Employee morale

Richard Branson once said: "If you look after your staff, they'll look after your customers." Wise words indeed.

He also once tweeted the following words of wisdom: "Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don't want to."

Based on these quotes, it's clear that Sir Richard knows just how important morale can be to the success of a company.

While high morale may not turn your business into the next Virgin Group, it will surely help to keep your business firing on all cylinders.

 

Smells Like Team Spirit

In order to maintain a high level of morale in your workforce, you must understand how to measure staff morale. Follow these simple steps to help keep track of your office morale and raise team spirits accordingly.

 

Productivity

It's widely agreed that productivity and morale go hand-in-hand with one another. The higher the morale, the better the quality of work.

This theory is difficult to argue with. After all, an unmotivated worker who feels overworked, undervalued and / or disinterested is unlikely to knock it out of the park on a daily basis.

If productivity is down, it may be worth addressing the situation and making a conscious effort to boost morale. It could be rewarded in kind with profitable results.

 

Staff Reviews

Conducting regular sit-down reviews with staff periodically throughout the year is perhaps the most effective way of gauging the most accurate evaluation of employee morale.

Getting accurate feedback that's specific to your business, straight from the horse's mouth, is about as good as it gets in terms of workplace commentary.

While some staff may be less open to expressing their true feelings due to fear of repercussions, reassurance to the contrary can help build an accurate evaluation of what works and what doesn't.

 

Employee Turnover

If your company has a revolving door of employees, it's often a glaring neon sign that staff aren't happy.

While there are many reasons for people to move on from a job and seek alternate employment, two of the most common are better pay and better circumstances.

If staff are leaving in their droves, chances are that the wages or the working environment simply aren't worth it.

Address this by offering fairer wages, better incentives and a more enjoyable atmosphere to create a valued workplace where employees will want to remain.

 

Sick Record

Anyone who's ever worked in a job they hate will be all too familiar with 'Sunday Night Syndrome', the 'Monday Morning Blues' and the wave of melancholy that comes with both.

It's no surprise that Monday morning is a prime offender for sick days, with a whopping 61% of call-ins taking place on a Monday, according to an AXA PPP Healthcare study.

In another telling stat, figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also show that work-related stress, anxiety and depression accounts for over half of all sick days.

Employees are far more likely to 'pull a sickie' if they are not enjoying their job or it's causing them undue stress and mental anguish, costing your business money in the process.

If Mondays are a ghost town in your office and employee sick rate is sky high, it could be a sign that morale is suffering severely.

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where to find science jobs

In the current climate, finding jobs in any industry can be challenging. With unemployment rates rising due to COVID-19, we're seeing more and more people heading online in search for their next job.

One of the great things about looking for science jobs is that you'll almost always find something you can apply for. Even in times of crisis where other industries struggle, science job vacancies continue to appear. In fact, the demand for inventive science professionals is higher than ever as we struggle to get this new virus under control.

Knowing where to find science jobs can help you get ahead of other candidates with experience in your field. We'll help you find science jobs that you can apply for right now to get your science career moving in the right direction. Here are a few ways you can find science jobs that fit your criteria quickly. 

 

Make a list of key criteria

Finding the right science job for you can be daunting if you haven't outlined the criteria you're looking for. Ask yourself the following questions and note down your answers. This will help you look for the right kind of science jobs in the right area:

  • Would you be willing to travel for your dream job, or do you want to work where you currently live?
  • Do you want to work part-time, full-time, or do you want an internship/apprenticeship?
  • Would you like to specialise in a particular field?
  • What level of experience do you have? Is this enough for the types of science jobs you have in mind?
  • What are your salary expectations?

Most science jobs websites will allow you to filter jobs down using criteria not dissimilar to what we've outlined above. This means you can quickly turn an overwhelming list of 350 science jobs into an easy-to-digest selection of 40-50.

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Make a list of science recruiters in your area

If you're not sure where to find science jobs where you live, we'd recommend looking for local science recruiters who can help match you to jobs and arrange interviews. Not only will this make the task of finding science jobs easier, it will also help take some of the job search stress off your shoulders.

Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we have science recruitment agencies in the following locations:

  • London
  • Manchester
  • Edinburgh
  • Oxford
  • Cambridge
  • Berkshire

Are you looking for science jobs in one of the areas listed above? Don't hesitate to speak to a member of the HRS team, we'll help you find science jobs local to you in no time!

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Specialist job sites vs typical job sites

One of the main errors people make when trying to find science jobs is turning to very general job sites. Now, in our experience, most science companies will avoid sharing job adverts on these kinds of sites, because they want to attract a very niche group of professionals.

