Perks: How Do You Make Your Business More Attractive?


When it comes to retaining employees, there are various things you can do in order to stand out from other companies in your field. With the right approach, it is possible to make your working environment a more attractive place to work and somewhere people will want to stay.

Work on feedback

A lot of companies have suggestion boxes and say “We value feedback.” However, it is a lot better to show you value that feedback- if employees make valid suggestions to make the working environment better then act on it (also helps if you let people know that you do it too).

Fit people’s lifestyles

Do you have employees cycle in to work? Then you might want to consider installing a shower so that they can clean themselves up before they come in to work. Some companies also offer perks like gym passes or other discounts in order to encourage a healthier lifestyle (plus they are less likely to call in sick if they are healthier).

Increasingly mental health is becoming more of an issue in the workplace- having a policy in place can make it easier for people to cope and in the long term will result in a better working environment as anyone with any mental health issues is better equipped to deal with potential work stress.

Be more flexible

Flexibility should not just be about working hours- for example someone might be studying English in between working for you. Being allowed to leave a little earlier to get to their class not only benefits them but will mean you get more benefit from it in the long term as well.

Be a team

Yes, a dress down Friday can be a bit more relaxed. However, having social outings as a group outside of formal events and special occasions can be valuable as well, helping everyone to bond in a positive way.

Make sure people get the help they need

New employees, temps and people returning to the workplace can find it intimidating. Showing people that you are prepared to give them that bit of extra attention after the initial training can help them get through it.

It’s important to remember that some people learn at a different pace and may need more guidance than others- showing that you are prepared to guide people when they need it will often reflect well.


Charity events and promotion can be a great way to show you care about more about just the business and can bring in people you may not expect- for example working with schools may help you find potential future employees who remember you in the future.

Also with your own business a simple thank you or a nice gesture (pizza on a Friday, a special prize for hitting a sales target) can mean people feel that you appreciate what they do for you.

It is fair to say you want people to work and a workplace can’t always be fun and you may not be able to accommodate everyone. That being said with people spending a third of their lives in work they are more likely to stick with you if you can make it as comfortable as possible

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What Wonder Woman Can Teach Us About Business

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Wonder Woman has proven to be a big hit at the box office and is now on course to be the highest grossing film by a female director and the highest grossing DC Extended Universe (DCEU) film. On top of this it also scored well with critics, something DC films have struggled with.

It may seem strange whether you work for one of the best sales and marketing recruitment agencies or you work involves a consumer goods executive search you could potentially learn from Wonder Woman!

Don’t underestimate your brand or your audience

In the weeks leading up to the release of Wonder Woman there were fears it would open below expectations. This led to fans rallying round on social media, pushing hard to make sure the studio properly promoted it as they felt that the studio was not advertising as widely as they could do.

As Warner Brothers realised that people cared for it they responded and pushed further, reaping the rewards of increased audience goodwill.

This is why it is worth seeking feedback and interacting with customers as their ideas could prove vital inspiration. Building on this and improving a service will make you appear more attractive to potential employees in the long term.

Learn from past mistakes

Previous DCEU films were criticised in reviews for a dour look and a feeling that they lacked a sense of humour. By contrast Wonder Woman received praise for a more distinct look and jokes that for the most part came from character action and felt real rather than feeling shoe-horned in.

There are plenty of stories in business where people have to pick themselves up from a failure. In the case of Marvel Comics, they were on the verge of bankruptcy whereas now they are part of Disney and grossing enormous amounts at the box office.

With your business, it is important to look at what you could do better and respond to the feedback you get as this will help you make your business more efficient. You won’t be able to address every complaint that people have but the more you can address the better it will be for you and your customers in the long term.

Be a better role model

Another criticism of DC superhero films is the feeling that the tone was a bit too dark whereas Wonder Woman represented a more positive approach to fighting evil and the message seemed stronger as a result.

For example, if someone looks up “executive search renewable energy sectors” online then your company should be able to demonstrate that you have a real commitment to renewable energy and can show how you are committed to caring for the environment as this will mean you are more likely to recruit the best people.

In short both the film and the character itself should serve as an inspiration to help you get more from your company. For more information on how we can help find your executive search specialist heroes contact us today.

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The 6 Emotional Enemies Inside Your Mind

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What can destroy our ambitions, our fortunes, our relationships—our lives? The enemies lurking inside us, the ones we face from within, the ones we’ve got to destroy before they destroy us. There are six we must conquer:

1. Fear
We are not born with courage, but neither are we born with fear. Maybe some of our fears are brought on by our own experiences, by what someone has told us, by what we’ve read and heard about. Some fears are valid, like walking alone in a bad part of town at 2 o’clock in the morning. But once we learn to avoid that situation, we won’t need to live in fear of it.

