Making Homeworking Work

Homeworking during COVID-19 has become commonplace and flexible working looks like it may become a regular feature of many companies as we emerge from lockdown. But is it working as well as it can for you, your employees and your company? The blurring of lines between work and home life has caused difficulties for many of us that we have had to work hard to get around. At work, requests from colleagues, attending meetings or conversations with co-workers may interrupt your concentration, but at home, kids, deliveries or even pets provide added distractions. That said, recent research by Flexjobs has …

Out of Hours or Out of Order?

Dan Marshall, Group CEO, 12th June 2020 When my wife and I established our company, our son was 5 weeks old. Admittedly, not the best time to start a brand-new venture, with all the energy and effort that would be needed to get it off the ground. But we were young and enthusiastic, eager to offer the best service to our Clients and keen to prove that recruitment companies could be a valuable business partner. Despite the pressures of having a young baby, we threw everything we had at it. I would pick day shift Workers up from home at …

Into the Light

Karen Blondel, Branch Director, Bralin Recruitment. Thursday 14th May, 2020 Well, there we all were, listening intently to Boris giving his daily briefings at 5pm feeling like we were living through the war and then BAM! The thing that has been talked about and hailed as the way forward for years (but hadn’t truly gained significant traction) had literally just been forced upon us all – working from home! So, we gathered together our bits and bobs from the office – laptops, files, even post-it notes! – and headed for the hills within hours. And then the reality of homeworking …

Bad Experience with Recruitment Agencies

Dan Marshall, CEO, Absolute Solutions Group Tuesday 5th May, 2020 Have you ever eaten in a really bad restaurant? Given that there are more than 26,000 restaurants across the country to choose from, not all of them are going to be good; so chances are, you have. Forgive me for the rambling story that follows, but bear with me, because it does have a point… I remember, several years ago, I was in New York for a long weekend with my wife, Jessica. After a three-hour delay at Manchester followed by an eight-hour flight, bedraggled and jetlagged, we arrived at …

Face-to-face Interviews in the New Decade?

By Karen Blondel, Branch Director, Bralin Recruitment As we take our first tentative steps into the new decade, I’ve been looking back on the last ten years, considering the changes that have  taken place and the technological advances we have achieved that, more and more, have begun to shape the world around us. Artificial Intelligence, fibre optic high-speed internet, satellite technology, the evolution of smartphone technology and the quality of personal computing has changed our live in so many ways. But is this always for the best? In the ever-evolving world of Recruitment, the impact of technology has been colossal. …