If you want to know where to find science jobs, we'd recommend looking on websites that specialise in jobs in the science industry. Not only will it save you time (because you won't have to sift through hundreds of irrelevant/vaguely relevant jobs), but it will also help you find opportunities that aren't listed on your average job site. 

A lot of science job sites, like ours, will allow you to create a candidate profile. This means you can upload your CV, set up job alerts and apply to new science job vacancies as soon as they appear.  

So, if you're wondering where to find science jobs, this should help you make a start! Remember, we have a whole team of science recruitment professionals working here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, who are eager to help you find the science job dreams become a reality. 

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Are you currently unemployed and patiently waiting for an interview to come your way? There are hundreds of people up and down the country who have recently been made redundant, so you're not alone. When you're looking for a job, the days can quickly turn into weeks and months with very little progress being made. All of a sudden, you might get three interviews in one week!

Job hunting is unpredictable, and at times, can seem like a neverending struggle with no end in sight. You might start getting job search anxiety, maybe even feelings of depression. It really can be hard to stay positive, especially if things aren't going your way, but don't worry, we've got a whole host of top tips to help you stay positive during your job hunt. 

1. Create Structure & Routine

Being unemployed and having the freedom to sleep in until 2 pm every day might seem like a luxury at first, but we can assure you that the novelty wears off. Your mental health will start to decline if your life has no structure or routine, and this is one of the main reasons that people struggle to stay positive during their job hunt. We'd recommend creating a plan for each day & sticking to it.

2. Take Advantage of Resources

As a job seeker, you should always be on the lookout for resources that will help you secure your dream job faster. Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we offer advice to candidates including CV advice & tips, interview advice and much more. Looking at resources like this will make you feel more prepared & confident - boosting your mood and helping you stay motivated. 

3. Set Realistic Goals

Rather than allowing one week to roll into the next, you should set small achievable goals and reward yourself when you complete them. This will help prevent you from falling into a negative cycle. These shouldn't be unrealistic goals, they should be things like:

  • Sending out 30 CVs to relevant job postings
  • Contacting at least 1 recruitment agency
  • Adding 5 new things to your portfolio

4. Look for Volunteer Opportunities

Negativity during your job hunt might stem from boredom, after all, there's only so much sitting at home and looking at jobs that one person can take. A good way to break up your week, get out of the house and feel like you're contributing to society is to look for volunteer opportunities. Animal sanctuaries, charity shops and lots of other stores are on the lookout for an extra pair of hands - so why not help them out?

5. Remember Your Achievements

People get so wrapped up in their job search that they forget to reflect on the positive things they've already achieved. Just because you're unemployed right now, doesn't mean that unemployment defines you. Think about the hard work you put into your qualifications, your family and so on. You're doing a great job.

6. Learn a New Skill

With a little extra time on your hands, why don't you try to improve your CV with some additional skills? There are all kinds of online courses (some of which you can do for free) that will make your CV stand out from the crowd. Potential employers like to see that you've been proactive, and learning a new skill will make you feel accomplished. It's a boost for your morale as well as your CV!

7. Develop a Portfolio

Nowadays, employees like to see examples of your work, whether that's a printed portfolio or a digital space that you've created. Of course, you won't need a portfolio for every kind of job, but creating a collection of the work your proud of can help to boost your mood while you're looking for jobs.

Reflecting on past work can also help to unearth potential job avenues that you might not have considered yet. For example, you might realise that you really enjoyed the university project which saw you working in a research laboratory - this might then inspire you to broaden your job search.

8. Avoid Dwelling on Jobs

If you're applying for jobs and either, not hearing back or getting lots of rejection emails, try not to take it too personally. Companies have hundreds and hundreds of applicants for most roles, so there's always going to be people who feel like they missed out. Try not to dwell on jobs that you didn't get, just pick yourself up and focus on the other great job opportunities that are out there. 

9. Seek Help

If you can feel yourself becoming depressed and frustrated during your job hunt, then it might be time to seek help from others. First and foremost, speak to your GP if your mental health is suffering, they can help talk through your feelings and may even prescribe you something. For help with your job search, you can get in touch with a recruitment company to help speed the process up.

Recruitment companies like HRS are designed to take the pressure of the job hunt out of your hands. We have specialists who dedicate all of their time to placing people in their dream roles. All you need to do is get in touch with us, and we'll help you through the rest. 

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10. Don't Give Up!

The most important thing to remember is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. As long as you keep trying and working towards getting your dream job, it will eventually happen. Do your best to stay focused, stay positive and stay motivated.

If you're currently looking for jobs in the science and technology industries, we can help. Take a look at our current vacancies now!