2. Indifference
What a tragic disease indifference is. Some will say, “Ho-hum, let it slide. I’ll just drift along.” But here’s one problem with drifting: We can’t drift our way to the top of the mountain.

3. Indecision
Indecision is the thief of opportunity and enterprise. It will steal our chances for a better future. We have to take a sword to this enemy.

4. Doubt
Sure, there’s room for healthy skepticism. We can’t believe everything. But we also can’t let doubt take over. Many of us doubt the past, doubt the future, doubt each other, doubt the government, doubt the possibilities and doubt the opportunities. Worst of all, we doubt ourselves. Doubt will destroy our lives and our chances of success. It will empty both our bank accounts and our hearts. Doubt is an enemy. Go after it. Get rid of it.

5. Worry
We’ve all got to worry some—but we can’t let it conquer us. Instead, let it alarm us. Worry can be useful. If we step off the curb in New York City and a taxi is coming, we’ve got to worry. But we can’t let worry loose like a mad dog that drives us into a small corner. Here’s what we’ve got to do with our worries: Drive them into a small corner. Whatever is out to get us, we’ve got to get it. Whatever is pushing on us, we’ve got to push back.

6. Timidity
Over-caution is the timid approach to life. Timidity is not a virtue (unlike humility); in fact, it can be an illness. If we let it go, it’ll conquer us. If we’re timid, we won’t get promoted, we won’t advance and grow and become powerful. We’ve got to avoid over-caution.

So, we must battle with the enemy, battle with fears, build our courage to fight what’s holding us back, what’s keeping us from our goals and dreams. We have to be courageous in our lives and in our pursuit of the things we want and the people we want to become.

Reproduced with kind permission from Jim Rohn
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Your Next Career Move

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Have you been considering a career move, but not quite sure of the best way to put the process in motion?

Here at Right International we have been helping people just like yourself for over 20 years. 

We have helped hundreds of candidates find their dream job or simply point them in the right direction.

One of our current vacancies may be interesting for you. You can view these on our brand new website click here

We also offer a discreet candidate service where we agree on a confidential marketing plan designed with detailed discussions with you in which your name is not released without your prior permission.

This is also on our website under services we offer
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Strong and Stable: Do Your Words Match Your Actions?

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Before and during the snap general election the Conservative Prime Minister (and others) emphasised the mantra “strong and stable”. However opponents soon argued that the person saying this was also someone who was a passionate Remain campaigner before coming into government but during her time in power has said “Brexit means Brexit.”

This article is not intended to talk about the rights and wrongs of government or debate the current political situation. However the nature of what occurred during that election and some of the debates that have sparked from it do raise wider issues that businesses and other organisations would do well to learn from.

What are your brand values?

Essentially if you run a business this is something you need to decide. Some companies have clear ethical policies such as Ben and Jerry’s in terms of their social engagement, while some companies illustrate it through donations to specific political parties.

However sometimes the brand value can be as simple as whether you want to be faster, better or less expensive than your competitors. Deciding that (while at the same time having a reasonable degree of flexibility) can make it easier to focus your marketing and target an appropriate demographic.

Be wary of what you promise

As customers become more aware and social media becomes more prevalent it is more difficult for companies to cover up mistakes or to mislead them. For example if you market a product as “natural” but it contains a lot of chemicals with very few organic ingredients then you run the risk of being labelled a hypocrite.

On the other hand how you interact on social media and deal with complaints can be a way of proving your brand values as well- if you deal with a complaint promptly and in the right way this will reflected well on you.


Of course there are two sides to every story and being too honest can get you in trouble as well- there was the infamous moment when Gerald Ratner described his own jewellery line as “crap”, almost instantly finishing off his brand.

Social media is a particularly dangerous aspect for this- don’t think that writing “all opinions are my own” in your bio allows you to get away with anything! If you have a company profile what you write will be associated with your business so you need to be responsible for what you say and how you say it.

Show don’t tell

It is easy in an advertising campaign to tell people what you believe. However demonstrating it is often a lot more effective- supporting local community projects, positively interacting with customers and so forth will give people a much clearer indication.

It has to be emphasised that nobody will expect you to be perfect or get it right all the time- but if you can deal with problems and show people how you intend to follow your brand values then in the long term you will have the strength and stability that customers and clients will want to be a part of.



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9 Ways to Show you Care

Caring is one of the greatest success strategies of all. When you care people are drawn to you and want to work with you. When you care you stand out in world where many don’t seem to care. But caring must be more than just a feeling to have an impact. It must be demonstrated through your actions. In this spirit here are 9 ways to show you care. 

