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10 Signs Your Employees Aren't the Right Fit For Their Jobs

10 Signs Your Employees Aren't the Right Fit For Their Jobs

12 November 2019

Hiring the right talent and helping those people thrive in their positions is one of the biggest challenges any leader, CEO, or founder has, especially since job hopping has become the norm. You not only need to find incredibly smart people, you also need to make sure they stick around, rather than jump to the next best thing around the corner.…

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3 Tips for Smart Business Growth

3 Tips for Smart Business Growth

12 November 2019

These tips can help your business fly sky-high ... without getting too close to the sun. The ancient Greeks warned about the tragic outcome of flying too high, too fast ever since they spun the tale of Icarus. Yet businesses like Forever 21, which recently filed for bankruptcy after rapid global expansion proved to be the wrong move, often jump…

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How to make better professional decisions

How to make better professional decisions

12 November 2019

Making important decisions is a fundamental part of any business leader’s role. Whether it’s determining how to better improve company policies or how to enhance an organisation’s profits, these decisions are never easy and can result in a number of repercussions. According to The Balance Careers, managers often face unstructured…

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It's difficult but necessary to get the best leaders

It's difficult but necessary to get the best leaders

12 November 2019

Getting the best people in leadership jobs continues to be the simplest and most effective way to fix a business. During my years as an HR executive I’ve had to review various local subsidiaries. Some of the lowest-performing market reviews felt painful. The business seemed mired in every sort of complication. Key metrics reviews translated…

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Is your office empty on a Friday?

Is your office empty on a Friday?

12 November 2019

Employers fear offices are too empty on the last day of the working week. But is blaming flexible working too simplistic? The email surprised employees with its strident tone. Sent by the HR team to the entire London staff of Starcom, one of the world’s largest media planning agencies, it expressed displeasure at how “noticeably…

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Half of UK adults plan to work past retirement, finds survey

Half of UK adults plan to work past retirement, finds survey

12 November 2019

Employers urged to offer more flexible options as older workers shun ‘cliff-edge’ retirement. Over half of adults are planning to carry on working in their retirement, a survey has found, as experts highlight the importance of employers giving workers control over how they chose to retire. The poll of 2,400 people in the UK, conducted…

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Should salary history questions be outlawed?

Should salary history questions be outlawed?

11 September 2019

Ending employers’ ability to ask candidates about their salary history could help tackle gender and ethnicity pay gaps, writes Jon Heuvel, but there are doubts over whether the law is really the best way of dealing with the issue. Cincinnati, Ohio, recently became the latest in a series of states and cities in the US to announce that it…

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Struggle to fill vacancies continues

Struggle to fill vacancies continues

11 September 2019

The struggle to recruit is still on. In fact, advertised vacancies increased by 4.2 percent year-on-year in Q1 2019, while job applications dropped by 4.8 percent. Contributor Lee Biggins, founder and CEO – CV-Library. The report, which compared data from Q1 2019 with the same period in 2018, also found that employers are attempting to pull…

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Four-day week popular with three-quarters of UK workers

Four-day week popular with three-quarters of UK workers

11 September 2019

While research shows employees are in favour of a four-day week and increased flexibility, most firms still only offer traditional working hours. Three-quarters (75%) of UK adults are in favour of a four-day working week, even if it means they have to squeeze their working hours into less days, according to research from Know Your Money. Almost…

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Pressure to cut pension inequality at top firms bears fruit

Pressure to cut pension inequality at top firms bears fruit

11 September 2019

Shareholder pressure has led 30 FTSE 100 companies to cut their pension payments for executives over the past year. Analysis of the 2019 AGM season by the Investment Association (IA) revealed what the body called “significant changes” including 17 companies committing to awarding new directors pension contributions in line with the…

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Poor recruitment processes can damage brands

Poor recruitment processes can damage brands

11 September 2019

Research into recruitment experiences has underlined the potential damage caused to brands by negative processes. These might include failure to provide feedback and to acknowledge receipt of the application. The research by Reed UK also found major discrepancies between candidate expectations and companies’ handling of the process.…

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Quarter of HR excluded from Boardroom decisions

Quarter of HR excluded from Boardroom decisions

4 July 2019

Despite the importance of HR departments, it seems HR professionals are being left out of strategic Boardroom meetings. This news comes after research released by HR recruitment specialist Reed HR, discovered that one in four HR professionals are not involved in key strategic business decisions. This has proven to be a concern as respondents…

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HR the worst function on data

HR the worst function on data

4 July 2019

HR and recruitment is the business function that's made the least progress in using data and insight to optimise and measure performance, according to business leaders Capita Resourcing's survey of 350 HR and recruitment specialists, 500 business leaders, and more than 2,000 employees, found that almost a quarter (24%) of business leaders cited HR…

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International expansion: three HR essentials that get overlooked

