Connect the dots Ellis Fox Blog

It’s time to connect the dots…

Every week the news headlines bring more doom and gloom, if it’s not the latest Brexit debacle, it’s how yet another construction firm has closed its doors. It’s certainly shattered the assumption that if you’re big you can’t go bust, and now with one of the oldest construction firms closing, it shows that just because…

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Ageism Ellis Fox Blog

When age matters – are construction companies shooting themselves in the foot?

While there are a lot of news headlines about gender inequality in construction not much is said about older employees in the industry. There have been reports about how much of the expertise within the industry is due to retire in the next 10 years and how big a skills gap that will leave, so…

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Interims Ellis Fox Recruitment

Are you hiring who you want instead of what you need?

In recruiting there is a lot of talk about finding the right “fit”. People that have similar values to the organization and who will fit in with the company culture. And while this is valid and true, sometimes it pays to shake things up a little. Senior managers in particular tend to hire people they…

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Hiring for tomorrow Ellis Fox Blog

How to successfully hire for today and tomorrow

There have been a lot of changes in senior management within the construction industry lately, with CEO’s, CFO’s and managing directors moving within the industry to other main contractors. This in turn has created opportunities for others to take on more senior roles. But are there people within your organisition that will be able to…

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Hiring Construction

Hiring – What details are most important to prevent a disconnect?

There’s a lot of talk about getting hiring right, finding the right fit, matching personalities with culture and values. As much as HR and recruiters believe they are getting this right, not all managers that they’re hiring for agree. Here are my four suggestions to overcome this: Involvement HR may be responsible for hiring but…

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To rehire or not to rehire – is it a smart move?

There is the belief that when an employee leaves a company it’s because they’re unhappy. While this may be true some of the time, more often people leave for other reasons such as a more senior position, a better salary or an opportunity to work with an emerging technology. This is especially true in senior…

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What do you need to move into top management?

Traditionally senior roles are filled by those who hold MBA’s or university degrees combined with a depth of on-the-job industry experience. It’s rare for a director or CEO to be without such a qualification. In fact in the UK, less than 2% of top management got there without a university degree, ether in engineering or…

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Who you are matters more than what you are.

There’s a saying that who you know matters more than what you can do, implying that relationships and business connections are often the key to opening doors for new opportunities. But can the same be said of who you are as a person? Does it really matter more than what you can do as an…

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What’s stopping you from hiring the best person for the job?

There’s something sneaking into your interviews and you’re probably not even aware of it. Yet this very thing – bias – could be preventing you from hiring the best person. Bias happens whether we want it to or not, because we’re simply programmed that way as humans. Our experiences shape our perceptions and we do…

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