Your Exit Interview: How Honest Should You Be?

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You’ve got a new job and you’ve handed in your notice – fab! The only thing left to do is finish your last two weeks, pack up your desk and leave… oh, and your exit interview! When it comes down to an exit interview, most people just aren’t sure how honest they should be, especially if they weren’t exactly fond of the job or company. That’s why Prestige Recruitment Group has written this blog to help you when it comes to preparing and answering those dreaded exit interview questions.

 Michael Kerr is an international business speaker and the author of ‘You Can’t Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work,’ and he says that some employees believe that the exit interview is the ideal opportunity to be completely honest about their experiences with their employer, while others think that being candid puts them at risk of burning bridges. Kerr believes that it’s not a black-and-white issue; you should think about how truthful you want to be, and when it’s okay to be.  

Firstly, if you loved your job and role, you should be honest about it! If you feel passionate about the industry and the job you were doing (perhaps you’re only leaving because you got an opportunity that’s too good to turn down) be sure to let management know that this is the case and you’re actually sad to be leaving!

 If this isn’t the case – perhaps you’re leaving because of management, or because of problems with the job and company, you might need to withhold some of the honesty. When it comes round to your exit interview, you can be honest about why you’re leaving, but don’t divulge confidential information or try and slander someone’s reputation. Sometimes exit interviews are anonymous through a computer system – if this is the case, you may find it easier to be honest, however it is important however that you are as honest as you can be even if it is not anonymous. When you’re honest about your experiences in an exit interview, you get the closure you need from that role and company. Hopefully, this shouldn’t be the first time management are hearing about problems you may have had, as you should have brought up any problems you have had in meetings or reviews during your time working for the company. If you haven’t, be prepared for management to be surprised or confused.

There is however, a world of difference between being honest and being disrespectful or rude. You should keep it short, polite and positive. Try not to blame particular people in the company for reasons as to why you didn’t like the role. Pointing fingers at certain people can come round to bite you – so keep your answers more general to the company itself. Offer constructive ideas and positive suggestions. When you leave a company, you don’t really want to burn bridges with everyone who works there. If you’re staying in that particular industry, there’s a chance that you might see these people again, or they’ll know your future employers. Therefore, it’s vital that nothing you say is too personal.

 If you do have negatives to say, make sure that you deliver criticism by emphasising what you did like at the company. Mention projects, elements or particular experiences that you have had that you have thoroughly enjoyed. You are then explaining to the employer what it is that you feel works in that company – and doesn’t make the whole experience sound negative.

 The best way to think about how to act or speak within your exit interview is to think about how you want to be remembered when you leave the company. Don't let your last hour destroy what you worked to build over weeks, months, or years!

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Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004




10 Top Tips to Increasing Creativity

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Being creative is not as easy as it sounds. If someone asked you right now to be creative, how would you do it?

 Unfortunately, creativity isn’t something you can turn on and off like a tap. It’s something that comes like buses – sometimes two or three creative buses will come at the same time (when you might not even need them) but other times, when you really need some great ideas, there’s been three hours of brain traffic and your creative bus is nowhere to be found. Prestige Recruitment Group understand how frustrating it can be when you’re stood at that creative bus stop, so we’ve compiled our top ten tips to help you get that traffic moving. 

 

1) Doodle, Draw or Write

When you’re struggling for inspiration or ideas, you might not think about drawing or writing – because what is there to write about? Well funnily enough, you don’t need anything specific to write about. Doodle when you’re talking to people – it might inspire ideas. Although many people may have been told off growing up with ‘stop doodling and pay attention,’ doodling can actually help you stay engaged during an activity in which you might otherwise find your mind drifting. In fact, some of the world’s greatest thinkers – such as Steve Jobs - actually used doodling to jump-start their creativity. As well as this, writing flash fiction is a great way to spark some creativity. Set yourself a limit of 5 minutes and just write anything and everything! When you read it back, it will usually spark some ideas.

 

2) Creative the Right Environment

Sometimes, if you’re working in an area that is messy or unorganised, you’re just not in the right environment to be creative! As well as this, being sat at a desk and being forced to be creative can often impact your potential to be creative! That’s why big companies such as Google go to great lengths to provide employees with perks such as volleyball courts and other games which help foster creativity in their staff. Next time, you’re having to be creative, remove yourself from your normal environment and see what ideas you can come up with.

 

3) Become an Expert

When you are struggling to be creative about a certain topic, you need to become an expert! Begin by reading articles or watching videos about the subject you will gain more information about it. By learning more about a topic or subject, you will inspire yourself!

 

4) Listen to Music

If you take some time out and listen to music – and really listen – you might find your creative juices start flowing! In fact, even playing music in the background of a task can help you focus and increase your concentration on the task in hand. Obviously, not every type of music works for everyone, but find your niche music type, and stick it on!

 

5) Read More

When you’re becoming an expert in a certain topic, you might find yourself reading articles and information on the topic. However, another way to get creative juices flowing is to read more fiction! Take some time and have a read of a few chapters in a book of something, you never know what ideas will come to mind!   

 

6) Set Aside Some Time for Brainstorming

Creativity can take ages, but if you force yourself to brainstorm under timed conditions, you might be pleasantly surprised with what you come up with. Let your mind flow freely and write everything and anything you think about. A good way to do this is through association – think about the topic you need to write/draw about and write words down. Then, from these words, write other words that come off them.  

 

7) Socialise with Different People

When you’re surrounded by the same people day in and day out, you’re not being open to new ideas and different perspectives. Therefore, it’s vital that when you’re needing some creativity, you spend time with people whose life experience and world view is unlike yours. This allows you to do activities and think about things differently from the way you do in your usual routine, which might encourage some creativity.

 

8) Exercise

Getting out and doing some sort of exercise will inspire some creativity. Exercising regularly can boost creativity as it reduces stress and improves cognitive function. Walking can provide you time to think over ideas and allow you to zone out and focus on what you need to think about. Making a point of doing any sort of exercise, whether that’s boxing, cycling or just going for a brisk walk, will shake your mind and give you some ideas!

 

9) Try the 30 Circles Test

This exercise comes from researcher Bob McKim and is a great method to spark some creativity into your life. The test involves:

1)   Take a piece of paper and draw 30 circles on the paper

2)   Set a timer for one minute

3)   Turn each circle into an object. i.e a smiley face or the sun.

Doing this forces you under a timed limit to see what you can come up with. Although none of the drawings might actually be relevant, it shows that you do have the capability to be creative! It’s a fun exercise to do, especially in groups! Most people don’t actually get to 30 – but that’s because we have the tendency as adults to self-edit and be critical. Don’t let that harm your creativity.

