Managing Staff Performance – FREE Webinar from CODE Total HR

What Are Your Plans for Thursday Lunch Time?

Keep your diary free! Blue Glove Jobs are happy to share with you all that CODE Total HR are giving you the opportunity to take part in a FREE Webinar this Thursday (29th November 2018)  all about Managing Staff Performance.

 

THE DETAILS

What: Free ‘Managing Staff Performance’ Webinar

Who: Hannah Larkworthy, CODE’s HR Advisor (who provides daily advice & support to more than 3,000 practices!!)

When: Thursday 29th November 2018 at 1pm (duration approx. 50 mins)

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What will the Webinar Cover?

The key topics covered in the webinar are as follows:
  • Understanding when to instigate formal capability procedures
  • Conducting an appraisal
  • Instigating performance improvement plans and competence records
  • How to manage underperforming self-employed associates
  • Minimising the risk of a tribunal

In the webinar, Hannah will explore how to introduce informal performance improvement measures into your organisation and equip you with the knowledge and skills to manage the capability process and help reduce the risk of a tribunal claim. When it comes to HR issues, mistakes can be costly. CODE Total HR are here to help you manage your team with total confidence, so that you know that you’re doing the right thing by your staff and in the eyes of the law.

To find out more about the webinar and to sign up, fill in the registration form here.

You can also sign up via your social media accounts if that’s more your thing!

 

 

Not free on Thursday at lunch?

Don’t worry – you don’t need to miss out! You can find videos of past CODE Total HR webinars here. 

Stay tuned to the CODE Total HR website to make sure you don’t miss out on opportunities like this in the future…

Let us know if you get involved with the webinar on Thursday in your lunch hour – the Blue Glove Jobs team will certainly be tuning in!

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Four Things To Avoid When Looking For Your Next Dental Job

Want your dream dental job? Avoid these 4 things.

Searching through job vacancies can be a bit of a tough task. It’s not fun, especially after a hard day’s work.  It’s a daunting task. You read through the specifications and doubt whether you meet them or not. The demand for dental jobs in the UK is unpredictable, and it’s set to stay that way thanks to the challenge of Brexit and seemingly never-ending cuts to the NHS.  If you’re thinking about a change in career path, or simply want to look for a new role elsewhere, it’s worth understanding what is important for you as a dentist the UK, even if you’ve been working here for years.

Today on the blog, we are discussing the five key things you should avoid doing in your next dental job.

Avoid Accepting a Small Holiday Allowance.

Being a dentist is physically and mentally exhausting. It’s not a 9-5, even if that’s your practice’s opening hours. You’re often in the practice from 8am and sometimes won’t leave until 6 or 7. The daily grind of dentistry is tough, and that’s why you should pay attention to your holiday allowance. Everyone needs a holiday to take time our and recharge the batteries. Before applying for or accepting any roles, find out the holiday entitlement. The average holiday allowance is 28-30 days, excluding bank holidays. Usually, you’ll be able to decide for yourself when you need a break. Your corporate may make you complete a  “Holiday Request Form” which will require approval. This can make taking time out a bit of a bother, and they can reject your requests. Make sure you know the holiday policy before you agree to anything.

 

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Avoid Accepting a role somewhere, where the staff turnover is high.

It can be hard to deliver quality dental care when a team isn’t a team. It’s a team effort that only strengthens over time. It can be hard to spot, but if you can avoid working for a practice with a high staff turnover, then do so. A quality dental practice should have high levels of staff retention. If the dentists and nurses and reception team have been working there for 15 years, 10 years, it must be a good place to work. If they are committed to the team, you can guarantee they are committed to their work, and that is a place you want to be.

Avoid practices that are stuck in the stone age.

We’re not saying that you should only join a modern practice, but if you’re in 2018 and they’re stuck back in 2008, consider whether that’s somewhere you really want to work. To deliver the best dentistry to patients, the practice should – where possible – move with the times. If you’re trained in all things digital dentistry and they’re stuck in the stone age, it’s probably not right for you. Look for a practice that wants to be the best and offer the best to patients. That’s the only way a practice will grow.

 

 

Avoid Long Notice Periods.

This might seem like a funny one. Your notice period determines how many months you have to work before leaving. The industry standard in dentistry is three months. Avoid jobs with long notice periods, such as 4 or 6 months. If you’re leaving, you’re leaving for a reason. Longer notice periods can cause people to become unmotivated. If you can, negotiate your notice period to match the industry standard.

