Myth-buster: You have to pay large commission costs to recruit people

In an industry where candidates rule the roost, and the skills gap just keeps getting larger and larger, it can often seem like a necessary evil that you need to budget for large recruitment costs to recruit good people as you grow. But that doesn’t have to be the...

Myth buster – employer branding is for large companies!

Employer brand describes an employer’s reputation as a place to work, and their employee value proposition (ie their USP as an employer). In today’s tight recruitment market employer branding applies to all companies, especially SME’s. In fact, you could argue...

Myth buster: Remote working is unproductive

Remote working has grown in popularity and is set to increase in a candidate led recruitment market, where people demand the freedom to work anywhere they choose. Several studies have shown remote working boosts happiness and productivity (Stanford University 2013,...

Myth buster -HR happens when we have a problem!

Amazingly HR is still often seen as the fire fighters, who help out when things aren’t going well with performance or absence for example. This perception often comes from previous interactions with HR departments and the media doesn’t help! I was watching the film...

The ‘Bozo period’: is it an inevitable fact of growth?

‘The bozo what?!’ you’d be justified in asking. A term coined by some of the earliest Engineers that worked for an ambitious start up called ‘Apple’ in Cupertino in the late 1970s, the term ‘bozo period’ referred to the arrival, en masse, of a huge number of new...

Myth buster – cash boosts motivation!

Often businesses rely on incentives like bonuses, and perks, while all the science suggests those don’t work. In fact, scientific research has shown extrinsic rewards (eg bonus payments) to be ineffective for sustainable motivation. Daniel Pink advocates...

Staff handbook – Mini blog

You don’t need a 100 page staff handbook! There’s often confusion about compliance and staff handbooks. We frequently get presented with a 100 page document to review and amend in line with the culture of the company. Our approach? Keep it simple! Once you go the...

Glass door

Glass door is playing an increasingly dominant role in shaping employer branding. It used to be predominantly US centric, but now is widely used in the UK and it includes SME’s. In a tight labour market (e.g. digital), prospective employees can be a lot choosier about...

Star Partner: Pillar AI

This month’s ‘star partner’ is Bristol based ‘Pillar AI’, an exciting, high potential firm who are looking to take chat bots mainstream! Pillar AI, co-run by CEO Chris Booth and CFO Matt Goss, are a incredibly personable (and very clever!) team who designed and built...

What Team Mango got up to at Digital Festival

May saw Wales’ largest digital event take place in Cardiff’s Millennium Centre. In what was a fantastic couple of days, with some brilliant speeches and debates, and huge amounts of networking, Wales really did showcase the ambition and potential it has to become a...

Our key take-outs from the 2018 Tech Nation report

The latest Tech Nation report was released in May, providing the digital sector with probably the most comprehensive set of data and insight in to the UKs most promising industry. Here at Mango, we pride ourselves as being at the forefront of people innovations, and...

Recruitment for the Digital Age

The word ‘disruption’ must, by now, be one of the most overused in the English language. It’s commonly used by any firm within Tech or Digital, and in a broader sense when considering the impact of technological advancement on society, on our economy, on our...

People in tech news!

Mind the win …d’oh!! Back with Apple again after last month’s phone battery scandal, this time a more transparent (if you’ll pardon the pun!) issue. Apparently, Apple staff are struggling to get used to its new $427m space-ship style Cupertino office due to it’s...

Never make CULTURE a task

It’s an odd suggestion to make isn’t it? That culture can be seen as a task? Surely, we all know that culture cannot be placed in the same bucket as product development? Or distribution? Or marketing? That’s true. The majority of culture believers (yes there are still...

HRTechWorld: Milo Meets his Match

The end of work as we know it? The robots are coming to get you! As part of our innovation research, Alison from Mango HR attended the ‘HR TechWorld’ event in Amsterdam to gain some insight into the future of work and find out what Tech advances leading...

People in tech news!

London is the hub of UK tech and experiences the pains of the skills shortage every day.  The arrival of Facebook and Google risk making things worse. The last month saw two of the FANG group of large tech companies announce plans to firmly set up shop in London, with...

Innovate or Die: It’s time for tech recruiters to evolve

The Oxford Dictionary definition of ‘disruption’ is ‘disturbance or problems which interrupt an event, activity or process’. The word ‘disruption’ is widely used in Tech, and in a broader sense when we talk about the momentum hurtling us at pace in to the 4th...

