Pedestrians during rush hour

For many of us, the commute to work takes up a large portion of the day and has an impact on our mood and productivity! A late train or a crash on the motorway can really set you off to a bad start, while a quick and enjoyable journey into work can make you feel positive and motivated!

So, what are the perks and pitfalls of the most popular commuting options? Let's take a look at some of the most significant aspects of the commute and put public transport and cars head-to-head to see what comes out on top.

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Price

When you're making a journey twice a day, five days a week, you want to know you're getting some bang for your buck. When you add it all up, learning to drive, buying a car, filling it with petrol and forking out for maintenance is likely to cost you more in the long run.

There are a range of discounts available for public transport users, especially if they use season tickets, buy in advance or use a railcard. The costs for public transport users are fairly straight forward in comparison to a typical driver, so in this round public transport wins!

London commuters during rush hour

People

If you've ever graced your local bus or train station, you'll know they can be chaotic at the best of times - never mind during rush hour! For some, the hustle and bustle is a welcome bit of excitement, while for others, the large crowds coupled with the unpredictability of public transport can be completely overwhelming.

When you drive your own car, you can avoid the awkward conversations on the platform, enjoy a bit of peace and quiet or offer a lift to a colleague if you do fancy a bit of company on your way to and from work.

Having your own car gives you freedom pick and choose who you want to travel with, so we'll give this one to car drivers.

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Activities

One of the benefits of choosing public transport is the additional time to you during your day for activities! Without having to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road, you can use your commute time to your advantage. Some popular public transport activities include:

  • Reading a book
  • Ordering shopping online
  • Learning a new language

Thanks to aux cables and Bluetooth connections in cars, you can listen to a podcast or your favourite radio show while you commute, but there really are limits to what you can do. So, for that reason, public transport wins this round!

Driving to work by car

Environment

Traditionally, public transport options are more eco-friendly than personal transport and it's clear to see why. One vehicle like a train or bus can carry a number of people to their desired location at once! If all of those individual people drove their own cars to work, they'd use more petrol & produce more emissions.

That being said, the gap between the environmental impact of cars and public transport is starting to close. With more and more electric vehicles on the road, we might be seeing a shift towards more eco-friendly commutes on the roads. With that in mind, we'll have to call this one a tie!

Hopefully, this has helped you decide whether you should travel to work using public transport or by car. If you're someone that doesn't currently have a commute... browse our current job vacancies!

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Job hunting

'Twas the build-up to Christmas and all 'cross the nation, jobseekers everywhere grow mad with frustration...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas throughout the UK, as houses glow bright with sparkly decorations and the airwaves once again become flooded with festive tunes.

With that, offices and workplaces around the country are also beginning to gear up for the holiday, as eager eyes focus on the well-deserved Christmas break on the impending horizon.

Unfortunately for job hunters, this joyous noel can result in a less joyous no-reply for job applications, as hiring trends and recruitment activities often get put on hold until the new year.

That being said, it's important to remember that, while Christmas is undoubtedly a time of giving, it's definitely not a time for giving up.

In fact, Christmas can be the perfect opportunity to get ahead of the January/February boom period...

 

Why Job Hunt Over Christmas?

As alluded to above, the new year is often the most popular time for recruitment as candidates and companies refocus their attention on finding work and finding workers respectively.

That being said, there's definitely a sizeable upside to job hunting at Christmas and numerous benefits to sending off job applications during the festive season.

 

Less Competition

While there may be less emphasis on hiring during the tail-end of the year, waiting for the January boom period to apply for vacancies can cause you to get lost in the shuffle.

Increased competition from other applicants also applying during the new year means that, by waiting until January, you are effectively increasing your chances of slipping by unnoticed.

Think of it as doing the weekly grocery shop during peak times on a Saturday. Congested aisles can lead you to miss some great deals and overlook some quality products - the same principle applies to recruitment.

 

More Vacancies

In addition to being a better time to apply in terms of getting a leg up on the competition, the Christmas period can also present an increase in the number of job vacancies as well.

It's not unusual for people leaving their jobs to finish up their roles in the run-up to Christmastime, as a means of extending their Christmas break. As a result, there can often be a spike in vacancies prior to the Christmas break.

Getting in early on these vacancies could prove fruitful as many jobs will include a condition on their job ad noting they reserve the right to close the ad early, should they find the right person for the job.

 

Budget Deadlines

 

For companies working with an annual budget, the end of the calendar year can often leave employers with a pot of change left over before the year is out.