 

10) Get Enough Sleep

Sleep will help your mind stay rested and refreshed, leaving you recharged with creativity! Make sure you try and get 8+ hours of sleep so that you’re always fully charged!

 

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Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

3 Reasons to Relocate for Work

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The idea of relocating for work can seem scary and impossible, especially if it doesn’t seem like you have enough funds to completely uplift your life into a different city. However, more businesses are offering relocation support for the right candidate - this includes helping with accommodation or giving a candidate more money. For anyone, the idea of actually moving can be frightening, but a recent survey shows that workers who do take the plunge don’t really regret the decision. According to The People Perspective on Relocation, 3,078 reported on the main rewards for relocating for work:

 

1) New Experiences

Many people can feel that they are stagnant in their career or they’re after something completely different, and that’s why the ideology of relocation is something really exciting. Many people relocate for work because they want a change in their life – and there’s no better way to do this than completely moving!

71% of respondents from the survey said that by moving to take a new job, they were allowed to enjoy new experiences, whether at work or outside the office. In today’s society, more millennials than ever are moving to big cities for work so that they can meet new people from different cities. The millennial workforce are the perfect age to do this – most of them don’t have anything that ties them down to a particular city!

 

2) Better Career Prospects

Within certain industries, jobs are scarce in some areas, but very sought after in other places. That’s why some individuals may move to another city in order to benefit themselves in regard to work. As well as this, there may be better opportunities for you in the long-run in regards to the career you have.

For example, big cities like London, Birmingham and Manchester are likely to have more specific industry-related roles with more scope for promotion that smaller companies in villages or small towns. In the study, 55% of respondents said that they feel that their career is on a better track both today in their current role and in the future.

 

3) Dislike of Society and Community

If you dislike your community (both inside and outside of the office), relocating can be the perfect opportunity for you to find somewhere you really feel like you belong. Community culture is such a vital element to the role you do – if you don’t like your area, you’re not going to be happy regardless of your job role. The best way to change this is to get out of the area that is making you feel unhappy and relocate for a new role in a different area you can imagine living in.

The study found that 40% of respondents felt like they had found better communities in the office and area they had moved into.

 

Other reasons for relocating for work include the standard ones such as salary, cost of living, and own personal needs. If you do decide that you want to relocate for work, make sure you get in touch. We may have the perfect role for you.  Check out our other blogs here.


Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004



What Happens When You’re Promoted

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So you’ve just been promoted – that’s great! You’re excited – and so you should be! You’ve worked hard and really appreciate the opportunity you’ve been given to grow further within your company and industry. However, if your role now means your managing your previous colleagues, things can get pretty awkward… if you let them. Even if you’re not going to be managing other employees, the change in your job title and status will still change your working experience.

 

If you do get that new position, here’s some quick tips of advice to help you with your transition into your new role:

 

1) Celebrate

The first thing you should do is celebrate your promotion. Buy yourself something new, whether that’s clothes for work or a new laptop, or just something you’ve had your eye on for a while but could never really justify buying. Even if you don’t want to buy something specific, go out for something to eat or drink with some close friends or family – they will be as happy for you as you are for yourself. Don’t do anything flamboyant in front of your colleagues (possibly now your subordinates!) like running round the office and shouting. Try and play it cool – some of your colleagues may have gone for the same job that you got, and some of them may find it weird that you’re going to be their new boss!

 

2) Set Your Goals In Your New Job

Think about what your future holds and ask yourself – What do you want to accomplish and why? Set both personal and career goals before you start your new role. Within your new role, things are going to start moving very quickly. You’ll be learning new things and meeting new people so before everything get’s too fast, it’s important that you immediately set your own goals.

 

3) Proceed Slowly

When you’ve been promoted, it’s easy to think about everything and anything you want to change. Maybe you have great ideas and now you have more power, you can try and put them into action. Whatever the case, you need to make sure you take things slow and try not to rush into your office with a list full of changes. Change is made even worse when people get promoted or become management and start adjusting processes or systems that have been in place for ages. At the end of the day, you’re going to have a tonne of new responsibilities that you should focus on first. If the processes in place aren’t working how you want them to, surround yourself with other managers and get to know how and why things are how they are.

 

4) Acknowledge the Change and Set Expectations

When you start your new job, you need to acknowledge the change. Let your colleagues and potentially new team that things are going to change. You might say something like ‘Things are going to be a little different now, but, as (insert your new job title) I will be going this…’ You could ask people if they have any questions or any concerns.

 

5) Start Afresh

Within your old job and role, you might have had opinions about certain members of staff. Maybe you got on better with certain members of staff and didn’t like others, but within your new role, you shouldn’t let these opinions affect your ability to do your new job.

 

6) Don’t Be Hurt If You Are Treated Differently

As we’ve said, things are going to change now that you have this new job. It’s therefore important that you don’t get hurt if you are treated differently. Your old colleagues might not ask you to come out with them as much outside of work hours, but that’s okay. They now know that you have more responsibility and power, and so some may only want a professional relationship. Unfortunately, there’s a power dynamic at work that just can’t be ignored and it comes with this promotion. 

 

7) Distance Yourself a Little

In fact, in some cases, your relationships with other members of staff may not immediately change. This is where it’s important to distance yourself a little and establish some boundaries. If as the new boss, you’re still hanging out with all your old friends and hearing them say things that aren’t really appropriate for you to know as the manager, you shouldn’t be there. Your leadership in general will come under question if you can’t change your relationships a little. Disengage from casual chitchat a little and say yes to fewer lunch invitations and you will cultivate that air of authority that you may need in your new position. Of course, if your promotion doesn’t affect your responsibility over your colleagues – there’s no reason for you to have to do this.

 

8) Show Them What You’re Made Of

Okay, so you’ve been given this promotion for a particular reason – and that’s because your boss thinks you have the ability and skill to do it! As you establish relations with members of the team and other people in the company, make sure you pull your socks up and show your management exactly what you can do.

 

9) Learn More

With any new job, there’s still going to be lots to learn. When you get your promotion, make sure you take the time to get to know the things that you need to know. It’s likely that you were in your old position for quite a while, so adjusting to a new position is going to take some time. Even in the same company, when you get a new role, you’re pretty much starting from scratch again. Learn the new systems (if there are any) and introduce yourself to any new team members you may have to work with that you haven’t worked with before.

 

10)  Make the Most Our of Your First Promotion

Your first promotion is bound to make you excited and feel satisfied! You finally feel like you’re making progress. In order for you to continue to excel, make sure you handle it the right way and prove that you deserved it.

