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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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11 Nov 2020

Staying cyber-safe when working from home – Guest blog by Fiona Kent, Marketing Manager at InfoSec Partners

Many businesses had to quickly put measures in place to enable staff to work at home during the COVID-19 lockdown and for the majority, remote working is set to become the new normal for the foreseeable future. As such, the lines between work and home life have become increasingly blurred, more fluid, some may say,[…..]

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02 Nov 2020

Let’s celebrate Menopause – Guest blog by Clare Davis of Nova Associates

“I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life”. Maya Angelou. Why do people shy away from the topic of menopause with their loved ones?   Are you between the age of 45 and 55? Do you realise this is when menopause occurs for the majority of women, one in[…..]

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29 Oct 2020

Mind the gap? Not when it comes to CVs…

When sifting through CVs to recruit for jobs in Basingstoke, a significant gap in a candidate’s employment history might glare at you like a red light. Did they leave a job abruptly with no new role to go to? Why? Are they fickle? Lazy? Hard to get along with? Maybe they were sacked? These are[…..]

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30 Sep 2020

Latest Guidance: Should My Employees be Working from Home? – Guest blog by Lamb Brooks

Yesterday’s announcement from the Prime Minister saw a U-turn away from the government’s previous message of ‘getting office workers back into the workplace’ by announcing that those who can work from home, should return to doing so. For some workplaces, the decision had already been made that employees would continue to work remotely with no[…..]

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23 Sep 2020

What is Mental Health First Aid? – Guest Blog by Clare Davis, Director of Nova Associates

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[…..]