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Companies often complain about the unrealistic expectations of millennial workers, but heeding their call to action can improve the work environment for everyone.

The writers of this McKinsey report believe that it's time for leaders of organisations to stop debating the millennial problem, hoping that this supposedly exotic flock of sheep will get with the program.

Instead, they should see how questions and challenges from their youngest employees can spark action to help their companies change for the better.

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A business leadership team needs a balance of "how" and "why" types says leadership expert Simon Sinek.

The idea being that if, as the senior leader, you recruit members to your business leadership team who are too similar to you, you will clash and / or the tasks that you both find challenging won't get done.

It's not always so easy to find this kind of person to join your team — that's partly because it's not so easy to know what individuals can bring to the table.

Simon Sinek has spent a lot of time thinking about this problem. Sinek is a leadership expert and bestselling author; in his book, "Start With Why," he addresses this dilemma head-on.

Most people, Sinek says, are either "why" types or "how" types — and the best business teams are a balance of both.

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Paul Bridle interviews Alexander Petsch, Managing Director of Spring Messe AG about the importance of people in business.

 


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The United States remain the top destination of choice for millennials who are willing to work outside of their country of residence, according to a World Economic Forum survey.

Released on Monday, August 28, the Global Shapers Annual Survey 2017 results showed that 81% of respondents from over 180 countries are willing to work abroad. For the 3rd year in a row, the United States is still the top destination of choice for those who are willing to advance their career abroad at 18.2%, followed by Canada at 12.4%, and the United Kingdom at 9.6%.

The Global Shapers Annual Survey 2017 received over 31,000 responses from people aged between 18 and 35. The survey was open from March 31 to June 30, 2017.

These results may have implications for your own recruitment and succession planning strategies.


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The National Apprenticeship Service supports the delivery of apprenticeships and traineeships in England.

It offers free, impartial advice and support to employers looking to recruit for the first time Employer Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships or expand their programme.

This guide gives an insight in to:

  • The business benefits of apprenticeships and traineeships
  • What an apprenticeship or traineeships involves for both the business and the apprentice - including the employer's responsibilities
  • The funding available to an employer towards the training costs
  • How to recruit an apprentice or trainee

To Download the Full Guide: Click Here


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Job interviews and other business meetings taking place over Skype are becoming increasingly common. You might be able to see one another, but a virtual interview or meeting over the internet is not the same as one face to face and you need to prepare accordingly.

Here are some considerations to help you embrace technology and master a Skype interview.

Dress Professionally
Q. Should you still dress as if you are in a face-to-face interview?

A. Yes – general interview etiquette still applies. The dynamics are different, with body language being the main barrier, so it is vital to make a good impression based on your dress and surroundings.

Don’t be tempted just to dress smartly from the waist-up, assuming that’s all the interviewer will see. As you use Skype more and more you will come across plenty of interview situations where the candidate or the interviewer has had to stand up – that unexpected knock on the door – a mobile phone ringing – situations that can only be dealt with by standing up! Being in formal dress will also help you to feel like it is a formal interview and put you in the right frame of mind.

Pick Your Backdrop Wisely
Q. How much attention will be paid to where you are sitting for the interview?

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The Nationwide Building Society used candidate and new hire feedback to identify areas for improvement and investment.

Nationwide is designing a new recruitment plan to improve the experience candidates face during its job application process.

The building society sought feedback about its entire application management process from more than 1,000 candidates who applied for jobs with Nationwide over a six-week period during November and December 2016. It also involved recently recruited members of staff and hiring managers.

Candidates expressed their preferences on how the application process should run. This included being able to quickly and accurately access information about Nationwide, receive personalised feedback from hiring managers, and interact with a person during the process rather than receiving automated messages via digital channels.

Nationwide aims to use this feedback to help determine areas of investment for a technology ‘roadmap’.

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