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

Would you like to our life-changing, multi-award-winning team? Visit the HRS Careers page to see our current opportunities!

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!

 

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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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When recruiting for new additions to your team, it goes without saying that you will want to attract the most skilled, qualified and professional candidates available.

As such, knowing exactly how to engage such a specialist group of applicants should be a top priority. A simple ad in the local paper won't cut it.

Luckily, this blog is chock full of tips to help you shine a spotlight on your vacancy and leave top candidates fighting over your role like hungry dogs over a juicy steak.

 

 

How to Attract Talented Employees

Anne Mulcahy famously once said that "employees are a company's greatest asset" and it's hard to argue that statement.

Quality staff naturally lead to quality performance, ultimately resulting in a successful business. Follow these key steps to make your recruitment process more attractive to top talent.

 

Clarity

While it's important to depict the role as an attractive proposition, it's also important to be open and honest about the position you're advertising, including salary. Don't lose sight of what the role actually is in pursuit of glossing it up with bells and whistles.

Additionally, this is not only a great opportunity to provide details of the role itself, but also the opportunities that come with it. Don't pass up the opportunity to highlight the perks of the role and benefits of working at your company.

Top applicants typically place great value in career progression so be sure to clearly divulge details of potential career path for driven employees. Highlight the development prospects and potential for professional growth to pique the interest of ambitious candidates.

 

Flexibility

Life in the 21st century is arguably more fast-paced than ever, which has made balancing home life and professional life a never-ending tight-rope walk. As such, emphasising flexibility is vital when it comes to attracting talent.

Traditional offices are becoming less of a tradition in favour of a schedule that offers a better work/life balance. Logically, a stringent 9-5 policy with little leeway will lose out every time to a similar position elsewhere offering flexi-time or work from home options.

Remember that talented applicants aren't ten a penny and should be treated as a valuable commodity. One of the best ways to make them feel appreciated is to give back and offer them something more than the next role they come across.

 

Targeting

The greatest advert in the world is no good if it's placed where nobody can see it. As such, knowing where to place your ad is just as important as the content of the ad itself.

Top science professionals gravitate towards HRS for our specialist knowledge of the industry and specificity of the roles we offer. Identify your target demographic and find out which sites talented professionals in your sphere use for their job search.

During your research, take time to see what the competition is offering in terms of perks to stay one step ahead of the game. Respected companies are heralded for a reason so don't be afraid to take the lead from those with a track record of quality candidates.

Industry networking events are a goldmine for industry-specific talent, so it may be worth having your brand represented at such an event. This can highlight top candidates in a setting that quite literally puts them all in one place for you.

 

Transience

Job listings that feature an extensive application period before the closing date can be a double-edged sword. While it theoretically allows for a greater number of candidates and thus more talent, it also prolongs the process which can backfire dramatically.

If a talented candidate discovers your vacancy fresh after posting, a deadline of six weeks later with an additional week or two for shortlisting leaves them with a two-month window to be snapped up by another employer.

Worse still, they could even lose interest by the time you get around to calling them. Holding an interview six weeks after the initial application can have a negative effect on applicant enthusiasm, as well as blurring the candidate's knowledge of the role.

Conversely, a shorter application period can provide urgency for truly interested candidates, while it can also weed out time-wasters. Meanwhile, it allows you to speed up the recruitment process for a more efficient and positive experience for all parties.

 

Preparation

It's also important to remember that the recruitment process goes beyond the initial job ad, CV sifting and short-listing process. The interview is equally important, if not more so.

Spending time and effort on the recruitment process only to conduct a poorly prepped interview is akin to a rugby team letting in a soft, losing try the dying seconds of the hard-fought game.

Come equipped with well-thought-out questions and a clear direction of how you want the interview to go. Also, ensure all participants are free to attend and well-aware of the scheduled times.

Remember that this is not only your first impression of them, but their first impression of you. Tardiness and disorganisation isn't a good look for a candidate and can be equally damning on the other side of the table as well.

 

For more tips on how to attract talented employees or additional recruitment advice, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0203 225 5120 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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Why Choose Data Science

Data scientist are responsible for turning raw data into meaningful information that companies can then use to improve the way their businesses perform. Over time, an increasing amount of organisations are turning to data to influence their day-to-day operations. From understanding consumer behaviour to the latest purchasing trends, the role of a data scientist is to discover patterns that help to solve the problems faced by businesses in imaginative and innovative ways.

Sounds good right? Well, there's more. As well as the role of a data scientist being unlike many others, they are in high demand across a variety of sectors as more and more businesses turn to data to inform their daily decisions. So, why choose data science? Here are five reasons.

1. Great Career Opportunities - As we mentioned above, the need for data scientists is growing. Leading to an increased amount of career opportunities, which are set to increase even further with an estimated 40 zettabytes of data being in existence by 2020. That's a lot of data. Careers within data science, however, aren't limited to one or two industries, they exist across multiple sectors including finance, retail, IT, academia and healthcare. This is a great bonus for someone looking to enter the industry!

2. High Professional Development - Once you've started your career as a data scientist within an organisation, there is huge scope to progress and achieve higher career prospects. Especially if you land a role within a larger company that often provide data scientist training schemes. Career progress will, of course, depend on your ability to learn the necessary skills quickly as well as your level of commitment to the organisation. Promotions are available which may involve more managerial duties, overseeing junior data scientists, recruitment and building relationships with clients.

3. Lucrative Salary - With higher career progression comes more responsibility. With more responsibility comes more money. And the further you take your career as a data scientist will reflect the amount of money you can potentially earn. The average salary for junior data scientists is around £25,000 to £30,000, rising to £40,000 depending on your experience. With a few years worth of experience, you can expect to earn between £40,000 and £60,000. Lead and chief data scientists have the potential to earn upwards of £60,000 to £100,000.

4. Flexible Work/Life Balance - In today's society, more and more organisations are offering employees greater working flexibility and this is no different for data scientists. Depending on the type of company you work for, you can expect a very good work/life balance with typical working hours 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. In some organisations, you may also have the opportunity to work remotely or on a flexible schedule. 

5. Rewarding Profession - The role of a data scientist isn't easy. A lot of work is involved in order to understand data and use it properly to inform future decisions. With that being said, as a data scientist, when you do see your work influencing an organisation in a positive and productive way, it is very fulfilling and gives you the motivation and desire to continue making an impact.

For more information on the role of a data scientist or on the data science industry, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our recruitment professionals who have years' of experience within data science. Even better, visit our dedicated data science page! 

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