There you have it – our four top things to avoid when looking for your next dental job. Are there any red flags you look out for when you are looking to find a new job? Let us know – we’d love to hear from you. Comment below, or get in touch with us via social media.

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Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Quitting Your Job

It’s ok to quit your job. Despite what your employer might make you think.

Everyone seems to get nervous when it comes to leaving their job. They worry about approaching the subject with their manager. They worry about writing their notice letter and worry about what other staff might think. Today, we’re looking at why quitting your job is totally okay and why you shouldn’t be made to feel bad for doing so.

If your employer makes leaving your job uncomfortable or difficult, it’s probably just as well you’re leaving.

You’re under no obligation to stay in a job forever. You can get up and leave tomorrow if you really want to. You are your own person, you can do what you want. On occasion, employers will make you feel bad for leaving, or try to convince you to stay. If you hand in your letter of notice, or discuss that you’re parting ways with the company and they give you the cold shoulder, it’s probably best that you’re leaving. You shouldn’t be made to feel bad on a decision that is nobody else’s but yours.

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Don’t let a bad reaction from your employer change your mind.

There’s a reason why you’re leaving. You’re fed up, you need a new challenge, or you’re entering a new field.  You want to grow as a person and in your career. Your employer might not be happy that you’re leaving, but you’ve decided you’re leaving. Don’t let their opinion change your mind. Don’t question yourself. They might try and talk you out of it or make you feel guilty, but do you really want to continue working for someone like that? We certainly hope not! If it’s time for you to move on, go ahead and do it, don’t let anyone stop you!

No bad blood on your part.

If anything, it’s always the ideal scenario to leave a job on good terms. We know that isn’t always possible though. Some employers can make it difficult, but cutting ties isn’t a great idea, you might end up back there one day. You might be made out to be the bad guy for quitting your job, but if you can walk away from your position knowing full well that you’ve been gracious in your exit with your head held high, that’s really what matters.

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See it through until the end.

Regardless of the situation after you’ve handed your notice in, don’t slack off. See it through until the end. Quitting your job doesn’t mean quitting right away. Work hard in your notice period, don’t stop caring because you know you are leaving soon. Finish your tasks and continue to help others out as you usually would. That way, you’ve covered your own back and know you can leave with the knowledge that you always did what was asked of you.

 

Have you ever had awkward experiences when it’s come to quitting a job? We’d love to hear your stories! Comment on this post or get in touch with us on social media!

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4 Things You Should Do Before You Leave Work Today For A Better Tomorrow

Bad day at work?

It happens to the best of us. As much as we’d always love to have a good day at work, it’s not always the case. Sadly, a bad day can leave us feeling defeated, overwhelmed and a bit down.  So today, we’re firing right into our blog post. We want to share with you FOUR things you should do everyday before you leave work today for a better tomorrow. Let’s get started!

Be Honest with yourself.

Are you the cause of your bad day? Could you have handled something better? Maybe you’ve performed really well today and completed all your tasks. Regardless of how your day has went, be honest with yourself. To have a better tomorrow, acknowledge how your day has gone. What did you do well and where could you improve? Figure that out. Try and improve on yourself tomorrow and keep doing the things you do well!

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Iron out any concerns.

Maybe you had a disagreement with another colleague or a superior. If it’s playing on your mind, speak with them. If you don’t, it’ll most likely play on your mind after you’ve left work. It’s always good to be the bigger person and to clear your conscience. Iron out any concerns so you’re not carrying them around on your shoulders into a new day.

Tidy workspace = tidy mind.

No matter what your work environment looks like, a tidy workspace = a tidy mind. Whizz round at the end of the day and give it a tidy. Put everything in it’s place, take any dishes back to the kitchen, empty the bin, tidy away your papers. A messy workspace can be overwhelming and distracting. Keep on top of it to keep on top of your tasks.

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For a Better Tomorrow, Plan Tomorrow Today.

The very last thing you should do everyday in work is plan your tomorrow. Grab a notebook, a pen and jot down a list. Write down any left over tasks from today and then add in all your tasks for the following day. That way, when you come in in the morning you can get straight down to business. You know what’s facing you before you even come in. You’re prepared ahead of time. It also saves you 10 minutes in the morning trying to figure out what you need to do that day.

 

Are you going to try these four things out to see if you’ll have a better day tomorrow? We hope so! Let us know how it goes!

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What To Do When Your Colleagues Don’t Pull Their Weight.