 

If you’re interested in finding a new position, be sure to get in touch. You can see our other blogs here.

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

Finding a New Job After Losing One

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Ideally, finding a job is something that you do on your own terms. Sometimes, you just want to try something new or you’re looking for your first job.

Unfortunately however, sometimes things can happen which sees you leaving your current role – perhaps the company just didn’t have the money to support your current role, or perhaps you haven’t passed probation and so need to go back to the job searching market. When this happens, it is easy to immediately dive into applying for any job and everything. However, the apply-now and think-later approach can make your search longer and make things more complicated. When it comes to applying for jobs after you have lost a job, it’s important that you are strategic with your job search.

 

1) Grieving Time

When you’ve just lost a job, you’re going to need some time to get over it – especially if you weren’t expecting it. Take some time to accept the fact that you are no longer working at your previous role, and have a few days to do things that you didn’t have the chance to while you were working, whether it’s going out with your friends mid-week or getting in to see the doctor. Once you’ve had this time, you’ll be ready to find a new job.

 

2) Think About Your Career Path

If you’ve lost your job, regardless of the reason why, think about whether you were truly happy. If you were fired because you weren’t performing – is this a telling sign that you actually didn’t really care for that career path? If you decide that the job wasn’t right anyway because you didn’t enjoy it – think about what you actually do enjoy.

 

3) Update Your CV

Chances are, you haven’t updated your CV yet. Now, you’re going to need to get up the file and do some editing. Write about your last role – think about your responsibilities and what you did. You don’t need to write the reason for leaving on your CV, but you should think about what you’re going to say when you are asked by recruiters or by potential employers.

 

4) Update Your LinkedIn

CV done. Now it’s time to do the same with your LinkedIn profile!

 

5) Start Looking For Jobs

Now you know what you want to do and have a CV prepared and ready. Look to see what’s out there, and when you’re ready – apply!

 

6) Don’t Be Afraid to Reach Out

If you’ve looked for available jobs – you might find that there’s a vacancy at a company you already know through someone on your network. This would be a good chance for you to message said connection and highlight the fact you have seen the vacancy they are advertising. Then, you can learn more information about the role, and if you’re not too sure if the position is right for you, you might be able to learn about vacancies they haven’t yet advertised.

 

7)  Apply

Now it’s time to apply for those jobs! To find out more information about preparing for interviews, check out our blogs here.  

 

If you are now job-searching, make sure you get in touch.


Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004



 

How to Feel More Energised Through the Day

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It’s very common for people to get that drained, tired feeling at work, especially in the early afternoon after they’ve eaten lunch. In order to decrease this feeling and increase energy in the workplace, Prestige Recruitment Group have compiled this list of some top tips on how to feel more energised throughout your workday.

 

1) Drink More Water

It’s absolutely vital that you drink more water throughout your workday so that you can stay energised and productive.  A top tip we can offer on how to ensure that you drink more water during your work day is to take a big 2litre bottle of water in everyday and drink it all before you go home. Once you get into the routine of drinking water every hour, you’ll see how easy it is to drink your recommended amount every single day! When you’re fully hydrated, you’ll feel more energised and better for it.

In fact, you should drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning. Not only does it fire up your metabolism, it also hydrates you, helps your body flush out toxins and gives your brain fuel. Doing this is a great way to improve your energy levels and puts you in great stead for the rest of the day!

 

2) Never Skip Breakfast

When you’re busy in the morning and rushing round, you might find it difficult to squeeze in eating breakfast. This is vital, even if it means that you have to wake up earlier because eating a filling, energising breakfast such as oatmeal will keep you alert and focused at work. 

If you struggle to make and eat breakfast in the morning, there are tonnes of ways you can get around the time constraints a busy morning gives you. Overnight oats, or porridge pots can be a really easy, quick breakfast that gives you energy that will last well into your lunchtime! If you’re allowed to eat at your desk in the mornings, you can prepare your breakfast the night before and just grab it on your way into the office.  

 

3) Have a Decent Lunch

More food advice! When lunchtime (eventually) rolls round, it’s easy to overload on carbohydrates or unhealthy snacks full of sugar. These foods may make you feel energised for a small amount of time, but when the sugar crash comes, you’re going to feel less energised than you did before your snack. It’s therefore important that you try and eat healthily as you’ll find the energy lasts longer. Foods like vegetables, meats, nuts and even dark chocolate will all give you some of that much-needed protein! 

 As well as eating well, it’s also important that you don’t overeat. When you over eat at work, you’re likely to feel bloated and this will make you feel run-down and ready for bed! For most people, a mid-day nap isn’t possible, so try and avoid overeating to keep your energy high!

So don’t eat too much and eat healthy, filling food so that you can be feeling energised and ready for the rest of your day!

 

4) Move Around

When you’re sat at your desk all day, you’re not moving at all. When the heat of the office warms up and you start feeling sleepy, you sure will be running low on energy. In order to feel more energised, it’s important that you take regular breaks and move away from your desk. Walk around the building or go out and get some fresh air outside. Being active in the day actually makes you feel more energised than sitting in one place!

As well as this, there are quite a few desk exercises you can do. Whether that’s leg or arm stretches, you should try them as they’ll get you moving, even if you’re sat down!

 

5) Take Your Breaks!

When you take your breaks, your day gets broken up a little. It’s absolutely vital that you remember to take your breaks, whether that’s a lunch break or a comfort one! Keeping active on these breaks and giving your brain that much needed rest away from your work computer is a great way to stay energised.

Let us know if you’re currently job searching and we’ll be happy to help! You can see our other blogs here.

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

How to Stop Worrying So Much

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At work, worrying can seriously affect your ability to do your job. If you spend your whole time working, you aren’t actually doing anything productive and you’re wasting time! Therefore, Prestige Recruitment Group has written this blog to help you turn your working life around and stop worrying! Below, we’ve listed 5 signs that you worry too much and written some top tips on how to stop that dreaded worry.

 

1) You Replay Everything Over and Over

So you’ve just been to a work meeting and you boss said one of your ideas sounded good, but also didn’t tell you where to go from there. After the meeting, you sit at your desk and start replaying the meeting over and over in your head trying to see if your boss said anything else and to think about the tone and way they spoke. Did they actually think it was good? Did they say it sarcastically? Did they mean it? You will replay it over and over until you’ve convinced yourself of the worst-case scenario.

