Workplace conflict Ellis Fox blog

How to make the best of a bad work situation

While you may be able to choose which company you work for, the unfortunate reality is that team members come and go and as a result you can’t always choose your work colleagues.  Some people can be difficult to work with, just because of the way that they interact with others or their personalities. And…

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Job reference Ellis Fox Blog

The do’s and don’ts of getting job references

Job references play a critical role in hiring, with employers often relying on references to confirm a candidates skills and experience before making an offer. The challenge for candidates is often they don’t want to tell their managers they’re job hunting until they’ve secured a new role. So what’s the best way to ask for…

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Pay increase Ellis Fox Blog

Should you get a pay increase?

Current world and economic affairs are pretty stressful at present. Inflation is becoming a harsh reality and many people are looking at rising costs compared to what they’re earning and becoming concerned. Without a salary increase, how are they to make ends meet? Unfortunately it’s not only employees asking that question. Companies have been severely…

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Salary offer Ellis Fox Blog

Salaries and benefits – What to offer?

It’s common expectation from a candidate perspective that taking on a new role will include a better salary, and possibly additional benefits to go along with it.  Also, current hiring trends indicate that many candidates seek more flexible working arrangements in addition to financial payment. The challenge many companies face is knowing what the right…

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Interview culture Ellis Fox Blog

How to know if it’s the right job for you

Today job seekers have an advantage. They’re no longer beholden to simply accepting terms that a company offers, especially when company B is offering something more. That “more” doesn’t just relate to salaries or benefits. One of the biggest factors driving the great resignation worldwide is the fact that employees no longer want to sell…

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Construction safety Ellis Fox Blog

Building Safety in the Spotlight

Safety on construction sites remains a challenge for the industry. While not always as catastrophic as the Grenfell fire, which shook up the industry safety standards in a major way, accidents resulting in major injuries and death still occur far too frequently. In recent months, the new Building Safety Act was passed into law and…

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Construction innovation Ellis Fox Blog

What does technology bring to construction?

It’s generally perceived that investing in innovative technology is something for early adopters. Those willing to take a risk and who can afford to lose money if it doesn’t pan out. But let’s be honest, what business in any industry right now can afford to lose money? It shouldn’t be an excuse to retain less…

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Beyond diversity EFB

Why diversity and inclusion needs to reach beyond hiring

Diversity, equality and inclusivity has become increasingly important in the workplace. Not just from a hiring perspective but also in terms of company policies, benefits offered and terms of employment. For many employees, the pandemic ushered in a heightened awareness of how much of home life is required to be sacrificed for the sake of…

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Onboarding Ellis Fox Blog

3 Tips for settling in quickly at a new role

Starting a new position can almost be as daunting as the interview process. Now that you’ve been hired, there’s a degree of pressure to prove that the company made the right choice. Plus, the first impressions you make with colleagues can be a big influence on how cohesively you work as a team. Here are…

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Net zero construction Ellis Fox Blog

What’s hindering construction’s net zero ambitions?

Globally, the UK stands out as having set some of the most ambitious net zero targets and have been widely applauded for this. But the clock is ticking. One has to wonder that perhaps other countries were wise to formulate plans before they committed to net zero promises. There’s absolutely no doubt that the transition…

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Diversity construction 2022 Ellis Fox Blog

What’s the current state of diversity in construction?

The construction sector has often come under fire for the gender pay gap and lack of diversity within the industry, as well as the lack of progress in this regard. The response of many construction professionals is somewhat defensive, citing that it isn’t a true reflection of what’s happening in the industry. What is the…

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Innovation construction Ellis Fox Blog

What does the future of innovation in construction look like?

Sometimes it’s the simplest of ideas that can have the biggest impact and in an industry such as infrastructure and utilities where construction is usually on a massive scale, these small ideas can sometimes be overlooked. Fortunately the industry is seeing a wave of investment being made available for trialing prototypes with the objective of…

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