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Blue Monday: Tackling mental health in the workplace

It’s Blue Monday – otherwise known as the most depressing day of the year. Why? That gloomy January weather, the return to normality after the festive period and intensified financial pressures all have their part to play. It’s little wonder then that many of us can be left feeling… well,…

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Minding the gap: How will the Autumn Budget affect the employment market?

It’s been almost two weeks since the publication of the Autumn Budget – but what does it really mean for the employment market? With Brexit on the horizon – sorry, didn’t really want to mention it, but needs must – and an economic tomorrow that’s more than a little uncertain, we’ve…

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Don’t let your recruitment go into hibernation over winter

As the winter nights draw in and we begin the seasonal change to winter, where the mornings stay darker and by the time we leave work, night has already fallen. Everybody seems to be slowing down but that doesn’t mean that your recruitment efforts should freeze. At this time of…

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Human Resources Industry Report 2016

The Blue Octopus Human Resources Industry Report has been pulled together to give HR professionals a clear understanding of their industry and to provide helpful, insider information to keep them ahead of the competition.

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Best Recruitment Practices: Focus on Employee Life Stages

This article has been written by Luke Rees on behalf of Thymometrics, a leading global supplier of always-on, real-time employee engagement surveys. The deputy chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Caroline Waters, has recently put out a statement urging recruiters to change the way they do business.…

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Why choose a career in HR

Out all of the roles that exist in a standard workplace, HR is among the least understood. What do human resources professionals actually do? What are they good at? And what does it take to work in an HR department? Here are just some of the reasons you might well…

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Where is recruitment going in 2015?

We may be only a few weeks into 2015, but already some trends for the year are becoming clear. If you can recognise what the near future holds in the online recruitment industry, you can refine your hiring strategy to meet it. To help our clients stay ahead, we've asked…

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Why the Grinch would be a HR nightmare!

Chances are that by now, your workplace has entered fully into the Christmas spirit. It’s also around this time of year that you’ll notice if you’ve hired someone in the past twelve months who’s a bit of a grumbler. Do they do nothing but moan and complain and frown? Do…

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5 things you should never say to your colleagues

Most of us like to think of our places of work as a place where we can speak freely. That said however, there are certain phrases and topics that are off limits in a professional environment. Things that you might say in a social context don’t always belong at work,…

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