In order to avoid budget cuts the following year, a "use it or lose it" mentality can take over and such businesses will move to spend their allotted hiring funds prior to New Year's Day.

Should the stars align, this enhanced focus on recruitment can be the perfect way to help you find your very own Christmas miracle in the form of securing a new job.

 

Temporary Work

Job hunting over Christmas doesn't always mean applying for the role of your dreams or the next logical step in your career development.

For some, finding a job can be as simple as finding ANY job, especially if such a search comes after an unfortunate lay-off or unforeseen restructure.

As such, it may be worth taking advantage of the numerous Christmas jobs available during this festive period.

While they may not present a comparable salary or an in-road to the next step on your career path, it will help you to cope financially.

Meanwhile, who's to say your Christmas job won't take a life of its own and develop into a career long after the festive season is over?

 

So, there you have it: don't just sit back and raise a glass this Christmastime; raise your game and put your job hunt into overdrive - it could pay off big!

For more information on job hunting at Christmas or to hear more job search advice, why not speak with one of our expert advisors today? Call now on 0203 225 5120 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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HRS team at IRP Awards 2019

The 2019 IRP Awards took place in London last night, and it was yet another winning evening for Hyper Recruitment Solutions!

As you may remember, we were named Best Company to Work for (Up to 50 Employees) at last year's event, and so we arrived at the Royal Lancaster Hotel last night hoping to do the double and retain our title.

So...did it happen? We think this tweet from our Managing Director Ricky Martin says it all:

That's right - we're thrilled to say that HRS once again won the Best Company to Work for award! It's a great honour to win this prestigious award twice on the trot, and the perfect way to cap off a year of big achievements for Hyper Recruitment Solutions:

But our success didn't stop there! Senior Recruitment Consultant Georgia Walden also picked up two gongs of her own at the IRP Awards last night: Permanent Consultant of the Year and Recruiter of the Year!

Georgia is an exemplary recruiter, and these aren't the first awards she's won in 2019 either. Back in May, we held our own 2019 HRS Awards, where Georgia was named Consultant of the Year.

Georgia Walden from HRS wins Consultant of the Year award

Here's what Managing Director Ricky Martin had to say about Georgia's latest win:

"Georgia joined HRS as an enthusiastic science graduate with a passion for helping scientists to do great things. Georgia has progressed through our training academy and gone above and beyond to become not only an expert in science recruitment but also a true professional who's making a difference. Well done Georgia, and well done to the rest of the HRS team!"

Ricky Martin and Georgia Walden with awards

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stress in the workplace

Working life in the 21st century can be extremely stressful. Anyone within a position of responsibility can tell you that with ironclad sincerity.

However, this isn't a trait reserved only for high-ranking management roles; even call centre staff and admin workers can feel the heat from time to time and the cloud of stress doesn't discriminate.

As an employer, knowing how to manage this workplace stress can be a key factor in the health of your team and, ultimately, the success of your business.

This blog aims to help you shake those stresses and maintain a harmonious blossoming environment within your office walls.

 

How to Create a Less Stressful Work Environment

While it would be easy for anyone to suggest offering private healthcare and higher salaries as a means of reducing stress in your workplace, realistically this simply isn't a financially viable option for many small/medium-sized businesses.

That being said, that doesn't mean your hands are completely tied. There are still a few tried and tested techniques that can have a positive impact on workplace anxiety without dramatically shaving your profits.

If you're truly serious about reducing stress in the workplace, actions speak louder than words. Alter your approach to the working environment by following these three simple steps and reduce stress in the workplace instantly.

 

Flexibility

Work/life balance is an increasingly important subject when it comes to anxiety in the workplace. If one side of that equation falls by the wayside, it can very quickly affect the other.

A great way to combat this element is to introduce flexible working arrangements, such as working from home days and flexi-time.

Situations will inevitably arise that require workers to leave early or arrive late, whether it's traffic, medical appointments or childcare restrictions. If strict 9-5 attendance is enforced, this can naturally become extremely stressful.

Racing to work every morning is a common activity for a lot of workers and can be a huge stress factor for many, particularly if childcare arrangements dictate when they can leave the house.

Taking a more relaxed approach to how the weekly hours are made up can allow employees to better organise their lives outside the office, which will ultimately result in a better, more productive atmosphere inside it.

 

Office Mobility

Staying mobile in a sedentary office environment can be difficult, particularly if hard deadlines are looming and work needs to be done on a strict timescale.

