Workplace diversity

If you happen to work in HR, diversity in the workplace is probably a very familiar topic. It’s a legal obligation that’s seen growing visibility over the last two decades.

However, diversity isn’t just a matter for Human Resources. Diversity in the workplace has a profound influence on every part of the working process, from social interaction to quality of work.

A diverse workforce can provide better results in terms of creativity, problem-solving and decision-making, generally resulting in a more productive environment all round. After all, a toolbox full of hammers won’t do much good when it comes to changing a light bulb.

 

Diversity Hiring Laws

The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination in the workplace, theoretically providing a basis that ensures nobody’s personal background or characteristics affect their right to work.

However, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), “an effective diversity and inclusion strategy goes beyond legal compliance”, and appropriate steps must be taken to ensure a varied working environment.

As such, knowing how to hire more diverse employees while staying safely within the boundaries of diversity hiring laws is a must for any company. Failure to do so could land your business in hot water.

Luckily, we’ve got a few helpful suggestions that will allow you to broaden your field of applicants instantly, helping you achieve a multicultural, multi-talented workforce across the age spectrum.

 

How to Hire More Diverse Employees

While specifically targeting a particular group can lead to accusations of discrimination, ensuring that your recruitment strategy is free from any involuntary prejudice can be a fantastic way to fairly and efficiently level the playing field for everyone.

Here are three effective diversity recruiting strategies that will help you to achieve a balanced response from all manner of candidates, ensuring your field of applicants is as diverse as possible.

 

Requested Info

Whether you consciously realise it or not, the information you collect via job application forms can have a dramatic effect on your perception of each applicant.

Information such as gender and nationality can subconsciously affect your expectations of a candidate and influence your response accordingly. Even names can trigger such biases; anonymous job applications have gained a lot of of traction in recent years as a means of eradicating this issue.

While this may seem a little extreme, there are simple steps that can be taken that garner similar results. To nip this issue in the bud, simply avoid asking for information such as gender, date of birth and nationality within your application forms.

That way, you can completely avoid direct or indirect discrimination by simply not knowing these characteristics, basing your judgement exclusively on the merit of the candidates in question.

 

Tell-Tale Wording

It’s also important to note that the inclusion of certain words in a candidate specification can also give skewed results. As such, it’s important to take care when penning your job descriptions to avoid a slanted verbiage.

For example, requesting “recent graduates” is likely to return applicants in their early to mid-20s, while requesting “experienced candidates” or requiring a minimum of X years’ experience is likely to discourage applicants below a certain age.

While there are always exceptions to these rules, avoiding such potholes could help you to appeal to a wider mix of applicants.

 

Favoured Parties

Though potentially more controversial than the above steps, favouring one party over another in order to achieve a greater balance in the workplace is undoubtedly an effective way to combat the issue of discrimination.

However, this tactic can spark debate, and may be perceived by some as discriminatory in itself.

This approach has drawn criticism from some corners over the years as it does - somewhat ironically - exclude certain parties in order to give more opportunities to a specific group. Nevertheless, it is a legal technique and one that is promoted by the government itself.

According to gov.uk, as an employer, you are allowed to favour a candidate with “protected characteristics” over one without if you feel the former is underrepresented in your workplace / industry. The only proviso is that both candidates must be equally matched in terms of suitability for the role.

 

Challenges of Diversity in the Workplace

While it’s important to have a fair and unbiased recruitment process, recruiting a candidate for the specific purpose of “ticking a box” can be counterproductive for all parties and can foster workplace resentment, as well as potentially reducing the overall quality of the work produced.

For example, hiring an ineffective communicator for a role that predominantly involves communication will likely result in a negative outcome for the company, the customer and the team, which can in turn be demoralising for the worker themselves.

Being fair without inadvertently discriminating against any party is a key part of creating an equal process. If you base your search purely on merit, you should bag yourself a diverse workplace by proxy, and this will ultimately achieve the best results for your business.

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Choosing a new employee to join your company is no easy task. Nowadays, a single job advert can receive in excess of 100 applications. With potentially hundreds of CVs to read and a diverse range of people to choose from, hiring the right candidate takes time, patience and careful consideration.

If you get it right, you could be welcoming an inspiring, motivated and hard-working person into your company - someone who will breathe new life into the working environment.

Get it wrong, however, and not only have you wasted an eye-watering amount of money, you're also back where you started, with the same vacancy to fill again...

So, ensure you hire the right candidate first time by taking note of our hiring mistakes to avoid.

 

Not making the job description clear.

To find the perfect fit for a particular role, you need to explain in your job description exactly what your ideal candidate would be like. Job seekers aren't mind-readers, and they need to know exactly what's required of them so that they can decide whether they're the right fit for a job.

Being as clear as possible in the job description improves your chances of finding a candidate who ticks all the boxes.

 

Advertising in the wrong places.

Certain types of people look for jobs in certain types of places, so understand your demographic before you start advertising. If you need a graduate to fill a particular role, make sure your job is advertised on graduate-friendly websites. Similarly, for specialist roles (e.g. scientific jobs) seek the help of industry-specific recruitment specialists like us!

Putting your job in front of the right candidates is crucial if you want to find the right person for the job.

 

Not conducting phone interviews.

A five-minute phone call with a potential candidate can give you a far better insight into their personality than a CV can. How well can they handle the pressure of a phone call? Are they good at communicating? Are they friendly? These are all things that you can determine via a brief telephone conversation.

Phone interviews can save you and your candidates time and help you on your way to identifying the perfect candidate earlier in the hiring process.

