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Having used EM many times before, it’s the only place I will go for recruitment. We gave Lauren our brief and within a week we have four interviews lined up.
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Hi Jo – just wanted to say thank you for sending us Julie as a temp. She was excellent. I’m only sorry we don’t currently have a permanent vacanc
Hi Jo, Just wanted to take the time to tell you what an asset Julie has been the past few weeks. She has just put her head down and got on with the role, using her initiative
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An employer’s guide to extreme weather: Can your staff take a snow day? During the winter months, many employers will be facing situations where employees are unable to get to work due extreme weather conditions. Some employers may be unsure how they should deal with such a situation and what they can ask employees to do if they are unable to make it to work. In this article, our HR specialists take a look at the actions employers can take staff are faced with extreme weather conditions. Educate employees by putting employment policies in place One of the most important things you can do as an employer is make it clear what you expect from employees should their travel plans be disrupted by snow and ice. Make sure your employees know what the procedures are, preferably ahead of any expected bad weather. What you can do if employees can’t get into work If any employees can’t get into work may be able to make them take the day as unpaid leave, holiday, or work flexible hours to make the time up in some form. If you have outlined a policy on extreme weather conditions in your company handbook or employee’s contract of employment, this should be followed. Can you make employees take a holiday day if they can’t beat the snow? The law states that the notice employees are given must be double the length of the time you want them to take as annual leave. Therefore, for one day of annual leave, you would need to give employees 2 days’ notice. Can you instruct employees to work from home or another location? If an employee is able to complete some or all of their tasks from home or from another branch, it would be reasonable to request that they do this. What if an employee tells you their children’s school closed? Parents are entitled to take reasonable amounts of time off work if their arrangements for childcare are disrupted unexpectedly. However, you may be able to request that employees take this time as unpaid leave. What if you are forced to close your workplace? If the extreme weather forces you to close your workplace or office you can’t deduct employees pay. However, once again if it is reasonable for them to work from home or another branch you can request that they do this. Find out how the experts at Elizabeth Michael can help you Here at Elizabeth Michael, our HR specialists can help you draft policies and procedures which make it clear what you expect from your employees. With a clear policy in place, you can ensure your employees understand your position and avoid any unnecessary disputes.
HOW TO SUCCEED ON A TELEPHONE INTERVIEW Ace your telephone interview with our tips! Telephone interviews – easy right? Just answer your phone and chat away? Not quite. Just like a face-to-face interview, a telephone interview can be a crucial part of the recruitment process for a lot of businesses. More than just a quite natter on the phone, it is an opportunity to introduce yourself to the hiring manager or HR and to make a great first impression to hopefully secure a face-to-face. We’ve put together 5 top tips to telephone interviews to help you breeze past this sometime tricky hurdle: Preparation The key to acing any interview is preparation. Don’t do any research beforehand and it’ll show within the first few minutes. Treat your phone interview just like a traditional face-to-face: study the company website, read and reread the job description and any other bits of information you’ve been sent, familiarise yourself with your CV and so on. Make sure you have all of this information in front of you when your phone rings but don’t be tempted to try and find the answers while you’re talking – the person on the other end of the phone will hear you typing! Environment Find a quiet spot to conduct your interview. Turn off all distractions (TV, music, other phones etc). Make sure no-one will distract you or interrupt during your allocated time. Ideally use a landline but if you do need to use a mobile make sure it’s fully charged and has strong signal. A great tip is to sit at a desk or table, as if you’re in a meeting for example – this automatically forces you to speak more professionally and much more clearly. Be confident and happy Be confident and happy, and you’ll sail through the telephone interview! Smile when you talk on the telephone. You may feel a bit silly but you will immediately sound more relaxed, confident and assertive. If you are naturally a nervous speaker on the phone, enlist a friend to help you practise your phone technique to build up your confidence beforehand. Try not to fall into the trap of rushing through your answers – pace yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for further explanation of tricky questions. Remember, body language is removed as a way of judging reactions so you may find it useful to round off your answers by checking whether they require any further detail. Time is of the essence All interviews tend to have a time limit but it can be even stricter over the phone. Sometimes someone from the HR team will conduct the phone interviews, before the more detailed face-to-face sessions with the relevant managers. Don’t take anything for granted (we have had the rare occasion of a telephone interview lasting over an hour!) but make sure you are able to answer questions about your experience and knowledge in a clear and concise way. A conversation is two-way….listen! An easy trap to fall into is to be so keen to get your answers over that you don’t actually listen to what is being asked. Take the time to listen to what you are being asked and if you are unclear at any point, ask! Crucially, if all has gone well you may be invited in for a face to face at the end of the call. Make sure you write down any details you are given for the next steps.
On Saturday our very own Sally Hosken and her friend took part the Pretty Muddy Race for Life at Clumber Park - raising over £400 between them for Cancer Research. Sally says that it was great fun but cannot remember ever being that dirty before! Have a look at a couple of the pictures, before, during and after - see what you think! Before, lovely and clean! During ..... And After