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Tricky Salary Discussions

Most people are inherently uncomfortable talking about money, particularly, candidates during an interview situation.  So how should you approach those tricky salary discussions in an interview? Expected salary Candidates may or may not come prepared with a range of numbers they expect. They likely know what they would like to get paid in a perfect world but it can be intimidating to be asked to put out a number – especially if it is for a junior position and they haven’t had a chance to figure out what they are worth. As an employer – be honest. Let them know if they are nowhere near the mark and remember to explain the benefits of the job as well, not just the salary. Candidates can be more likely to accept a lower salary if it comes with the right benefits to make the whole package seem more enticing.  Make sure you have done your research and that the salary matches what the candidate is expected to do in the role. If they are interviewing with more than one company you don’t want to come up short because you didn’t evaluate the current market for the role accurately. What to do if the salary range offered is less than they had anticipated This is interesting, and not as straightforward as you think to deal with.  To start with, don’t let them get..

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Time Management Tips

What can we say about time management that you don’t already know? There are volumes of information about this topic available for you to read and forget to implement. You could read books and study the subject until you’re blue in the face, but implement these 5 simple steps and you will be on your way to ACTUALLY making some improvement –  1.     DO NOT DISTURB! – do you need to constantly check your phone/emails? Make a time in the morning and a time in the afternoon where you will check your emails (preferably at the start and end of the workday) DO NOT check them outside these times. Put your “out of office” on or set your phone to do not disturb. Informing people that anything urgent should be phoned through and not emailed will allow the people who want something from you to prioritise before you even see the task. Let them know in an auto-reply when you will be checking your emails and if anything requires urgent attention they should phone your mobile. 2.    Short sharp bursts – don’t think you can concentrate fully for 5 hours, try shorter periods with a walk in between. Committing to concentrate on one thing for 30-40 minutes greatly increases your ability to focus. Let your brain know it only has to focus for shorter periods at a time – in between,..

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How to Achieve the…

Work/Life Balance You’ve done the hard work, attracted and signed the right employees. You offer attractive remuneration packages and an inspiring workplace. Your employees are hard workers in a very competitive world. Demands on our time and distractions are assaulting us like never before. There are 3 simple steps you (and your employees) can use to tip the balance in your favour. 1.       Time management As much as we like to think we can, human beings were not meant to multi-task. There are slight exceptions, such as listening to classical music to focus, however, for the most part, switching between tasks continuously is distracting and prevents us from using our time in the most efficient manner. If you find it difficult to concentrate for long periods without some distraction then try working in shorter bursts. 25-30 minutes concentrating fully on one task. Once that time has elapsed take a short 5-minute break, but make sure it is a break. Go for a walk and clear your mind. Return then to the task at hand. Concentrating fully on a task for shorter periods of time will enable you to complete the task quicker, meaning you won’t have to spend time at home thinking about work. 2.       Health The advice can be horribly conflicting. Eat less fat, eat more fat, stop eating sugar, go vegan, go vegetarian, follow a keto diet – the list..

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