That being said, being sat at your desk staring into a box for eight hours is not good either and can have a notable knock-on effect on the quality of output and, as a result, stress levels.

Encourage employees to leave their desks periodically throughout the day to help them retain their focus and avoid burnout. The "Sit 60/Move 3" rule is an easy rule to implement, promoting three minutes of motion every hour.

Similarly, extended exposure to screen glare can also negatively impact eye health. Applying a comparable approach to optical health can also have a positive effect on the quality of work.

Opticians and eye specialists commonly recommend the 20-20-20 technique, whereby you spend 20 seconds every 20 minutes looking at something 20 feet away.

 

Promoting Health

Even if you take a hard-nosed approach that completely takes empathy out of the equation, it's worth remembering that stress contributes greatly to health and a sickly worker will inevitably translate to an absent worker, which benefits no-one.

The last thing you want is to have the demands of the job impact the health of your employees. As such, actively promoting health and well-being within the office is a great way to help ensure your workers stay fighting fit and good to go.

Offering healthy perks for your staff – such as free fruit – can have a huge upside for relatively little cost, while office support groups can provide a low-cost outlet for mental stress as well.

In addition to providing healthy options for your staff, these simple implementations also show that you and your company care about employee morale and welfare, which can be just as important in itself.

 

For more tips on how to create a less stressful work environment, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0203 225 5120 or get in touch online using the button below.

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Finding attracting motivated applicants and qualified candidates in a cost-effective and timely manner is the dream scenario for any company looking to acquire new talent.

Sadly, ticking all of those boxes in one fell swoop is far more difficult than it seems on paper. Luckily, help is at hand and it comes to you right here, courtesy of those in the know!

 

best recruitment process

 

How to Achieve the Best Recruitment Process

To help you navigate the road to recruitment without any unnecessary detours, we've put together a list of helpful hints and tips to allow you to achieve the best recruitment process possible.

 

Identify Your Needs

Knowing what want is the key to achieving it, so it's important to have a good idea of what you're looking for before you get started.

Outside of the title your recruiting for, think what the role and responsibilities will entail – your ideal candidate will need to have these in droves.

Next, think about what additional qualities you would like your new acquisition to possess, along with any other ideal attributes.

The old adage of "if you don't ask, you don't get" rings true in recruitment and a structured person spec with essentials and desirables will help you bag the perfect applicant.

 

Advertising Route

There are a wide variety of avenues to go down when it comes to marketing your job vacancy, each with their own pros and cons, so it's worth considering which ways you want to explore.

Advertising your vacancy internally is going to be excellent in terms of time and money spent; however, it naturally excludes the world outside your office walls.

Meanwhile, some recruiters may favour sites like LinkedIn and Facebook, as their chosen method of job marketing. While this may seem logical in today's culture of social media, it doesn't always reach the chosen demo of those actively seeking employment.

Perhaps the best route is the most obvious: hitting the online job boards. Job sites are purpose-built to cater for job seekers and have a ready-made audience waiting for vacancies just like yours to crop up.

Similarly, if your job targets a specialism, you may want to approach an agency that caters specifically for that market of skilled professionals, much like HRS caters heavily to scientists and those within the industry of science.

 

Clear Criteria

When it comes to sifting through the applications, a tall stack of CVs can be a daunting task that's just as time-consuming.

In order to streamline what could be a lengthy process, go back to your initial job ad and remind yourself exactly what and who you are looking for.

Breezing by the person spec to remind yourself will give you a clear idea of the skills and experience your ideal applicant should possess.

Keep your checklist of criteria fresh in mind when going through the CVs to help you efficiently whittle down the field and arrive at your final shortlist of candidates.

 

Prepare for Interview

Just as you would expect a candidate to come to the interview fully-prepared, you too should take the very same approach.

An unprepared interview with very little direction achieves nothing for anyone and can create a bad first impression of your company to the interviewee. Have a solid idea of how you want the interview to progress with key questions and topics in mind.

Similarly, ensure all attendees are on the same page and clued up on what's what. Hauling an unprepped colleague into the meeting room last minute is a waste of everyone's time and can come back to haunt you.

Remember, the recruitment process works both ways. If the candidate doesn't feel your company is the right fit for them, they may not want to pursue the vacancy further even if they are offered the job.

 

For more recruitment advice and tips on achieving an efficient recruitment process, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0203 225 5120 to speak with one our specialists or get in touch online using the button below.

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