- What Are the Relative Merits of Office Based and Remote Working?
Office-based working or remote working? Each has its pros and cons for businesses and for employees but the jury is still out on which is better and more productive.
- Candidates Can Benefit from Recruitment Agency Expertise
Using the resources available in a reputable recruitment agency can benefit candidates looking for career progression or a first position by helping them improve on presentation and on their CVs as well as helping them find work.
- Make Sure You Have Proper Paperwork as Evidence of Kitchen Hygiene
Missing paperwork caused a well-known UK hotel's temporary loss of the top-rated certification for food hygiene. There was no suggestion that food hygiene standards had slipped and the certification was eventually restored but the incident highlights the importance of keeping the paperwork in order.
- Consider Applying to Small Firms When Job Hunting
New graduates should not narrow their options by focusing only on gaining entry to the larger corporate. The smaller companies may offer wider experience and faster career progression.
- Where You Choose to Eat Out Can be a Risky Decision
Diners in the UK may be taking unacceptable risks with their health depending on where they live and choose to dine out, according to a survey by a UK-based consumer watchdog, which has described its results as a "postcode lottery".
- Will There Be More Job Opportunities for 2013 Graduates than in Previous Years?
There is growing evidence that the UK economy may finally be starting to recover leading to more openings for graduate candidates in 2013. How do they best take advantage of this?
- The Benefits and Risks of a Zero Hours Contract
There are questions about the benefits of Zero Hours Contracts to workers in terms of employment rights and continuity of a reliable income.
- Clean Ductwork Can Help to Minimise the Triggers for Airborne Summer Allergies
Poor quality air caused by pollution in ductwork is more likely to trigger symptoms in allergy sufferers than being outdoors.
- If Employers Have Followed Employment Rules Dismissing an Employee By Text is Legal
Using a text message to dismiss employees may be efficient and less costly, albeit brutal, but it is legal provided the employer has followed the rules on dismissal.
- Risk Prevention is Better Than Cure in Commercial Kitchens
Kitchen extraction systems are vulnerable as both a fire risk and from food hygiene and health and safety perspectives and therefore their cleaning and maintenance need regular attention.
- It Will Be a While Yet Before the World Has Reliable Supplies of Rare Earth Metals
An overview of developments in finding reliable alternative supplies of Rare Earth Metals.
- Hygiene and Food Safety Are Essential in a Commercial Kitchen
UK food hygiene inspectors have been urging diners to check whether for a food hygiene rating is displayed when choosing a restaurant. Scrupulous cleanliness is one aspect of the safe preparation of food.
- When Problems Arise in Workplace Relationships Good Judgement is Needed
Relationships between male and female colleagues in the workplace can sometimes lead to romance or stray into inappropriate behaviour and HR teams need to use discretion, sensitivity and fairness if problems arise.
- Could You Afford to Wait Two Years If Your Business Was Destroyed By Fire?
While the setting is part of the ambience for diners in a restaurant and ancient listed buildings can add to the charm, the consequences of having to rebuild if there is an accidental fire can be lengthy and devastating to a business.
- How to Deal With a Video-based Job Interview
The latest trend for conducting job interviews is the online video call using services like Skype. It is more cost effective and efficient for the employer or recruiter, but to be successful candidates need to do some homework.
- How to Handle the First Day in a First Job
After successfully completing the job search and being offered a position candidates often feel nervous as the first day at work approaches.
- Kitchen Ductwork Cleaning is Still Bottom of the List For Too Many Restaurants
Despite repeated warnings from the HSE, the B&ES; (the Building & Engineering Services Association) and the UK's Fire Services regular kitchen ductwork cleaning is still a low priority in many commercial catering outlets.
- The Start of 2013 FInds More Countries Searching for Rare Earth Metal Supplies Outside China
The ongoing search for alternative and secure supplies of rare earth metals in countries outside China brings in new countries as 2013 begins.
- The Rare Earth Metal Palladium is an Attractive Investment
Increasing demand for palladium by the motor industry among other users makes this rare earth metal an attractive investment.
- The Use of Software to Automatically Screen Applications for Vacancies is Increasing
Screening software saves employers time and money when sifting through applications for a vacancy but candidates can maximise their chances of getting past initial screening.