Ever feel like you’re the only one with the get-up and go attitude?

Everyone has bad days. Work isn’t always sunshine and rainbows and sometimes, the motivation can be hard to find. However, if you’re the one who is constantly picking up the slack of your colleagues, this blog post is for you. Today, we’re discussing how to be an effective team player, but noticing when you’re being taken advantage of. We’re also looking at ways to tackle these types of problems in the work place. Sound like something you’d like to know more about? Read on.

Being a Team Player isn’t always easy.

Just because you might prefer to work alone, doesn’t mean you can’t be a good team player. After all, you all work for the same company, and therefore should have the similar, if not the same goals for your company. Working in a team isn’t always easy though. It is often made challenging by other workers doing the bare minimum or doing nothing at all and tiding over on the graft of others. This is when problems start to arise and persist if not addressed.

Being an effective team player means that you lift each other up instead of holding each other back. It means helping each other achieve collective goals. Being a team player means not watching anyone struggle. Being a team player means refusing to rely on others to do your assigned tasks for you. It means knowing when to get the head down and get the job done!

When your colleagues don’t pull their weight, try to get the motivation going.

If you know that your colleagues aren’t pulling their weight, try to tackle it positively. Try to boost the motivation of your co-workers. Encourage them genuinely, not condescendingly. Let them know that they’re doing a good job. Everyone likes to hear that once in a while! If you need them more hands-on in a task, ask them to help you carry out the task together. That way, you have another pair of hands on deck. You never know, inviting them to join you on a task just might be the kickstart they need, once they start, they might not want to stop. We’ve also written a blog post on motivation boosting at work – check that out here for more tips and tricks!

 

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Address The Situation.

Although it can be frustrating, try to keep calm. If you need to, you can always go and speak to superiors about staff who are not pulling their weight. Nobody wants to be seen as  the ‘tell-tale’ or ‘the office grass’ but it’s important to know when enough is enough and put your foot down. If you don’t address the situation, the problem will continue and leave you being the one who is picking up the slack consistently. If you are always the first to arrive and the last to leave because you’re finishing off the little left-over tasks, that’s a problem. Speak to the culprits individually if you are confident enough to. Speak to your manager, or raise it at a staff meeting. A problem shared, is usually a problem halved. And, the chances are, you’re not the only one noticing the problem.

 

So there you have it! Our top tips on dealing with co-workers who slack off and leave you to run around making sure the jobs get done. Have you ever had to deal with a similar situation? How did you deal with it? Let us know in the comments, or hit us up on social media! We’d love to hear from you!

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When Is The Best Time To Ask For a Promotion?

Think it’s time to step your career up a notch?

Are you bored of the same old job, day in, day out? Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut with your job? It might be time for a change. That doesn’t always mean it’s time to hit the job search and hand in your notice. Might it be time to ask for a promotion?

Today on The Blue Glove Jobs blog, we look at how to ask for a promotion, and when is the best time to ask for a promotion!

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Should you really ask for a promotion?

If you don’t ask, you don’t get. It really is that simple.

We understand, some people feel awkward asking for opportunities, especially from superiors. But asking shows that you’re keen. That you actively want to take the next step in your career and try your hand at something new. So while you might think it’s embarrassing, it can actually impress employers. If you don’t stick your head above the parapet, your employer might over look you.

Asking for a promotion is also a good idea because it may not be someone that you work with directly who is doing the hiring. If you ask your superior, they will be able to pass your details on to the person who is actually doing the recruiting. It’s a good way of getting your name out there!

When is the best time to ask for a promotion?

Believe it or not, the best time to ask for a promotion is during the summer months and the worst time to ask for a promotion is during the autumn months  – September/October/November – according to Visier Analytics. This is a result of the financial cycle of many companies. Most companies review in the first quarter of the year and look to promote in the second quarter. Most financial budgets are done in quarters 3 & 4 so it’s best not to ask then.

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What should I do if I ask for a promotion and don’t get it?

If you ask for a promotion and don’t get it, don’t worry. It’s a good thing to know that the summer months are the period in which you’re most likely to find a new job. Employees who are looking to leave jobs will often wait until the Spring bonuses have been shared out among employees. Then, they will leave their jobs. It’s a good time to begin searching for jobs during May, June & July. This is when most job openings will appear.

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The Signs That Prove You Are Over-Worked

How can you spot someone who is working too hard?

