Staff Loyalty Strong In Small Firms

Small–business owners are creating strong staff loyalty and practising effective staff retention, according to a Barclays survey Some 29 per cent of respondents to the Barclays Local Business survey employ somebody who has worked for them for at least ten years; with a further 32 per cent having an employee who has remained with the business for between five and nine years. Moreover, two–thirds of small businesses still employ their first ever recruit. The survey found these first recruits tend to have an attachment to their job, staying with the business for an average of 5.3 years. “Employees in smaller establishments are closer to their boss,” commented Mike Emmot, employee relations adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). “T... »

CIPD Urges Employers to Use Web 2.0 to Attract Recruits

More employers should take advantage of the recruitment opportunities presented by web 2.0, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), writes Kate Horstead. The CIPD research found that just one in five businesses use second generation Internet technology, so-called web 2.0, to help them hire staff. Web 2.0 includes tools such as social networking, blogging, podcasts and online audio-visual material. However, the survey also revealed that 56 per cent of employers believe social networking websites are useful for engaging potential jobseekers. “Web 2.0 technology provides an opportunity to bring the employer brand to life and allow potential employees to experience what it is like to work within the organisation,” said CIPD organisation and resourc... »