International expansion: three HR essentials that get overlooked

4 July 2019

With Brexit encouraging a growing number of organisations to establish themselves abroad, Ben Wright explores three people management challenges that are often ignored when companies expand quickly. Human capital management is an often expensive, time-consuming and complex challenge, but it becomes more difficult to manage when an organisation…

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L&D leaders ‘in the dark’ over lack of data

L&D leaders ‘in the dark’ over lack of data

4 July 2019

Learning professionals not collecting or making use of insights to inform content, says survey. L&D professionals are not utilising people analytics to make the most of their limited training resources, leaving them “in the dark” about how effective their learning strategies really are, according to a new study. A survey of…

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Employees struggle to find L&D opportunities effective, report finds

Employees struggle to find L&D opportunities effective, report finds

4 July 2019

Only 13% of employees believe the learning opportunities they’ve been given over the past year have been very effective, according to new research from Kineo, part of City & Guilds Group. It found that although four-fifths of UK employees it surveyed said their organisation had taken steps to improve their skillset over the past year,…

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Only 12 Percent of Employees Believe Their Companies Do a Great Job With Onboarding. Here Are 3 Ways to Make Your Process Better

Only 12 Percent of Employees Believe Their Companies Do a Great Job With Onboarding. Here Are 3 Ways to Make Your Process Better

4 July 2019

In today's competitive hiring market, your team needs an effective onboarding program in place -- or employees won't hesitate to seek opportunities elsewhere. Your team's onboarding process is critical to the success of your employees. Without effective onboarding, it will take longer for employees to get up to speed and drive profitability for…

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Half of AI investment decisions don’t involve HR departments

Half of AI investment decisions don’t involve HR departments

16 May 2019

CIPD report calls for function to be more active in strategic planning around automation – but says new technology can be good for jobs. The introduction of widespread artificial intelligence (AI) and automation will have a broadly positive impact on the quality and number of jobs, according to a new report by the CIPD and PA Consulting…

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Unemployment lowest since 1974 as candidate shortages bite

Unemployment lowest since 1974 as candidate shortages bite

16 May 2019

The unemployment rate in Britain has fallen to the lowest rate since 1974, with just over a third of those joining the workforce in the last year coming from outside the EU. According to the Office for National Statistics, the rate of unemployment for the three months between January and March 2019 was 3.8%, which was last the case in late 1974.…

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21% of employees quit jobs because they don’t feel valued, research reveals

21% of employees quit jobs because they don’t feel valued, research reveals

16 May 2019

More than a quarter of British workers (27%) have lied to their bosses when they leave their job – and that figure rises to 40% for younger workers (aged 18 to 34), 36% for LGBT workers, 37% for those from an ethnic minority background and 43 per cent for workers with a long-term health condition. New research released today by Michael Page…

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Formal bonuses overrated in motivating staff

Formal bonuses overrated in motivating staff

16 May 2019

Allowing managers to use their discretion when allocating bonuses can help motivate staff, research has found. Researchers at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, examined how employees respond to managers using discretion to decide how much bonus to award them. The study focused on actual bonuses given to office workers at a UK…

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Everything HR Needs to Know About Experience Management (XM)

Everything HR Needs to Know About Experience Management (XM)

16 May 2019

We talk about experiences a lot. Some of the experiences that immediately come to mind are the candidate experience, employee experience, and the customer experience. But I must admit when I think about these experiences, I lean toward the feeling that the person might have, versus data. While an individual’s feelings about an experience are…

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Most employers say they have no problem retaining EU staff

Most employers say they have no problem retaining EU staff

16 May 2019

Survey belays fears of a Brexit ‘exodus’ of workers, but businesses still uncertain about future access to talent More than half of UK businesses say they have not experienced any difficulties retaining European staff since the decision to leave the EU, a survey has found, a finding that may help allay concerns Brexit would lead to an…

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Recruitment process outsourcing: the future is ‘total talent’

Recruitment process outsourcing: the future is ‘total talent’

11 March 2019

Employers are battling economic uncertainty but still struggle to source much-needed skills. In such a volatile jobs market, what role does recruitment process outsourcing have in workforce planning and hiring strategies? Jo Faragher investigates. “In 2019, there’s a whole different raft of things in play in the RPO market,”…

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3 Digital Strategies for Companies That Have Fallen Behind

3 Digital Strategies for Companies That Have Fallen Behind

11 March 2019

You’d think by now that digital technology would be a central part of almost every business’s strategy. Yet, our latest research, based on results of a McKinsey global survey of companies across sectors and geographies, finds that only a minority of companies is fully embracing digital today: in only 15% of firms are digital…

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Government to British business: Not enough being done to improve cyber security awareness

Government to British business: Not enough being done to improve cyber security awareness

