Improve Employee Retention

It's been said that people don't quit companies, they quit their managers. Anyone that has ever had to work under a bad manager will know how accurate that statement can be.

In fact, poor management can ruin what is a dream job on paper and be a driving influence in a worker's decision to part ways with what is otherwise a good company to work for.

Luckily, there is a tonne of simple ways to boost morale, enhance job satisfaction and improve employee retention easily. All you need to do is implement them!

If you are in a managerial position with a team of staff under your watch, take a look at these employee retention tips and keep your workforce happy today.

 

Employee Retention Tips

To help get your staff on side, try incorporating these techniques into your managerial style and not only give your team reason to stay but also give them a reason to perform to the best of their abilities.

 

Hire the Right Person

Before you can go about working on retaining staff, you must first be sure that you have actually hired the right person for the job in question.

If you have taken onboard someone that is unsuitable for the vacancy, out of their depth for the tasks at hand or just plain not cut out for the position they have applied for, chances are that they won't be long for your working world.

Take time during the recruitment process to really assess and digest the credentials of each candidate, along with the motivation behind their application.

This will help separate those that really want it and those that have applied for the sake of it, ultimately leaving you with a motivated individual that wants the opportunity and is hungry and capable of performing.

 

Create a Relaxed Work Environment

Nobody wants to work in an uncomfortable environment where stress is commonplace, unrest is rife, politics are rampant.

As such, creating and nurturing a relaxed and harmonious atmosphere where people get along and workloads are achievable is paramount.

Aim to formulate a working culture where unity and teamwork are universal and a sense of company pride is strong.

Similarly, ensuring your office is well-lit and a comfortable temperature can also enhance the overall experience of daily work.

Combining these techniques will help create a positive environment that employees are happy to be in, where “Sunday night syndrome” is a thing of the past.

 

Encourage Self-Improvement

Employees often find added value in jobs where opportunities for personal and professional development are present and self-betterment is par for the course.

After all, nobody wants to feel as though they're stuck in a rut, spinning their wheels when it comes to their working life and the chance to progress can be a big difference-maker.

This could be through official external courses and qualifications training or simply offering lunchtime learning opportunities and inter-department skills sharing.

Meanwhile, self-improvement could also come in the form of promoting health and well-being at work, whether it's through workplace exercise programmes or therapy classes.

 

Listen and Learn

Listening to your employees is a fundamental ingredient in the day-to-day success of the working environment you have created.

Not only will it send the message to your staff that their opinions matter and are valid, but it will also provide you with unfiltered insight from those in the trenches.

Conduct regular reviews with your staff to ensure they're coping with well with the tasks and workload, taking time to ask for their feedback.

Providing your workforce with the opportunity to raise any concerns and provide suggestions not only boosts morale but can also help nip any issues in the bud before they get out of hand.

What's more, their comments may also influence your management decisions and help direct the business in a positive direction.

 

Recognition

Positive reinforcement should be a key area of any manager's daily playbook and is a sure-fire way to help ensure your staff remain motivated.

Nobody likes to feel like their contributions are overlooked and underappreciated, so take the time to recognise workers when a job is done well.

Whether you do so through a simple comment or email to show your appreciation or reward hard work through other means, like incentives and awards, a simple show of gratitude can go a long way.

Reminding your workforce that their hard work doesn't go by unnoticed can spur them on to continue to perform at a high level or, better still, perform at an even higher level.

After all, if your staff enjoy their job, they are unlikely to want to leave. Meanwhile, it's long been said that a happy worker is a productive worker, so it's in everyone's best interest to ensure that staff morale is high at all times.

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A career in the field of science can be interesting, exciting and rewarding; however, finding a job that fits your scientific expertise can be a clinical trial in itself.

Specialist science jobs are just that - specialist - and are naturally less commonly available than a less specific role.

As a result, finding a science job that suits your specific competencies may require a broader net. A wider search radius can open you up to a whole new world of opportunities.

To help you map out your search with a little direction, we've compiled a shortlist of the best cities for science jobs in the UK.

