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Managing the changing face of recruitment in 2018

Increased competition, technological developments, new social values and a changing workforce created big shifts in recruitment and HR in 2017. And they’ll continue to do so in 2018. ‘Employee engagement’, ‘workplace culture’, ‘talent management’: it can be difficult to keep up, even harder to resist jumping on the bandwagon of each new recruitment trend. And while the potential they promise may be vast, your resources are likely to be anything but.     To...

2 February 2018

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Resolutions for workplace wellness in 2018

There’s been a 20% increase in the number of employers embracing workplace wellness strategies in 2017, and the figure is expected to rise in 2018. Workplace wellness can be defined as any health promotion activity or organisational practice that supports healthy behaviour among employees. And while it would be nice to think that it’s always morally motivated, the impact of employee wellness on business profitability is also a huge factor in the rising trend. Employee wellness doesn’...

2 January 2018

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Is the traditional CV becoming redundant?

Recruitment is changing. Complex skills requirements, advanced recruitment software and increased competition has led to claims that the traditional CV is being replaced by more creative and technical formats. We’d certainly agree that traditional CVs have their limitations in this increasingly digital workplace. Aside from the absence of non-verbal cues and visual appeal, an estimated 70% of them contain discrepancies. As a result, it’s difficult to make judgements about candidates’ su...

5 December 2017

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Signs you should consider outsourcing your recruitment

Do you see outsourced recruitment as an expense rather than an investment? It’s a common point of view, yet an increasing number of organisations are realising the value of outsourcing their recruitment. The market is evident simply from the number of new recruitment start-ups across the UK. In fact, the need for better management and leadership recruitment is what drove us to establish Sitka. Senior, more specialist roles present certain challenges to in-house recruiters. And even if yo...

6 November 2017

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Sitka celebrates a year of success

Last week we were delighted to welcome our supporters, partners and friends to Jolyons at No. 10 to celebrate our first birthday.  In the past year, we've had the privilege of working with some fantastic businesses in Wales, including DevOpsGuys, Creditsafe, Acuity Legal, Tŷ Hafan, Cardiff & Vale College and the Wales Audit Office. And we seem to have had quite an impact.  When we set Sitka up, we made it our mission to challenge the stigma of recruitment. Ove...

23 October 2017

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A career in management; have you got what it takes?

A recent report by the CIPD stated that ‘Manager behaviour not only impacts on employee health and well-being, but also on employee engagement’. As we mentioned in our last blog, effective engagement of employees is critical for business success. Being a good boss matters. As the saying goes, 'people leave managers, not companies', and 50% of people who leave their jobs cite a bad manager as the reason. Although each manager will have a unique style, those who are s...

28 September 2017

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How can you engage employees? This is what one of Wales’ Best Companies to work for does

With diversity on the rise and a lack of skilled candidates in the market affecting 65% of employers,  businesses have a significant job on their hands when it comes to employee engagement. But the benefits are considerable; engaged employees are easier to motivate, more productive, and more like to stay loyal to their employer (233% more loyal according to one study).  If that doesn’t persuade you, perhaps the fact that companies with an employee engagement programme achieve 26% ...

7 September 2017

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Six millennial traits that impress recruitment agencies

We'd like to say up front, we're not fans of the word 'millennial' here at Sitka.  It's not just that millennials have had a bad rap of late, but the term has become somewhat of a synonym with entitlement, laziness and technology addiction - and we really don't like generalisations.  Also, we'd agree with Bill Murphy Jr who recently wrote in his article 'Here's the brutal truth about why everybody else resents millennials' that it isn't that people are different because of when they we...

27 July 2017

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The benefits of a hybrid recruitment approach

Typically, recruitment firms offer a one stop approach to recruitment; traditional or headhunting (search and selection). Because of the time and skills, it requires, the latter tends to be exclusively centred on high profile executive roles. But at Sitka, we believe your managerial roles warrant the same level of focus and investment. First things first: what do we mean by traditional recruitment? In this context, traditional recruitment refers to the high volume, target-drive, database search...

26 June 2017

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Why talent management is critical for business success

'The only thing that is constant is change' (Heraclitus). This well-known saying is truer than ever in our fast-evolving economy. In the last 50 years, we have moved from a factory-based to a knowledge-based workforce. People want greater flexibility in their work life now and the 'job for life' is not the Holy Grail for employees.  The explosion of social media platforms has also had a huge impact and negative comments from disgruntled employees can make or break a company in hours. In ord...

29 May 2017

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