 

2) You Always Think of The Worst-Case Scenario

When you’re a worrier – you will always think of the worst-case scenario and will twist even positive news into something bad. For example, your boss said they liked your ideas but what if they were joking? What if you didn’t hear them right? Now you’ve convinced yourself that they actually didn’t like your ideas and now you’re back to the drawing board.

 

3) You Rehearse What’s Going to Happen

Every day you rehearse for the most mundane things. You practice driving to meetings, you check out the parking options and you prepare what you’re going to say in advance. You will hardly let anything happen naturally as you worry about how you’re going to get somewhere, what you’re going to do and what you’re going to say.  

 

4) You Struggle to Sleep

When it comes to night-time, you will rarely fall straight to sleep. You might toss and turn, thinking about what the next day will bring. Poor sleep means poor functioning the following day, which can lead to more stress which then in turn, creates worse sleep.

 

5) You Can’t Ever Relax

Linking to our previous point, you always need relaxing time. However, if you find that during this time, you just can’t switch off, you’re a serious worrier. If you find that you’re having persistent anxious thoughts throughout your daily life, even when you’re trying to relax, you’re definitely worrying too much!

 

Our Top Advice

When it comes to sleep, you need to break the cycle and move your bed time up by one hour. This way, even if you struggle to go straight to sleep, you will still be getting a decent night of sleep. Stop using technology before bed and let yourself unwind. If you do feel guilty about this ‘you’ time, remind yourself that proper rest is what lays the foundation for proper functioning, so you’ll be better positioned to tackle the next day! It might take some time to get into this new routine, but once you’re sleeping more, your worries will decrease.

In order to overcome your mundane worries, take deep breaths, ask yourself if it’s worth losing your peace over and bring your awareness back to the present moment. This worry comes when you allow your minds to wander too far into the future so using your breath to anchor yourself in the present can do wonders to dispel worries.

As well as this, turn off your phone when you’re trying to relax, and even if it’s difficult, just don’t get involved with anything! Take that time to have ‘you’ time, and when you get back to work, you’ll see that nothing bad came from you taking that time out.  

Remember, everyone worries and worry isn’t necessarily a bad thing – it’s human. The problem with your worries comes when they take over your life and you find yourself struggling to be productive, especially at work. Check out our other blogs here.

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004


5 Top Tips to Stop Procrastination

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Sometimes, procrastination can take over your entire day. You might be sat at your desk with a list of ‘things to do’ lay right next to you, but by the end of the day, you haven’t completed as much as you should have, and that’s because of procrastination. Don’t despair - procrastination is actually very normal. In fact, a study by Piers Steel found that 95% of people procrastinate!

In order for you to be the most productive person you possibly can and to stop procrastination taking over your life, Prestige Recruitment Group have compiled a list of our top tips to help you when procrastination comes calling.

 

1) Motivate Yourself Correctly  

People often procrastinate because they’re not feeling motivated enough to actually get the work done. The best way to overcome this is to think about the end game and what you hope to receive in the future. For example, are you aiming for a promotion? Where do you want to be in a years time? When you think about your future and how you need to accomplish your tasks to get there, you are likely to feel more motivated when it comes to completing your work!

This tip also works with personal goals and other things you might be putting off. For example, if you’re wanting to lose weight but just can’t find the motivation to diet or start exercising – start thinking of the end game and how fabulous you will be feeling once you’ve lost the weight.

 

2) Break It Down

One of the main causes of procrastination is the idea (and fear) of starting a large task. However, all of these tasks can actually be broken down into smaller, more manageable tasks. If you concentrate on one small thing at a time, you will find that you can tick more tasks off your to-do-list, which increases motivation to continue with the task!

 

3) Set Strict Deadlines

It’s important that you set deadlines for everything you do in order to keep you motivated when it comes to finishing your work. Some people prefer working under pressure, other people believe it forces them into getting things done and they don’t enjoy them. Either way, deadlines are vital in getting productive and stopping procrastination in its tracks! As you start setting your own deadlines, make sure you set yourself up for success and schedule more time than necessary. Projects often take much longer than expected, so make sure to schedule the extra time to make it easier for yourself.

 

4) Take a Walk

If you’re finding it hard to stay motivated, you should take a quick walk round and clear your head. This may seem counter-intuitive, but it has been proven that stepping away from a task can be beneficial to completing it. There has been lots of studies that show people perform better mentally after light to medium exercise.

 

5) Stop Chasing Perfection

Some people start to procrastinate when they’re worried about their work and they want it to be perfect. Striving for perfection has been the death of many brilliant ideas, products and businesses. Therefore, it’s important that you let go of the idea of perfection. The longer you stare at a blank page, the more difficult the task becomes in our mind. Just remember, something is better than nothing. Therefore it’s vital that you just start working and let your ideas grow. You can edit and edit until you finally get the perfect piece – it’s just not going to happen first time round. 

So it’s time to be productive! It’s important to remember that you should stop beating yourself up about the past. If you’re having thoughts like ‘I should have started earlier,’ it will only make matters worse. Research actually shows that forgiving yourself for past procrastination will help you stop putting off working on a task.  Check out our other blogs here.

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

5 Signs You’re in the Wrong Career

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Many people change careers throughout their life, especially if they fall out of love with the industry or role they are currently working. Sometimes however, it’s difficult to tell whether you are in a bad position or a bad career. If you are unhappy, Prestige Recruitment Group has listed five signs you’re in the wrong career, so you know whether you’re in the wrong place.

 

1) You Are Bored

A key element that shows whether it’s time to change career is if you are bored. If you don’t feel excited and ready for work every day and the idea of your role makes you yawn - you’re probably not in the right career. As well as this, if you find that you’re constantly daydreaming because you have completed all your tasks and there’s no room for movement or promotion, you need to leave.  

 CV –Library founder, Lee Biggins says ‘Boredom at work happens, and some tasks are always more tedious than others, but there should always be areas of your job that you love. If you’re struggling to identify any areas that excite you, it could be time to move on.’

 

2) You’re A Different Person At Work And Home

People who are happy at work are people who tend to feel relaxed. If you feel like a completely different person in the office and it’s not until you leave that you can be yourself, it may be a sign that it’s time to leave. You need to find a career that you feel you can be completely comfortable in.  At the end of the day, people who are in the right career tend to bring their ‘whole’ selves to work. This allows you to get fully submerged into the role and lets you form deeper relationships with people in the industry.

 

3) The Career Doesn’t Make Use Of Your Strengths

If you’re in a career and don’t feel like you’re making use of your strengths, this isn’t the role for you. Everybody wants a career they can excel in, and when you feel like you’re not utilising your strengths, your career isn’t rewarding.

