One of the most stressful things a manager must deal with is having a star employee quit—particularly if no one saw it coming. Moral tends to drop after the resignation of a key team member, and trying to find a replacement quickly can prove difficult given the high demand for top talent (particularly in tech). The end result is a rushed recruitment process, and sometimes, a bad hire.
HR professionals often carry a heavy emotional burden. Whether it is letting someone go, issuing a disciplinary warning, or helping to resolve a conflict, much of what the modern HR professional does on a day-to-day basis requires an incredible level of empathy and professionalism. They must delicately navigate highly emotionally-charged situations, while representing their company and following policy and procedure to the letter…
Tech teams are usually a different breed to the other departments within a business. Just try measuring the productivity of individual software engineers within an ongoing project. Or jump into their lunch conversation about invocation latency and horizontal traceability. It will quickly become clear that the tech team is a truly unique animal. So how should this particular group be managed in order to reach its full potential? Here are some top tips we have gathered from leading technology team managers.
No company wants employees to stay a short period of time. The hiring process is long, on-boarding requires a lot of resource, and with each passing month the employee becomes more valuable. So what can you do to be sure you are hiring employees that stay for the long term? Here are our top 5 tips based on our experience with candidates in the technology sector.
While almost every job requires working within a team, very few interviews are conducted in a group setting. Many hiring managers consider doing group interviews too complicated—an added step that is hard to schedule and will delay hiring. But what if the best candidate is most obvious when observed with others? Watching how someone interacts within a group when trying to solve a problem or answer a question can provide insights that conventional interviews simply can’t. Here we outline some pros and cons so that you can evaluate whether a group interview might work for you.
Cultural fit is a crucial component of a happy workforce. It is the ‘being on the same wave length’ as your colleagues, and having the same ethos as your company’s management. It is having an office environment that allows you to be your best professional self, feel motivated and thrive. It is feeling like you have a work-family. And all the skills, experience and training in the world can’t make up for a poor match.
Oliver Parks continues to strengthen its partnership with the announcement of two internal promotions across the business’s key markets in Germany and the United States. The announcement highlights Oliver Parks’ commitment to growth across a number of growing technology sectors and ensures a broader depth of experience at the partnership level. The new partners, Tom Pollock and Hendrik Kuhlmann, have been promoted from their positions as Senior Managers.
A job offer letter is a formal document sent by an employer to a job candidate selected for employment. Offer letters provide an opportunity to solidify expectations and clarify key details discussed during the interview process. The candidate may choose to accept the job offer—in which case they will sign and return the letter as a formal acceptance of the position. Or, if the offer doesn’t outline the compensation package that the applicant expected, he or she may decide to make a counter offer, or decline it.
Most of us know job security is an illusion. Thousands of bankers who had stable jobs at seemingly stable institutions, found themselves without a job after the 2008 financial crisis. There are many other examples of people that worked for growing organisations where they had a bright future, who suddenly found themselves dismissed. Job security is therefore not a reason to stay at a job. But are there any good reasons to leave a job, particularly if you love it? Here are a few.
It is impossible for any HR professional to be trained in all the different areas of a business they must hire for—particularly if they are responsible for technology roles that have very niche requirements. This is just one of the multitude of challenges HR professionals face in today’s workplace. HR professionals must set an example as model members of the team, be well-versed in the latest employment law and help create the right culture. But there are also a few things HR professionals can do to ensure they don’t get overwhelmed, and instead, become an invaluable gem within the heart of their organisation. Here are our top 5 tips for HR professionals in 2019.
The ability to work remotely is usually seen as a perk offered by progressive companies who understand the value of giving employees the freedom to work where they want. With fewer employees in the office, companies can lease smaller offices, so in addition to being an employee perk, it is also makes business sense. As a result, the number of remote workers has…
Oliver Parks is one of the first companies to agree to the Finish recruitment industry’s most progressive set of principles. The code, known as For better recruitment, includes 5 tenants that define how recruitment firms should work in order to best help companies and job seekers. By adhering to these principles, the hope is that it will create a positive effect for the country as a whole.
Big data and artificial intelligence (AI) continue to change the recruiting industry with software that claims to be able to source and screen candidates, and calendar applications that do all the work of organising interviews. But a recent survey shows that professionals have less trust in AI than in human recruitment consultants. The survey of 431 professionals across a wide range of industries showed that ninety percent of respondents believe technology cannot replace the human interaction required to recruit effectively.
Most modern offices are open plan—with colorful lounge areas and long tables where everyone sits and works alongside one another. But despite their popularity, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting open plan offices might be doing more harm than good. In fact, recent research indicates that open plan offices can decrease employee productivity, health and happiness.
Millennials took us by surprise. They work differently, play differently and have a different set of expectations of what ‘work’ should be. Yet Millennials are about to lose the spotlight to Generation Z as this group of youngsters begin to make their way into the workforce.
Here are 5 things you should know about this emerging generation before you begin hiring them.
A private, oceanfront office, full-time PA and 25-hour work week would be one way to attract top talent, but if that is impossible, you may want to consider these two practices. After all, getting the top candidates to want to work for your organisation is about more than just the salary offered, particularly when it comes to the technology industry…
Today developers must work with teams spread across multiple continents, where people speak different languages and often have different character sets. They also have to work with some code that is new and some that could be decades old. Working as a team and making sense of it all is only part of what it means to be a programmer today.
Resigning can be hard—particularly if you have enjoyed working at your current company, or feel a sense of loyalty. Moving on is a must however if we are to travel up the professional ladder, and doing it right can make a big difference in ensuring the transition is a smooth one. Next time you are thinking of resigning, you may want to consider a few pieces of advice from Oliver Parks’ technology recruitment consultants, and ensure the process is as stress-free as possible.
One tech recruitment trend isn’t changing: demand for tech talent continues to outpace the supply. There are however plenty of other things across the tech hiring landscape are changing. Knowing what is happening in the market will prevent you from getting caught off guard, and missing out on candidates. Here are a few tech recruitment trends to keep an eye on…
Salesforce’s recent growth and momentum confirm its continued dominance in the SaaS space. The company has been able to generate a cloud-revenue backlog of $20 billion of business on and off the balance sheet—up 40% from a year ago. And the surging demand industrywide for the enterprise cloud—whether SaaS, PaaS or IaaS—has blown away any possible…