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Communication skills – Bring back “The ‘Phone”

I was recently meeting a young school leaver to help give advice.   They had worked for a short time in an office administration role but had not succeeded as they did not like using the telephone to actually ‘speak’ with people as “everyone our age just uses social media, no one uses the phone to speak”. Actually this is a common observation by employers, not… Communication skills – Bring back “The ‘Phone”

Why is an employee handbook so important?

An employee handbook is a document that contains a company's policies and procedures that are expected to be followed in the workplace. It is a valuable resource and reference point for all members of staff and management. It is usually delivered to an employee on or ahead of their first day of employment and complements the employment contract and terms and conditions. Employee… Why is an employee handbook so important?

“If you really want to do something you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

I received an email from someone asking about their chances of having a complete change in career direction. I think like many people, they have had the time (really had the time!) during lockdown to look at the job they are doing and realised it is not really what they want, or it may be they are faced head on with the loss of their job or the prospect that redundancy might just be around the… “If you really want to do something you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn

How to handle handing in your notice

So you have done some of the hard work by compiling your CV and covering letter correctly, being invited to interview and successfully being offered your ‘dream job’. But, there is still work to do, namely handing in your notice. This can be a daunting process for some people, do you do it verbally or in writing? Either way, what are you meant to say? You need to prepare for this… How to handle handing in your notice

Determination, communication and a sense of humour – surviving recruitment during lockdown

Determination, communication and a sense of humour – surviving recruitment during lockdown With the exception of a few industries which have always been conducive to remote working, I can’t think of many companies worldwide who have not had to make dramatic changes to continue their business functions where possible; and those folks who have always been working from home were suddenly faced… Determination, communication and a sense of humour – surviving recruitment during lockdown

Disrupting the Norm by Stepping out of your Comfort Zone

Last August I was introduced via a friend to a new business contact. At the time I thought I was going to bag myself a free ticket to an HR event in Jersey… little did I know where that introduction was going to end! I never actually made it to the event in Jersey, however, a month or so later, I found myself invited to be part of the Guernsey version of that same event. I initially thought I… Disrupting the Norm by Stepping out of your Comfort Zone

Traditional Office?

On social media there is a lot of discussion around the ‘traditional office’ format, remember the one you had back in February?! We’re all adapting to this current ‘new normal’. Anyone who can, is working from home and that’s getting people thinking about their traditional office space, running costs, rents etc. The situation thrust upon us shows many businesses can carry on virtually… Traditional Office?

Take a closer look...

Not sure about anyone else, but I really needed the long weekend to just ‘try’ and forget about everything going on locally and globally. We walked every day as a family, exploring the area around where we live. I ran with my 6 year old, who is now faster than me, and we spent huge amount of time together, at home remembering what is really important to us. The time over the weekend made me… Take a closer look...

A day in the life- working from home: Vicki

So many of us have had to adapt our working lives over the past few weeks and some of us are in a fortunate position where we can continue to work. Only now, we are based in our own homes. Working from home is not new to me.  Before joining leapfrog I worked remotely, sometimes in my clients offices but a large proportion of the time was from home, so I guess you could say I am a seasoned… A day in the life- working from home: Vicki

Routine, smoothies and soup

I consider myself one of the lucky ones. I have a job where I can work from home. There are many others with no job, no work and no pay and I am fully conscious of that as I write this. My brain needs routine. Don’t get me wrong, I can do random, I can do spontaneity but I do need structure, unless that one rainy day comes along and I can lie in until bed time… I found myself in week one… Routine, smoothies and soup

Careful focus and small joys

Social Distancing and Working From Home. In theory, neither or these topics filled me with fear or trepidation when they first surfaced. To be perfectly honest; I was kind of looking forward to the mandated home time. While I’m comfortable being a people person, I’m far more comfortable being a book or music person, with limited social obligation. And then came lockdown. Ultimately, it’s… Careful focus and small joys

Got a moment? Quick question - When is the last time you updated your CV?

When you applied for your current job? How long ago was that? 2 years? 5 years? In my case 19 years! As I was writing this I thought I would do as I preach – seems I have taken on a lot more than what was on my initial job spec and added a few more strings and achievements to my bow than I realised! Updating your cv does not have to mean you are looking for a new job, it can mean you are ready…

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