We know that the hiring process can be arduous, but don't worry - HRS can offer you lots of expert advice that will help you choose the right candidate for the job first time.

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Business relocation

Whether your business is in its infancy or a well-established enterprise, you may be considering business relocation as an opportunity to grow and expand (or indeed to downsize).

Business relocation can occur for a plethora of reasons, but one thing is certain: pursuing a fresh start in new premises is not a decision to be taken lightly.

Relocating a whole company is costly and causes disruptions, so choosing the right time to move your business - and doing it for the right reasons - is paramount.

 

Why relocate your business?

 

Moving to find better employees

One reason you might choose to relocate your business is to pursue staff with better qualifications and/or more experience.

If your business requires individuals with a very particular skill set (especially common in scientific professions), you might find that your current location just isn't suitable.

Many business owners relocate close to higher education institutions because they offer a surplus of well-educated graduates who are ready to seek employment.

 

Upgrading facilities

Another reason you might move your business is to make better facilities available to staff. If your workforce is growing and expanding, sheer lack of space can be a factor that influences your decision to relocate.

If you find that you can afford to upgrade your facilities (e.g. desks, toilets, parking) but have insufficient space for it in your current building, relocation may be a great option.

 

Downsizing

If your business is facing economic difficulties, or the location of your business is no longer lucrative, downsizing to smaller offices in a more economically-stable town or city might be just the fresh start your business needs to recover.

Whether you need to cut jobs or not, downsizing your business can increase your profit margins and allow you to move somewhere where demand for your product / service is at its highest.

 

Business Relocation Tips:

  • Plan ahead
  • Let loyal customers and vendors know well in advance
  • Update your contact details
  • Update your website and other online listings
  • Don't make a snap decision

If you're planning to relocate and you need to find new employees for your business, Hyper Recruitment Solutions can help!

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Biochemistry is a  fascinating subject that teaches you about the fundamental building blocks of life. Because the subject is so broad, biochemistry jobs cover many sectors from forensics through to nanotechnology and beyond. 

If you've studied biochemistry at university, there are many biochemistry jobs that you'll be a good candidate for. Choosing the right biochemistry job for you is made easier if you have a rough idea of the area you want to work in. Hopefully, during the course of your studies, you have been inspired to specialise in a particular area that has sparked your interest. 

Let's take a look at some of the most popular biochemistry jobs to get an idea of what biochemistry job roles look like.

Pharmacologist

Working as a pharmacologist, your main goal is to investigate how drugs interact with biological systems. This can be a very rewarding job because you will be:

  • Discovering and creating new medicines
  • Exploring how the effects of certain drugs differ from person to person
  • Improving existing drugs so they are safer and more effective

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Biotechnologist

In this role, you will study all aspects of cells and organisms to create new technology and products. As a biotechnologist, your main goal is to improve people's quality of life. With a biochemistry background, it's likely that, as a biotechnologist, you'll want to specialise in microbiology, forensics, and medicine. Things you'll be tasked with include:

  • Conducting experiments with living organisms
  • Research and data analysis
  • Maintaining and operating standard laboratory equipment

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Clinical Research Associate 

If clinical trials have been the highlight of your biochemistry degree, then perhaps working as a Clinical Research Associate might be perfect for you. It's likely that you'll be testing clinical trials on drugs, their effectiveness and their safety. Other aspects of this role include:

  • Liaising with doctors and other investigators
  • Monitoring trials throughout their duration
  • Preparing written clinical reports for publication

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Of course, this is just a small selection of the biochemistry jobs you can choose from, but we hope this gives you an overview of the kind of work biochemists can do.

To gain a better understanding of the different jobs that fall under the biochemistry umbrella, it's best to start looking at current job vacancies! By searching for 'biochemistry' on our 'find a job' page, you will be able to see a range of roles that fall under this category.

By reading real biochemistry job descriptionskey duties and responsibilities and role requirements, you will gain a much clearer understanding of the type of biochemistry job you want to/can apply for. 

Click Here to start your biochemistry job hunt today! If you have any questions about biochemistry jobs, job applications, or even writing your CV, don't hesitate to get in touch.

You can call us on +44 (0)239102980 or email us at info@hyperec.com.

HRS team at the 2019 Global Recruiter Awards

We've won our third award in under 12 months!

Last night (20 June), the Hyper Recruitment Solutions team visited London's fabulous Café de Paris for the 2019 Global Recruiter UK Industry Awards. This was the awards' 10th anniversary, and the evening was suitably spectacular, with the venue packed and anticipation running high for the announcement of the winners.

This time around, HRS were up for the Best Small Recruitment Business award, and with two gongs already under our belt for 2018/19 (courtesy of the IRP Awardsi n December and the Recruiter Awards just last month), we were hoping to make it a hat-trick at the Café de Paris last night.

And as it turned out...

...we won!

The awards' organisers praised Hyper Recruitment Solutions for our fast growth, outstanding staff retention, and the "glowing testimonials" our clients have given. Here's what our Managing Director Ricky Martin had to say after the awards had been handed out:

"What a fantastic night - we've done the treble! Picking up wins at the IRP Awards, the Recruiter Awards, and now the Global Recruiter Awards has proven beyond doubt that Hyper Recruitment Solutions is a truly life-changing recruitment company, and we're showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. I couldn't be prouder of the HRS team for the sensational success we've seen in the past 12 months, and it's great to be able to call ourselves global multi-award winners!"

Ricky Martin at the Global Recruiter Awards

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