11 March 2019

84 per cent of the boards of UK's biggest companies don't fully understand the impact of a cyber-attack on their businesses. Only 16 per cent of the boards of UK's FTSE 350 companies have a sound understanding of the potential impact that a cyber-attack could have on their organisation, the Government's Cyber Governance Health Check 2018 has…

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The evolving CFO: bringing finance into a new age

The evolving CFO: bringing finance into a new age

11 March 2019

The CFO who can find creative ways of boosting profit and minimising waste will be worth their weight in gold, says Neil Robertson, CEO of Compleat Software. The role of the CFO has not always been viewed as a business-enabling position, simply because it so often requires the unglamorous work of budget-setting and financial risk analysis. And…

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Invenias Research Shows Role Of Executive Search In Driving Diversity

Invenias Research Shows Role Of Executive Search In Driving Diversity

11 March 2019

As organisations seek a diversified workforce, Invenias, part of the Bullhorn group of companies, has asked what role executive search firms play in driving greater diversity in recruitment. In partnership with MIX Diversity Developers, a boutique consultancy firm specialising in diversity and inclusion (D&I), Invenias have undertaken a…

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Five tips for creating a gender-balanced workplace

Five tips for creating a gender-balanced workplace

11 March 2019

‘Balance for Better’ is the chosen theme of this year’s International Women’s Day and organisations may choose to utilise this to create a greater gender balance in their workplace. By now most employers should hopefully understand that it is unlawful to pay women less than men working in the same position. However, there…

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Novo launch new partnership with City CV

Novo launch new partnership with City CV

11 March 2019

We are delighted to be partnering with City CV, award-winning career consultancy, to offer our clients outstanding professional outplacement support. Their outplacement programmes empower exiting employees to identify, target and secure their next role. City CV offer professionally written executive CVs, LinkedIn profiles, executive interview…

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Continuing to develop our client base within the mid-tier accountancy market

Continuing to develop our client base within the mid-tier accountancy market

20 February 2019

2018 proved to be Novo’s busiest year working with top 100 accountancy firms. Our dedicated team ensures the appointment of the best possible directors and partners for leading regional and national firms. “As is to be expected, the demand for senior tax specialists is extremely high nationwide and represented a significant proportion…

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A strong start to 2019 in the legal executive search marketplace for Novo Executive Search

A strong start to 2019 in the legal executive search marketplace for Novo Executive Search

19 February 2019

Over the last 12 months Novo Executive Search’s Legal Division has gone from strength to strength. We work with solicitors throughout the UK on a broad variety of successful retained search assignments in the Legal sector. Throughout January and February 2019 this activity has continued as Novo Executive Search have won more retained search…

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Karen Rothery appointed as CEO of LCCC

Karen Rothery appointed as CEO of LCCC

30 January 2019

novo assists LCCC to appoint its new ceo.                                                                                     …

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Nine New Year’s resolutions for HR

Nine New Year’s resolutions for HR

16 January 2019

You may be eating more healthily, exercising more or doing dry January, but for HR professionals returning to work, legal developments over the past year could prompt a number of employment-related New Year’s resolutions. Charles Wynn-Evans provides nine resolutions that might prompt a change in policy or behaviour. 1. Checking that…

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Recruitment difficulties reach record levels

Recruitment difficulties reach record levels

16 January 2019

Eighty-one per cent of manufacturers found it difficult to find the right staff. The UK’s largest private sector survey of business sentiment has revealed that companies are finding it harder than ever to recruit the right staff. Four out of five (81%) manufacturers that tried to recruit in the final quarter of 2018 reported recruitment…

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Want More Productive Employees?

Want More Productive Employees?

16 January 2019

Match their work schedules to their internal clocks. It can also improve health, well-being, and longevity. Do you want your employees to be more productive--and also happier and healthier? Of course you do. It turns out one simple change to your company's workday is a surprisingly powerful way to make that happen: Schedule people's work times to…

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Which HR metrics will matter in 2019?

Which HR metrics will matter in 2019?

16 January 2019

With data and analytics still at the top of the HR agenda for 2019, which are the key metrics HR should be measuring? New analysis from XpertHR Benchmarking reveals the data points HR should be focusing on. It is essential that HR identifies, measures and monitors the people metrics that can have the biggest impact on the organisation. Analysis of…

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The five biggest HR learnings from 2018

The five biggest HR learnings from 2018

16 January 2019

As we enter a new year it's a good opportunity to assess what we've learned and where to go next 1. The gender pay gap is real It would be impossible to reflect on 2018 without acknowledging the gender pay gap reporting movement. Never before has the extent of UK pay differences between men and women been exposed. But concrete action is now…

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Working with tech suppliers on GDPR compliance

Working with tech suppliers on GDPR compliance

16 January 2019

HR will need to work closely with tech suppliers long into the future to protect employee data and all involved parties Ah, remember the heady days of May, when Harry and Meghan tied the knot and our inboxes groaned from the assault of the GDPR-related messages? Happy times! This hasn’t just sparked a remuneration debate though. Questions…

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WHY IS AN EXCEPTIONAL EXECUTIVE VITAL TO BRAND SUCCESS?

