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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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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Construction climate battlefield Ellis Fox Blog

Construction’s new battleground

Environmental awareness is growing exponentially, with governments and industry leaders recognising the need to reduce reliance on virgin resources, reduce waste, become more energy efficient and most importantly reduce carbon footprints. New laws and levies have been implemented with the aim of holding developers and contractors accountable for construction and infrastructure developments. But sadly, for…

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Green infrastructure Ellis Fox blog

Green Infrastructure: Opportunities and Challenges

With COP26 being hosted in Glasgow this past week, the focus is once again on climate change and net-zero efforts. What’s become evident in recent years is that single approach or solution will not be enough to meet the targets within the tight timeframe we have. Additionally, it’s not enough to green infrastructure, it needs…

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Employee retention Ellis Fox Blog

Corporate policies that kill retention

Construction is a traditional industry but one would hope that in 2021 people have become more enlightened and that companies are becoming for progressive in their approach to employee engagement and retention. Yet biases still creep into the workplace that can result in conflict, exclusion and even in employees leaving. It’s common knowledge that hiring…

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Culture change Ellis Fox Blog

Achieving Culture Change in Construction

As life returns to normal in terms of going to work in an office and being able to enjoy a meal at your favourite restaurant, there is also recognition that not everything about the old normal was that great. It is almost as though having been through the Covid-19 pandemic, people are aware that some…

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Skills gap mentorship Ellis Fox Blog

How to bridge the skills gap now for a better future in construction

The skills crisis in construction has been talked about for years, yet investment in training and development doesn’t seem to have had much impact. Perhaps because so many construction firms were struggling to keep their heads above water and the pipeline of projects wasn’t looking too optimistic. Nobody could have predicted that a global crisis…

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Net zero Ellis Fox Blog

Can UK construction collaborate to achieve net-zero?

The built environment has for decades carried the label as being one of the biggest single contributors to carbon emissions. This past week saw the announcement and soft launch of The Carbon Reduction Code for the Built Environment. This is massive positive step in the right direction, indicating that industry role players are committed to…

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Salary negotiation Ellis Fox Blog

Playing your cards right in salary negotiations

For both candidates and companies salary negotiations can be tricky. Show your cards too soon and you could lose out, ending up paying more or earning less than you would have liked. Finding the winning option for both parties is not simple, but it can be made easier when you have someone in the middle…

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Interview tips Ellis Fox Blog

How to win at your next interview

Going for a job interview can be nerve racking, especially if it represents a big step up in your career. Preparing well can help lift your confidence and present yourself in a way that impresses a potential employer. Knowing what kind questions are likely to be asked and how to phrase your answers can make…

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Leadership Ellis Fox Blog

Will Construction Leaders step up?

The past few years have highlighted the good, the bad and the very ugly of leadership in construction. The Carillion collapse that made massive headlines at the time, highlighted that no matter the size of an organization poor leadership can make it fail. Navigating the pandemic in 2020 also put construction leaders to the test…

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Construction bidding Ellis Fox Blog

Construction bidding – What comes first, bid or hire?

Bidding on major frameworks, whether as part of a joint venture or sole main contractor is a major undertaking. There are many considerations, not least of which is taking into account the specific skills needed to win and deliver on a project. Many companies are faced with the dilemma of when to hire. Should the…

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