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City News October 2011

In City News this time, I want to focus on Job Hopper Jason from our 'Winning Cards' series. Job Hopper Jason can be extremely costly, both financially and in terms of time and patience. With a reputation for serially moving from one job to another, he's never quite satisfied in a job, he's always looking out for a better opportunity and is generally not going to be one of your most reliable staff. We all dread recruiting Job Hopper Jason, but in this article, we'd like to consider the possible motives behind his job hops.

Whilst you can guarantee that some Job Hopper Jason's will never settle... we think there's a large majority who want to settle in a job... one that suits them and their families. Might it be that those who move from company to company are actually searching for a flexible role, where they can share childcare with their partner, where they can be a present and active member of their family as well as being a valued member of a team at work?

The government are taking this prospect very seriously. The traditional role of mums staying at home and dads being the main wage earners is quickly going out of fashion. Dads want a say in their childrens' day to day activities too, they want to be there for them, they want to pick them up from school and see school plays and our workforce could potentially be structured to not only cope with that – but thrive on it. One could argue that it's high time both parents had the opportunity to have careers and bring up their families together.

If this is indeed one of the main reasons that Job Hopper Jason disrupts businesses by moving so quickly from role to role, you could influence his decision to stay in your company. You know, only too well, the cost of recruiting someone - agency fees, months of advertising, interviewing, making job offers, induction, training. Even if Job Hopper Jason stays a year, you've got to replace him and go through those costs again. As always, we have some tips to guide you through so you'll be a) less likely to end up with an unreliable member of staff; and b) much more likely to retain the undeniable talent that Job Hopper Jason really does have.

I hope you have a successfull month.

Human Resources

Who is deemed an Agency Worker?

An Agency Worker (often referred to as a ‘temp’) is someone who has a contract with the Temporary Work Agency (TWA) (an employment contract or an agreement to perform work or provide services personally) but works temporarily for and under the direction and supervision of a Hirer. The unique, tripartite relationship between agency worker, agency and hirer is a key feature of these Regulations. [Read more]‚Äč

Changes to the National Minimum Wage Rates – Effective 1 October 2011 [Read More]

'In conversation with...' This month, we're talking to Doug Betts, one of Park City's Human Resources Consultants [Read more]

Next month, I'm 'in conversation with...' Sandra Hull, another of Park City's HR Consultants. Watch this space...!

Health & Safety

The Importance of Competence

Park City would like to remind business owners and companies of the importance of their duties to ensure either their own competence internally or - if using external advisors - the need for ensuring their competence in undertaking safety-related activities following the conviction of two men in Nottingham. [Read more]

Training & Development

USING MEDIATION TO OVERCOME CONFLICT IN THE WORKPLACE - 2½-hour Practical Seminar - Friday 28 October 2011, 9.30am - 12.00pm.

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE - 2-hour Seminar - Friday 4 November 2011, 9.30 - 11.30am.

MOTIVATING WITHOUT MONEY - 2½-hour Practical Seminar - Thursday 17 November 2011, 9.30am - 12.00pm.

For bookings or further information on our HR Training Programme, please contact Kelly Halls on 01206 752100 or by email to [email protected]

Health & Safety Training

FIRE WARDEN TRAINING - ½-day Training Course - Tuesday 25 October 2011, 9.30am - 12.00pm. Park City H&S Training Vouchers are redeemable against this course.

H&S BASIC AWARENESS TRAINING FOR MANAGERS & SUPERVISORS - ½-day Training Course - Wednesday 9 November 2011, 9.30am - 12.00pm. Park City H&S Training Vouchers are redeemable against this course.

For bookings or further information on our H&S Training Programme, please contact Laura Chambers on 01206 752100 or by email to [email protected]

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