 

London

Top of the list should come as no surprise to anyone - it is, or course, the UK's biggest city, London. England's capital boasts over 27,000 life science employees in total, making it a key location for science jobs and a regular #1 in global science job cities.

Home to three of the world's Top 10 Bioscience Universities, London also plays host to over 900 life science companies, including the Francis Crick Institute and the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

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Manchester

With over 150k life science students and the two foremost NHS trusts for clinical trials in the UK, Manchester is a key city for those seeking employment in the science sector.

Much like London, Manchester is a thriving hotspot for science jobs in the UK. Manchester is home to a number of notable science institutions, including Citylabs and Manchester Science Park.

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Edinburgh

Scotland's thriving life sciences sector employs over 37,000 people within 700 organisations. Following the lead of London and Manchester, Edinburgh is Scotland's epicentre for scientific employment.

The Edinburgh BioQuarter markets itself as a hub for life science innovators, with over 25 leading life sciences companies from across the globe. Benefitting from a strong evolving investment environment, it also boasts Europe's largest concentration of stem cell scientists.

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Oxford

According to Times Higher Education's World University Rankings, Oxford is home to the best university in the world. Needless to say, Oxford is not short on academic excellence and a key location for scientific research.

The Oxford Science Park is one of the most influential science, technology and business environments in the UK. Hosting over 90 science companies, from start-ups to multinationals, this state-of-the-art facility houses more than 2500 people and some of the UK's highest potential and most exciting companies

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Cambridge

Hot on the heels of Oxford's top spot in THE's World University Rankings is #3 on that list, Cambridge. A city that prides itself on its scholarly prowess, Cambridge is a notable site for scientific innovation and a logical location for those seeking jobs in the science sector.

And home to Cambridge Science Park. The oldest science park in the UK, Cambridge Science Park is a hub for science and technology, hosting over 7500 employees from over 100 companies, including the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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Best Cities in the World for Science Jobs

The world of science has endless possibilities in terms of scope for innovation and breakthrough. As such, why limit your search for the best science jobs strictly to the shores of the UK?

If you're thinking of taking your search for science jobs international, America is a fantastic destination to consider. The United States is the most prolific publisher of high-quality science in the world and life sciences account for just under 50% of the nation's output in the natural sciences.

San Francisco Bay's Silicon Valley is particularly renowned for its high-paying jobs in high-tech fields and the science sector and offers with some of the most attractive science jobs on the globe.

Meanwhile, the famed “Research Triangle” of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill is known globally as a staple of technology and research. The area consistently ranks within the top three US region for life science companies and is home to giants such as GlaxoSmithKline and Biogen.

 

For more information on the best cities for science jobs in the UK and beyond, why not drop us a line today? Call now on (0)203 910 2980 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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Blue Monday 2020

Blue Monday, dubbed the 'most depressing day of the year', typically falls on the third Monday of January every year. In the case of 2020, the 20th of January is the date on which everyone is supposedly down in the dumps and not feeling their best. But why? Well, let's find out!
 
Blue Monday, was first publicised back in 2005 as part of a press release from a holiday company, that claimed to have calculated the date using an equation that takes into account a number of different variables. These variables include weather conditions, the time since Christmas and failing any New Year's resolutions, debt and motivational levels as well as feeling the need to take action.
 
All of these things were placed into an equation that subsequently deemed the third January of every year as the most depressing day.
 
Blue Monday equation
 
However, we at HRS don't believe in Blue Monday and see it as just another day! Another day that you can use to make positive changes to your life and make a brighter start to your 2020.
 
A couple of years ago, the creator of Blue Monday insisted that it was "never his intention to make the day sound negative", and in fact, he was simply trying "to inspire people to take action and make bold life choices." But you don't need Blue Monday as a source of inspiration or an excuse to start making bold life choices or take action and if you do find yourself feeling a little blue, talk to people around you to lift yourself up and become a positive influence for others.
 
