The wonderful world of the virtual meeting….

26th October 2020

With almost all of us experiencing the world of online meetings this year… could we work on the effectiveness of them?

For years gone by, we probably only used them to connect with teams, or partners that live and work in other locations. Yet now, it is common to have virtual meetings within your team, especially given that many offices are continuing to work from home.

Firstly, there should be a set of general corporate rules for online conferences that … Read more >>

Imposter Syndrome

15th October 2020

Have you ever felt like you don’t belong? Like your family, friends or colleagues are going to discover you’re some kind of intellectual fraud, and you don’t actually deserve your job and accomplishments, the idea that you have succeeded purely due to luck, rather than talent or qualifications

This is actually a very common occurrence, and known as imposter syndrome, or what psychologists often call impostor phenomenon. According to an article published in the International Journal of Behavioural Science, a … Read more >>

The benefits of employing temporary workers

6th August 2020

With your company’s strategic plan potentially not looking as it should due to the COVID crisis, we leave ourselves wondering how we can increase our workforce and specialist team members, yet protect our budgets……

The answer is simple…… find yourself a reliable, highly motivated and driven temporary worker. Temporary employment is also referred to as freelance or contract work and is often overlooked for various reasons.

The use of temporary workers or “temps” as they are commonly called, has grown … Read more >>

Meet the team – This months focus….

29th July 2020

Recruitment Consultant Stephanie Capstick

As recruiters, a lot of our time is spent meeting candidates, visiting clients and communicating between companies and prospective employees, so ensuring we have a team of recruiters that are good listeners, open, honest, organised (to name a few) are absolutely paramount.

Here at Mackenzie we are lucky enough to work in a small friendly team , our recruitment consultants can be relied upon to offer a professional service to both clients and candidates alike.

Today Read more >>

April is Stress Awareness month

7th April 2020

I’m sure more than ever, the majority of the population can relate to this.

It’s important to point out that stress is not always a ‘bad’ thing. Without this brilliant ability to feel stress, humankind wouldn’t have survived past the caveman era…  The term ‘fight-or-flight’ represents the choices that our ancient ancestors made, probably when faced with a saber-toothed tiger.

The fight-or-flight response, also known as the acute stress response, refers to a reaction that occurs in the presence of … Read more >>

Working from home…. With the added twist of home schooling

23rd March 2020

So, here we go…..

If the thought of working from home with your child seems frightening, you aren’t alone. Kids demand around-the-clock attention and parenting while juggling conference calls, the never-ending emails, tight deadlines… And not to mention the added task of home schooling can almost seem like a minefield.

This unwelcome distraction has struck a chord with many parents all around the world. Juggling work commitments with a hectic family life is tricky to say the least.

I am … Read more >>

Your CV is a small document that can have a BIG impact…..

11th March 2020

Ensure that your first impression has a lasting effect!

A good CV is a gateway to many valuable experiences, from gaining the work experience that defines your future career path to landing your dream job. So, take your time to build it & devote the energy to refreshing it.

 

Here are MacKenzie King’s top tips:

Make a statement:

Showcase your abilities, what it is that makes you the right person for the role?  Ensure you include your future aspirations … Read more >>

Top Tips: Job Interview preparation  

26th February 2020

 

The ultimate guide on how to prepare for an interview — ensuring that you’ll walk in confident and able to give thoughtful, compelling answers to your interviewer’s questions…. Whilst remaining calm, confident and professional!

  1. Before your interview

Firstly, do your research, ensure that you have spent time reading about the company, their clients and the products/services they provide, Here, your main focus is not just to find out about the company but also how they see themselves and how … Read more >>

The Secret Ingredient for Engaging, Motivating & Retaining Employees

5th February 2020

Why the Answer isn’t Always Perks, Benefits and Free Lunches…

One of our recent MacKenzie King blogs looked at the different ways an employer can use benefits & perks to attract, motivate and retain staff. However, new studies indicate that employers also need to consider the other side of the coin, with some HR experts suggesting that engaging a committed workforce requires a different approach; one that is focused on the culture & purpose of a company, not just offer … Read more >>

Does Your Company Need to Think About Publishing its Parental Policies?

3rd December 2019

As we hurtle towards a General Election, there’s currently no shortage of issues and pledges being debated in the press. But one employment issue that is worth highlighting, particularly for those of us working for large companies, is the campaign being spearheaded by Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson to call for businesses to publish their maternity and paternity policies.

Swinson is calling on the government to require employers of more than 250 people to publish their parental pay and leave … Read more >>