 

4) You Complain About Work, A Lot

If you spend a lot of time talking about how much you hate your job, the career probably isn’t for you. If someone you haven’t seen in a while asks how work is going, and you find yourself going into a rant about how much you don’t like it, get out of there! In fact, you might not want to talk about work at all. For example, if you prefer talking to other people about their jobs rather than speak about yours, perhaps you’re not happy. 

 

5) You Fantasise About Quitting

When you’re unhappy with your job, you will find yourself thinking about the day you are able to quit. This is a sure sign that this career path isn’t for you. If you get more excited about the idea of leaving your role rather than progressing up the career ladder, get out of there! Find something you’re passionate about and work in that industry.

 

If you’re looking for a new role, get in touch. We recruit for a variety of roles and your new dream career could be just a phone call away. To find out more about us, click here.



Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004



How Can a Mentor Help You With Your Career?

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When you start a new career, there are tonnes of things you can do in order to expand your opportunities for the future and grow as a professional. One of these things is getting a mentor – someone who understands you, your aims and can help you flourish into the best possible ‘you.’ Prestige Recruitment Group has therefore compiled a list of 5 ways a mentor will help you with your career:

 

1) They Will Help You Find Your Way

If you’re new to your career path, having a mentor who knows their stuff can really put you on the right road to success. Not only can they help you find your way with jobs and experience, they can also teach you the rules (whether they are written or unwritten!)

 

2) They Will Acknowledge Your Shortcomings

When you’re trying to move forward in your career, you need to know what’s weighing you down. You might think you know and understand your own shortcomings but having a mentor who can give you constructive criticism in order to help you improve is great. A mentor will give you an outsider perspective and point out issues that you may not be able to see, so you can fully move forward and improve!

 

3) They Will Also Help Develop Your Strengths

Similarly to how you can develop on your shortcomings, you can also develop your strengths. You might already know what you think you are great at, but a mentor will be able to find other features that you might not even realise. Your strengths are only strengths when you continue to grow and develop them and a mentor will help you reach your full potential.

 

4) They Will Teach You

No matter where you are in your career, a mentor will be able to teach you something new. This is especially true if you find a mentor who is knowledgeable in an area that you need to learn more about. Whether it’s how to get something done at work, motivation tips or just how to start your day productively, a mentor will always have something new to show you.

 

5) They Will Help You Connect

Your mentor, who may be an outsider to your company or industry, is likely to know people that you have never met before. You will then be able to learn more from these new people, and this opportunity to network will help you in your career in the long-term. You never know what new opportunities will arise from who you know!

 

Connecting with a mentor is a great way to help you grow and develop, whether that’s as a person or in your career. For more advice, check out our other blogs here.



Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004





How to Answer: What are your Strengths?

How to answer: What are your strengths?

If you’ve read our blog ‘The Top 10 Interview Questions You Should ALWAYS Prepare For’, you’ll know that this is a vital question that you should always prepare for when you have an interview.

Some people may think that this is an easy question, but many candidates fail to prepare properly and sabotage themselves. You don’t have to be too modest, and make sure you get over hesitation to say nice things about yourself. You can do it in a way that makes you feel comfortable and authentic if you prepare in advance. 

Our steps to having the perfect answer are:

1) Make a List Of Your Strengths

Have a proper think and write down all of your strengths. Be honest and make sure that you write down the skills you genuinely think you are great at.

 

2) Pick Specific, Relevant Skills

Now from the list of your strengths, think about which ones are actually beneficial to the role you are applying for. So instead of opting for the obvious, pick something that has been demonstrated consistently over the course of your career/education. It’s vital that you’re able to add some context to how you found out that this was one of your strengths.

 

3) Give Examples

Now you’ve got context, expand on that further and add some examples as to when you have used that strength.  

It’s important that you grab hold of this question and guide the interview exactly where you want it to go. You should highlight a strength that is crucial for the position you are being interviewed for and make sure you provide an example and evidence. Your strengths should align with the company needs, and show that you have the qualities, skills and/or experience that set you apart from the competition.

It’s vital that you are honest – don’t lie. If you lie at any point in the interview, you will be caught out and it’s easy for a little white lie to expand into something much bigger.

 

An example of a great answer is:

‘I have extremely strong writing skills. Having worked as a copywriter for the past two years, I have a strong attention to detail. I have also written for a variety of different outlets, which means I know how to shape my writing style to fit the publication, task and audience. As a marketing assistant, I will be able to write and edit copy with accuracy and ease.’

 

Check out our other blogs here.

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

What is the Secret to Success?

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Most people want to be successful – that’s just a fact. However, the definition of success varies from person to person, but on the face of it, it’s achieving what you want to achieve.

Regardless of your definition, success often springs from opportunities, ideas, perspectives, connections or ventures. However, there are various things you can do in order to increase your chances of success. Prestige Recruitment Group have therefore created this blog in order to let you in on a little secret, and that’s the secret to success. Here’s what you should do:

 

1) Identify What Matters Most

Throughout life, and even throughout your day, there are multiple elements that compete for your attention. It’s therefore vital that you recognise your top priorities and:

 

2) Set Aggressive Goals

Establish what you want to achieve and stick to them - whether that’s in a decade, a few years, a couple of months, or just what you need to achieve for the day. By setting your goals, you will increase your motivation and when you have realistic deadlines, you are setting yourself up for success to complete what you want to complete! It’s also vital that you:

 

3) Ignore the Noise

Even though you’ve decided what matters most and you’ve set aggressive goals, there’s still going to be distractions and noise. In order to be successful, it’s vital that you ignore these. Obviously, if your manager tells you something needs to be done and it wasn’t originally scheduled into your plan, you’re going to have to realign your goals for the day rather than block it out! But anything that’s not important, ignore it!

 

But how should you spend your time?

1) Daily Routines

Many successful people get themselves into a daily routine. Tim Cook gets up at 3:45am and goes to the gym and Tony Robbins has a set exercise regime which he sticks to every day. If you wake up, get ready and rush to leave, you’re not setting yourself up correctly – you’ll be stressed before you even get to work. If you need to, wake up a little earlier (even if it means going to sleep a little earlier too!) and set yourself up properly for the day.

 

2) Carry a Notebook

Carry a small notebook round with you – when you have ideas, jot them down. Too often, great ideas are forgotten about. If you write down every little thing you think about, there’s a chance these ideas can develop into something amazing. In fact, people like Sir Richard Branson, David Allen and Cheryl Sandberg famously carry a little notebook with them everywhere they go.