WHY IS AN EXCEPTIONAL EXECUTIVE VITAL TO BRAND SUCCESS?

13 November 2018

The goal of this article is to highlight how the role of an executive impacts organisational productivity and enhances brand awareness. We'll explore various challenges associated with recruiting a top-tier executive, cover a few tips for knowing what to look for when recruiting top-level talent for your leadership team, and finally, discuss…

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HALF OF YOUR EMPLOYEES THINK THEY'RE UNDERPAID—HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

HALF OF YOUR EMPLOYEES THINK THEY'RE UNDERPAID—HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

13 November 2018

Do you pay your employees fairly? Of course! You did your research when making salary offers, you award regular cost of living raises and you pay for their overtime work. Still, according to a recent study by Robert Half, 46 percent of employees feel that they are underpaid. This, of course, doesn't necessarily indicate the truth about salary,…

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HRs fulfilled by careers but fear skills mismatch

HRs fulfilled by careers but fear skills mismatch

13 November 2018

Many HR practitioners feel their current skillset doesn’t match the demands of their role, according to research by the CIPD Its survey of almost 1,000 HR, L&D and OD professionals across the UK and Ireland found that only 38% feel they have the skills to cope with more challenging duties, and 16% said they lack the skills required for…

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Are you keeping up with pension communication challenges?

Are you keeping up with pension communication challenges?

13 November 2018

When it comes to planning for their financial futures employees need all the information, support and guidance they can get The challenge for employers is providing easily-accessible information about complex issues in a simple and conversational way. Pensions are complicated. They are often tricky to comprehend for professionals let alone the…

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UK must improve support for older workers or face talent shortage, says research

UK must improve support for older workers or face talent shortage, says research

13 November 2018

Experts warn of a ‘waste of expertise’ if businesses fail to engage with ageing workforce. UK businesses could face a shortage of up to three million workers in the coming decade if they fail to adequately support older workers, according to new research from Aviva. The analysis used new data from the Office for National Statistics…

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Set Your Voice Free

Set Your Voice Free

13 November 2018

The fact is, work without passion and a sense of fun creates a level of unease amongst leaders and their workforces. In turn, this apprehension can manifest and lead to more serious personal issues such as anxiety, stress and depression. The knock-on effect is a demotivated, unproductive and unhappy team. Too many young people today are working…

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Stratford Town Trust appoints new Chief Executive

25 October 2018

Due to Novo’s significant experience and networks within the executive search charity marketplace we were awarded the opportunity to work with The Stratford Town Trust in the Summer of 2018 to appoint a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Through a combination of targeted charity sector executive search headhunting and comprehensive…

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UK HR MANAGERS UNDER-PREPARED FOR NO-DEAL BREXIT

UK HR MANAGERS UNDER-PREPARED FOR NO-DEAL BREXIT

18 September 2018

More than two-thirds of HR managers believe that UK voters would opt to stay in the EU if there were another referendum, but only just over a fifth are prepared for a no-deal Brexit. Brexit These were the findings of a survey of 24,500 UK HR managers by the Federation of International Employers (FedEE), which revealed that, despite the increased…

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FOUR IN FIVE EMPLOYEES LACK SKILLS FOR THEIR FUTURE ROLE

FOUR IN FIVE EMPLOYEES LACK SKILLS FOR THEIR FUTURE ROLE

18 September 2018

Eighty per cent of employees do not have the skills needed for their current and future roles according to research published today by Gartner. Most organisations are undergoing a digital transformation that directly impacts how they do business, yet 70%of employees have not mastered the skills they need for their jobs today. Analysts are…

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EMPLOYERS BELIEVE HUMAN TOUCH STILL IMPORTANT IN RECRUITMENT

EMPLOYERS BELIEVE HUMAN TOUCH STILL IMPORTANT IN RECRUITMENT

18 September 2018

Employers are increasingly using HR technology to help attract and hire the best talent. Despite the widespread adoption of these tools, many businesses leaders indicate they still want a human touch for critical moments during the recruitment process, according to a report. Michel Stokvis, Managing Director – Randstad Sourceright. Based on…

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RECRUITING AND RETAINING TOP TALENT REMAINS BIGGEST HR CHALLENGE

RECRUITING AND RETAINING TOP TALENT REMAINS BIGGEST HR CHALLENGE

18 September 2018

In an environment plagued by skills shortages, finding and retaining talent remains the biggest HR challenge in 2018:  half (51 percent) of HR managers say they struggle to find people with the right skills to do the job, according to a new survey. Contributor Amrit Saroya, Head of Professional Development – AXELOS. Adding to the…

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