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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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23 Sep 2020

What is Mental Health First Aid?

What do you think Mental Health first Aid is? When I tell people I am a Mental Health first Aid instructor, I often get asked, “Are you a counsellor” or “Are you a psychologist?” Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is not about fixing people. It is not about being a therapist. Regular (physical) First Aid[…..]

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17 Sep 2020

Opening minds and opening doors: the benefits of outplacement services

This summer, more than 300,000 people were put at risk of redundancy as UK businesses struggled to survive the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Figures from the Insolvency Service, requested by the BBC, showed that companies across the country had reportedly filed 305,427 positions at risk of redundancy. This figure is almost seven times higher[…..]

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13 Aug 2020

Drowning under a sea of job applications?

COVID-19 has changed the working world beyond all recognition. Just last year, we were recruiting for jobs in Basingstoke in a candidate-led market, where applicants were spoilt for choice and employers had to fight to pin down the best talent. Fast forward to summer 2020, and the tide has certainly turned… Businesses whose profits have[…..]

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30 Jul 2020

Meet Wote Street People’s consultants:

Like many companies, lockdown made us reconsider how we work. Not shy of adventure, we were hot off the press in finding and sharing new ways to keep productive and stay keep connected to our team, customers, and candidates.  Our new working solutions have worked so well that it got us pondering…Do we really need[…..]

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23 Jun 2020

In the pursuit of happiness: Supporting the M3 Job Club and other community groups

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[…..]