Sitka Blog

The importance of personal resilience for work

We’re delighted to be sponsoring Aprils CIPD’s event on ‘How to build personal resilience’. Presented by inspirational speaker, trainer, coach and author Steve Head, it’s a topic close to our hearts and one we find ourselves talking to candidates and clients about regularly. In such a competitive market, personal resilience isn’t just a ‘nice to have’, it’s an essential soft skill that can determine whether people achieve both their own career goals and those of their o...

17 April 2018

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Gender equality at leadership level: why it matters and how to achieve it

Over the past few months, we’ve spoken to a number of women in senior leadership roles in Wales, who have given us some revealing insights into how they reached their current positions. Today, as we celebrate International Women’s Day and National Careers Week, we share their lessons for both aspiring leaders and Welsh organisations with ambitions to achieve better gender equality at leadership level.   Why does it matter? There is overwhelming evidence showing that greater ...

8 March 2018

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Social media’s place in recruitment

Depending which surveys you look at, some 39-84 per cent of employers now use social media to research prospective candidates - last year, YouGov found that 1 in 5 employers had rejected candidates because of what they found out about them in the process. But social screening goes both ways; an estimated 77 percent of candidates screen their prospective employers and 59 percent of employees credit the organisation’s social media presence as a reason for accepting the job. Candidates are ...

1 March 2018

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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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