Furloughing, wellbeing & productivity

“Putting our sales team on a furlough rota system has boosted wellbeing and productivity during lockdown” When you run a business, you get used to trusting your gut. Instinct and intuition tend to govern a lot of decision making and, like muscles, the more you use them the more effective they become. Something I hope

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Why 11th place is more valuable than 4th

Earlier this month ISL were recognised as the 11th Best Small Workplace in the UK, which of course I’m pleased about. I’m sure I’ll touch on some of the reasons that this makes me proud, but I’m not writing to show off and celebrate (at least not entirely 😄). What I’m hoping to help you

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Can we help you look after your talent?

For some companies hiring talent is still a current priority but they’re not sure how to adapt to doing this in a remote way. If this is you then we have guides on virtual interviewing and remote onboarding that we hope you’ll find useful. For other scaleups we’ve been working with, they know that they

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ISL is an officially a Great Place to Work 2020

During this strange time, we often find ourselves surrounded in bad news. So, we thought we’d make the most of the chance to share some positive news. Today we’ve found out that we are officially a 2020 UK Best Workplace. We’ve placed 11 out of 27 companies in the Small Workplace category, and alongside 161

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The 2020 Retention Report

The primary meaning of the word retention in the Oxford Dictionary is explained as “the act of keeping something rather than losing it or stopping it” I’d argue that when applied to talent, this misses the importance of creating the right environment to retain, which is often a more complex issue.  It has been our

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Does a reduced working week really work?

The story that hit the paper, in our own words… People value their time, they always have, but now, they expect their employers to value their time too. According to a study by the Independent, flexi-time is the number 1 perk for employees of all ages. At our summer conference we asked each other just

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Celebrating Success – 5 minutes with Emma

After Emma’s success of winning August’s employee of the month award, we sat down with her to discuss her time at ISL so far. Scroll down to read her story… What is your biggest achievement to date? Personally, I would say my biggest achievement to date is buying my family home with my partner at the

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5 minutes with … Gerry Darley our newest Contract Recruiter

We’re thrilled to introduce Gerry, our latest contract team member, dedicated to delivering excellence across the contract software engineering industry. He brings a shed load of experience, drawing on his 7 year contract recruitment career spanning both the Australian and UK markets. Some of his highlights over the years include securing talent to build a

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Tech Leaders, are you truly harnessing the power of agile working & inclusion?

If you’re involved in leading a tech scale up, tech SME or multinational; the odds are you’re looking to scale, and key to that is achieving sustainable growth in an ever evolving and highly competitive landscape. At our diversity & inclusion event last week, Toby Mildon, renowned diversity and inclusion architect, explained how he believes

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ISL Launches 2019 Retention Report

Author and business strategist Jim Collins once said: “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” This seems a particularly pertinent truth for startups and scaleups as these fledgling years of growth depend on human ability and endeavour. The advance of technology has never replaced the need for businesses to find and retain great people. This

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