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How has construction output been affected by the EU referendum?

Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a decline in construction output.  Here, we take a look at what effect the EU referendum has had on this and how the industry expects the decline in output to affect employment. Breakdown of the data   One encouraging piece of information came in the knowledge that in the…
Published: 16/09/2016

Psychometric Tests: Are They Beneficial to Recruitment?

Quick question; do you use psychometric testing when recruiting? Yes? Well, have you ever stopped to think WHY you use psychometric testing when recruiting? Although the recruitment process has always relied heavily on CVs and job interviews, aptitude and personality tests have remained just as ever-present amongst three-quarters of employers. In…
Published: 13/09/2016

5 Tips For Keeping Your Employees Fit

Have you ever considered what impact your working environment is having on the health and fitness of employees? The combination of stress, convenience eating and hours spent stationary can have long term effects on both your staff and your business. If you want to improve the wellbeing of your workforce, here are 5 tips for keeping your employees fit -…
Published: 09/09/2016

FMB Survey reveals encouraging post-Brexit signs for SME house builders

A survey from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has shown the majority of house builders have not been affected in the wake of the EU Referendum.  The survey, which asked more than 100 SME house builders in England about their situation since the country voted to leave the EU in June, resulted in almost 69% saying their decisions have yet to…
Published: 07/09/2016

Health and Safety Fails: the 'seriously unsafe' safety mask

Do you remember when you were a kid? Back when you would use your child-like creativity to pretend a toilet roll was a rocket ship, or a washing line was a zip wire for your Action Man? Well this week's tool appears to have reimagined the humble plastic bucket as a stand-in safety mask.  It takes no Einstein to work out why this is a no-no when it…
Published: 07/09/2016

Automation Nation Part 1: Why Your Job Isn't Safe

James Cameron's vision of the future in his 1984 classic, The Terminator, portrayed a rather harrowing world where a bed of skulls lay beneath the tread of cyborgs. Lasers lit up the polluted skies, playgrounds were vaporised, and humans were brown bread. That year was 2029. Here we are in 2016 (some 13 years shy) and already the machines are taking…
Published: 18/08/2016

How Can Social Media Benefit SMEs?

With 271 million Twitter users, 1.2 billion Facebook users and 300 million LinkedIn accounts, it's safe to say that social media is a powerful tool for business as well as personal use. Despite this, there are small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are unsure of its importance.  We're here to tell you that, on the contrary, using social media…
Published: 01/08/2016

Remote Working: Could You Be a Digital Nomad?

I don't know about you, but for me the term 'remote working' evokes the image of being on a beach in Fiji - complete with cocktail, laptop and one hell of a Wi-Fi signal. The reality of remote working is actually much less exciting, but still very appealing. In a world where employees want to have a greater work / life balance, we take a comprehensive…
Published: 25/07/2016

How can HR avoid being the weakest link?

The Human Resources (HR) department has long proven its importance in the workplace, so it's perhaps surprising to hear that many quarters fail to recognise how instrumental it can be to the success of a business. Contrary to this, HR departments and staff carry out a number of functions that are crucial to any workplace. What can be done then, to…
Published: 19/07/2016

Incentives Staff Love: Discover the Perks That Work

Depending on the company you work for, the concept of staff perks may or may not be foreign to your ears. But incentivising employees to give their best can actually be a cost-effective way to improve motivation and productivity within your workforce. With this in mind, we look at the perks that work, the ones that don't, and why this is. "Where bees…
Published: 12/07/2016

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