1. Be present. We have so many responsibilities and distractions that it’s tempting to listen to customers, friends, kids, etc. with only one ear (or half an ear!). You know how it goes: you make the appropriate noises during a client call (“Mmmhmmm… I understand… No, that won’t be a problem…) while simultaneously typing an email to someone else. That’s why giving someone your full attention is so meaningful. Being fully present says, “I really care about you and what you need from me. You are my top priority right now.”

2. Make it simple and clear. People are busier than ever and the more you can make their lives easier the more it shows you care about them and their time. Whether you are making technology easy to use, or simplifying the check in process at a hospital or making it easier to rent a car, simplifying says you care and creates raving fans.

3. Call customers by name. When interacting with a customer, ask his/her name – then remember it and use it. Referring to someone by name demonstrates that you see them as an individual with unique needs and preferences, as opposed to “just a number” or a source of income.

4. Listen more than you talk. When dealing with others many of us have a tendency to give sales pitches, explain company policies or give canned advice. Instead you should ask questions and listen to what they have to say. This lets them know you care about them and their thoughts. It also helps you better understand their concerns so you can help them. I’ve certainly been working on this as a parent. It’s not easy but it makes a difference.

5. Become a coach. More than ever customers wanted to be guided through the process when making a significant purchase. By coaching and guiding customers through the process you will earn their trust and let them know you care about them and their purchase. In a world where many things can be purchased on-line, the biggest differentiator is often a person who cares.

6. Respond quickly and touch base often. It’s simple: Return calls and emails promptly. Whenever possible, try not to leave any unanswered emails or voicemails overnight. And be proactive with updates, too. Don’t force a client to get in touch with you in order to learn the status of an order, for instance. Send daily or weekly updates – whatever is appropriate. We at the Jon Gordon Companies fail at this sometimes but it’s something I am always preaching to my team about and we always own it and improve because of it.

7. Don’t make it all about business. If you don’t treat people like a number they won’t treat you like a number. Make an effort to learn about return clients on a personal level as well as a professional one, and follow up on what you discover. If you know that an individual recently had an important event – a wedding, birthday, or even a big presentation – ask how it went. People are surprised and pleased when you remember what’s going on with them – precisely because the assumption today is that most people don’t care about what’s going on outside their own bubbles.

8. Focus on the details. A Starbucks executive was asked why they were so successful. He said that they do a hundred things 10 percent better than their competition. When you care everyone matters and everything matters. By focusing on the details such as clean bathrooms in a restaurant or clean sheets and extra towels at a hotel, it lets your customers know that you care.

9. Always go the extra mile. Constantly look for ways to make the service you provide just a little bit better. Even one percent more time, energy, or focus can make a big difference. Even something small like walking a customer to the door after checking them out or spending extra time with a student if you are a teacher or calling a patient after they visit your health clinic means a lot. For example, Oceanside Cleaners near my home replaces missing buttons on my dress shirts at no extra charge. It’s the little things that mean a lot.

Reproduced with kind permission from Jon Gordon author of ‘The Energy Bus’


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Change Begins with Choice



If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.

Any day we wish, we can discipline ourselves to make important changes in our lives.
Any day we wish, we can open the book that will open our mind to new knowledge.
Any day we wish, we can start a new activity.
Any day we wish, we can start the process of life change.
We can do it immediately, or next week, or next month, or next year.

We can also do nothing. We can pretend rather than perform. And if the idea of having to change ourselves makes us uncomfortable, we can remain as we are. We can choose rest over labour, entertainment over education, delusion over truth and doubt over confidence. The choices are ours to make. But while we curse the effect, we continue to nourish the cause.

As Shakespeare uniquely observed, “The fault is not in the stars, but in ourselves.” We created our current circumstances by our past choices. We have both the ability and the responsibility to make better choices beginning today. Those who are in search of the good life do not need more answers or more time to think things over to reach better conclusions.

They need the truth They need the whole truth. And they need nothing but the truth. We cannot allow our errors in judgment, repeated every day, to lead us down the wrong path. We must keep coming back to those basics that make the biggest difference in how our life works out. And then we must make the very choices that will bring life, happiness and joy into our daily lives.

And if I may be so bold to offer my last piece of advice for someone seeking and needing to make changes in their life: If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree. You have the ability to totally transform every area in your life—and it all begins with your very own power of choice.

Reproduced with kind permission from Jim Rohn



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The Power of Daily Practices

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Success, world-class health, internal fulfillment and sustained happiness don’t just happen. These elements of your best life are created. All too often we look at a human being playing their best game on the playing field of life and assume they got lucky or were born into their lofty condition. What we don’t see is all the devotion and discipline that went into crafting the extraordinary results we see.

