actions

Actions speak louder than words

Body language is just as important as saying the right things during an interview. What if, instead of walking confidently into the room, you sneaked in like a burglar? Or squared up to the hiring manager instead of shaking their hand? Or cowered in the corner while discussing your personal strengths? Continue reading…

multiple managers

Pippa’s advice on How to Cope with Multiple Managers

Hello fellow worker bees. How are we all? Working and playing hard I hope? Trying to ignore the fact that the government seem to be in utter disarray? Personally, if I never hear the word Brexit ever again it will be too soon. Continue reading…

corporate events

Pippa’s Guide to Finding the Right Venue for Corporate Events

It’s interesting being a PA for many reasons. One of the main ones is that it involves being many things to many people. Whenever I start a new job I feel like a psychologist as I work out how best to adapt to the different personality I am now working for. At times during my career, I’ve also felt like a therapist. I had one boss in particular who liked to really ‘share’ and came to see me as a confidante for all areas of her life. Over the years I’ve also been nursemaid, sales woman, accountant, marketer and general dogsbody, all under the umbrella of the word ‘assistant.’ Continue reading…

award

Pippa’s advice on How to Achieve Better Recognition in the Workplace

At school I used to quite look forward to receiving my end of term report. Or at least I did until I was in year nine at which point there was a phase during which I dreaded it. This phase coincided with being best friends with Cassie Robinson and also being at my most hormonal. Not a great mixture. I remember trying to ‘infiltrate’ our faintly alarmed postman one morning, hoping I could get to my report before my parents did. Mum was onto me though. She was deeply suspicious of my early morning appearance so was essentially spying on me from her bedroom window. And so it was that I had to suffer her ‘I’m very disappointed face’ when she discovered that Cassie and I had been, shall we say, a bit disruptive that term. Still, other than that particular time, I was a pretty diligent student on the whole, so usually a report meant proud looks all round and maybe even a few quid to spend. Continue reading…

bank holidays

Your quick guide to: Bank Holidays

Statutory rights

As an employer, offering time off for a bank holiday is not compulsory. Evidently, in some businesses or industries, not offering time off for a bank holiday would be unfair and problematic. But any right to time off, including bank holidays, needs to clarified in a contract of employment. Continue reading…

social media

Is Social Media Affecting Your Career?

The number of employers using social media to screen candidates has increased by over 500% in the last decade. It’s become common practice to research potential candidates on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, and seeing as 69% of employers have rejected candidates based on what they’ve found on these sites it’s worth spending time ensuring your online reputation isn’t affecting your professional life. Continue reading…

Career Ideas

Transform your working life without changing career

It’s easy to become trapped by a particular career path. It can take considerable effort to break away from a profession you’ve been in for the majority of your working life – perhaps even bordering on impossible for some people – but there are ways to alter your job to be more in tune with your ambitions without dropping everything you’ve achieved and starting all over again.
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Getting the Best from Meetings

Getting the Best from Meetings

What makes a good meeting, apart from fresh croissants, coffee and fruit (breakfast) or platters of sarnies from Pret or M&S (lunch) of course? I only ask because the culture of meetings can vary widely from one company to the next. Some adopt a ‘less is more attitude,’ and hold them sparingly, whereas others view them as the only way to decide anything and will gather people in a boardroom at the drop of a hat. Continue reading…

Diary

Pippa’s Guide to Weekly Reviews and When to Have Them

What’s your favourite day of the week? I’d imagine a large percentage of the British population would cite a Saturday or a Sunday but for me it’s Friday. I genuinely love going into work on a Friday. The week is nearly done, people are usually more relaxed and the promise of the weekend inevitably seems to put most people into a good frame of mind. My boss certainly takes longer lunches on a Friday and, depending on how much wine is drunk, has even been known to let me finish early. Continue reading…

Diary

Pippa’s look back at 2016

Hello one and all – Pippa here.

How are you? How is the ‘build up’ going for you? Are you feeling glittery, warm inside and as though you’re starring in one of those brilliantly cheesy American Christmas movies which Channel 5 seem to love? Or are you strung out, toxic and cynical with a complexion like suet? I’m sort of oscillating between the two. One minute I’m trotting through the streets of London marvelling at how beautiful it is all lit up and twinkly, the next I’m twitching and terrified as yet another commitment my liver can’t cope with looms on the horizon. Continue reading…