You’d think it’d be easy to spot someone who is over-worked. We often imagine that over worked people would have dark, dark under eyes, with cocktail sticks holding their eyes open. We picture them living off of strong black coffees, never taking a break and being the first to arrive in the morning and the last to leave at night.

In reality, that’s not the case. Just because you aren’t showing the stereotypical signs of tiredness doesn’t mean you’re not over worked! Today on the blog, we’re talking spotting the signs of being worn out, and what you can do about them!

 

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You cannot switch off from ‘work-mode’ no matter how you try.

You might be going home at night from work, but you aren’t able to switch off. Your mind is always thinking about e-mails and phone calls. You might even take work home with you to get a head start on the next day or to finish off tasks from the day before. Finding it hard to switch off from work mode is a sign that you’re overworked. This is a clear sign that you are overwhelmed and feel pressured by your job to try and stay on top of things, even out of hours.

You’re not your usual, happy self.

Overworked? Yeah, your workmates can tell, because you snap at the tiniest things, or don’t laugh along with the team. You prefer to work over your lunch hour and prefer to sit alone. Being overworked is taking hold of your energy levels. You feel sluggish and therefore act sluggish. Your bright peppy, usual self has been taken hostage by mountains of work. This is a sure fire way to recognise someone who is overworked.

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Your To-Do List has never been empty.

When was the last time your to-do list had nothing on it? If you can’t remember, you probably fit in to the over-worked category. If you know that you can’t manage an extra job, don’t say yes to it. Simply, if you feel like you’ll never catch up, you’ve already got too much on your plate.

You’re physically and mentally unwell.

Working too hard can take a serious toll on your health. Not only do you feel tired, your muscles can become sore and your body may ache, despite not having an ‘injury’ as such.  Your skin can become dull or you may suffer from break outs. You might gain or lose weight, have a massive appetite and comfort eat, or have no appetite and barely eat at all.  More importantly, if you’re losing interest in everything, that is a sign that you’ve been worked too hard.

What can I do?

Know when you’re being over-worked and take action. If other people tell you you’re over-worked, listen to them. If you feel too pressurised at work, speak to someone who can help you whether that be a friend at work or a manager. The more your work consumes you, the more likely you are to burn out and need time off, or worse, feel like you should quit. Finally, always remember to put yourself and your health first.

 

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Is It Really Okay To Have A Side Hustle?

Are you happy living pay check to pay check?

If you’re not, you might’ve thought about starting up a side hustle. What’s a side hustle some of you may wonder? Well most simply, a side hustle is a business that  you set up on your own, to make your own source of income, alongside working your own existing job. It might be a small thing, like selling handmade items, such as homewares or crafts, or it might be a service, from cleaning, to technical repairs.

Do I really need to have a side hustle?

Well it’s not for everyone. Some people like to be constantly busy, others are quite happy working their 9-5 and going home to other things – family, friends, or hobbies. But having a side hustle can help you develop new skills and can look great on your CV too. Let’s look at some of the three most common reasons as to why more and more people are setting up their own side hustle…

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Reason 1 – Additional Income.

Wages haven’t been increasing for a good few years now but the cost of living continues to rise. While you might budget month to month to ensure everything is paid, we can confidently say that we’d all love a little extra money. Extra money to buy ourselves the occasional treat, our to treat the kids, or to put towards a big purchase like a holiday or a car. It’s natural to want to make more money. Having a side hustle can be the difference between a new wardrobe, or a few nights out with friends.

Reason 2 – Developing Your Own Business For The Future.

Some people want to work for themselves.  Maybe not right now, but they might want to down the line. A lot of people set up a side hustle while their working a regular job, to gain experience and build their brand until it’s ready to become their full time career. Your side hustle right now could be your big earner in just a few years time. Preparation is key, if you really want to make it into something big. A lot of women do this because they take time out of their careers to look after kids, they can still bring home some additional income to support their families.

Reason 3 – Educating yourself.

If you’re working for a company, it’s likely that you’re doing the same things day in day out. While that might be the dream for some people, it doesn’t quite satisfy others. Starting up on your own in a great way to learn the ins and outs of business. From how to set up a business, to understanding customers. It’s a never ending opportunity to learn new skills and build new networks. You’re never to old to learn.

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What Will My Employer Think?

Well really, that’s up to them. The bottom line is, as long as you’re not letting your side hustle merge into your regular job, we think it’s totally fine. There is nothing wrong with wanting to start up on your own and wanting to develop your own skills. If they get mad at you, that’s their problem! As long as your still focused in work, there should be no issue. If there is an issue, it might just be a good thing that you’ve decided to set something up on your own!

