Many employers (and employees) would like to know the importance of a happy workforce to the success of any business. With research showing that high staff morale can lead to a 12% increase in productivity, the answer to this question may appear to be clear. However, just how much can these happy employees contribute to a business? Looking beyond productivity, the benefits of a happy workforce are seemingly endless. For the 4.8 million businesses in the UK, the average employee will be absent from work for 7.7 days per annum due to sickness. At first glance, this isn't a significant figure. However, when you consider this will cost £673 per employee on average, this can place a strain on the 99.2% of British businesses that have less than 50 employees. This can not only cause financial issues, but also work fulfillment issues. The pressure sick employees place on other employees in their absence can be significant. The happy employee, while not immune from the annual flu bugs, coughs, and colds, is far less likely to fall foul of the 66% of absence. This is short term, and avoids the top reason for long term absence from the workplace – stress. The chances are also good that they will be with you a long time. This means you will not only keep their skills and knowledge, and reap the benefits of staff continuity within your business, but you will also be negating the potential recruitment and training costs associated with high staff turnover. The recruitment costs of sourcing a new manager, inducting them into the business, and waiting for him or her to become completely conversant with the role can soar above £8,000. Even in today’s employment marketplace, 72% of businesses are citing a lack of specialist skills as their main recruitment difficulty. Therefore, it's essential for businesses take care of the people that they have. So, moving forward, how do you create this positive environment where your employees can be happy? Stephens Scown Employment Solicitors LLP highlight the importance of having solid HR policies and employment law advice so businesses can get the most from their workforce. In the UK, there is only one HR professional to every 102 employees. This suggests this area is often an area overlooked by businesses. There's no stronger message to businesses than the cost of not being proactive and potentially getting it wrong. In the last year, 186,300 claims brought at employment tribunals were accepted - costing £31.1m. A staggering 540,800 claims are still outstanding. As your business looks to move forward and with the costs of getting it wrong so high, are your employees as happy as you think and have you got all of the support in place you need? Infographic via Stephens Scown SolicitorsPhoto Credit: Shutterstock
Recruiters have one job: find the right person for the position. Their performance is evaluated on how efficiently and effectively they match top talent to job requirements. Ironically, in the current economy, recruiters are finding their jobs harder than ever.
There's too much talent for them to weed through. What used to be "finding a needle in a haystack" has now become "finding a needle in ten haystacks." As a result, recruiters have to determine a candidate's marketability much quicker.
Translation: Candidates must pay even more attention to the power of the "first impression" factor.
First Impressions Really Do Matter (A LOT)
People skills, attire, etc. all become more important when competition amongst talent is this fierce.
Reality check: Those who are failing to make a good first impression get put in the "no" pile and are never contacted again.
So, if you aren't getting called back by a recruiter after either an in-person meeting or phone call, there's a good chance that, in addition to the fact you didn't have the right skills, you also might have displayed one or more traits on the "I can't market them" list.
Now, most recruiters won't tell you what you did wrong. Why? For one reason, they aren't paid to give you the bad news. Second, they don't want to burn a bridge. And third, as I mentioned, they just don't have the time.
And yet, how are you going to fix the problem if you don't know it exists? I've put together the most common reasons why a recruiter writes a candidate off. You may not like what you read, but the good news is with a little attention and practice all of them can be improved upon.
So, ask yourself, "Am I guilty of the following?"
Top 10 Things Recruiters Won't Tell You
1. Your interview attire is outdated / messy / too tight / too revealing / too flashy.
2. Your physical appearance is disheveled / outdated / sloppy / smelly / overpowering (i.e. too much perfume or cologne).
3. Your eye contact is weak / shifty / intense.
4. Your handshake is limp / too forceful / clammy.
5. You say ah / um / like too much.
6. You talk too much / use poor grammar / say inappropriate things (i.e. swearing) when you answer interview questions.
7. You appear overconfident / pushy / self-centered /insecure /aloof / ditzy / scatter-brained / desperate.
8. You talk too fast / too slow / too loud / too soft.
9. You giggle / fidget / act awkward / have facial tics / lack expression.
10. You lack sincerity / self-confidence / clarity / conviction.
So, How Do You Fix These?Bigstock
Well, given that 93% of communication is non-verbal, I can tell you that many of the negatives above can be improved by focusing on one thing: attitude.
If you are angry, fearful, or confused, it's going to show. You must find a way to feel good about yourself and your ability to contribute. This comes from knowing your strengths and embracing them.
It also comes from doing your homework on a company so you can articulate clearly and with enthusiasm why you would be a great fit for the job. I realize this is easier said than done, but it can be done.
I hope I've convinced you to take a hard look at the 10 reasons above and commit to finding a way to improve your first impression factor.
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Once you know your professional strengths, it will be much easier for you to convey why you would be a great fit for a position. And as long as you don't make the above mistakes, you'll be golden.
It's your career. Own your actions and take control of your professional development. I promise, recruiters will take notice.
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This article was originally published at an earlier date.