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Everything you need to know about bridge to let finance

If your aim is to be a landlord with several let properties under your belt, there are several ways to support yourself on this venture

Whether your dreams involve buying a home, funding a business venture, renovating a dilapidated building or becoming a successful landlord, you may find that high street lenders feel that your potential purchase or mortgage application is simply too risky to consider. This is where bridging finance is becoming a popular alternative. … read more

The Office Is Changing For Good And So Should We

Workplaces around the world are quickly transforming into robust spaces where people can work at their peak productivity instead of old stuffy places where people came to get bored. The offices of the future are now breaking into our present, and they are making life so much easier … read more

3 Ways to Improve Your Hiring Practices

Hiring as a small business is no minor thing. You have to ensure that each hire works out well. A bad new recruit can drag the morale of an SME down and demotivate other staff. Alternatively, sometimes they aren’t a great fit with the culture of the company which is also something to look out for.

Here are three ways to improve your current hiring practices to get better results.

Recruiting the Right People

Using better quality hiring agencies that have local knowledge and a passion for what they do is extremely helpful. When they’re not just going through the motions of filling positions with a likely candidate but instead are focused intently on finding just the right person for your business, better hires are likely to follow.

If you need to find temp services to cover a short absence or a maternity leave, then look at Corporate Job Bank, which provides temp services in Phoenix, Arizona. They’ve been operating since 1985 and are now the largest staffing agency in Arizona that’s owned by a local person. Because of this, they’re more hands-on and know the area and the local employers extremely well. This makes all the difference in finding people that can not only do the job but also who will mesh with the company’s culture.

Prepare Standard Operating Procedures

Having pre-prepared standard operating procedures (SOP) that lay out each task needed to be completed in a role is very important. Most employers fail to have an SOP for each position. Even the ones that do have an SOP fail to keep it updated and relevant.

For new recruits, expecting them to dive into the deep end and not drown isn’t a realistic expectation. Everyone has their preferred way to learn. Having things explained in person isn’t always going to work because some people need to learn tasks through repetition to get it.

By having SOPs for each job, the company helps every new employee understand what is expected of them and how to get each part of the job done right. It cuts out the guessing game. As a result, they get up to speed faster. There’s also a correspondingly higher success rate on recruitment this way.

Assign Someone to Make New Hires Feel Welcome

While the person who’s leaving probably has some overlap and is able to assist the new recruit, that’s not always the case. It’s a good idea to have someone who’ll still be around a week from their first day on the job to assist them.

It shouldn’t be necessary to hand-hold someone who has experience, but there are still questions that any new person will have and perhaps feel embarrassed to ask. Rather than leaving them floundering, it’s useful to discuss with them if there’s anything they’re unsure of either with the company or their job specifically.

Doing this systematically avoids a situation where someone had a problem, was afraid to ask and no one offered open-ended assistance which would have rooted out what the issue was. Not doing so sometimes leads to a failed hire.

Getting recruiting procedures right is difficult. Everyone is their own person with unique needs. However, the more suitable the new hire is for the company and the type of work they’ll be completing, and with a good support mechanism, hiring needn’t be so challenging.

4 Ways to Get Your Employees Thinking About Cybersecurity

Since the majority of businesses today trade online and store sensitive information in their systems or even in the Cloud, cybersecurity should always be a top priority when it comes to keeping the business at low risk. Cyberattacks are becoming more and more frequent, and no business is safe when it comes to cybercriminals who will attempt to break down any walls with a weakness. In order to improve your protection from cybercrime, it’s important that every employee is on board. Here’s how to get your workforce talking about cybersecurity:  … read more

Going Global with Your Marketing Campaigns

Because of the ease with which we can now reach people from all over the world, thanks in large part to the internet, a lot of the rules and regulations which surround the manner in which we’re allowed to deliver marketing campaigns are overlooked. You can find yourself in a lot of trouble if you don’t exercise caution and are found to be in serious breach of some local regulations in the area you’re targeting with your marketing and advertising campaigns, but for the most part it’s only a matter of exercising some common sense. … read more

Christmas Gifts for coworkers

Some coworkers jump at the opportunity to get creative for their office secret Santa while others need a lot of help to come up with a decent idea. Finding a great gift for someone you know well can already be a difficult task. This task gets even more difficult when the Christmas gift is for a coworker you are less familiar with. There is also the question of how personal the gift should be. Would you give a coworker the same gift you would give your friend?

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