How AI is changing the face of recruitment as we know it

Digital transformation is becoming essential to stay ahead of the curve. The HR technology landscape has been transformed in a few short years with the advancement ATS, cloud-based systems and gamification increasingly influencing platforms. AI is the most recent...

Growing Pains in Tech!

Growing pains.  Are they just a temporary issue associated with the expansion of a body (or a business) that we all have to cope with?  Or are they a symptom of something more serious, something that could be problematic or even more painful later in life?  Something...

Silicon Valley takeaway of the month: office spaces

Many employees spend almost 40 hours every single week in their workplaces, and that means there’s a lot to be said for making your offices as fun, inspiring and unusual as possible. Whether you’re a cutting-edge technology start-up looking to change your...

News and insights from Digital 17 and IPEXPO Europe

We had such a good time at Digital 17 that we wanted to share some of the insights from industry experts as well news of the emerging tech from exciting new start-ups and innovators. There were so many highlights it’s tough to pick our best moments. Here were a few of...

Essential Tips for Retaining Top Talent

Retaining your top talent is tricky due to the job hopping nature of our current workforce. Tech companies know they have their work cut out to retain their talent. Facebook currently leads the way with an average retention rate of 2.02 years (data: Paysa) but what...

Why pay transparency will happen whether we like it or not

Tech giants continue to work on pay transparency technologies Pay process transparency is becoming the norm, with many Silicon Valley companies adopting this approach.   What is pay process transparency? It’s when a company makes the process for calculating salaries...

Brexit happens: Supply of labour

The ramifications of Brexit on the labour market and beyond are yet to be fully felt. While the UK’s decision to leave the EU was made over a year ago, ongoing negotiations with the European Commission mean that it is unclear as to precisely when the country will be...

Silicon Valley top takeaway of the month: Unlimited holiday

What’s your current holiday allowance? Six weeks? Four weeks? A few extra days as a long service bonus? On Sarah’s recent trip to Silicon Valley, she came across a concept which definitely hasn’t made it across the pond in such a big way – unlimited holiday. Yes,...

The road to the Digital Festival starts here

The upcoming Digital Festival is taking place from Monday 18th to Tuesday 19th September at Cardiff’s new Tramshed Tech venue and here at Mango HR we can’t wait. The event will bring together movers and shakers in innovation, investment and industry, and...

What tech companies need to do to implement a GDPR strategy

As of 25 May, 2018, the European Commission’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, will come into effect. This new legislation relates to how personal data is collected and processed by businesses, and it will affect around 508 million EU citizens. UK...

Our top 10 takeaways from Silicon Valley

Here at Mango HR Group, we’re passionate about helping fast-growing tech companies with their HR needs. So we figured there was nowhere better to go on a summer trip than the world’s capital of technology, California’s Silicon Valley! While the...

Guest post: Can chatbots live up to the hype?

Guest post, written by Chris Booth from Pillar. The short answer is almost. But not quite. Chatbots have been getting a lot of traction recently, proving to be useful in many ways. Whether this is through collecting customer details in a conversational manner, like...

What is true flexible working? (output rather than hours)

What is flexible working, and how is it defined differently? In some organisations, flexible working might mean the option to work from home for one Friday a month. For others, it could be a commitment to allowing remote working for employees who prefer it. And then...

What GDPR will mean for HR in Tech companies

It is widely accepted that the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the biggest change to data privacy law in the last two decades. Negotiations have taken years, but now the GDPR is set to unify the different laws of 28 EU member states with one...

Top 3 tips for being a great leader in a Creative and Tech company

In psychology, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ENTJ is used as an abbreviation for the qualities of extraversion, intuition, thinking and judgment – in other words, the skills that a strong leader is expected to embody. Natural leaders are charismatic and confident,...

Guest post: What’s wrong with everyone? by Nick Elston

What’s wrong with everyone? Sometimes, just sometimes – it may be you! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news and all that… One of my heroes is the legendary, late, great Zig Ziglar. Zig was a top class motivational speaker, inspirational leader and had the most amazing...

How to write an on-brand and engaging staff handbook

A staff handbook is a useful document containing everything your employees need to know. But it’s also a way to promote your company, so much so that some handbooks have gone on to become well-known recruitment tools. While few businesses might be able to replicate...

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