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Not So Great Expectations – part 1

Although it was a last minute arrangement, my work experience placement at Wote Street People, a recruitment agency in Basingstoke, has been excellent all round. Not only was I kept busy constantly, which got me doing lots of different things, I was welcomed into the office by the friendly workers present there by all manners[…..]

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“Having good exam results & qualifications is not enough”

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,[…..]

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Remote working – does it work?

Working from home Recently I had the opportunity to spend a week or so working from my parents’ home in Blackpool.  Off I race to do the dutiful daughter bit, laptop in hand – skype logins at the ready.  We’d already put our systems on the cloud – so I thought – yay! I can[…..]

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Dryathlon – Dry January

Dryathlon – breaking habits is a hard job As part of our 25 things for 25 years (in case we haven’t bored you with it yet, we’re celebrating our Silver jubilee this year), Tracy undertook the Dryathlon. This meant giving up alcohol for January. No mean feat when you work in our office! There have been[…..]

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Resolution or Revolution

It’s that time of year again, when we make New Year Resolutions.  Things we’re going to do differently, more of, less of.  Things we’ve always wanted to do, don’t want to do ever again – life changing things. But when you think of the word itself, “resolution” it’s not very positive is it?  “I’m resolved[…..]

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Keep it in the Family – Sunday 26th November 1989

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Sunday evening and a bit of light entertainment in the form of the comedy hit, Bread. Aveline is finally pregnant but the timing is not to her liking now she has made the “glossies”. Meanwhile, Grandad has been robbed, but his possessions are replaced when all the family rally round. Tomorrow it’s back to work. Hope[…..]

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Back to 1989

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Back to 1989… Meta, Maxine, Madelaine, Matt and Tracy are going back to the eighties this week; November 1989 to be precise. Why? Wote Street is celebrating their 25th anniversary on 28th November…so join our nostalgia ride.  This Friday, (28th November) our office will be transformed into a 1980’s office meaning the fax will be[…..]

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Zero vs Hero!

Zero hours vs Temping – Truly Flexible Working There’s been a lot of talk lately regarding zero hours contracts. Much of this coverage has been looking at it from a negative perspective. It’s true, it doesn’t help with household cash flow when you don’t know what hours you are going to be working that week/month and[…..]

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19 Feb 2021

Collaboratives Robots, or Cobots; Transforming the factory floor to enhance productivity – Guest blog by Gary Livingstone, Managing Director, LG Motion

We’ve seen a gradual increased presence of robots on manufacturing factory floors, and industries that have embraced automation have seen an increase in efficiency and productivity. There is a key concern amongst employees that the rise of robots will ensure the human worker extinct. This concern is mostly unfounded and is a result of the[…..]

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16 Feb 2021

Apprenticeships – Are they for me? – Guest blog by Judith Moule, Director & Apprenticeship Ambassador AAN at ETA Consultancy Services LLP

As someone who has employed and trained hundreds of apprentices and supported many more into apprenticeship roles I am totally biased and a complete believer in how powerful they can be for a business, to me it is a business no brainer! When deciding whether apprenticeships will work for your business it is critically important[…..]

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09 Feb 2021

Could a long-distance work relationship be your perfect match?

With Valentine’s Day happening this month, who’s in the mood for romance…or a peachy new job at least? Maybe you’re hiring and getting tired of looking for candidates in all the wrong places? Some might say that working in a recruitment agency is akin to working in a dating agency, and we’d be inclined to[…..]

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28 Jan 2021

Where are they now? From litter picker to archaeologist, and letter opener to senior accountant

One of the best parts of working at a recruitment agency is the success stories we get to witness and be a part of. Even after decades finding jobs in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas, the joy we feel when watching our candidates flourish never fades. We could all do with a dose of positivity[…..]

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22 Dec 2020

How the pandemic made me a better boss in 2020

We won’t forget 2020 in a hurry. A tragic pandemic. Lockdowns. Unprecedented economic catastrophe. Has there been anything positive? Well, actually, yes! Behind every cloud is a silver lining, as they say. Especially when you resolve to see the glass as half full, not as half empty – as I always try to do. What[…..]