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3 things to do Before you sign a new employment contract

3 things to do BEFORE you sign your new employment contract
1.Consider additional costs you might incur so that you know what take home pay is the basis for negotiation ·Benefits you might be losing eg Canteen ·Distance from home oHigher transport costs oAdditional child care costs for earlier drop off/later collection
2.Ask to see a copy of a payslip ·Most companies will be happy to do this to ensure there is a clear understanding of take home pay ·The time to negotiate your new salary is before the contract is drawn up.   Backwards and forwards paperwork and mail is time wasting and annoying.   It starts the relationship off on the wrong footing.  If you are not happy with the nett pay on the “demo” payslip, don’t just drop the conversation.  If you are interested in the position, tell them your concerns, and ensure that the potential new employer has an opportunity to revise their first offer.
3.Discuss your existing commitments/non negotiables and have them confirmed in writing ·Holidays al…

3 things to do BEFORE you resign

or sign a new contract…
1.Confirm your notice period ·A lot of companies allow 30 days from date of resignation, but many ask for a calendar month
2.Check your restraints ·If you are joining a competitor ·If you are joining a client
3.Find out when your last payment will be transferred ·Companies have been burned by paying over on the 25th, and people not returning, so they may delay payment transfer until the last official working day, or even the first day of the following month.  You may need to make special arrangements regarding debit orders ….
Both your current company and your new one deserve to be fairly treated.   Knowledge of the policies makes this possible.
Even if the policies don’t make sense to you, you agreed to them when you signed your contract.
HR managers will tell you how many great working relationships are damaged because people don’t follow policy when resigning. It’s worth taking the time for many good reasons.  Building a solid career can depend just as much on how you …

An Ideal Workplace - the dream and the reality

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All play and no work makes Jack a mere toyUnknown source

We all want different things from work:




The list is diverse and, if you do some research, there are significant differences in the combinations of goals that people have.
And this impacts on the workplace they want.




The most significant feedback I have received over the years is:
I need to feel safe, but I need to be stretched.
While I know lots of people, mainly entrepreneurs, who love to live on the edge, already considering the next high risk project while the current ones are starting to roll out, it seems to me that there is a general resistance to change and risk.   Of course, with high risk comes high reward, although simply staying in the same position can leave you in the right place at the right time, too.
So #WhereIWork was a thought process that I had considered for many years before taking on the running of Accsys. It started with what I didn’t like about certain companies wher…