Probation Period

How much faith are you willing to invest in someone joining your business?  Have you thought about the impact that a probation clause can have on someone’s likelihood to join a business?  It can be a lot bigger than you might think.  Visualise this; you’ve been through a lengthy, thorough interview process.  Your preferred candidate has met

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Own it

Who owns the business that you want to work for?  Does it matter?  The ownership structure of a business can tell you a lot about how the business is run, how the business is governed, who is making decisions and what your prospects may be.  At the very least investigating this will give you some useful insight

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Who is calling the shots? 

Who owns the business you work for? Who’s on the board? What are their backgrounds and their track records? How do they run businesses and how have they exited businesses previously? Who or what is the driving force behind decision making and do you know who they are?  Who is calling the shots?  When considering

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Moving the goal posts

You’ve gone through the entire search process, the market has been mapped, the long list whittled down to a shortlist, you and your colleagues have invested hours in interviewing the best people in the market for your role and you’ve identified the ideal person.  You present the offer. You present the contract.  The candidate turns

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Accolades

Which accolades does your business have? Which accolades is your business known for? Often businesses celebrate their achievements internally but not externally. Maybe this is because of humble leaders that don’t want to shout about something they deem ‘a step in the right direction’ but nothing more. Maybe this is because a constant striving for

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Sleeping Giants

 You work for one of the most successful businesses in its field.  The business is a specialist operator and this has seen it grow and grow and grow.  Now it’s time to diversify into other sectors and services to continue this growth.  It’s a forward thinking organisation and when hiring you are happy to consider candidates from different industries and sectors who can

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Better Opportunities? 

A key member of your team has just resigned stating ‘a better opportunity’ as their reasoning. You’re gutted, disappointed, frustrated, maybe even understanding.  But regardless of your feelings, it would have been better if they weren’t leaving. They brought a huge amount of value to the team and now another business is going to benefit from that

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Social Media – Like it, love it or hate it

Are people aware of your business?  Do they know the brand? Do they know what services/solutions/products you provide? Do they know your company values or have an insight into your culture, the things you’ve achieved and your plans for the future?  You may ask the questions; ‘why would they?’ or ‘why should they?’. The answers are closely linked. Your company’s

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