 

3) Self-Development 

You need to schedule time to self-develop and learn, regardless of your goals. You can do this through taking online courses, researching and… reading! When you schedule time to read, you develop multiple skills, and you can find out more about this here.

Oprah Winfrey states that you need to stop worrying about other people and what you don’t have, focus on you and what you do have, as well as what you’d like for the future. When you focus on yourself, you’re already increasing your chance of success.

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

Why You Should Schedule Time to Read

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As we get older, we tend to either read less or completely stop reading books altogether.  Of course, in the modern world, we’re always ‘reading’ and inhaling information through social media, whether that’s seeing a funny tweet or liking your friends Facebook status. However, going back to the basics and reading a couple of pages (or chapters!) of a book every day can have serious benefits to you and your future. Therefore, Prestige Recruitment Group have created a list of the top five reasons why you should be scheduling time into your week to read a good book!

 

1) Reading Supplies Mental Stimulation and Improves Memory

In the words of Joseph Addison, ‘reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.’ It’s true! Scientific studies have shown that reading makes you smarter – it increases blood flow and improves connectivity in the brain.

Other studies have also shown that staying mentally stimulated can slow the progress of Dementia as keeping your brain active prevents it from losing power. When you read a book, you have to remember characters and their backgrounds as well as subplots that weave their way through the story – doing this is great for your memory in the long run! Every new memory you create forges new synapses and strengthens existing ones and so assists in short-term memory recall.

 

2) Reading Reduces Stress

Reading is a great way to relax and ease tension in your body while stimulating your brain and letting it wander to new ideas and places. No matter how much stress you are feeling at work or in your personal life, being able to pick up a book and escape to another world can help you forget about your worries and chill out, even if just for a little while. 

 

3) Reading Makes You a Better Writer and a Better Conversationalist

When you take the time to sit down and read a book, your brain will absorb writing techniques and vocabulary, even if you’re not aware of it. New words will appear in their natural context and you are able to figure out what they mean by reading the words around it, and so your vocabulary will increase.

 Basically, the more you read, the more words and writing techniques you will gain exposure to, which will make their way into your everyday writing and speaking style. By reading and increasing how you articulate, you can seriously aid your career as managers are always looking for individuals with great communication skills!

 

4) Reading Increases Analytical Thinking Skills

When you’re reading, you are often trying to solve and understand the plot before you have even finished the book. By doing this, you are putting your critical and analytical thinking skills to work. This ability is also used when you review a novel and think about whether you liked the characters, and whether the plot developed well. The more you read, the more you use and develop these skills.

 

5) Reading Increases Your Knowledge

Depending on what your reading, reading can teach you politics, cultures, economics and history. When novels are set in the past, even if they’re fictional, they are often submerged into truth with historic dates and facts. As well as this, if a novel is set in a different country, you will pick up information about that country and further expand your knowledge on different cultures across the world. This is particularly true in regard to non-fiction books. There are tonnes of books that exist, such as self-help books which not only increase your knowledge, but also your motivation and determination.

 

With all of these great benefits in mind, what will your next book be?

Our other blogs can be accessed here.

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

How to Ace a Phone Interview

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So you’ve organised a phone interview and you’re expecting your potential employer to ring you at a specific time. Perfect. Now, the only thing to do is prepare the same way you would for an in-person interview. Just because it’s not a face-to-face interview doesn’t mean it’s time to throw all of the interview rules out of the window.

Some employers may ask for a phone interview for a variety of reasons. It may be to quickly eliminate you as a candidate. This is especially common in big companies so that they don’t waste the time and resources needed to bring you in for an in person interview. Or, you may be having a phone interview if you aren’t available for a face-to-face meeting just yet, or you are planning on relocating for the role. Either way, it’s vital that you don’t give your potential employer a reason not to see you! That’s why Prestige Recruitment Group have prepared this document with some top tops on smashing your phone interview and ensuring you get through to that face-to-face meeting.

 

1) Take It as Seriously as an in Person Interview

Just because your interviewer won’t be able to see you, doesn’t mean you should be doing the interview from your bed. On the day of your interview, get up and ready like you would for a normal day at work. We’re not saying you need to wear your three piece suit, but wear something you’d wear to go out for the day. That way you will be in the right mindset when it comes to answering your phone as you will be out of bed, ready and prepared for that phone to ring.

 

2) Focus and Cut Out All Distractions

It’s tempting to have the television on in the background or to unload the dishwasher while you talk, but don’t. This is not the time for multi-tasking! Sit down (at a desk if possible) and focus on the phone call when you’re interviewing. The dishwasher will still be there to be emptied after!

 

3) Do Your Research

Find out some information about the company you are interviewing with. Find out the answers to:

·      What does the company do?

·      What’s the company mission?

·      What’s the company’s history?

·      What’s the company’s latest venture?

·      Who are the company’s competitors?

 

4) Listen

This might sound obvious, but over the phone it’s very easy to end up talking over the top of your interviewer. Therefore, it’s absolutely vital that you take the time to listen fully to the questions you have been asked and only begin speaking after your interviewer has stopped asking the question. Communication over the phone is slightly more difficult than that in person as you don’t have any visual cues so it’s important that you listen to everything that is said.

 

5) Prepare A Cheat-Sheet

As you’re not interviewing in person, you can actually create a cheat-sheet to help you with your answers to the questions you may be asked. Write your research down, prepare some questions and write down some things you need to remember to ask your interviewer. Don’t write your answers down fully – your interviewer will know if you are just reading from a sheet – but you can jot down some notes to remember to mention over the phone.

 

Be sure to check out the rest of our blogs here.

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

Why a Messy Desk is Bad For You

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Do you ever find yourself getting distracted at work and aren’t too sure why? Do you ever feel that you’re not being as productive as you could be?

One of the reasons for this could be your messy desk.

Do you often find yourself spending ages searching through all the paper on your desk and in your draws to find the stapler you had earlier or the file from this morning?  If the answer is yes, you’re not being as productive as you could be! That’s why Prestige Recruitment Group have compiled this list on why a messy desk is bad for you as well as offering you advice on how to get on top of things and clean up that desk!

 

Here are 3 reasons why a messy desk is bad for you:

1) It Creates Stress

A messy desk is a sure way to increase stress in the workplace. If the first thing you come into work to see is your desk which is sprawled with paperwork and notes, it’s human nature that you’re suddenly going to feel much more stressed than you felt when you went home on the Friday!

If you do have a lot of tasks you need to focus on, having a messy desk just isn’t great for your productivity and stress levels. When it comes to actually getting through that to-do-list, little things like finding that stapler or the file from the morning will be harder than it needs to be as you sprawl through other documents, which decreases productivity and increases stress levels!

