Four ways forward to a happy workplace

Aside from giving everyone the day off, what’s the single most effective way to ensure happiness in the workplace?

A dress-down day can add informality and ease tensions. Extra long lunch breaks on a Friday always go down exceedingly well.

HR-2-smallBut as HR professionals know, it’s only a combination of different elements that can truly instil confidence and contentment in employees.

So let’s look at four ways to help make everyone happy while they work.


Offer a warm welcome

Where better place to begin than right at the start: the job interview?

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Stop your stars from wandering

Bosses everywhere want to keep their top employees happy. As happy as Pharrell Williams opening his royalty cheques.

That’s because when you’re happy, you’re not only doing great work but likely to stick around for longer.

Executive-2-smallAny manager worth their salt knows building a dream team is tough if your line-up keeps changing.

And when the cost of replacing an employee comes in at more than £30,000, it’s no wonder good staff are worth their weight in gold: they need to be treasured, polished and allowed to shine.

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Take steps in the right direction

Dancing. It takes skill, patience and whole lot of practice to ensure everyone stays in formation and knows what they’re expected to do.

It’s much like HR, in fact.

HR-1-smallWhere the most valuable asset of any company is its people, retention of staff is crucial. Equally, so is defining roles so that the entire team moves and operates like a perfectly choreographed line dance.

Achieving this means delivering training, learning and professional development for all employees, from new recruits to upper management.

read more launches campaign in Scotland’s capital city, Scotland’s number 1 recruitment site launches a bold new interactive street campaign specifically targeting jobseekers in Edinburgh.


The campaign will see take over Princes Street bus shelters, in Edinburgh’s iconic shopping boulevard featuring real-time job adverts which passers-by can apply for straight from their mobiles.

No-one knows Scottish jobs like Using our local knowledge we’re getting under the skin of the city and promoting the opportunities available for local job seekers.

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Update from s1 Sales Director, Gavin Mochan

I’m amazed at how quickly 2015 vanished, it was a very eventful year which saw s1jobs enjoy a stellar period of growth, and the success story continues! I’m delighted to tell you that we have had a fantastic start to the New Year already. In January we saw a record number of 748,371 unique job seekers visit s1jobs, that’s a notable 8% increase on our previous record in January 2013.

Gavin_picNot only that, we are now exceeding over 200,000 applications every month. Its great news for Scottish jobs and job seekers alike to see such volume. We expected the beginning of the New Year to be busy with job seekers as normal, but we’ve been blown away with the high volume of activity. We also continue to receive much more Scottish traffic than any other job board, almost 600,000 visits more than our closest competitor. But the stand out fact for me is, we have more direct employer vacancies in Scotland than any other job board.

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Why video interviewing should be part of your recruitment strategy

Video interviewing is rapidly becoming part of the recruitment process for both employers and job seekers.
Video_Interview_Email_HeaderResearch shows that issues well known in the recruitment process such as time, cost, skill shortages and quality of hire are what’s driving companies to look for new technologies, like video interviewing, to overcome these challenges.

Here are some of the key challenges that video interviewing can help with:

  1. Time to Hire
    A major annoyance in the recruitment process is the time it takes to hire.  Video interviews can streamline the interview process eliminating the hours wasted arranging and conducting first interviews. Video interviews can be completed within days of compiling your CV shortlist and you can share the clips with colleagues, allowing faster decision making.
  1. Recruitment Cost
    Hiring managers and recruiters are always looking to deliver more for less and video interviews can help do this. It reduces the costs involved with interview scheduling, interview preparation and even basic items such as hiring manager travel costs and any costs related to interview room hiring. Not to mention the costs associated in making the wrong hire!
  1. Interview More Candidates
    Video interviewing offers a solution that allows you to access candidates which you may otherwise not have been able to. Due to its nature, it’s possible to interview candidates across continents and time zones and there’s  no need to spend ‘courtesy time’ on candidates who are not right for the job. Therefore, freeing up time to interview more candidates – and increasing the chance to identify those ‘hidden gems’ that would not normally make it to the short list
  1. Quality of Hire
    Team cultural fit is of high importance when considering candidates for a post. And can often be the hardest to judge at the early stages of the recruitment process. Video interviews allow you to see the personality behind the CV. And, if you ensure that all candidates are asked the same questions and have the same amount of time to answer them, they are all competing on the same terms, with a consistent environment.  Allowing you to make a more informed decision.

Video interviewing solves many problems for employers and addresses the challenges of recruitment today. Shortcut your time to hire and add s1jobs video interviews to your next vacancy. Call 0800 9545 383 or find out more.

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