 
If you are feeling extra-motivated however, Hyper Recruitment Solutions want to help you! If you're looking to make the best start to 2020 that you can make and push your career within the science industry further with new and exciting opportunities, why not browse the science jobs that we are currently recruiting for? Set the tone of your 2020 and take the first step to become a better you by leaving Blue Monday in the past!
 
To view the full list of science jobs that we're currently recruiting for, simply click below. If you require further information or assistance regarding any of our jobs, then please do not hesitate to contact us today.
 

Money

With the new year upon us, many people around the UK will begin making their resolutions for the year ahead. For those with professional aspirations, top of that list will often be securing a pay rise.

Although talking money can be an awkward and uncomfortable process at times, it can be an extremely important and vital part of professional life - particularly when it comes being paid what you're worth.

That being said, identifying exactly how much you are worth isn't always a straightforward process. It's not unusual for employers to want to pay you as little as possible to maximise profits, so they aren't always going to be forthcoming if you are in fact being underpaid.

As such, it's important to be able to recognise this fact for yourself. Luckily, this blog aims to help you do exactly that.

 

Look Around

Perhaps the easiest way of determining whether or not you are being underpaid what you or your position are worth is to simply have a scope around the jobs market and note the typical salaries on offer.

If you search for roles similar to your own, you'll soon be able to gain insight into what the going rate is for a position of your skill level and responsibility. However, it's worth remembering that this method isn't an exact science.

Chances are, there will likely be some form of a discrepancy between your duties and the standard roles listed on job boards and recruitment sites, particularly if you have been in your role for some time and have taken on additional responsibilities along the way.

If this is indeed the case, knowing whether or not you are being paid what you are worth isn't always straight-forward. Luckily, there's an easy way to help identify your eligibility and determine once and for all if you are due a raise…

 

Look Inside

Perhaps the most effective way to gauge whether or not you deserve a pay rise is to take a good hard look at yourself… by placing your own professional skills and personality under the microscope!

An honest and candid approach to appraising the man in the mirror is a fantastic way to uncovering the truth about where you stand in the company pecking order and whether or not you are being paid what's due.

To help you formulate your introspective self-assessment, here are four fundamental questions you may want to ask yourself before you head into your boss's office with an axe to grind and a cross to bear.

 

Are your skills indispensable?

Any worker that is a vital part of the overall machine and a key ingredient in the processes that make the company work can count themselves lucky.

If you hold a skill set that is unlike anyone else's, you have yourself a fundamental USP that is totally individual and specific to you as a person.

Whether you're a salesman with ironclad client relationships established through years of rapport or a creative with your own quirky style that cannot be easily replicated, such skills can be essential to company operations.

However, you don't need to be the best in your field to be seen as indispensable. As is often the case in the working world, experience is seen as a big plus point and tenure can also translate to indispensability.

As the old saying goes, you can't teach experience and anyone that has a storied history with the company and the insider knowledge that goes with it has themselves a solid argument. Long-standing tenure can provide abilities that cannot be taught.

 

Have your contributions made a difference?

Tangible contributions can be one of the strongest arguments in the arsenal of anyone looking to make a valid claim for a pay rise - particularly if they are backed by corresponding facts and figures.

If you have brought in substantial business and were the primary reason for such a deal getting finalised, you will likely have a large bargaining chip to play with.

For example, a salesman with a salary of £25k/annum that brings in £75k of sales will have theoretically paid for his salary three times over, which makes for a solid statistic when it comes to requesting a pay rise.

That being said, contributions don't always need to be measured in pounds and pennies. Your contributions could simply be your continued hard work and ability to help a project reach completion on time and above expectations.

Providing a consistently high level of output and performance can be the best contribution of all and is applicable to virtually any job and department.

 

Are you a positive influence on the company?

In addition to making positive contributions to the bottom line and the business as a whole, being a positive influence on others within the office environment can also be a big contributing factor to your company worth.

Office morale can have a big influence on overall performance and its widely believed that, as a rule, a happy worker is a productive worker. If you are in a position of managerial responsibility and maintain a positive work ethic and upbeat environment within your team, such an influence should be recognised.

