Employment Law Changes- An Employer’s Guide

As of April 2024, a number of employment law changes have come into effect. Things such as flexible working, redundancy protections and paid leave allowances have all been changed, in an effort to keep up with the needs of the 2024 workforce. Each of these changes will affect businesses in how they will have to amend their benefits packages and how they operate. Below outlines  exactly what changes have been made and, as an employer, what you will need to keep an eye on.

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2024 Accounting Salary Guide Event: Our Top Finance Market Takeaways

Last Thursday, JasperRose held an exclusive Accounting Salary Guide Event with attendees across all levels of finance. The event included insights across all levels of the finance market, and we are going to share our top takeaways with you in this article.

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Is AI affecting careers in Finance?

As recruiters, we come across frequent concerns about whether AI is affecting careers in finance from our network of financial professionals. Is AI beneficial for the accounting space, or will the fear of career insecurity discourage graduates from studying finance and lead to a talent shortage? Will AI create new job openings, or lead to redundancy? In this article, we want to answer those concerns based on the knowledge we have of the market.

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How to Influence Decision Making in Finance

Influencing other decision makers can be a challenging task for accounting professionals. In finance, you may often need to work with other departments like CMOs, CEOs, or other more senior finance leaders. You may be faced with the difficult task of flagging risks to other departments, assessing the businesses’ priorities, or requesting more hires for your finance team. In this article, we will cover how to influence decision making in finance going into 2024, to make sure that you start off your year with the right toolkit for success. This article covers:

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Wearing Too Many Hats? How To Delegate Your Workload in Finance

When working in a senior finance role, it is easy to be absorbed into other functions such as marketing, operations, HR, and more because accounting has such a huge role to play in all areas of a business. That being said, there is a huge importance in regularly reassessing your function in line with the needs of the business and your personal capacity. This can prove to be cost effective, strengthen team bonds, boost morale, and allows for adaptability to a changing market. In this article we will discuss how to delegate your workload in finance, and we will further delve into the benefits of doing so.

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Create Your Financial Employee Persona With This Short Quiz

An Employee Persona (EP) is a detailed representation of an ideal employee that you would like to hire. It is a useful tool for companies to identify the characteristics, skills and qualities that they are looking for in an employee, to help you to find the right people for the job, improve your recruitment process, and increase employee satisfaction. In accounting, creating your Financial Employee Persona comes with a specific set of considerations that may inform your hiring process. Complete our short quiz to create your Accountant EP.

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What is an Employee Value Proposition (EVP) and How to Create One

An Employee Value Proposition is the unique set of benefits and rewards that an employer offers to its employees in exchange for their skills, experience, and time. It is essentially the answer to the question, “Why should I work for this company?”

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Eight Years of JasperRose: A milestone interview with our Founders

The number eight has immense cultural, spiritual and religious significance across disciplines and places, and is even a lucky number in China and Buddhism. But it also has huge significance to us, personally. To commemorate our eighth birthday, we have interviewed JasperRose’s Founders and Directors, Kristy Jasper and Rosie O’Callaghan, in what it means to them as leaders to have reached this milestone. They discuss their initial vision, key moments, hurdles, victories and plans for success in a deeply personal account of leadership.

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Optimising Your LinkedIn Profile for Accounting

There have been lots of changes to how you can optimise your LinkedIn profile for Accounting in the last few years. In this article, we will discuss high-value features that you can add to your LinkedIn to increase your professionalism and connect with more people. We will also go over some more longstanding features which have an impact on your searchability and networking within the finance space.

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What’s Your Personality Type? The Lion, Otter, Beaver, and Golden Retriever Personality Types in Finance

Throughout history, there have been several personality type models which divide into four categories. For example, Keirsey’s 1996 temperament sorter lists the Guardian, the Idealist, the Artisan, and the Rational types. The 1928 DISC assessment divides personalities by Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Conscientiousness. In this article, however, we will discuss the four temperaments through Gary Smalley and Dr. John Trent’s 1999 model of the Lion, Otter, Beaver, and Golden Retriever personality types. JasperRose will also explore where each temperament is best suited within a financial team.

