World Kindness Day 2018

Did you know that 13th November is World Kindness Day?

Research has shown that kindness in the workplace not only increases productivity and job satisfaction but according to the RAK Foundation carrying out kind acts will:

  • Reduce depression: Thinking about helping other people stops us worrying about ourselves.

  • Reduce pain: Helping releases endorphins, which are natural painkillers.

  • Reduce isolation: Helping others encourages human contact.

  • Reduce blood pressure.

  • Reduce anxiety: Good actions can lift mood and decrease social avoidance.

  • Reduce stress: Kind people have 23 percent less cortisol (the stress hormone) and age more slowly.

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Here a couple of ideas for you to spread kindness in the workplace;

1.       Say Hello!

It sounds simple, but can make saying hello or good morning with a smile when you arrive at work can make a positive impact on the working day.

2.       Help A Colleague In Need

Pay attention to those around you and try to notice if someone is stressed or under the weather. Offer to lend a hand if you can, or maybe just a listening ear is all they need.

3.       Compliment a Colleague

Maybe they’ve got a new hair cut or pair of shoes, or you could compliment them on a project they have recently completed.

4.       Welcome New Staff

Remember being the newbie – not knowing anyone and taking lunch breaks alone? Inviting someone new along for lunch or involving them in office chit chat is a good way of helping ease the stress of starting a new job.

5.       Give Praise Where Its Due

People are often quick to complain, but aren’t always as quick to dish out praise. Commend a teammate for a job well done, or you could even let their boss who may not realise how hard your colleagues been working.

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This is why a third of Brits are accepting their second choice of job

Almost a third of British job seekers have accepted their second choice of job because their first choice took too long to get back to them, a new study has found.

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Research by Shortlister has revealed that seven in ten candidates feel that one week is a reasonable amount of time to wait to hear back from potential employers, however many employers are taking much longer.

Scottish businesses take the longest with an average of 36 days to feedback to candidates, South West England came second with an average of 29 days while employers in the South East England were the quickest taking on average 17 days to get in touch.

Job seekers were also surveyed by industry, to find out which was the worst at providing feedback. The worst performing was the retail industry where over half of candidates had to wait for feedback. On the other hand, the legal sector was the most considerate industry where only 10% of applicants never heard from a potential employer following an interview.

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It’s not only unsuccessful candidates that are being affected by a delay in getting in touch – according to Shortlister, 30% of Brits accepted a job that was only their second choice because their first choice took so long to get back to them. This means that a lot of employers are missing out on their perfect candidate!

The impact on businesses doesn’t end there - a recent study by Virgin Media showed that unhappy, rejected candidates would actually go as far as to cancel their service with the company. They found that 18% of their rejected candidates were Virgin Media customers. Not only would they cancel their own service, they would go on to communicate their bad experience to others. The result was a potential loss of millions of pounds of revenue.

‘Post-interview feedback is so important,’ says David Dewey from Shortlister. ‘It can be the difference between a candidate getting the next job, or not. It is also beneficial for the employer- leaving the candidate with a positive attitude towards the company.

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Britain's top 25 employers revealed

A new study of employer ratings and reviews on Indeed, has revealed that Apple has come top of the list of the most popular UK private sector businesses to work for. This could be thanks to its notorious combination of an enjoyable work culture, good rates of pay and discounted Apple tech.

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Wren Kitchens came second, rewarding the North East based firm for consistently valuing and treating its employees well.

Bill Richards, UK Managing Director, Indeed noted that firms that performed well had certain factors in common. He said:

“The difference between a good job and a great job can vary from person to person, but our ranking shows some common themes shine through."

“Companies that make their employees feel valued and offer a positive working environment score consistently highly among the reviews posted on Indeed.

“As we continue to see for many staff, work-life balance, career prospects and a great workplace culture can all mean more than a good salary alone. There was good news for domestic-based firms as they made up two-thirds of the list.”

With UK unemployment at record low levels, it is more important than ever for employers to make sure they are getting positive reviews, as according to a separate report by Indeed earlier this year, almost three quarters of job seekers will not even apply for a job role until they’ve researched the company’s reputation online.

The full results are;

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