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HR News Round-Up July 2018

Posted On: 29/06/2018

We all know what we want from our careers; we know what our dream job looks like, where we would like to work and what rewards and benefits would suit our lifestyle. But what about the employer – what do they look for in the perfect candidate?

This month, we explore what would make us excited to go to work, what a retail giant offers to attract new recruits, the effects of a tiring commute and whether tattoos are taboo.

Let’s look at some very recent studies to see what is really going on out there.  

Cool surroundings

Do you work in a cool office? And no, we don’t mean whether it has an adequate air conditioning unit or not. A recent survey of 1,200 workers has revealed that the younger generation would most likely seek employment if the place of work was ‘funky’. 81.2% of millennials and generation Z workers agreed to this statement too. [1]

A games room, a bar, a pool table, table tennis and a cinema are just some of the ‘cool’ features available in some workplaces. While some employers consider these features to be distractions, many believe that the design of a workplace influences productivity.

The survey also unearthed that 53% of professionals said that they would want to work in a quirky workplace. Just under 20% said they had a desire to work for an innovative company. 13.7% employees said working in a fun environment would keep them motivated, while just under 11% said that having these features would allow them to bond with other colleagues.

It’s still unclear whether these unique workspaces work well as part of a bigger motivational strategy; and what works for one company, may not work for another.

How well do you know your employees? Maybe it’s time for an engagement survey to find out what makes them tick.

Amazon’s growth

This online retail giant is set to create 2,500 new permanent jobs in the UK by the end of this year. This figure will boost its total UK workforce to 27,500. [2]

The company is seeking to recruit software developers, engineers and technicians in their Cambridge, Edinburgh and London development centres as well as the Edinburgh customer service centre and sixteen of its regional fulfilment centres.

Amazon UK country manager Doug Gurr said: “The UK is a fantastic place to do business so we are delighted to continue our investment in the British economy and provide quality, permanent roles for people the length and breadth of the country.”

This year, Amazon was ranked highly in LinkedIn’s 2018 Top Attractors list for attracting and retaining a talented workforce. The company offers all employees competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package which includes private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, Amazon discount and a company pension plan.

Stresses of getting to work

There has been a lot of media focus on train delays recently. For day trippers and shoppers, it’s just an inconvenience, but for those who depend on rail travel to get to work the impact on personal sense and wellbeing can cause a lot of stress. [3]

The University of the West of England’s recent research has shown that 1 in 7 commuters now spend 2 hours or more travelling to and from their place of work every day. Alarmingly, the same study proved that even a 20-minute delay, resulting in a 20-minute increase to the commute time, equates to a 19% pay cut for job satisfaction.

Research undertaken by the Office for National Statistics discovered that the longer a person commutes, the lower their feelings of happiness, life satisfaction and the sense that their activities are worthwhile.

If your company is concerned that members of your workforce are affected by their commute, it’s best practice to talk to them and consider possible flexible working patterns, such as working from home when the trains are running late or not at all due to strike actions.

Are tattoos a no-no?

As the days warm up, sleeves get shorter. With arms on show it’s hard not to notice when someone has been ‘inked’. But are managers and potential employer’s put off by the sight of tattoos? YouGov has recently conducted a survey to find the truth about tattoos on potential candidates. [4]

Looking at the results, your tattoo will only really go against you if it is on your face or your neck. 45% of employers said that they weren’t fussed about arm tattoos, and their presence would not put them off employing the right candidate. Interestingly, just under 6% said that they would be more likely to hire someone with tattoos.

Here’s a run-down of the tattoos most likely to affect your chances of getting that job:

  1. face tattoo
  2. neck tattoo
  3. hand tattoo
  4. sleeve tattoo
  5. forearm tattoo
  6. upper arm tattoo
  7. lower back tattoo

We’d like to know the kind of questions they are asking at interview to find out if the candidate has a lower back tattoo!

If you’d like to discuss any issues raised in this blog; employee engagement, reward and benefit packages, flexible working arrangements or recruitment issues, please call our friendly team on 0161 941 2426.

[1] HR Review

[2] Essential Retail

[3] HR News

[4] Recruiting Times

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