- Graduate Candidates May Find Better Opportunities at Small and Medium Sized Companies
Graduate candidates should not ignore the potential opportunities that might be available in small and medium sized companies.
- Autumn 2012 Has Brought Glimmers of Hope on UK Employment
There are lessons for young graduates struggling to find a first position from the experiences of young people in other countries around the world.
- Candidates Need to Understand Their Value Even in a Difficult Economic Climate
It is easy to succumb to a variety of myths during a protracted search for work but it is important to maintain confidence in one's skills and value to an employer.
- The Significance of China's Recent Increase in Rare Earth Metal Export Quotas
What lies behind the 2.7% increase in China's permitted export quotas for Rare Earth Metals for the remainder of 2012?
- When Time is an Issue Use a Reliable Express Courier Service
There are times when a same day or next day courier service can play a crucial part in either a business or medical situation.
- Planning the Transport of Hazardous Waste is a Detailed Process
Public safety is a priority when regulating and carrying out risk assessments for the transport of hazardous waste.
- Finite Supplies of REMs Mean Recycling is Moving Higher up the Agenda
The economies in some countries, notably Japan and the USA, rely on the manufacture of electronic equipment and green technology and therefore on a supply of Rare Earth Metals, prompting a report in the UK to call remaining global stocks of some to be on an "endangered" list.
- Flexible Working Can Benefit Both Employer and Employee
Employers are increasingly choosing to introduce flexible working as a means of hanging onto valued and trained staff while surviving the economic downturn. To work well requires a change in culture for both.
- Fires Can Cause Costly Havoc in Business and Personal Lives
Business insurance may not cover personal injury, loss of business, repair costs or staff overheads during reconstruction when fire devastates a commercial kitchen. It may even be invalidated altogether if the cause of the fire is found to be failure to properly clean and maintain a kitchen extraction system.
- Thorough Kitchen Deep Cleaning is Quicker and Easier if the Kitchen is Closed Down Temporarily
Commercial kitchens accumulate greasy deposits on upper walls, ceilings and in hard to reach places no matter how thorough the daily hygiene regime and will need periodic deep cleaning.
- Recycling and Improved Production Techniques Could be the Answer to the Global REM Shortage
There have been developments in the USA and Japan in the search for alternative sources of REMs, including a greater emphasis on recycling.
- Does Using Social Media Improve Candidates' Chances With Job Applications?
Used with care social media activity can help candidates stand out from the competition when applying for positions.
- Will the Olympics Improve Employer Confidence and Boost Jobs?
The REC is not only the industry body for the Recruitment Industry, it also provides useful information for candidates and is currently predicting an improvement in employer confidence as a result of the Olympics.
- The Perfect Candidate Doesn't Always Get the Job
While candidates and job seekers should follow the advice on proper preparation it is perhaps of some comfort to know that employers do not always appoint the most perfect candidate for a vacancy.
- Spot Inspections Are No Problem if a Commercial Kitchen is Regularly Deep Cleaned
Cutting down on regular maintenance and deep cleaning can be a false economy for a commercial catering business.
- Give Yourself the Occasional Treat to Stay Motivated When Job Hunting
Those searching for a new job are advised to treat it in the same way as they would an actual job, observing work hours and making daily "to do" lists. It can be a lengthy and dispiriting process so to stay motivated small celebrations or treats are in order when something on the list is achieved.
- REEs Make Possible Some Medical Techniques That Would Otherwise Not Exist
The ability to miniaturise components that is made possible by the use of Rare Earth Metals is essential to the production of many modern products and also to some medical techniques.
- How to Use a Recruitment Agency Effectively
Using a specialist recruitment agency can make a job search more efficient and give candidates access to expertise and help not available elsewhere.
- Entrepreneurs and SMEs Need Funding and Support if the Economy is to Grow
Funding and Support for SMEs and Entrepreneurs has to be much better and more accessible if the UK economy is to be stimulated into recovery and growth.
- Identify a Woman's Positive Qualities Instead of Telling Her She Lacks Confidence
Far too often research and surveys focus their findings on women's lack of self confidence in the workplace as a reason for their lack of progress up the career ladder. But lack of confidence could equally be described positively as thoroughness, the desire to get things right and a focus on doing a good job.
