What makes you happy at your 9-5?

  70% say their ‘9-5 buddies’ are crucial to enjoy a happy working life  Two thirds of people would turn down a job offer with pay-rise to stay working with people they liked and respected Men are less concerned with getting on with colleagues than women are 65% say being happy at work makes them more productive in their job This was pulled from a survey from 1000 UK workers. A pay rise certainly helps to keep us content in our jobs, but in fact…

‘Shares for Rights’ Would this work for you?

George Osborne announced plans to enable employers the right to offer shares to employees in exchange for employment rights. The employee ownership scheme would allow owners of all companies, but primarily small and fast growing companies, the chance to offer employees a new style of contract. An employee / owner contract would mean staff trade in their rights in respect of redundancy, flexible working, unfair dismissal, certain maternity rights and time off for training in exchange for shares in the business. Companies have the option…

The Dog and Bone interview!

Like a Radio Presenter, you might think that the best thing about a telephone interview is that you don’t have to worry about how you look…Even though this is the case you still need to be as well prepared as you would be if it was a face to face interview. Unless the job you’re applying for has customer contact and communication a phone interview is often about your ability to do the job rather than an assessment of your personality, appearance or whether you…

STUCK IN THE MUD

On the 2nd of December six members of the Reading office are taking part in THE GRIM CHALLENGE! If you haven’t heard of the challenge before, hopefully my words will be enough to give you an idea of the experience our staff will be put through… It will all commence at 10:30am in the beautiful countryside of Aldershot with two teams of three. The brave members are; Alison Kemp (Recruitment consultant), Chloe Hope (Recruitment consultant), Dean Penn (Account manager), James Martin (Recruitment consultant), Sarah Shephard…

AWR 1 year anniversary – What has been the real impact?

After the launch of the AWR (Agency Workers Regulations) in 2011, we have now reached the one year mark! With it being the one year anniversary since its introduction I think it is time that we had a look at the impact it has caused… What is AWR? The Agency Worker’s Regulations (AWR) are a part of an EU directive and aim to ensure that temporary workers are treated fairly, and ultimately have the same pay and conditions as permanent employees. For Orion’s contractors the…

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