What I’m suggesting is that personal and professional greatness takes work. I’m not someone who would ever tell you that you could get to your dreams without having to make some sacrifices and pay the price in terms of dedication and self-control. The best amongst us make it all look so easy. I call it The Swan Effect- elite performers make personal excellence look effortless and seem to make things happen as gracefully as a swan moves along the water. But like the swan, what you don’t get to see is all the hard-work taking place below the surface.

The best way to create spectacular results in the most important areas of your life is through daily practice. In my life, I have a series of practices that set me up for a great day. Yes, sometimes life sends you unexpected challenges that knock you off track-that’s just life happening. But with a series of practices to keep you at your best, you’ll stay in a positive state much more often.

Practices that will lock you into your best state could include: a morning journaling session where you record your feelings, thoughts, and the blessings you are grateful for. Or you may start your day with a strong workout and an elite performer’s meal. I often listen to music for 15 minutes, as it not only energizes me, it just makes life better. I also use success statements or affirmations to get my mind focused.

Success and joy and inner peace don’t just show upYou need to create them. Find your series of practices, perform them with consistency. And then go out into this beautiful world of ours and shine.

Reproduced with kind permission from Jon Gordon. Author of ‘The Energy Bus’



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The Biggest Challenge You’ll Face as a Leader

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Once you’ve set a goal for yourself as a leader—whether it’s to create your own enterprise, energize your organization or lead your small team—the challenge is finding good people to help you accomplish that goal. Gathering a successful team of people is not only helpful, it’s necessary.

To guide you in this daunting task of picking the right people, here’s a four-part check-list.

1. Check their background or history.
This might be the most obvious step, but it’s vitally important. Seek out available information regarding the individual’s qualifications to do the job.

2. Check their interest level.
Once you’ve learned their qualifications, gauge the potential employee’s genuine interest. Sometimes people can fake their interest, but if you’ve been a leader for a while, you’ll be a capable judge of whether somebody is merely pretending.

Arrange face-to-face conversation and try to gauge his or her sincerity to the best of your ability. You won’t hit the bull’s-eye every time, but you can get pretty good at spotting genuine interest. The most interested prospects are often good ones.

3. Check their responses.
A response tells you a lot about someone’s integrity, character and skills. Listen for responses like these: “You want me to get there that early?” “You want me to stay that late?” “The break is only 10 minutes?” “I’ll have to work two evenings a week and Saturdays?”

You can’t ignore these clues. They indicate his or her character and often reveal how hard he or she will work. Our attitudes reflect our inner selves—so even if we can fool others for a while, our true selves eventually emerge.

4. Check results.

How else can we effectively judge an individual’s performance? The final judge must be results—and there are two types of results to look for.

The first type is work activity, and it’s simple to follow up on. Within a sales organization, you can request a new salesman make 10 calls his first week. If he starts telling a story or makes excuses for poor results when you follow up on his progress, it’s a definite sign. If his lack of activity continues, you’ll soon realize that he may not be capable of being a member of your team.

The second area you need to monitor is productivity. The ultimate test of a quality team is measurable progress in a reasonable amount of time. Be up front with your team as to what you expect them to produce. Don’t let the surprises come later.

When you’re following this four-part check-list, your instincts play a major role, and they will improve each time you go through the process.

Remember, building a successful team will be one of your most challenging tasks as a leader. The good news is that it will reap you multiple rewards for a long time to come.

Reproduced with kind permission from Jim Rohn

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9 Steps to get things done

 1. Consequences – Never use threats. They’ll turn people against you. But making people aware of the negative consequences of not getting results (for everyone involved) can have a big impact. This one is also big for self motivation. If you don’t get your act together, will you ever get what you want? 

2. Pleasure – This is the old carrot on a stick technique. Providing pleasurable rewards creates eager and productive people.
3. Performance incentives – Appeal to people’s selfish nature. Give them the opportunity to earn more for themselves by earning more for you.
4. Detailed instructions – If you want a specific result, give specific instructions. People work better when they know exactly what’s expected.
5. Short and long term goals – Use both short and long term goals to guide the action process and create an overall philosophy.
6. Kindness – Get people on your side and they’ll want to help you. Piss them off and they’ll do everything they can to screw you over.
7. Deadlines – Many people are most productive right before a big deadline. They also have a hard time focusing until that deadline is looming overhead. Use this to your advantage by setting up a series of mini-deadlines building up to an end result.
8. Team Spirit – Create an environment of camaraderie. People work more effectively when they feel like part of team — they don’t want to let others down.
9. Recognize achievement – Make a point to recognize achievements one-on-one and also in group settings. People like to see that their work isn’t being ignored.

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