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To have and to hold  why you need to be smart to beat the recruitment crisis
To have and to hold why you need to be smart to beat the recruitment crisis

Were living through a recruitment crisis.nnTake this piece of evidence, for example. A new survey suggests almost one in five of us are looking to change jobs this year.nnThe survey for accounting firm PwC says that 18 per cent of those questioned hoped to change roles in the next 12 months, whilst 60 per cent said they would prefer to work fully, or mostly at home.

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Why mistakes are stepping stones on the way to success
Why mistakes are stepping stones on the way to success

We learn from our mistakes.

Its one of the first things we are taught as children. We do something bad and, if we are lucky, our understanding elders will point out the errors of our ways and explain where we went wrong.

Its the way we learn to negotiate the world, and, without a few errors, wed learn precious little.

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Lessons to learn from P&O crisis
Lessons to learn from P&O crisis

You might think theres not much that ordinary companies can learn from the terrible way that redundancies at shipping giant P&O were handled.

After all, very few companies are of the size and scale of the ferry operator or find themselves in a similar position.

To jog your memories, P&O made national headlines for all the wrong reasons when it laid off 800 employees without any consultation and replaced them with new, cheaper labour.

Peter Hebblethwaite, CEO of P&O Ferries, even admitted to a committee of MPs that the firm broke UK law when it failed to consult with unions.

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How to manage a poor manager
How to manage a poor manager

Theres nothing worse for any business than having a bad manager in place.

Its easily done.

You promote somebody because they have done a good job up until that point, seem to have all the qualities you are looking for and are keen and ambitious. Or you bring in an outsider based on their CV and the way they performed in interview.

But then things start to go off the rails. It might be that your new manager is not communicating properly, is suffering with the pressure of the new role or has failed to earn the trust of his team. Whatever, the result is a dip in morale and productivity and staff turnover starts to rise.

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COP26  Key lessons for businesses
COP26 Key lessons for businesses

The COP26 conference at the end of last year holds some important lessons for business.

Yes, many of them are wrapped up in how we must all change our habits, move to sustainable and renewable energy models and start to prioritise the environment in every aspect of our business life.

But there were also wider lessons for those seeking to retain and recruit the best staff in the middle of an ongoing recruitment crisis.

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