- A Well Maintained LEV System Helps to Protect Workers From Hazardous Substances
Prolonged exposure to hazardous substances in many industrial processes can lead to workers suffering ill health in later life unless they are adequately protected by such equipment as a properly tested and maintained LEV system.
- Is the Banks' Continued Failure to Lend to SMEs Delaying Economic Recovery?
Business turnaround advisers point to mounting evidence that banks are still not lending to SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) and argue that this is imperilling the economic recovery
- There Are Benefits and Disadvantages to Using a Directors' Loan Account
A directors' loan account can be a useful device for minimising personal tax liabilities, which is fine when a company is doing well and can pay a dividend to clear it, but it exposes directors to considerable liabilities if the company is in difficulties.
- How to Handle Conflicts in the Workplace
Conflicts arise in even the best run offices and it is never a good idea to leave them unresolved. There are ways to ensure a resolution that all parties involved can accept.
- It Can Be Difficult for Employers to Choose Between Equally Qualified Mature and Young Candidates
Discrimination between job candidates on the grounds of their age is illegal and recruiters have to find fair ways of assessing the potential merits of equally qualified young and mature candidates for a vacancy.
- Creative USA-style Job Hunting Techniques Require Self Confidence But Could They Work in the UK?
Innovative job hunting techniques being used in the USA have been called "creative job hunting". They require a degree of self confidence but they could work in the UK too.
- Candidates Should Know the Basics of Employment Regulations and Conditions
Candidates should know the basics of employment regulations and conditions in order to be informed before they attend an interview about what is expected of them.
- The Rare Earth Metal Used in Thermometers, LEDs and Satellite Technology is Gallium
Gallium is one of 17 rare earth metals that are currently making headlines as a good investment for its importance to the manufacture of LEDs, satellite technology and non mercury thermometers.
- Good Health and Productivity Require Clean Air Coming Into a Building
Duct cleaning should not be confined to the extraction side of a ductwork system but should also pay attention to the ductwork bringing clean air into a building because a clean air environment is important to the health and productivity of its users.
- Employer Confidence Has Not Been Damaged by the Introduction of New Agency Worker Regulations
There were fears that the introduction of new Agency Worker Regulations in October 2011 would deter employers from taking on temporary staff. So far the signs are that the new regulations have been a deterrent to recruitment.
- Rare Earth Metals Are an Important Part of Sustainable Development and Climate Change
A growing global population and increased urbanisation are adding to global warming and pollution. Rare earth metals will play an important role in switching to clean energy technology such as electric vehicles.
- According to New Figures Fewer People Working at Height Have Been involved in Accidents
The most recent, 2010, figures reveal that the numbers of falls when people are working at height have been reducing, but this is no reason to relax on risk assessments and safety precautions
- Sanitising Air Ducts After Cleaning Increases Protection Against Airborne Infections
Applying a sanitising polymer to the inside of air ducts after ductwork cleaning protects against corrosion and against the proliferation of bacteria responsible for airborne diseases.
- Information on a CV is Increasingly Likely to be Checked for Truthfulness
Lying on a CV and claiming qualifications that a candidate does not have is likely to be both found out and land the person in trouble.
- The Issues That Have to be Considered When Equipping a Commercial Kitchen
Proper planning is essential if you dream of running your own catering business, especially when considering cooking appliances and ventilation.
- The Signs to Watch for That May Indicate a Case of Sick Building Syndrome
Many factors can contribute to a case of Sick Building Syndrome but one of the first to check is the quality of air and the cleanliness of any ductwork systems.
- Take the Risk Out of High Level Cleaning by Using the Professionals
Injuries called by falls by working at height are often serious if not fatal and if high level cleaning is needed in your building it is time to call in the professionals.
- Kitchen Extraction Cleaning is a Messy Job Best Done by a Professional Company
There are many reasons, from fire safety to insurance costs for keeping a kitchen extraction system clean, but it is a messy job and best done by a specialist cleaning company.
- There Are Advantages for Job Seekers in Face to Face Networking
Using networking can create additional opportunities for candidates seeking a new job as well as helping them to polish their increasingly important soft skills.
