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The wonder of women

– My inspirational week   Last week was incredibly inspirational for me, and not only because Sunday was International Women’s Day. I spent Tuesday and Wednesday attending a Mental Health First Aid course in Basingstoke, courtesy of Neil Perry Mental Health. It was noticeable that all delegates were women and I hope future events attract[…..]

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Don’t take the Men-o-pause literally – women over 50 can add real value to your business!

According to the CIPD report, women over the age of 50 are the fastest growing segment of the workforce.  So, why do so many suffer from age discrimination?  Possibly it’s to do with the common, but sometimes misunderstood symptoms that affect lots of women between the ages of 45-55, including hot flushes, headaches, aches and[…..]

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Simply having a wonderful Christmas time? Festivities at work, unwrapped

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As a recruitment agency in Basingstoke, we love to meet up with other local businesses to build relationships and discuss current topics that affect us all. During our latest peer group discussion, the conversation soon turned towards the issues that can arise at Christmas… Professional party-goers Work Christmas parties are the ideal opportunity to celebrate[…..]

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Work Experience – why we all need to be bothered……..

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Last year we sponsored the “Business Involved in Work Experience” award with Basingstoke Consortium, a charity that works with young people, helping to give them the motivation, self-confidence, attitudes and skills for adult life. It’s made me think about how valuable work experience is at all ages, let alone those entering the world of work[…..]

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Would you settle for less?

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As an independent supplier of Temporary Workers, Wote St Employment Bureau finds cash flow pivotal to our company’s well-being. It’s one of the reasons that our terms for supplying temps are just 14 days. We have a legal obligation to pay our temps on time and why shouldn’t we; they are a valuable resource and[…..]

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VIOLENT RESPONSES TO LAWFUL INSTRUCTIONS

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 In Weddall v Barchester Healthcare Ltd and Wallbank v Wallbank Fox Designs Ltd (heard together) the Court of Appeal tried to distinguish between when it can, and  when it cannot, find an employer vicariously liable for the violent responses of an employee to lawful instructions given by a senior employee. Weddall v Barchester Healthcare Ltd[…..]

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Part Time Workers and Discretionary Holidays

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Part-time workers and discretionary holidays Over the Christmas and New Year periods, many employers closed early on Christmas eve or New Year’s eve, essentially giving the employees who were working those days extra “free” holiday. However, what happens to part-time workers who are not working on these days? Similarly, what happens to parttime workers who[…..]

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“Common sense, common safety – progress report”

The Department for Work and Pensions has published a report on the progress of health and safety reforms recommended by Lord Young in October 2010. The following are examples of steps already taken In response to the call for risk assessments to be simplified for low hazard workplaces, the HSE has set up on its[…..]

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Organising a team-building event for your employees this year…. then read on

The case of Reynolds v Strutt & Parker LLP (2011) is a tragic case in which an employee of Strutt & Parker (SP) sustained serious brain injuries in a cycling race organised by his employers as part of a work event. Two partners from SP had organised an afternoon of events for employees at a[…..]

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16 Dec 2021

Adult Mental Health Awareness in the workplace

The pandemic and the ever-changing rules for restrictions and lockdowns will have impacted the wellbeing and mental health of your staff. People have had to adapt to new ways of shopping, meeting up with loved ones and working in the last 18 months. It can be hard to cope with change at the best of[…..]

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14 Dec 2021

Employee Christmas gifts boost staff morale

The festive season is upon us, have you organised gifts for your employees? A survey conducted by Black Hawk Network found that 88% of employees would like a gift from their employer, while almost half (46%) don’t expect to receive anything this holiday season. Season of Goodwill? Thoughtful gifts are great for improving employee morale,[…..]

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09 Nov 2021

Do I want a new job or is it time to negotiate?

The pandemic gave people the chance to take stock of their working lives and evaluate new priorities such as remote working, flexible or part time hours and mental health. ‘The Great Resignation’ has seen employees worldwide leave unsatisfying working conditions, with some having a total change of direction of their career path.  A lack of[…..]

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17 Oct 2021

Opening minds and opening doors: the benefits of outplacement service after furlough

The UK Government Coronavirus Job Retention scheme ended on 30 September 2021 and organisations across the country will be deciding which roles are now redundant. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (Niesr) predicts that 150,000 employees will be affected the end of the furlough scheme. The employees could benefit from support like outplacement[…..]

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23 Sep 2021

Investing in candidates in the long term: A success story

Anthony has been on the books of Wote Street People, a recruitment agency in Basingstoke, for over 12 years. We’ve placed him in temporary jobs, permanent jobs, and he’s found jobs himself…but he always comes back to us. By telling his story, we hope other candidates will be able to see how much we invest[…..]