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Why Consumer Sector Companies Need Strong Financial Leadership

In the increasingly competitive consumer sectors, companies require strong financial leadership to make informed decisions, manage risks and stay ahead of the competition. In this article, we will dive into why financial leadership is crucial in consumer sector companies, the tasks and responsibilities of financial leaders, the benefits of strong financial leadership, the challenges facing financial leaders, and the qualities of effective financial leadership.

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Top Strategies for Attracting and Hiring Finance Talent

Hiring for your finance team can be a daunting task. But doing it right can be crucial to the success of your organisation, especially bearing in mind the core financial responsibilities that accounting teams have. As experts in recruiting financial talent at all levels, we have put together these top strategies to help you with attracting and hiring the best talent for your accounting team.

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Using Collaboration to Create a High Performing Finance Team

Creating a high-performing finance team requires careful planning and collaboration. The ability to work together as a group is essential to any team’s success, as it can foster innovation and help to achieve better results.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the power of team collaboration and examine some practical strategies that CFOs and team leaders can use to create a high-performing team. We will explore the importance of establishing effective team structures, building open communication, and frameworks such as the SOAR framework to develop emotional intelligence.

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Ethically Managing Redundancies in Finance during a Recession

As we all know by now, there is talk of a 2023 UK Recession. The bank of England has even warned that a recession could last well into 2024. So, how likely is the need for redundancies in Finance, and how can CFOs and Finance Leaders respond to redundancy likelihood as humanely as possible? Here are 6 methods for ethically managing redundancies in Finance during a recession.

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JasperRose’s 2022 Finance Leadership Takeaways

This year been a year with many changes, from political, to environmental, to social. In the world of Finance Leadership, this is no different. In this article, we will go over some of the key Finance Leadership Takeaways that we saw throughout 2022 at JasperRose and offer insights into how to take learns from this year into 2023.

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3 Tips for Creating Harmonious Company Culture

A company’s culture is a major factor in the success of the company and its employees. A great company culture can attract and retain talent, motivate employees to do their best work, and help people feel like they are part of something meaningful.

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How to become a Finance Director: JasperRose’s Aspiring FDs RoundTable 

What are the traits of a successful finance director? What are the challenges that finance directors face? What does it take to stand out? These are the questions that accomplished finance professionals Joel Stephens, Gemma Craddock, and Stuart Gunning set about answering at our “Aspiring FDs” Round Table Event last week, hosted by one of our Recruitment Associates, Jordan Dyer. 

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5 Relevant Podcasts for Future Leaders

Leadership can be difficult, but like most things the more knowledge and practice you have the better you should be at it.  With a vast amount of information available to us in different formats. It’s easy to get the knowledge you need to be a great leader. Leadership is not just about having a title. It’s about creating a culture and an environment for those you are leading to excel. Successful leaders are conscious of their leadership skills and work on them every day. Some skills and strategies cannot be taught in a leadership course and only come with experience.

Whether you’re an aspiring leader or looking for ways to enhance your leadership skills, there are a number of great podcasts you can listen to.  We’ve put together a list of some the top rated leadership podcasts for 2022.

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How to Interview like a Pro

Interviewing can be a really stressful experience- we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be! With the right preparation and mindset, you can be confident in your interview and set yourself up for success.

It is said that taking these four steps in consideration before an interview can help you to maximise your chances of success. This blog provides a few preparation tips that will hopefully ease some of the common pre-interview jitters.

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Employee Engagement Models You Can Implement Today

Employee engagement is a measure of how happy and motivated employees are with their work. It is important for the company to have high levels of employee engagement, because it can lead to higher levels of productivity.

Some of the reasons why employees might be unhappy in their job can include: lack of clarity about what they are expected to do, lack of opportunities for growth, a toxic work environment, or insufficient compensation.

There are many ways that employers can improve employee engagement. Some ways include: feedback sessions, team building exercises and rewarding good performance with bonuses or promotions. Employee engagement models can also be great tools to use.

This blog will explore some of the models and theories, and will discuss three employment engagement models- Maslow, AON Hewitt and Kahn.

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5 Leadership Trends in 2022

The world around us is ever-changing. Technological, societal, and behavioral advancements mean that leaders must make these changes, adopt new strategies, and consistently remain up to date with leadership trends. If you are a leader or an aspiring leader, we have put together a brief list of the top 5 leadership trends in 2022 to help you stay in the loop.

