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The Stress Test – The Changing Face of Psychometric Assessment

The Stress Test – The Changing Face of Psychometric Assessment

With 85% of decision-makers within HR admitting their organisation has made a bad hire and 39% of employers admitting that their candidate interviewing and assessment procedures could be improved, how relevant is psychometric testing to the modern workplace? Legal Island talks to Heather Angiolini, Associate at Clarendon Executive and occupational psychologist with over 20 years experience, about the evolution of psychometric assessment and the value it can bring to Northern Ireland businesses.

Psychometric testing has come in for some bad press over the years. Is this form of assessment still fit for purpose? Absolutely, in fact it’s growing in popularity. In the last few decades, in line with the discipline’s commercialisation, the definition of a psychometric test has expanded...

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Creating Inclusive Workforces

Creating Inclusive Workforces

While diversity has been on the radar of smart businesses for a long time now, with its links to productivity clear, a recent CIPD report suggests employers may be preoccupying themselves with diversity metrics at the expense of building a truly inclusive workforce. With National Inclusion Week not long behind us, the launch of Northern Ireland’s very first Diversity and Inclusion Charter Mark by Legal Island, and business leaders gathering at Stormont to promote LGBT inclusion, Claire McKee takes a closer look at some of the key issues employers, specifically HR teams, should consider around the subject.

National Inclusion Week took place in the last week of September – did your company recognise it? Perhaps you weren’t even aware of its existence. If not, you are far from alone. According to a report by the CIPD, companies have been too busy trying to create businesses that look diverse...

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Menopause Podcast

Menopause Podcast

The first series of the HR bite-size podcast is brought to you by Legal Island in association with Clarendon Executive.

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‘Happy’ Holidays: the growing problem of workplace separation anxiety

‘Happy’ Holidays: the growing problem of workplace separation anxiety

The statutory right to holiday pay was introduced back in the 1930s, but nearly 100 years on it seems people are struggling, more than ever, to take the time off that they are entitled to. And for those that do, the pressure of an ‘always on’ work culture means their precious annual holiday is often little more than an ‘office away from the office’. The summer holidays may now be a distant memory but Joanne McAuley from Clarendon Executive says that with the Christmas break and a new year looming, there is no better time for companies to revisit their annual leave policies with a view to encouraging and sustaining a culture of engagement, productivity, and mental and physical wellbeing.

The benefits of a decent break are varied and numerous. Whether it’s an opportunity to take a breather from planning, analysing and thinking; spending quality time with family and friends; catching up on sleep or some other reason completely unique to you, taking time out to relax and unwind...

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The Candidate Experience

The Candidate Experience

The pressure is on for employers. As record numbers of jobs are created and companies struggle to fill open roles, the job seeker is increasingly in the driving seat. In a tough talent market, successful businesses understand that to stand out from the competition it’s not enough to simply move candidates from one stage of the recruitment process to the next – they need to be mindful of every single interaction. Although the way in which organisations view the candidate experience has come a long way over the past 20 years, Joanne McAuley from Clarendon Executive says some businesses are still falling short, and looks at what improvements can be made.

When you’ve had a bad experience at a restaurant, you don’t go back – and you might warn others not to go there either. This consumer-grade experience is now the same when it comes to the hiring process. When a candidate has a poor experience of your company they can take to numerous...

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Conscious of Unconscious Bias In The Workplace

Conscious of Unconscious Bias In The Workplace

Whether we recognise it or not, everyone brings some form of bias into the workplace, but tackling unconscious bias – that which we are unaware of - is particularly tricky as it’s neither visible nor deliberate. Claire McKee from Clarendon Executive looks at how how unconscious bias goes much deeper than just recruitment, impacting almost every facet of organisational decision-making and the employee lifecycle, and says businesses have a responsibility to address and control such bias if there’s any genuine chance of improving the diversity and inclusivity of our workplaces.

Diversity and inclusion rank high on the agenda of many employers, and rightly so. Not only is there an undisputed moral argument for diversity, there is also ample evidence proving the business case for diversity - more diverse businesses are more successful and profitable. The reasons for...

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Work Life Balance

Work Life Balance

The first series of the HR bite-size podcast is brought to you by Legal Island in association with Clarendon Executive.

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Change Management

Change Management

The first series of the HR bite-size podcast is brought to you by Legal Island in association with Clarendon Executive.

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The Business of Corporate Wellness

The Business of Corporate Wellness

‘Corporate Wellness’ has become big business in recent years – health and productivity being inextricably linked – but there is a changing emphasis away from the purely physical wellbeing of employees to also include their mental and financial health, as well as a greater appreciation of the strategic impact of wellness programmes on corporate brand and culture. Mairéad Regan from Clarendon Executive looks at how corporate or workplace wellness initiatives have evolved over time, why they are so important and how your organisation can ensure its programmes are fit for purpose.

The saying goes that “Health is Wealth” - this is of course not lost on businesses but as employee wellbeing rises higher up the corporate agenda, there has been a gradual shift in terms of both employees and employers increasing awareness of health as a contributor, not just to productivity...

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Making A Success of Succession Planning

Making A Success of Succession Planning

Succession planning is as important for risk mitigation as it is for talent development. Why then are so many businesses, large and small, ill-prepared when it comes to addressing their future leadership needs? Joanne McAuley from Clarendon Executive looks at some of the considerations for HR professionals in ensuring their organisations have an adequate succession framework in place and are fit for purpose as they grow, change and develop.

Often, and understandably, the succession planning process falls far down a company’s list of priorities, but all businesses need to be ready to respond to a departure of talent, both planned (i.e. retirements) and unplanned (e.g. career changes). No matter the size of your business, it’s...

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Harnessing the Power of AI in recruitment

Harnessing the Power of AI in recruitment

Artificial Intelligence has become the buzzword for modern day business and indeed life. We have all witnessed AI increasingly disrupt industries – bookshops replaced by Amazon, music stores replaced by Spotify and the transport sector transformed by Uber. As it becomes more accessible, AI has the potential to transform every business and if your industry hasn’t been affected yet, it most probably will be. Emma Kieran from Clarendon Executive examines what this might mean for the future of the recruitment industry.

Artificial intelligence (AI) isn’t the future. It’s the present. And contrary to popular belief, AI isn’t just about robots – it’s becoming a routine tool requiring a level of human intelligence. Just think of smartphones, which can use AI to unlock themselves by scanning and...

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Coaching vs Mentoring: What’s best for you and your business’ development?

Coaching vs Mentoring: What’s best for you and your business’ development?

Mentoring and coaching are terms that frequently overlap and are sometimes – confusingly - used interchangeably in a workplace context. Whilst similarities exist, with both development approaches delivering tangible organisational benefits, there are some important distinctions. Mairéad Regan from Clarendon Executive examines the differences between the two management techniques and advises how to choose which is most suitable to your business and employee requirements.

There was a time when workplace coaching and mentoring schemes were the preserve of senior management, a ‘nice to have’ or a ‘perk’ rather than a mainstay professional development tool. Times have moved on fortunately, with both coaching and mentoring now more widely available and indeed...

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