Managing Staff Performance – FREE Webinar from CODE Total HR

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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.



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

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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

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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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Four Lunch Time Activities To Boost Team Morale

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Does everyone in your office bury their head into their phones at lunch time?

We get it. Lunch time might be the only time in the day you get a chance to sit down. You stuff your face, check your phone, put your feet up or flick through a magazine. Your colleagues pass a few comments here and there. Most workplaces don’t realise that lunch time is a great time for staff to come together.

Today we’re talking about some lunch hour activities that can help bring your team together and boost morale.

Get Up & Get Out.

Lunchtime walking is becoming a bit of a trend. More and more businesses are encouraging it, with some hailing it the meal-time mile. Staff are encouraged to get up and away from their desk, outdoors into the fresh air and walk for a mile. Whether it be round the office building, or a brisk walk around the block, it’s a good team activity.

Why? Well, firstly, exercise is good for everyone. Secondly, fresh air is good for you – it helps your brain re-focus and beats sitting in breathing in office air all day! Thirdly, its nice for everyone to get away from the office, even if it’s only for five or ten minutes – it gives you all something to talk about that isn’t work related. Oh and lastly, you can have an extra biscuit with your cup of tea since you’ve walked it off before you’ve even eaten it! Give it a go, it definitely beats going to the gym after work. Well, we think so anyway.

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Let’s get quizzical.

Something we love doing here at Blue Gloves HQ is a lunch time quiz. A simple google search for trivia and we’re happy! It can be a really good laugh and helps you boost your general knowledge (always good if the staff night out is a pub quiz!). Who really is the smartest person in the office?! Only one way to find out.

Come Dine With Me.

This one is nice for a Friday lunch! Everyone in the team brings in a lunch time dish that can be shared out among staff. Kind of like an office version of Come Dine With Me. In the staff room, sit out all the dishes and pick away at what’s on offer! You never know, there might just be a closet Gordon Ramsay among you all… or not. There is always Dominos…

Game on.

Connect 4 or Snakes and Ladders anyone? Your lunch hour is a great time to break out the board games. It’s also a great way to spot who is the most competitive member of staff! Maybe not Monopoly though, we’re trying to boost morale here, not trying to cause and office war! Don’t fancy a board game? Bring out a deck of cards for a game of Scabby Queen or Pontoon.

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How do you boost morale in your workplace?

How do you and your colleagues like to spend your lunch hour? Do you try to boost morale in your team at work? Let us know in the comments below, or chat to us on social media! @BlueGloveJobs!

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When Is The Best Time To Ask For a Promotion?

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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.

Why Do Your Employees Leave For New Jobs?

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Did you know that 55% of your employees will look for a new job at some point this year?


That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll get a new job. But they will look. A recent survey discovered that 55% of employees plan on jumping ship this year. But why? Today on the blog, we’re looking at the reasons why your employees leave.

People Love Progression.

Some people accept jobs knowing that it won’t be their forever career. It’s really that simple. Some people strive to progress continuously and don’t like to settle in jobs.  They might stay in the role for a few months, or maybe up to a year, but they won’t stick around forever. Maybe they accepted the job because they knew it would be a launch pad into something bigger, better or more up their street. Natural progression is, well…natural. Not every employee wants to stick around forever, so don’t expect them to.



Your employees leave because of decreased interest.

It’s completely normal that staff lose interest. It might be down to the employee having a change of heart about their career, or maybe the job has become boring and is causing them to lose interest. Employee retention relies on various factors, but being interested in their work is the most important factor. Without an employee showing real interest and passion for their job, the rest doesn’t matter at all.

The Downside To A Weak Company Culture.

Company culture is incredibly important. A positive company culture can be the difference between having highly motivated employees and a high employee turnover. Company culture helps to create a sense of belonging. It helps to bring employees together. The company culture should be at the heart of everything the organisation does. If it’s lacking, employees can often feel alone, isolated and like they’re just another number.

Money Talks.

One of the biggest, and perhaps most obvious reasons that employees leave is that they would receive a bigger salary elsewhere. Money Talks. Higher salaries are attractive. If your employee is on the same wage they were on two years ago, but have improved performance, have a great attendance record, always strives for the best and has taken on additional roles, you shouldn’t be surprised if they take a new job with a better salary. If you’re expecting too much from an employee but not matching the expectations with an appropriate wage, they’re guaranteed to walk away.

What do you think are some other reasons for people leaving their jobs? Have you ever quit a job? What was your reason?

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The Importance of Work-Life Balance

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Work/Life balance.

