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ADVO Group interviews motivational speaker Mandy Hickson

Before turning to motivational speaking, Mandy Hickson led an inspiring career as a jet pilot in the RAF. The obstacles that Mandy overcame to succeed in this career path, and the unforgettable experiences gained in the front line have enabled her to draw striking and powerful parallels to the world of business, human resources and management. In this interview, Mandy discusses the value for business and beyond in remaining calm under pressure, the key lessons learnt in her time in the RAF and how she transitioned to her new role as a speaker.
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ADVO Group interviews Kim Harvey, Neuroleaders

Neuroleaders deliver leadership and coaching programmes that are underpinned by Neuroscience. The company was founded by Kim Harvey who comments “The scientific evidence that is coming out of neuroscience offers great insight into how our brains fire through fear and motivation and how we can build resilience in our ability to cope with change”. In this interview Kim provides her expert insight into the company’s recent article titled ‘How inspirational leaders create a climate of trust‘, which looked at the important relationship between a climate of trust and employees feeling empowered as well as how good leadership can itself be learnt from a neuroscience perspective.
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ADVO Group interviews Oran Kiazim, Vice President of Global Privacy, SterlingBackcheck

SterlingBackcheck works with more than 20,000 companies worldwide to help them hire the best talent. This ranges from small local businesses to FTSE 100 companies. In fact, more than 20% of the FTSE 100 rely on SterlingBackcheck for their employment screening. The company recently released the findings from a study which found that only 58% of organisations conduct any background screening checks on new hires. In this interview, Oran Kiazim, Vice President of Global Privacy at SterlingBackcheck, provides his expert insight into the findings of the study. Oran previously worked at the Court of Justice of the European Union as the lead UK law specialist, advising on EU Justices on various aspects of UK law. He has consulted on data protection and privacy issues for companies operating in EMEA as well as the United States and Canada.
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ADVO Group interviews Olivia Hill, Chief HR Officer, AAT

AAT is the UK’s leading qualification and membership body for vocational accountants, with over 130,000 members around the world. The company recently revealed search findings which found that the experiences of men and women working in finance vary drastically in terms of pay, progression and prejudice. In this interview we gain some further insight into the research from Olivia Hill, Chief HR Officer at AAT with more than fifteen years of experience in the HR field.
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An interview with Elizabeth Naulls and Dr Subashini Mm, Aviva UK Health

Recent research from Aviva found that only 43% of UK adults are a healthy weight. The study also found that although 36% of UK adults say they want to lose weight or improve their BMI, only 16% are motivated to eat a more balanced diet and 13% to exercise more regularly. In this interview we gain a further insight into the findings of this research with Dr Subashini Mm, Clinical Transformation Lead at Aviva UK Health and Elizabeth Naulls, Senior Propositions and Market Development Manager, Aviva UK health.
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Celebrating ADVO Group’s ‘best of the best’

ADVO has a reputation for placing its employees at the heart of the company. The high levels of expertise and customer service provided by its staff have been frequently recognised at some of the industry’s most respected award ceremonies. Additionally, ADVO’s commitment to developing its employees has also been recognised through their ‘Investors In People’ Silver Accreditation. A further example of ADVO’s employee-centric approach is its ‘Best of the Best’ Awards presentation. The event highlights key achievements of its staff and celebrates efforts of those who have truly gone above and beyond expectations. The annual presentation also culminates in naming ADVO’s ‘Employee of the Year’. With such a strong performance from all staff throughout 2015, naming the employee of the year was not an easy task.
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ADVO Group interviews Thomas Bale, Investors in People

Investors in People (IIP) is the well-known Standard for people management, working with thousands of top businesses across the country. The organisation recently released its ‘Job Exodus Trends 2016’ report which uncovered that many employees plan to find new jobs in 2016 as a result of discontentment with their current employers. In this latest interview, Thomas Bale, Assistant Director at IIP, provides some further insight into this report, discussing what areas of employment most workers would like to see changed and the key improvements managers and employers can undertake.
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ADVO Group interviews Kate Jones, MFG Solicitors

Midlands law firm MFG Solicitors recently highlighted the potential legal minefield that Christmas parties can pose for employers. Solicitor at the firm, Kate Jones, provided some fantastic advise for employers as well as highlighting research that shows the worrying statistics for how many employees can find themselves amidst disciplinary procedures during the festive season. In this interview, we speak with Kate Jones to gain some further insight into her invaluable management tips.
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ADVO Group interviews David Marzo, General Manager and Vice President for Futurestep’s On Demand platform

Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company specialising in high-impact talent solutions, recently released the results of an executive survey on internal mobility programs. The survey found that the vast majority of respondents placed a very high value on such mobility programs yet only a minority of companies were providing such programmes. In this interview, David Marzo, General Manager and Vice President for Futurestep’s On Demand platform provides his expert insight into the research findings.
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ADVO Group interviews Rachel Barratt, HR Elite

HR Elite was established in November 2010 by Rachel Barratt. Rachel has more than twenty years experience of working in human resources with most of her experience coming from working within the NHS where she left as the Head of HR, working at Board level with Executive and Senior Directors. In this interview, Rachel discusses the key HR issues her consultancy commonly faces and the key trends and developments the industry as a whole has gone through.
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