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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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!
- 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
It’s no surprise that podcasts have soared in popularity over the last decade. The ability to listen to informative and entertaining programmes at any time and often whilst doing something else, is convenient and can make a long commute or a boring run much more interesting.
The medium has exploded since the first podcasts appeared in 2004 and now you can find podcasts on almost every subject under the sun, pretty much instantly and usually for free. However, this proliferation … Read more >>
You might not be aware, but 7th to 11th October is National Work Life Week. It’s an annual initiative created by Working Families, the UK’s work-life balance organisation and it’s intended to be an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on achieving a good work-life balance.
A poor work-life balance can cause employees to neglect other aspects of their lives; it can have a negative effect on their personal relationships, result in physical and mental … Read more >>
Retirement can seem like another planet when you’re young, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that pensions are something only old people need to think about. It’s Pension Awareness Day and so it seems the ideal time to look at the importance of starting to save towards your retirement as early as possible.
Throughout the UK, it’s clear that on average, people aren’t saving enough money to pay for a comfortable retirement. A recent study by the Office for … Read more >>
As recruiters, a lot of our time is spent meeting candidates, visiting clients and communicating between companies and prospective employees. When we’re giving candidates the details of a new position, salary, bonus schemes and holiday allowance are all crucial considerations, but increasingly, employee benefits and perks are also an important part of this conversation and are an emerging area of research.
Studies show workplace benefits can have manifold positive effects, including better staff morale, improved engagement, a better work-life … Read more >>