As well as this, if you start the day feeling like you’re already behind and need to tidy up, you’re already beginning the day feeling deeply discouraged!

  

2) It’s Actually Unhealthy

Did you know that the average office keyboard has almost 8,000 bacteria on it? When you have more things out on your desk, whether that’s paperwork, mugs, pens, pencils or folders, you’re increasing the bacteria on your desk! A messy desk can have a real impact on how often you’re sick or feel unwell in the office, so it’s absolutely vital that you take the time to clean it. Taking care of yourself also includes taking care of your work surfaces too.

 

3) It Affects Your Reputation

At the end of the day, if you have a shared workspace where other people can see your messy paperwork and mugs, they are going to judge you.

If your colleagues think you’re messy, they are also likely to think that you’re unorganised as tidiness and organisation are two features that tend to go hand in hand! If you’re colleagues think you’re messy, they are unlikely to take you seriously in the workplace and this can seriously affect your reputation!

 

So how can you change?

1) Create a Weekly Cleaning Habit

Every week on a Friday afternoon, take the time to clean through all of the documents that you may have accrued over the week. Organise them into a certain place where you will know exactly where everything is on the Monday morning when you get into the office. By doing this every week, you start the following week in a positive, organised way.

 

2) Purge Based on Frequency

If you’re not really too sure where to start when it comes to cleaning your desk, you should purge by frequency and look at how often you use certain items. Anything that you tend to use everyday can stay on your actual desk (or inside the top draw), anything you use once a week can be put into a bottom draw and anything you don’t use can go straight in the bin!

 

3) Treat Yourself

A great way to become organised and clean up your office space is to treat yourself to some new organising tools. Folders, coloured pens, stationary and stickers – anything that will help you label the paperwork or other documents you have clearly which will make it easier for you to stay away from the messy desk!

 

For more advice on how to organise you and your office workspace, check out our other blog here.

 


Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

5 Skills You Should Develop to Improve Career Prospects

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Once you have a job, it’s so easy to stop developing. However, in order to improve career prospects, it’s vital that you continue to develop a variety of skills so that you’re always on top of your game. Knowing what skills to continue developing can be difficult, and that’s why Prestige Recruitment Group have compiled this list of the top skills you should be developing in order to improve your career prospects.

 

1) Time Management and Deadline Skills

As you continue to develop within your career, chances are, you’re going to end up doing more. Therefore, it’s important that as your workload increases, you develop your time management and deadline skills. Time management skills are vital in the process of increasing productivity in the office – in fact, due to lack of proper time management skills, researchers have found that some employees lose up to 6.2 hours at work in a day - every day. Proper time management skills would help with this missing time!   

 

The best way to do this is to pay special attention to the way that you already do tasks. Once you know roughly how long something actually takes you, you can plan better and meet your deadlines much more easily.

 

2) Communication Skills

Communication skills are absolutely vital, regardless of the career that you work in. From the initial moment you get in touch with a potential employer, they will be scrutinising and looking at how you behave. Therefore, it’s vital that you take the time to develop in all aspects of your communication, whether that’s by improving how you speak over the phone or adjusting your email etiquette.

 

Make sure that you pay attention to the details with any work that you do and take the time to listen when you are having a conversation. The way that you communicate should be impeccable, as this shows you have strong communication skills and so will improve your career prospects in the future.   

 

3) Flexibility and Adaptability

If you are both flexible and adaptable, you are likely to increase and improve your career prospects in a huge way. The ability to manage multiple assignments at the same time and being flexible enough to work under ever changing conditions is highly appreciated.

In today’s working world, a job description is fluid, and often employees find themselves doing jobs that they didn’t know they had to. This ability to adapt from one responsibility to another is a big advantage and demonstrates your commitment to the organisation. This will influence and increase your chances of career progression and makes you a more sought after candidate!

 

4) Public Speaking

As you progress throughout your career, chances are that you’re going to meet more and more people and have to speak in front of them. A great way to prepare yourself for this is to practice public speaking and really nail it!

Public speaking is a crucial skill to have and it requires a lot of self-confidence and practice. Even though, it may come more naturally for some people, it’s a skill that is sought after by employers so it’s important that you take the time to develop it!

 

5) Ability to Learn from Criticism

It’s easy, especially when you’re in your first job, to dread receiving feedback. However, in order to improve your career prospects, it’s vital that you learn to take criticism on board as it helps you in the future. All types of criticism are things that you can change.      

If a person demonstrates an attitude that is appreciative of feedback, it can show to employers that you are willing to learn. Everyone should always be learning in the workplace, so this will improve your future career prospects.

 

Be sure to check out our other blogs here.

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

How to Promote Work-Life Balance in Your Office

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In the modern office, the work-life balance is something that is vital to everyone’s experience. However, as society is more social media dependent and technology makes it so easy to work from home, sometimes it can be difficult to separate work from our personal lives.

Undercover Recruiter recently conducted a global study to discover which countries ranked the best for overall work-life balance and cross-compared the findings with the last World Happiness Report. The study found that two-thirds of the world’s happiest nations were also rated the highest for work-life balance. Unfortunately, the UK only ranks 28th in the world for work-life balance and 19th for overall happiness. This illustrates that there is room for improvement.

So how can employers improve the work-life balance in the office?

1) Ask Them

The first thing you should do is ask your employees what they think would improve their work-life balance. It’s all well and good thinking about what allows you, as their manager to get a break, but it’s vital that you actually ask them to fully understand your team and what’s important to them. Even by asking your employees about what they want and need in the office is a massive positive – it shows that you value them as people and not just a number.

 

2) Encourage Time Off

For most people, work isn’t their entire life. Your employees have friends, partners, families and a tonne of other things they love doing outside of the office. When your employees have plenty of time off work in order for them to enjoy these things, their work-life balance is improved heavily. Time-off isn’t a luxury, it is vital to your staff’s well-being and mental health. It’s also vital that when your staff do have time off, you try not to disturb them. Allowing them to switch off and have that break from work allows your employees to recharge, which increases focus when they do return to the office.

 

3) Encourage Breaks

Some people will refuse breaks, choosing instead to work throughout the day non-stop. In order to increase the work-life balance, it’s important that you do encourage your employees to take a break from their job in order to meet friends for lunch, or pop out for a walk. Giving your employees that much needed break will increase their happiness at work and breaks up their day. If you can, you should install a social area in your office where your employees can talk and take their minds off work for a little while.