- If the New Year Has Made You Consider a Career Move Careful Thought and Planning is Needed
The New Year often provokes dissatisfaction with the current job but some assessment and careful planning is needed before making a move.
- How to Find the Best Time for a Thorough Kitchen Deep Clean
Regular deep cleaning of a large-scale kitchen needs to be carried out regularly but finding the time for a thorough kitchen deep clean can be difficult in a busy organisation.
- Expectations of Doom and Gloom Can Depress Levels of Optimism in the Jobs Market
Positive thinking can make a difference to the expectations of employers and job candidates as the New Year begins.
- Security and Secrecy Are a Must in the World of Racing Cars
The rivalry between companies building the most technologically advanced race cars is intense and a high level of secrecy is maintained right through to transporting the cars to an event.
- Marketing is Crucial to Business Growth But Keep Costs Under Control by Keeping it Flexible
Every business needs to do some marketing to generate business but may not need to employ full time marketing experts. The secret is keeping it flexible, buying only what you need and measuring the return on everything you invest.
- Fire Safety is Paramount in Commercial Kitchen Extract Systems
Facilities managers and those responsible for a building or kitchen\'s faire safety need to have the confidence that comes from proper training.
- A Negative Performance Review Should be Handled Constructively
A critical or negative performance review can be a blow to an employee, especially if there were question marks about their skills when they were first taken on. However, they can be handled positively as pointers to weaknesses that can be improved.
- A Carefully Restored Classic Car Can be Protected in Transit With Enclosed Transport
Restoring a classic car involves many hours of work by enthusiasts, who may then want to exhibit it at one of the many classic car shows held in the UK each year but may not want to drive the car to the venue.
- Taking a Temporary Position Can be a Way Into Full Time Work
While the economic future looks difficult the latest survey of employer confidence suggests that they are slightly more positive about hiring, particularly temp workers. Taking a temp position could provide leads into full time work.
- Preventative Maintenance and Cleaning Can Protect Businesses from Unexpected Costs
A programme of preventative maintenance, such as regular kitchen deep cleaning, can protect a large-scale catering business from unexpected costs.
- Building a Flexible Business Model Can Ensure Perpetual Survival
While immediate attention may be focused on the possibility of a possible eurozone Armageddon, businesses will still need to adopt a flexible business model in order to ensure their survival throughout the expected coming decade of austerity.
- How Clean Are Your Ductwork Systems?
Regular cleaning and maintenance of air duct systems can help to keep them in good condition when compulsory inspection times come round.
- Ensure Everyone Has a Good Time at the Office Christmas Party
The office Christmas party is a time to relax, for companies to reward people for their hard work, but it is still wise to remember that everyone has to continue to work together comfortably when it's over.
- Getting the Edge on Your Rivals in the Search for a Job
Using some innovation and style can help candidates stand out in the search for a position.
- High Level Cleaning Can Be Made More Cost Effective by Using Expert Professionals
Many industrial processes are carried out in large spaces with high ceilings and exposed beams that need to be kept clean to prevent contamination of products being produced.
- There is No Longer Any Doubt That Economies Are in a Long L-Shaped Recession
The relatively small changes in insolvency figures year on year coupled with declining confidence among SMEs suggest that economies are in a prolonged L-shaped recession.
- If You Want to Reach the Interview Shortlist Avoid These Mistakes
A candidate may never know why they failed to be invited to a job interview. Here are some examples of why they may have failed.
- To Survive its Current Roller Coaster Ride Magazine Publishing Needs to be Innovative
The shift away from print to online advertising coupled with rising costs of paper and ink have been causing problems for the magazine publishing industry for many years. They need to be much more innovative and restructure to survive.
- Retailers and Politicians Are Still in Denial As They Focus on Window Dressing
Focusing on stimulating consumer spending whether discounting or sales or talking up recovery means politicians and retailers are still in denial. Instead restructuring experts say we need innovation, vision and a focus on exports.
- UK Consumer and Farmer Behaviour Show Encouraging Signs of Changes
In the UK consumers\' production of waste and their food consumption have been declining, as has farmers\' use of the amount of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium fertilisers.
- Pay Down Business Debt and Avoid Offers That Seem Too Good to be True
It is better for a business to pay off its debt when lending from banks is tight and very expensive rather than turn to alternative sources of loans from lenders who may be less than scrupulous.