A term that has been thrown around a lot in the past 5 years or so. The pressure of an increasingly demanding workplace culture is undoubtedly the biggest challenge to both the physical and mental health those who are in work. We feel pressured to perform in the workplace and as such, sacrifice our own personal lives to make sure we can deliver.

We need balance.

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is not only important for health and relationships, but it can also improve your employee’s productivity, and ultimately performance. More simply, if members of staff don’t view work as a hassle or a chore, then naturally, they’re going to work harder, make a lot less mistakes and are more likely to be positive about their work. Work related stress already costs Britain 10.4 million working days per year. We need balance. We need to have our time out from work to relax, to enjoy life and to spend time with those that mean the most to us.

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Finding the balance shouldn’t be one-sided.

While you might really want a better work life balance, it shouldn’t just be down to you. Your workplace should want to help you manifest a better work/life balance. If your work/life balance is off, you should speak to your boss and see if you can take a look at your work patterns or the culture in your work place. Discuss the problems.  If you’re a valued member of staff, your superiors should want to help you. They know that they’d get better from you if you had a better work life balance. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

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Switching off.

Some people are natural workaholics. They need to be constantly checking their e-mails, putting reports together, or making a sale.  They find it hard to switch off, or they might feel pressured not to switch off.

Close your laptop or  turn off your work phone! Pick a reasonable time every night to disconnect. No e-mail or call is too important that it eats into your time outside of work.

Make time for the things you enjoy outside of work. You have a life outside of work – enjoy it.

Ensure you’re getting enough sleep every night. We can’t function without sleep. You’ll find that you’re getting more shut eye at night that you’re able to get a lot more done during they day as you’ll have more energy.

Meditation, mindfulness and yoga are all great ways to help you relax. As little as 5 minutes a day can help you de-stress and relax. Just five minutes out of your day to relax your brain can help you to refocus. It can take a little while to master but the results are worth it.

Encourage others to switch off too. If yourself and your team are struggling to find a work/life balance, why not suggest that you all take some time out together? Why not go for a meal after work? Why not all agree to finish up an hour earlier one night (if it’s okay with your boss that is!)? Maybe you could organise a team building day where the focus is on having a good time and getting along together rather than feeling bogged down at work?


Finding the balance isn’t easy, but it will be worth it!

Here at Blue Glove Jobs, we know that work is important, and liking your job is vital. But when it gets to the point where it’s taking over your life, you have to take a good look at the situation and find the happy medium.


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What To Do When You Don’t Like Your Job.

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Feeling like you’re stuck in a rut with your job?

We all have good days and bad days at work. But sometimes, the bad days overtake the good and we end up dreading heading out the door and into the office. It would be great if we lived in a world where everyone loved their jobs every day of the week, but unfortunately that’s just not the way the cookie crumbles!

But what should you do if you really don’t like your job? Today on the blog we discuss a few things you can do when you’re not enjoying yourself at work before deciding to go ahead and quit.

If you hate your job – talk it out.

We know this can be tricky, especially if you don’t feel like you can approach your manager. But as we all know, a problem shared is a problem halved. They will appreciate your honesty, and this should open up a discussion about your role in the team and any problems and concerns you may have. It may be that they hadn’t noticed you weren’t happy. If you don’t share your problems, there won’t be any solutions. See what your manager can do for you. In an ideal world, they’ll do what it takes to keep you where you are.

Switch up your routine!

Go into work every day and do the same thing in the same order? Almost like you could do it with your eyes closed? Why not switch it up? Doing the same tasks over and over in the same order can become quite tedious. Why not do what you’d do at 2pm, at 9am? Why not do what you’d normally do at 10am at 3pm? Give yourself some variety, switch it up where you can! Ask if you can change your shift patterns, or take your breaks at different times. Little changes might make a big difference!

Check Yourself!

We’re all partial to having a moan sometimes. Especially if our day isn’t going to plan. Have you ever considered that you might be part of the problem – making mountains out of mole hills? Are you the one who makes you hate your job? Take a step back and realise what it really is about your job that makes you hate it. Is it the way YOU are going about your daily tasks? Maybe YOU are causing yourself more problems than you really need to. Are YOU complaining about stuff that is YOUR fault? Maybe. Check yourself before you complain to others about how much you’re hating your job – it might be you!

See what’s out there.

You’ll know in your heart of hearts whether it’s time to leave your job or not. If you hate your job, there is no harm in seeing what’s out there. Your dream job might just be waiting on you! It might be time for a change, so why not do a few job searches? Just don’t quit your regular job until you have definitely bagged yourself something new!


Do you hate your job? What are some of the warning signs that your job is no longer for you? Are you going to stick it out or are you looking to switch up you career? Let us know – we’d love to hear from you in the comments below!


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