While it may not be the overriding factor that swings it in your favour, being a positive influence on the team and those around you can be a great supplementary quality to reinforce your argument and support your case for a pay rise.

 

Are you a key part in the company's future plans?

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, determining whether or not you are a fundamental part of the machine going forward could be your most valid reason of all.

If your presence within the company is vital for the business to achieve its goals in the future, your value within the organisation should be rewarded with the appropriate remuneration.

For example, if the primary project of the year is to be spearheaded, managed or set up by you, it's fair to say that you are a pretty big part of the company's future plans. Highlight this importance to hammer home your worth and underline your standing in the company.

For more details on salaries and pay rises, why not check out our How to Ask for a Raise blog?

Similarly, you might also be interested in reading our blog on How to Get Promoted.

New year's eve fireworks

Happy New Year! Now that 2020 is upon us, people all over the world will be thinking about ways to change themselves and their lives for the better over the next 12 months.

However, those vows of self-improvement don't need to be restricted to the usual suspects: weight loss, quitting smoking, seeing the world. New year's resolutions can be just as important (and beneficial) in the workplace too. Take a look at these new year resolution ideas for work and see for yourself.

 

Workplace Goals for the New Year

To help you better yourself, enhance your professional development and increase your chances of scaling the career ladder, here are a handful of handy goals and achievable aspirations you can set yourself to ensure your success in the year to come.

 

Learn a New Skill

A critical component for continued development and workplace progression, learning new skills over the course of your professional journey can be your entryway to a better role.

Whatever you do for your profession, there are likely to be a myriad of new skills you can explore to help better your existing abilities and benefit your current role.

What's more, learning a new skill can also provide you with increased confidence which, in turn, can help lead to new opportunities.

Meanwhile, the fresh challenges can also provide your current job with a shot in the arm in terms of variety and provide a welcome change from the norm.

 

Gain a Qualification

Much like the last section, gaining a qualification can have a big impact on your value within a company and increase your standing amongst your peers dramatically.

Offering multiple skills makes you more valuable to your superiors and not only secures your position within the company even further but can also put you in line for a promotion.

While professional qualifications do typically cost money to attain, they can be well worth the investment and pay for themselves in spades down the line.

What's more, continuing your education as your career progresses shows other potential employers that you are still eager to learn and strive to be your very best.

Meanwhile, adding further qualifications to your existing skillset can improve your worth notably and open up financial opportunities both within your current employment and elsewhere.

 

Revamp Your CV

Keeping your CV up to date with key information is a task that very few of us do anywhere near as much as we should, especially those in long-term employment.

However, staying on top of your resume periodically is a great way to ensure you don't miss out important areas of information, such as key responsibilities, new qualifications and notable achievements.

Leaving your CV unattended for any length of time, it can be all too easy to neglect to include a training course or you've certificate attained along the way, particularly if you haven't applied for a job in some time.

Meanwhile, in addition to the information held within the document, the layout and presentation of your resume can also have a huge impact on your success rate, should you decide to apply for a job down the line.

Give your CV a facelift and play around with the layout to help give your CV a look that fits today's recruitment preferences and includes accurate, up-to-date info to provide substance to go with the style.

 

Get Connected

By the very definition of the word, networking is a great way to meet people and expand your professional circle outside of your immediate employment.

Connections made through networking events can prove pivotal down the line, with the ability to forge and strengthen business relationships, broker deals and even provide job opportunities.

Meanwhile, networking events are also a great way to keep on top of your industry and stay abreast of all the latest happenings within your professional sphere, along with who the key players and influential figures may be.

What's more, continued company and individual presence at industry networking events can help to establish both you and your company as key players within your field.

Conversely, non-attendance can have the opposite effect and leave you behind in the rat race, playing catch-up.

 

For more advice on the best new year career resolutions, why not drop us a line and speak with one of our career specialists today? Call now on 0203 225 5120 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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