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6 Things a Recruiter Can Do for You

Finding you a job is one of the most popular and common services a recruiter offers. Whilst it is the first thing that springs to mind when considering working with a recruiter, there are also a wide variety of other services that recruiters can help you with. Here are 6 ways a recruiter can assist you.

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Top 5 Things Employees Need to be Successful

Employees are the heart of any business. Providing them with the right tools and support to succeed is important. High performing and high-potential employees have to be sustained and groomed to succeed. We have put together a list of some of the top 5 things employees need to be successful.

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5 Morning Habits Highly Sucessful People Practice

How you start your morning can set the tone for the rest of the day. So, starting with intent and purpose is a sure way to be on route to success. We have put together a few tips that highly successful people follow. 

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Leadership in 2022

Leadership is a progressive art. One that continues to evolve as society, cultures and times change. Being a leader in 2022 requires different knowledge, skills and a different approach than it did some years ago. We’ve conducted some research and put together 3 of the most popular tips for leadership in 2022.

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5 Tips on How to Build and Sustain a High-Performance Team

Teams play a key role in shaping the direction and future growth of an organisation. Every leader wants their team to perform well.  Building, developing, and sustaining a high-performing team is integral to any successful business.

Both leaders and members must work in symphony. Creating an effective and successful team requires members to communicate well, work together towards the agreed goal and execute their roles effectively. It also requires leaders to understand the individuals within the team.

We have conducted some research and put together 4 of the most popular tips in team building.

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Top Tips to Boost your Mental Health at Work

Work is a major part of many of our lives, statistics show that British workers will spend an average of 3,515 full days at work over their lifetime and work 188 days of overtime during the course of their professional lifetime (accountancyagencyage.com). It goes without saying that having a fulfilling job can be great for your mental health and general wellbeing, especially with the vicissitudes of life. There are some practices that we can implement during our day-to-day work routine to keep us energised and mentally well. We’ve put together a shortlist on ways you can improve your mental and physical wellbeing whilst working.

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4 Strategies for Effective Staff Retention

Besides high staff turnover having a negative impact on the employee brand, the loss of valuable knowledge, expertise and experience can be costly for the business. The last thing a company wants is for its top performers to hand in their notice. Where the actions of an employee cannot be controlled, there is still a lot that can be done to make the work environment and job remain attractive. If you are currently facing high staff turnover or need some tips on how to retain your staff, we have put together 5 well-known strategies for effective staff retention.  

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How to get your LinkedIn profile looking more professional.

LinkedIn is the largest professional networking tools out there. The social network has almost 810 million members.

There are many different uses for LinkedIn. From finding a new role to building your personal brand. If you are searching for your next job, updating your profile will help you to increase your discoverability. Whatever you are planning to use LinkedIn for having a professional and eligible profile is important.

So, If you’re thinking of improving your profile up? Here are some quick tips for you.

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Tips on how to stick to your 2022 goals.

It’s a new year and with it comes a host of new opportunities and the infamous new year resolutions. By now, hopefully, you have set out what you want to achieve this year. Statistics show that the majority of people give up on their resolutions by January 19th. Not long is it? 

If you want to be outside that statistic, we have a few tips to help.

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Top tips on how to start passively looking for a new job.

As we draw closer to the Christmas holidays; it’s common for people to want to stay in their current roles till the new year comes. With the new year comes a new drive, new targets, and a lot of people will have career progression or new career goals. So how do you prepare yourself for that dream job at a time when you’re not actively looking for a new role? We have a few tips to help you.

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How to attract the best talent in a candidate short market.

Recruiting can be difficult at the best of times, and it’s even harder in a candidate short market. If you’ve recently been trying to fill a role at your company you might have noticed that candidates are hard to come by these days. We’ve put together a quick blog post to help you attract the best talent in a candidate short market.

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Secrets to Optimising your Performance as a Leader.

Due to high demand, JasperRose partnered with Antonia Smith once again to conduct another Leadership workshop titled:

How to think like a leader and optimise your performance.

The session provided an opportunity for those who were unable to attend the first leadership workshop to participate and take away valuable insights on how they could best achieve their leadership potential.

