Summer sun has arrived early in London so hopefully we are all shutting down computers at 5pm to leave the office in search of the warmth and light we have been starved of all winter. Or are we? Are you habitually working late in the office? Well, guess what? It is just that - a habit and not always a very productive one at that. A recent landmark study by UK thinktank the Smith Institute concluded that over two-thirds of employees say they are spending longer at work but only 10% say they are more productive.
Top recruitment agencies in London are looking at how flexible working arrangements could encourage more women to stay on after motherhood.
We don’t generally think of threesomes taking place at work, but the temp role is a perfect example of where a threesome is positively crucial to a successful working relationship.
Research by Total Jobs suggests that companies can take up to one month to find the right candidates for skilled roles including secretarial jobs. Secretarial recruitment agencies in London recommend a candidate led approach is essential for companies to speed up the hiring process.
As thousands of parents keep their children away from primary school today in a protest against government imposed tests for 7 and 11 year olds in England, we are asking those in PA, Secretarial and Admin jobs in London to test their own spelling, grammar and punctuation to see how they fare in a sample of SATS tests designed for 11 year olds. How did you do? And do you think it’s important for your job?
Do you have hapless colleagues who consistently underperform yet believe themselves to be supremely competent? Frustrating as it is, there is in fact scientific proof that the least skilled of us at a particular task are more likely to believe in our own aptitude to perform said task. This is best demonstrated in the delightful tale of McArthur Wheeler, a Pittsburgh bank robber who was astonished to be identified on CCTV footage as he sincerely believed that by smearing lemon juice on his face, he would be invisible to security cameras! Sad yet amusingly, true.
If the latest research is to be believed, as we age our ability to function at peak brain efficiency seriously declines if we work over a 40 hour week. It is even suggested that anyone over 40 should work an optimal 3 day week. Well, if only that were an option financially, we would happily concur with the research and reduce hours immediately.
As this is an unlikely option for the majority of the working population, how can we become more efficient in less time?
Like many London temp agencies, RMS Recruitment keep a close eye on the expectations for both candidates and clients when it comes to the hours worked. In 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that by the year 2030 the British population would be working a 15-hour week, and yet here we are working ever-longer hours it would seem; but does that mean greater productivity?
Many of us put off updating our social media profiles, too busy “consuming" social media to make the time to polish our online profiles. However, in the same way that you wouldn’t leave the house for an important job interview without perfecting your outfit, hair and makeup, no more should you even contemplate starting a job search without creating a “polished” online presence. This is more important on LinkedIn than on any other platform – here’s why!
Are you returning to the office today after a long weekend of “Peak Chocolate”, smug in the knowledge that you are on one of your 500 calorie days of your 5:2 diet and that the lunch in your bag is a Deliciously Ella “Glowing Green" Juice, only to find that it’s your colleague’s birthday and a huge chocolate fudge cake is doing the rounds at morning coffee break? It may be harder to resist for those in PA and Secretarial Jobs than others: here’s why and our top tips on how to survive the office hunger games.