This quote was at the centre of our HR Peer Group discussion yesterday. We meet quarterly to discuss topics that affect those of us at the coal face of hiring & firing. Our group includes Owner/Managers, Line Managers, HR Consultants, Solicitors & Recruiters. It’s not a training session or a sales presentation, just an open, honest discussion where everyone can share their experiences and air opinions.
So, as you can imagine, the above quote well & truly lit the blue touch paper. One thing that we all agreed on, was that attitude is paramount regardless of age or experience. And that’s not just the attitude of education leavers joining the workforce. As one of our members so rightly pointed out – it can be the attitude of the incumbent workforce to the new starter.
We all had good & bad experiences to share about “youngsters” in the workplace and the importance of “employability” skills. But, what did spark discussion was who is responsible for instilling these skills in our young folk? Parents? Educational establishments? Aren’t life skills part of bringing up your offspring? Manners, work ethic, managing expectations, aren’t these traits that should be taught at your Mother’s (or Father’s) knee?
Many of our group agreed that exam results & qualifications played a part in ensuring that the person would be capable of carrying out the work task, however it’s that all important team fit. Will they disrupt a perfectly well balanced team; will they pull their weight; will someone have to be appointed to watch over them to make sure they do it right? All this adds to the faff factor.
Faff is what most of our Employers want to avoid. It’s not that they don’t want to take young people, or returners for that matter. They don’t want faff. They want people to come into the workplace and work. To pick up the tasks easily and not cause disruption for any reason. It’s all about the base (bottom line).
Therefore, if you’re an education leaver (or parent of an education leaver) reading this blog, let your personality shine out. Don’t just sit on your A* s, show them you understand when to use initiative, that you have something about you. Make eye contact, interact and for goodness sake smile – it goes a long, long way.0
Part of our culture at Wote Street is about giving back. Our core values are: we listen, we consult, we care and that fits perfectly with all of the charities and community groups we support locally. The Pink Place – supporting people affected by cancer Basingstoke Consortium & Skillstree – helping young people to gain[…..]
Don’t get us wrong, a CV is an important tool when applying for jobs – but it’s only one of the items in your job seekers toolkit. (If you need some help developing your CV we’ve written a blog to help or feel free to give us a ring and we’ll happily review.) Getting to[…..]
There couldn’t be a better time for Mental Health Awareness week. Now that the government restrictions due to the corona virus are being lifted, more people are anxious about the repercussions. It’s still out there; bosses and employees alike are trying to make the journey to work and the work environment a relatively safe place[…..]
We connect the best-matched candidates and businesses – the people brokers. Taking the time to find the right-fit for candidates and customers alike increases the probability of candidates being happy in not only your new role but blossoming in the right company culture. And companies achieving higher staff retention, effective teams and increased staff productivity. […..]
Tomorrow we have a bank holiday on a Friday! Special because this normally only happens for Good Friday at Easter. Not so special because the majority are at home already and have been for at least 7 weeks. The Covid-19 outbreak has turned normality on its head. As indeed did World War II, the end[…..]