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How to THINK like a Leader & Optimise your Performance.

JasperRose has partnered with Leadership Coach and Founder of Dragonfly Coaching & Consulting Antonia Smith. Due to popular demand for leadership centred workshops. We have extended our four-part series of workshops to five and added ‘How to THINK like a Leader and Optimise your Performance! The workshop will be held on September 15th 2021! Register now as spaces are limited.

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Strategies to Increasing Career Fulfilment

Our partnership with the Founder of Dragonfly Coaching Antonia Smith has resulted in a number of successful personal development workshops. Each workshop is designed to help finance professionals improve their work experiences. This workshop titled ‘How to go from STUCK to FULFILLED in your career’ was specifically designed to help boost your career experience.

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How to go from STUCK to FULFILLED in your career.

JasperRose has partnered with Leadership Coach and Founder of Dragonfly Coaching & Consulting Antonia Smith, to bring you a four-part series of coaching workshops. The final workshop will be held on August 25th 2021! Register now as spaces are limited.

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Using your leadership influence to drive & motivate teams.

During the month of June JasperRose worked with Antonia Smith Leadership Coach and Founder of Dragonfly Coaching to bring you the third workshop, in a four-part series of workshops. Designed to help finance professionals with personal development. The session provided those who attended the workshop, an opportunity to understand how to capitalise on their influence to drive and motivate their teams.

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Growing your Confidence using Self-evaluation

JasperRose partnered with Business & Leadership Coach and Founder of Dragonfly Coaching Antonia Smith to bring you a four-part series of workshops designed to help finance professionals with personal development. The second workshop titled ‘Building your confidence from the INSIDE, OUT’ was held during the month of June. Antonia gave those who attended, the opportunity to work on a number of introspective exercises which helped identify areas for confidence development.

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Maximize your Leadership Influence to Drive & Motivate your Teams.

JasperRose has partnered with Leadership Coach and Founder of Dragonfly Coaching & Consulting Antonia Smith, to bring you the first of a four-part series of coaching workshops. The next workshop will be held on July 8th 2021! Register now as spaces are limited.

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Effective Stress Management

During the month of May, JasperRose partnered with Leadership Coach and Founder of Dragonfly Coaching Antonia Smith to bring you a four-part series of workshops designed to help finance professionals with personal development. The first workshop titled ‘Managing Stress and Creating a more Aligned Work/Life balance’ was extremely successful and insightful. Antonia gave those who attended, practical nuggets to continuously use in the effective management of stress and maintenance of a balanced life.  

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Building your Confidence from the INSIDE, OUT.

JasperRose has partnered with Leadership Coach and Founder of Dragonfly Coaching & Consulting Antonia Smith, to bring you a four-part series of exclusive coaching workshops. After successfully hosting the first workshop, our next one will be held on Thursday 17th June 2021! Register now as spaces are limited.

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3 ways to Improve Employee well-being.

Employee well-being is becoming increasingly relevant as businesses are more aware of the link between employee wellness, productivity, engagement and retention. Some benefits include:

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Work-Life Balance; why it is not a stagnant goal.

Having a stable and clear work-life balance is #goals. The line between your career and personal life can get very blurred. Even more so, now that working from home is the norm and we are growing increasingly more connected through technology.

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Managing Stress & Creating a More Aligned Work/Life Balance.

JasperRose has partnered with Leadership Coach and Founder of Dragonfly Coaching & Consulting Antonia Smith, to bring you the first of a four-part series of coaching workshops. The first one will be held on 26th May 2021! Register now as spaces are limited.

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Success in a New Era of Leadership.

There have been a lot of changes in the way businesses have operated in the past few years. Even post-pandemic; changes in technology, generational differences, employee/ employer expectations and so on, have resulted in businesses rethinking their normal operations, policies and management. 

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5 ways to focus on your career development

Career development is an important factor in any job. Whether you are looking to work your way up to CFO or continuing your journey up the career ladder. Career development is important to help you continually progress. 

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Lunchtime Learning: Aspiring Female CFOs

Only 14% of CFOs in FTSE businesses are female. We want to do our best to change this, as soon as possible.