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should I accept a counter offer

Are you having doubts about your current job role? Perhaps you're ready for a new challenge or a new work environment? Making the leap from one job role to another is never an easy decision. After all, no matter how miserable you are in your job - it's comfortable, it's what you know.

Many people spend months and months in a job that's making them unhappy because they're too afraid to take a risk and move on.

Picture the scenario. You've finally decided that enough is enough. You're ready to move on from your current job to try something else. You've been in touch with an expert recruitment company (like HRS) and found the job of your dreams.

It's a great role, the salary is better and it's a step in the right direction for your career. You pluck up the courage to hand in your resignation letter and suddenly you're called into a meeting with the boss. 

The last thing that you ever thought would happen is happening. Your boss is giving you a counter offer in the hope that you'll stick around for a while longer. Suddenly, the job that you were set on leaving is morphing into a more attractive option.

Perhaps your boss has offered you a more interesting position in the company, more money or flexible working hours. The decision to leave was firmly made in your head an hour ago, and now everything is up in the air. What should you do? 

 

Think about your reasons for leaving

As we've already discussed, going through the rigorous job hunting and interview process is no easy feat. What were the motivating factors behind your wanting to leave in the first place? We'd recommend writing your list of reasons out so you can clearly see them in front of you. Now, looking at each offer, decide which job offer is most likely to rectify your reasons for leaving. 

If your main reasons for leaving include:

  • Unpleasant work environment
  • Problems with colleagues
  • No room for career progression

Then it's unlikely that your current employer will be able to persuade you to stay. If your main concerns are financial or personal, then perhaps they can sway you with an offer of more money or more flexible working hours.

Thinking about your reasons for leaving in a diplomatic way will help you decide which option is right for you. 

 

Look at the statistics

We've had lots of experience with candidates who decide to remain in their current jobs, and we know that (more often than not) it just doesn't work out. But don't just take our word for it!

Eclipse Software wrote an article highlighting various statistics to show you exactly what happens when employers make counter offers. Here's a summary of their findings.

  • 80% of candidates who accept counter offers from their employer, leave their jobs within 6 months. 

It doesn't take long for people to realise they made the wrong decision. Their fellow employees might lose respect for them and then they feel pushed out of the company even though they made the choice to stay.

  • 90% of candidates who accept counter offers have left their job within 12 months. 

This shows that if you haven't chosen to leave within the first six months, there's a high chance that you'll end up leaving within the year. The only person who really benefits when you hang around is the employer, who has ample time to find your replacement.  

  • 50% of people who resign are counter offered by their employers. 

That's right, gone are the days when only senior members of staff were worth retaining. Employers can save lots of money if they can convince you to stay for a little while longer, so it's very likely that you'll be given a counter offer at some point in your life. 

  • It can cost >200% of annual salary to replace a senior employee.

So now you can see why counter offers are so common! Most employers would prefer to offer you a salary increase of £5,000, for example, because it will save them thousands of pounds in recruitment, job advertising and lost work. 

  • 50% of candidates that accept counter offers are looking for jobs again in only 60 days!

Even if you decide to take the counter offer, it doesn't mean your desire to leave will disappear. In fact, you'll probably end up more frustrated because you didn't take a leap of faith in the first place. The increased salary and the extra responsibilities lose their sparkle very quickly. Trust us!

  • A mere 38% of employers admitted they'd never made a counter offer before.

It's clear to see from this statistic, just how likely employers are to try and retain you! Just remember that they might be making a counter offer because it benefits them more than it benefits you. That's why it's so important to refer back to your initial reasons for leaving before you make a decision.

  • 57% of employees accept the counter offers that are made.

We honestly thought the number of people who take the initial leap of faith would be much higher. This goes back to our initial point. People like to stay in comfort zone - even though the grass ends up being greener on the other side. 

 

Keep looking for better roles

If you're torn between making do with your current job or accepting a new one, it's possible that neither job roles are right for you.

In our experience, when a candidate gets offered their dream job role, nothing could stop them from taking it - not even a longer lunch hour. Whichever offer you choose to take, remember, it's not too late to keep looking for something better.

Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we specialise in placing superb candidates in life-changing science and technology roles. We understand that the job hunt can be challenging, but our recruiters will help you every step of the way. Contact us now to start your journey towards the job of your dreams.

Woman with laptop in video interview

Many of us are stuck at home right now because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As a result, most job interviews are currently taking place online. Thanks to video conferencing apps like Skype and Zoom, employers can get to know candidates without having to meet them in person.

But this 'new normal' isn't really anything new at all. Recruiters have been conducting video interviews for years now - their popularity was on the rise even before the lockdown made them a necessity.

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