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An ever developing process – why development and change drive the construction sector

An ever developing process – why development and change drive the construction sector

There is a very complex series of forces at work when it comes to driving change in the construction industry. It seems we are constantly being shown a new developmental process and either wringing our hands about how it will affect the industry or marvelling at the technological miracle being presented, or possibly both at the same time.

Catalyst areas

To take a bit of a simplistic overview, we can probably consider the drivers for change as a series of catalyst areas.

Temp staff in a skills shortage – The hidden benefit to workers

Temp staff in a skills shortage – The hidden benefit to workers

Given a choice, we would all live in a world where supply and demand were equally matched. It would be perfect if every open vacancy in any business meant the perfect candidate walked through the door and everyone simply went back to work. However, while it may not be quite having the impact some of the gloomier commentators predicted, there is a skills shortage in some areas, and we need to think about it. One method of approaching the situation is via an increased reliance on temporary staff.

The electronic hammer – Why the human touch remains important in recruitment

The electronic hammer – Why the human touch remains important in recruitment

When you are a recruiter, you deal with people. I don’t have an issue with technology at all, in fact, I am a bit of a gadget geek. Give me something with flashing lights and some buttons, and I will play around with it as much as the next person. However, I like to think I am very aware of the limits of technology and indeed how it can affect our working life.

“I am sure you will fit in here” – Company culture and its effect on staff

Have you ever been to visit a business and felt that you probably wouldn’t want to work there? You walk out without a specific reason why, but something about the place just said it wasn’t right for you. Yet most of the time, there is nothing wrong with the working environment or the perfectly nice people that work in it. It’s just that, while it would be fine for some people, it's not right for you. Similarly, have you ever been drawn to a candidate on ‘gut instinct’ when it was a choice of two qualified applicants?

Common hiring mistakes – A costly and avoidable problem

Common hiring mistakes – A costly and avoidable problem

There is a lot written about the stress for the candidate when it comes to the employment process, but we tend to forget that there is a great deal at stake for the employer as well. A bad candidate choice can result in a cost with little or no return, a disrupted team, a delay in development or efficient working methods, a loss of morale in the workforce and ultimately a further employment cycle to once again fill the post. Hiring someone is quite a major decision, and done wrong it can be a costly mistake, both financially and in terms of the overall business plan.

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