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How to stay focused whilst working from home

After officially a year of working from home, we have all found our way around working from the home office. With the anticipation of returning to the office, have you found yourself becoming a little more distracted?

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7 tips on how to make your remote meetings productive

Are you looking for ways on how to make your remote meetings productive? After almost a year of working from home, remote meetings have become the norm.

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How to utilise LinkedIn for your job search

Looking for ways on how to utilise LinkedIn for your job search? LinkedIn is one of the most established business networking tools out there.

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What is a succession plan and why your team needs it

The key to any successful business is exceptional talent. Over the past year, we have endured a rollercoaster of events that nobody could have predicted. Did you have a succession plan in place, ready to replace those who left?

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What is self-reflection and why is it important for leaders?

Self-reflection is a term you may be aware of but not something you practise in your daily routine. In the current world we live in, it is fast-paced, chaotic and busy.

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6 morning habits to make you more successful

Getting up in the morning can be difficult. When the alarm goes off it can be tempting to press snooze for just 10 more minutes. But what if getting up earlier and implementing morning habits could make you more successful? Would you do it?

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5 tips on how to get promoted whilst working from home.

After several months from the ‘home-office’, it is likely you have settled into your routine and have been working hard throughout the lockdown. So how do you get promoted whilst working from home?

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Leadership and Managing Remotely Through Times of Change

As we enter our third lockdown and as businesses continue to work remotely, we recap and reflect on the helpful advice and information Antonia Smith previously shared with us on leadership and managing remotely.

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The Founders at JasperRose reflect on 2020

After a very challenging 2020 for us all and despite the lockdown news this week, we are very excited and positive about what this year will bring to JasperRose.

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Reflecting on 2020. What a year it’s been!

2020 is a year that we will all certainly remember. One that no one could have predicted, but a year that we have all learnt a lot from.

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Tools to help you plan and achieve your 2021 goals

2020 wasn’t quite the year we planned for. However, it is important to take time to reflect on 2020 across all aspects of your life to help you to plan your 2021 goals.

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Secret Santa: Gift ideas for Finance Professionals

Left it to the last minute and looking for gift inspiration for your Secret Santa this year? Well, don’t worry we have come up with some gift ideas for Finance Professionals that you could send to your Secret Santa this year.

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Should you stop your job search over Christmas?

As Christmas trees begin to go up and the sparkly lights start to get switched on, it can only mean one thing. It’s December! However, does that mean you should stop your job search over Christmas?

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How can a recruiter help me with my job search?

We recently asked our LinkedIn network: “What is the main service you use a recruiter for?” A whopping 94% of you responded with “Finding a job”. 

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Tips on how to navigate a crowded job market

Back in March 2020, the job market was booming with the highest recorded rates of employment.

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What is the current employment market like?

JasperRose Consultants are asked by both employers and job seekers on a daily basis, “what is the current employment market like?”

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Tips for returning to work after furlough

It is fair to say that Coronavirus has created both uncertainty and confusion around the job market. According to HMRC, around 9.6 million jobs were furloughed.

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Managing your team through change

In the current job market employers are having to make difficult decisions to adapt to the ever-changing environment and manage their team through change.

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8 ways to recognise and reward your employees from home

With many adapting to the ‘new normal’, working from home has provided a variety of benefits and challenges.

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How to conduct a video interview for employers

Due to the emergence of Covid-19, not only has the way people work now changed but so too has the recruitment process.

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5 Tips for Starting a New Job Remotely

Working from home (WFH) has seen a sharp increase in popularity and desirability. But what about starting a new job remotely?

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Outplacement for Employers

JasperRose are dedicated to supporting both employers having to make the tough decisions to make redundancies as well as individuals who have been made redundant or are currently going through the redundancy process.

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What are the benefits of contract work?

There are a variety of different benefits of contract work. If you find yourself in a position where you are immediately available, contracting can be a great option to trial new working environments.

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We’ve moved!

It’s our moving day! Today is a big day for the JR team. We are leaving our lovely Bank offices where we’ve made so many amazing memories and heading over to our sparkling new offices in Holborn!

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8 Tips to Improve your Sleep Quality

In these unprecedented and challenging times, many have found their sleep quality has reduced.

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