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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Heat wave Ellis Fox Blog

UK infrastructure can’t take the heat

The past week saw scorching temperatures across the UK and it wasn’t just the people feeling the heat. The UK’s aging infrastructure took a severe knock with roads blistering and railway lines buckling. In case anyone was still wondering if global warming is a myth, this should have brought home the reality. Alarmingly, the UK…

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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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Infrastructure investment Ellis Fox Blog

UK Infrastructure Investment and the impact on construction

A recent news article in the Guardian highlighted the UK government’s intention to buy a larger stake in Sizewell C – a major nuclear power plant development. The major reason cited is to reduce China’s stake in the project as well as subsequent influence on UK infrastructure. This is similar approach that was taken when…

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Salary match Ellis Fox Blog

Matching salaries – good or bad policy?

There has been a power shift. With so many jobs available and companies struggling to retain current employees, jobseekers are finding they have more leverage when seeking out new roles. This dynamic is driving companies to rethink their policies and benefits and it is creating a new way of working – none of which are…

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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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Employee retention Ellis Fox Blog

How to retain your top employees

The ongoing skills shortage in construction is resulting in many construction firms having to dig deeper into their pockets to keep employees happy. Recently, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reflects exceptionally high bonuses being paid to retain employees in the construction industry. More money certainly helps and unexpected bonuses are one way…

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