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Looking for work when youre facing redundancy

Timing is everything and sadly as we approach Christmas once again we hear that redundancies are occurring in Milton Keynes. Whilst there's never a good time to be made redundant we think the run-up to Christmas is possibly the worst? This is a stressful time for the individual involved and their family and whilst you'll be counselled that this is a business decision, we understand that you cannot help but take the decision personally. The good news is, that lots of companies are hiring new staff. We've got great roles working for some of the best employers in Milton Keynes. Our clients are looking for administrators, call centre staff, collections advisors, team leaders, payroll administrators and customer service executives. So, if you are facing redundancy, please get in touch with our team on 01908 200270 and we can talk to you about some of the roles we are looking to fill straight away! We'd equally like to hear from you if you're not being made redundant but you'd like to know what we can do to help you. We've written some blog posts in the past which may be useful for you if you are facing redundancy: How to write a CV when you have been out of work Life after redundancy - what next? Please seek advice from your HR team if you are facing redundancy so that you get the best possible package to set you up once you leave work. And speak to your line manager to discuss the possibility of time off to meet with agencies and attend interviews during your last few weeks at work. Our team can be really flexible about meeting up with candidates so that we can register you for roles and start job hunting on your behalf. We have a broad scope of live vacancies, both on a temporary and permanent basis. So if you are looking for a temporary position to pay the bills whilst you think about your next move or if you are looking for the right permanent option, our clients are actively looking today and we want to hear from you!

Parent's Week 2018

We're coming to the end of Parent's Week (17-23rd October), so we thought we'd take a look at the issues working parents continue to face, and offer ways to help reduce stress. The benefits of flexible working Some parents choose to opt for a flexible learning set-up, which allows them to better manage the daily responsibilities of being a parent. All employees have the legal right to request flexible working. So if this is something that interests you, then speak to your line manager or HR team to discuss your options. There are plenty of studies that suggest flexible working is not only a practical solution for many, but also increases levels of productivity. For more information, you can read our previous blog on the issue: Why flexible working can increase productivity. Know your parental rights As a working parent, knowing your entitlements is key. Employers should be supportive and allow an amount of flexibility (within reason), when it comes to parental responsibilities and balancing this with the demands of work. There will be times when you have to drop everything for your child, whether it's to collect them from school or the nursery due to sickness or childcare falling through. You can take time off work (unpaid) to deal with any unexpected issues or emergencies involving your children. For further information on your parental rights, visit Families Online or Gov.uk for professional advice. How to reduce guilt as a working parent Most parents experience guilt at some stage, especially when it comes to balancing home life and pursuing a career. Parents can find the prospect of returning to work following maternity or paternity leave both distressing and upsetting. It's normal to feel this way, especially as you've spent weeks or months bonding with your new baby. Guilt can be incredibly stressful, particularly when you have meetings, deadlines and projects to focus on. Read our blog post on how to reduce guilt as a working parent here: Five tips for reducing the guilt of being a working mum Self care: hints and tips for working parents These days, people are adopting various strategies when it comes to reducing stress and practicing self-care. We are told to look after ourselves, eat well, exercise regularly, meditate, the list goes on. But what if you're a parent with children to wash, dress and feed? You're not alone. In fact, there are a number of useful tips on self-care methods for parents that are both practical and achievable. These include the following:

  • Arrange for childcare and schedule 1 hour per week for a coffee and chat with a close friend.
  • Take a brisk walk in the park and listen to a podcast. This is a great way to get exercise, fresh air and engage in an interesting debate or topic of choice.
  • Call a friend, parent or loved one.
  • Keep a journal and write for a few minutes each night - it's a lovely way to unwind and clear your mind for a good night's sleep.