 

Have you every thought about setting up a side-business on your own? What is your side-business and what did your employer think? Let us know!

 

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How To Get The Promotion You Really Want

Is there a promotion on the cards for you?

How long have you been in your current position at work? If you love the organisation you work for, it’s unlikely that you want to leave. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t progress in your career. Today on the Blue Glove Jobs Blog, we’re looking at how to get that promotion, whether you’ve had to internally apply for the position or not.

 

Be a Team Player.

It’s likely that if you get the promotion, you’ll have a more senior role. More often than not, this means you’ll be responsible for others. That’s why being a team player is vital. Offer to help others with a variety of projects or offer to take new-starts under your wing. Showing that you’re willing to help in different teams is a really good way to get yourself noticed in a positive light. You’ll be recognised for being the employee that people want to work with – which of course is a great attribute.

 

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Don’t Miss Work.

A pretty obvious one. You might be a fantastic worker, but if you’re prone to taking a sick day, or being late to your shifts, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Life does get in the way sometimes, and we all get poorly and need to take a day or two off. Try taking days off wherever you can and try to be on time for everything. You might not think so, but good attendance shows you’re a reliable and conscientious worker.

 

Sometimes All You Need To Do Is Ask.

As the age old saying goes, if you don’t ask, you don’t get. Which in terms of promotion, can be true. Particularly in larger organisations, it can be hard to get noticed. But if you know there is a more senior position available, and you reckon you could do a good job, go ahead and ask for the promotion. It’s one way of getting your name out there in the organisation, and may just put you in contact with those you need to impress to get the position. Internally recruiting can also benefit the organisation because you’ll already know the ins and outs of the company. Some people are embarrassed to put themselves forward for promotions but if you put yourself out there, you might just get what you want! You never know until you try.

 

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Be Keen To Continue Your Education.

If you show that you’re keen to continue your education, you’re probably more likely to get the promotion. Taking on new roles means you’ll need to learn new things. If you can demonstrate your willingness to learn, even in your own time, it’s likely to impress those that are hiring you. Remaining teachable is a fantastic attribute if you’re looking to get hired.

 

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Can You Really Use Social Media To Get A Job?

Would you ever think to look for a job on Facebook, Twitter or even Instagram?

Well, if you haven’t, you should. More people than ever before are finding their dream jobs thanks to our favourite social media sites.

So today on the Blue Glove Jobs Blog, we’re looking at how to utilise social media to help you in your career!

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Let’s freshen up your social media.

More than 68% of employers admitted to looking at candidate’s Facebook pages before inviting for an interview. Facebook, after all is the second most popular social media site after YouTube. So it’s probably time to freshen up and have a spring-clean of your Facebook page, and other social media accounts.

Go through your pictures, recent and old posts, and shares, and make sure there is nothing there that could scare employers away. You might love a wild weekend with your mates, but does your future employer want to see you being sick on a pavement after a night out? probably not. Does your future employer want to see you being tagged in inappropriate videos? We’re going to say no to that too.  Untag yourself from anything a little bit uncouth and get rid of anything that could prevent you from getting a job.

We don’t mean that your social media sites need to be entirely void of any personality. After all, your pages should represent you. But you don’t want to give employers a negative impression before they’ve even met you. Put it this way –  if you wouldn’t want your gran to see it, you probably wouldn’t want your future boss to see it either!

 

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Be yourself.

Don’t try to put on a persona on social media. Being honest and being yourself is vital. Ultimately, you want to have a positive, employable and approachable presence if you are online and active on social media sites. Don’t be afraid to reach out and network to others. Don’t be afraid to say that you’re looking for new opportunities. This can help you connect with people in the same boat, or people who are looking to recruit. If you have a portfolio, share that out online too, you never know who it might impress!

 

Be ready to engage.

What will you do if someone reaches out to you?

You have to be ready to respond. Is your CV up to date and ready to fire off to employers at the drop of a hat? Is your LinkedIn profile as good as it can be? Does it make you a stand out candidate? Be ready to engage. Keep on top of your professional profiles so that you can engage with any employer if the chance arises.

 

So there you have it! How to go about using Social Media to get you the job you really want! Do you have any helpful tips and tricks for this? Let us know in the comments below! Ready to find your new job? Click below:

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