type, there are different approaches that can be taken.

Looking for a new job? Why not register with us at Employment Partners Group and we can set you in the right direction of your dream career. 

 

 

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How to become a HGV Class 2 Driver?

Thursday, March 07, 2019

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What you need to do if you’ve Lost your Job

Monday, February 25, 2019

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Thursday, February 07, 2019

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How To Turn Your Goal Into A Reality, Not A Dream

Friday, January 25, 2019

How to turn your goal into a reality, not a dream

Start right at the bottom, because realistically this is where we all begin. Many of the most successful people in the world started with absolutely nothing. Accepting that you have nothing, is the first step. This allowed them to set bigger goals at a slow pace realistically allowing them to reach them and not expect them. For example if you start a new job in catering embrace the small jobs like, cutting vegetables and then make a new goal to perhaps use the fryer. Although it feels as though you’re being baby fed, these are all the small fragments that lead you to success. Think of it this way- if you can’t overcome small obstacles, how do you expect to overcome the larger ones.

Setting realistic goals can be difficult because there is a divide in what you can do and what you want to do. That’s not to say you can’t do something but to be aware that it might take a while to reach your desirable destination. Realistic goals could be things that you have access to and know you can achieve using what you’ve got. It is important to set unrealistic goals also, because it’s always great to keep determined about where you want to be and additionally, you can use this as your motivation to keep moving forward.

Becoming successful will never just get handed to you on a plate. Hard work, long hours and a constant desire to learn are all major factors that success needs to become a reality. If you set a new goal as soon as you achieve one you will constantly be working towards something which adds to the journey in your career. It is also important to understand that getting help will provide you with new doors to open. By extending your network and learning from professionals already in the place you want to be, you can pick up a lot of tricks and gateways in the industry you’re trying to evolve in. When you hear people say ‘I learnt from the best’ they genuinely mean it, and that’s most likely why they are in the position they have achieved.

One of the worst door stoppers in the route of success is excuses. If you need to do something or want to do something, why wait? Before you know it, weeks and months have passed, leaving you only with regret to think ‘if only I had started it then’. Get it done. Work through the long and stressful nights because as soon as you pull through, the results will be overwhelming. The more you drift from the road to your ideal destination, the longer it will take to achieving your goals.

Never underestimate others. If you have allowed someone to join you and they aren’t performing to your standards, become a teacher. Empower that person to be where you are. As well as building their character, you will unconsciously be building yours. In addition, they are most likely trying to resort to their own level of success, and it will benefit you much more, if you can feel a part of that.

Be open to failure. Think of failing as a lesson and do not feel defeated. This is super important when you’re trying to become successful. If you fail and give up, what you have achieved so far will be wasted so take it on the chin and don’t make the mistake again. For example, if you fail your theory test for your car, you practise the questions you didn’t know, ready to prepare for the next one. Failure is simply a learning curve, we need it to grow as a person.

It is important to never back down or opt out of something. Give it all you’ve got because generally, the bigger risk, the better the outcome. You need to take control over your mind and stay strong throughout whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish and eventually you WILL get there.

An awesome skill to have is to laugh when all you want to do is have a meltdown. If something, in your journey to success happens to go terribly wrong then laugh about it. Turn it into this funny, really stupid thing to have done and ask yourself if it will matter in 6 months’ time. If the answer is no, plough through it and the light at the end of the tunnel will begin to shine through.

Unfortunately, in order to become successful, we have to leap over that hurdle of sacrifices. Sacrificing things can be super scary and almost leaving you no option but to quit. However, if you see them through and keep positive, the breakthrough is usually worth it. As long as you wear your heart upon your sleeve, have high levels of faith and work hard to keep up your fight, you will become unstoppable. Finally, do not feel ashamed to lean on others for support, everything is always easier when you have others to help you out and you will certainly feel less under pressure.

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New Year Resolutions We Should Stick To

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

What New Year resolutions should we actually stick to?

Read

We know we should, but we ‘never have time’

Do you ever wonder how people become successful? They read a lot. That is literally the secret to rising to the social standard of success. Those who become successful and forever move up in the world are the ones who never stop learning. This doesn’t generally mean read more books. Keeping up with the media, news and industry trends simply allows you to keep moving forward where fortunately your career tends to follow.

Although reading is the ideal way to increase your general knowledge, it’s also a great way to improve your writing skills, grammar and potentially broaden your ability to write in different perspectives. If you want to find interesting sources of information to suit your career, it is best to search for industry specific content or perhaps more niche information relating to specific areas in your profession.

This is an ideal New Year’s resolution because not only does it give you an invisible boost in your job role, but also allows you to keep up with life in general. Additionally, it gives you more to speak about, essentially motivating your communication skills.

Use up your holiday

Do you feel guilty for taking time off work or asking for it? If the answer was yes, then you fall under the whopping 47% of those in work who feel as though they don’t look dedicated or as though they aren’t enjoying their job.

Taking time off work is important and actually very beneficial. Having the time to ourselves actually rejuvenates us, providing more productive work on return. There are a few countries around the world that have made taking time off mandatory because they can notice the fast pace urgency after the break. The ideas is- if you have less time to do something, you will be more productive in order to get everything done. Which in an ideal world, makes a lot of sense.

A great way to ensure you have time to take time off is to plan ahead and work out when the best time to suit your work load would be. If you can get ahead of your work, you feel less pressure and more at ease about taking the time off which benefits your health and motivation to work, massively.

Write something at least once a month

Writing is a great way to express the way you feel, say what you want to say and a chance to write down all of those crazy ideas you might have. Also, if you write consistently, you will begin to notice great results because your writing skills will begin to improve. Although we perceive writing to be pointless and try to do it with minimal effort, we actually need it more than we think.

For example, when you write your CV or a covering letter, the more the content is well written and engaging, the more likely you will be remembered. It also accounts for more unexpected tasks such as writing an appeal against something or reporting something. By having minor but great writing skills, these annoying but likely jobs that you will be faced with in the future, will be much easier.

Quiet zone

In today’s generation trying to escape electronics is like attempting to walk to the moon. They are always going off and most annoyingly, they are always available to us (hence why you’re reading this blog). Even though we moan about it, we are all victims to the technical intelligence. In the New Year it is important to perhaps designate an electronic free zone where you won’t be disrupted and can use that time to think, plan, or perhaps finish that book you keep forgetting about.

Have you ever wondered why we sleep at night and wake up in the day? That’s because our bodies are sensitive to light and dark and therefore, react accordingly. The unhealthy thing about consistently using your phone, or watching the TV at night is that the light reflecting back at us tells our bodies that we must be awake. This might explain why you find it so hard to get to sleep at night.

Giving up electronics is similar to going on a diet- it’s harder than it looks. This means no more Netflix and chill before bed, or streaming down your amazon account. This simply means leaving your devices in another room whilst you go to sleep. A lot of people don’t put TVs in their bedroom for this specific reason. BUT I use my phone for my alarm? A lot of us do, and that’s where were going wrong. Get yourself an alarm clock and then watch your energy levels, great sleep patterns and getting out of bed easier increase massively.

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