 

4) Don’t Expect Overtime

Some members of your team may do overtime occasionally, but it should never become the norm within your office environment. When employees are working more hours than average all of the time, they are less likely to be happy in the office – even if they adore their job. Everyone’s human, and everyone experiences burn-out. Sometimes, if there’s a project or something that is really time-sensitive, employees may need to work overtime – which is fine, as long as you show your appreciation and make sure they understand that it is not a normal expectation for every day work life.

 

5) Make Sure You Do Too

When you’re telling all their employees to take time off and to take their breaks, it’s also important that you do it too.  Everybody needs to find the right work-life balance, and even as a manager, you need a break. If you don’t need to, don’t send emails out of work hours and try not to bother employees when they are trying to find that right work-life balance! You will also find that by doing the same things you are encouraging your employees to do, you will be happier in the office as well. 

 

What would make you happier at work? Have you found the right-work life balance? Leave us a comment and let us know. If you’re after a new job, please get in touch. You can find our other blogs here.

Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004

 

Is it Time to Rethink the 9 to 5?

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The ‘9-5’ has always been the standard when it comes to working in the UK, however, as more Millennials make it into the workplace, attitudes and opinions to the 9-5 are beginning to change. With businesses across the world offering alternative working options, and with increased importance on employee satisfaction, do you think it’s time to rethink the 9-5?

 

UK Workers

According to the recent results of a ‘Global Attitudes to Work’ survey, UK workers believe that over 36% of their time spent at work is unproductive. These insights were gathered after questioning 6,250 employees in different countries and found that European workers rated themselves as more productive than those in the UK.

With technology advancements, it is estimated that the possibility of a four-day work week is likely to happen in the UK by 2100 – which is still quite a way away. However, countries like Germany, Norway, Sweden and France are already showing that you don’t have to work eight-hour days to be more productive.

 

Other Countries

In other countries, the 9-5 is pretty much dead:  

  • Germany works the shortest hours with a weekly average of 26.37 hours.

  • Netherlands and Norway work the second and third shortest hours, working just 1% less than Germany respectively.

  • Germany can also request a reduction in their hours if they work for a company with fewer than 15 employees.

  • Sweden has introduced six-hour work days to motivate employees to work smarter while having more time to spend at home.

  • Germany offer 30 days off annual leave.

  • Norway offer 21 days each year.

  • In Denmark, the average paid vacation allowance is five weeks. In fact, they’re allowed to use three of these weeks during school vacation periods so that families can spend time together.

  • In Germany, flexibility is a popular working arrangement in larger organisations and is agreed between the company and the employee.

  • In France, a two-hour lunch is allowed. In fact, smaller businesses will shut for lunch.

  • In Germany, there is much a more relaxed atmosphere when individuals clock off for lunch. It wouldn’t be unusual for employees to have a lunch beer.

  • In Germany, management are completely banned from calling staff after hours so that employees can appreciate their time away from work.

  • In France, there are established out-of-work hours where nothing outside of work should impact their day.

  • Norway, Sweden and France take a strong stand when it comes to preventing worker burnout. There are thorough strict paid leave programmes, compulsory vacation time and maternal and paternal paid leave.

 

So, What Do We Want?

Research has found that employers find it easier to attract top talent with flexible working options and a better work-life balance. UK workers state that flexible working is a benefit that they are attracted to – with 35% listing it as their top benefit. Workers don’t just want these benefits for no reason, a 2017 YouGov survey of British businesses and employees found that 89% of individuals believed that flexible working would make them more productive. But how?

 

Less Is More

It appears that employers have traditionally followed the logic that the longer someone is on the job, the more work that they produce. This isn’t always the case. Extra time in the workplace can make people unfocused, especially if there’s no advantage to finishing tasks faster. However, when employees are rewarded for working more quickly, some surprising results emerge.

A study in Sweden investigated two groups of people – some who worked 40 hours and some who worked 30 hours in a week. The researchers found that those who worked fewer hours worked more efficiently.

 

Health

Not only this, decreased working hours improves employee health. The researchers from the Sweden study found that participants who worked six-hour shifts rather than eight actually used 4.7% fewer sick days. The participants stated that working fewer hours made them feel happier, which made them feel less run down.


What do you think? Is it time to rethink the 9 – 5?


Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
0121 244 5004



Characteristics of High-Performing Teams

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There are a variety of characteristics involved in a team of high-performing people, regardless of the industry or sector that you work in. Although with different roles, the quality of being high-performing may be completely diverse depending on the responsibilities or expectations you and your company may have. However, in general, many of the qualities of high-performing teams are similar, and a recent article by Forbes has listed the ‘13 Characteristics of High Performing Teams’.

The list states that one of the most important characteristics of a high-performing team is recognising individual strengths.  The article argues that ‘great teams are built with people who have great talent and skills’ and that these teams have leaders who ‘not only recognize these strengths, they enable individuals to work within them and ensure team members appreciate one another.’

With increased diversity in the workplace, people have different strengths and qualities that make them unique. In order to be a successful company, Prestige Recruitment Group appreciate the individuality of each person and invest highly into our staff and their uniqueness. We believe that blanket KPI’s simply do not work. If you have seen our other blog about our Training Academy, you will know that from the very beginning, we train our employees in a way that understands the needs of an individual and so tailor our training to the employee’s individual needs.  Of course, we appreciate that each person within our team will perform their tasks differently, but we do have high expectations, which has worked exceptionally when building our reputation within the recruitment industry. 

Linking onto the second characteristic on Forbes’s list, Prestige Recruitment Group have a high focus on hitting goals. Our goals vary from role to role, depending on the position our employees hold. However, we do have high expectations and expect our employees to reach their goals in order to increase success for not just the company, but for each individual too. Personal goals as well as working goals are something we focus on heavily within the workplace, which allows our employees to thoroughly flourish. Sometimes, reaching these goals may be difficult, but as we invest heavily in the individual, it is always worth it when these goals are reached.

The third quality on the list is alignment. Every member of the Prestige team are aligned with our company culture and focused values. Here at Prestige Recruitment Group, we pride ourselves on our recruitment success rate and have always tried to be forward thinking, employing new strategies, systems and approaches that are in line with our long-term ethical commitment to our market sector.

In order to hear more about our company culture, please check out the video below. Here we interview Hannah Knight, who in the words of one of our directors is a ‘one-in-a-million, quirky and creative individual.’ Hannah’s driven and hungry nature and the increased emphasis on her strengths within the company has allowed Hannah to flourish into one of our top billers. One of the key areas that has facilitated this growth is our company culture, so check out this video to find more:



Jessica Greaney
Digital Marketer
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