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Below are a number of posts containing useful tips and insights from the Directors of Auxil Limited, acknowledged industry experts and trusted advisors in the fields of Health & Safety and Human Resources, which will hopefully trigger some thoughts or ideas. 
 
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A skills gap is the difference between skills that employers want or need, and skills their workforce offer. As an employer, you will be aware of your own organisation’s current situation. Do you feel your staff are fully equipped to do carry out their roles to the best of their ability or are there some skills needed that are lacking which are preventing your team from driving the business forward? 
When you recruit young staff, does your eye skim down the application or CV in the vain hope of spotting those essential skills you are looking for? Are your new young recruits equipped to fill your vacancies? Has the degree or the qualification that your candidate has done prepared them for your opportunities? If not, is there something you could do as an employer to get your staff all on the same page. 
Providing in house training and outside courses for new and existing employees, Yes, they have qualifications under their belt, but young people and graduates are far from being the finished article when they apply for your roles. And yes, your current employees have experience at that role, but they are eager to learn more; not just specifically about their role but their industry as a whole. 
Now that we are in a New Year, many will now be looking on refreshing themselves. 
So why not refresh the way you run your business? 
Here are a few tips on how to refresh your business for 2019: 
Start with The Issues 
In order to change the way you are running your business, you need to identify the problems within your current business plan. There are many practical ways in which businesses can impose a fresh, strategic perspective. For example, we could imagine how a set of specific economic, social, and business trends will affect your business, as well as ways to capture the opportunities which may arise in 2019, only after this analysis and discussion can we then settle into the more typical planning exercise of financial forecasting and identifying strategic initiatives. 
Now is the time for companies to get ready to survey their employees to not only gain their place on the Times Top 100 companies list, but to also understand what their employees think about their working lives. 
 
We can all agree that highly engaged and motivated people are the most productive and successful. 
 
So why do some company owners believe that understanding what their employees think is important and others don’t? 
 
There are obviously lots of reasons, ranging from 'we just don’t care', to 'we would if we had the time and the money'.  
 
Some companies, on the other hand, have an employee survey but choose not to do anything with the results, the survey is simply a tick box exercise. 
I recently came across a study by Capita Resourcing that found that, despite the over 50s now making up a third of the UK workforce, 74% of older workers felt employers don’t do enough to recruit them. 
 
The researchers received contributions from 1,000 workers over 55 together with 100 senior HR professionals. 
 
Over one third of the workers (39%) said that they had experienced bias towards younger members of staff in the workplace and 73% felt employers are not doing enough to tap into their knowledge and skill sets. 
During the election and since, we have noticed a lot of talk in the media and by politicians asking what working people actually want. A question that isn’t asked so often, but is interesting and relevant, is what is it that working people actually do
 
When politicians want to be seen to be concerned about the working population, they tend to put on a hard hat and head to a factory or construction site. This may make for a wonderful photo opportunity, but it bears little relation to real jobs in the UK today. 
Congratulations are in order for Connor, our new Health & Safety Coordinator, who has been busy in the classroom. He has recently passed a Health, Safety and Environment Test for Managers and Professionals. 
 
The test is organised by the Construction and Industry Training Board (CITB) and provides employees with the minimum level of health, safety and environmental knowledge and awareness necessary for working on construction sites. 

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