- Many Job Seekers Do Not Know How to Compile a Good CV
Many job seekers fail to pay proper attention to the quality of their CV. Whether seeking a first job, a role in administration or as a PA or looking for a step up the career ladder, the CV should be a resumé, not a life story.
- It Continues to be Tough for Graduates to Find a Job
The jobs market remains tough for new graduates, as well as for all job seekers, according to recent research.
- How Can School Leavers Improve Their Career Prospects in a Recession?
It has never been harder for school leavers to find work than it currently is. But there are ways they can help themselves by showing some initiative.
- In Uncertain Economic Times an Open Mind and Flexibility are Needed
Flexibility and an open mind will help job seekers trying to progress their careers in an uncertain economic climate.
- Changing to Sustainable Farming Can Help Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Improve Our Diets
Making food production more environmentally and climate-friendly while increasing crop yields means changes to the whole system from farmers onwards and is likely to involve the use of scientific ingenuity.
- A Guide to Getting a Custom Made Outfit Made by a Professional Dressmaker
There is nothing like a unique outfit made by a professional dressmaker when a special occasion is coming up.
- More Safe and Natural Foods Should Result from Research into Sustainable Farming
Research into insect pollinators and an experiment in organic farming are among a number of projects that will have benefits for sustainable crop production and safer, more natural foods.
- Job Seekers Should Check Their Spelling and Grammar Before Sending Applications
Recruiters deluged with hundreds of applications for every vacancy will quickly reject any that contain poor spelling and grammar.
- The Cost of Food Production Will Continue to Rise Because of Predicted Higher Oil Prices
Predicted rises in demand for oil as the global economy recovers mean price rises. The knock-on effect on a food production and distribution system dependent on petroleum-based products will be higher food prices. Time to push harder for sustainable, low-chem farming.
- When Competition for Jobs is Intense Preparation is Essential to Stand Out at an Interview
Whatever the position it is important for job seekers to prepare everything from their outfit to the questions they may have thoroughly for an interview.
- A High Level Job at Home and Work Means Proper Planning to Assess the Risks
It is Important to Assess the Risks When Tackling a High Level Job at Home and Work in the Summer.
- The Pace of New Job Creation Slowed in June 2011
Job Seekers Face Tougher Competition as the Pace of New Job Creation Slows. They need to pay attention to every detail and use all the resources out there.
- The Cost of Farming Production is Not Reflected in Food Prices
Expecting farmers to increase production and embrace sustainability is unrealistic when their production costs are being constantly eroded to keep food prices in the shops as low as possible for consumers.
- Greater Energy Savings in Large Buildings are being Required by New Building Regulations
Regular air duct cleaning can help large organisations comply with new energy emission regulations as well as controlling business overheads.
- It Will Take Ambitious Action to Mend the Global Food Production and Pricing System
A global charity, the CEO of a US-based organisation researching and developing low-chem agricultural products and the UN's special rapporteur on the right to food all agree that investment in developing world small farmers is needed as part of tackling food scarcity. But actions will speak louder than words.
- A Rise in Workplace Stress is a Potential Cost to Business and Should not be Ignored
Workplace stress has been rising dramatically since the 2008 global financial crisis began, but employers often do not realise that it can have a significant impact on a company's costs if it is not dealt with.
- Attention to Air Duct Systems in Buildings Can Prevent Health Consequences for Occupants
Paying attention to a building's air quality and ensuring air duct cleaning is part of regular maintenance can have significant benefits for occupants' health.
- No Commercial Kitchen Wants to be a Suspect at the Centre of an E-Coli Outbreak
E Coli is a bacterium present in a benign form in the intestines of many animals as well as humans but in its toxic form the consequences can be very serious for anyone infected. Strict hygiene in handling raw food is vital.
- Dresses Have Become More Popular in Fashion Stores in the Last Couple of Years
Dress alteration by an expert can ensure that a dress bought off the peg in a standardised size is the perfect fit for its wearer.
- Consumers Can Play a Part in Helping to Make Farming and Food Distribution Sustainable
Farmers, food producers and distributors and consumers will need to be more adaptable to cope with an increasingly unpredictable climate, price volatility and the need for more sustainability.