Students – How to Give Your Career the Best Possible Start

Preparing for the workplace starts long before you begin your search for your first full-time job. There are lots of different things that students can do now to give themselves a head start over other school, college and university leavers and put themselves at the front of the queue in the increasingly competitive jobs market.

So, just what steps can you take to give your career the best possible start? Here’s our guide.

1. Study another language

As a specialist bilingual recruiter, you might think we’re biased, but never has the ability to speak a second language been more valuable than it is today. With Brexit now firmly underway and the UK free to form trade deals with more countries outside the EU, being able to speak a second or even third language will certainly help you stand out.

China is the world’s second-largest economy, making Mandarin a language that’s in high demand among businesses in much of the western world. With the economies of South and Central American countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica and Panama expected to skyrocket in the next few years, Spanish would be an extremely useful language to learn, too.

2. Find your voice

Over the last decade or so, communication has changed immeasurably. For Generation Z, communication that’s dominated by social media and smartphones is all they’ve ever known, to such an extent that traditional skills such as public speaking are increasingly difficult to find.

Although public speaking is something not everyone is comfortable with initially, it will feel more natural over time. Putting yourself forward to speak in front of groups whenever you have the opportunity is a great way to develop this skill and help you impress potential employers. It will also improve your ability to think clearly under pressure and communicate your ideas and opinions in a well-reasoned and clear way. Those are also skills that are useful during those nerve-wracking job interviews.

3. Gain experience of the world of work

The more experience you have of the workplace and the skills required to perform a role, the better. Vocational courses are excellent at preparing students for the challenges they’ll encounter when they enter the workplace, while more academic qualifications tend to focus very little on what working life will be like.

Work placements are a great way to gain first-hand experience of what a particular role will involve. They can also help you identify a career or path that you hadn’t previously considered. Schools, colleges and universities should all be able to help you arrange a work placement, but you can also speak to family members, friends and even reach out to businesses online that you’re interested in working for. As well as gaining experience in the workplace, the contacts you make during this time could prove to be invaluable later on.

4. Volunteer

As a recent school, college or university leaver, your CV is likely to be full of qualifications but lacking in experience. Volunteering is a great way to gain some real-world experience while also doing some good. Even if you’re unable to volunteer in the specific field you want to work in, having experience as a volunteer will show that you know how to manage your time, work alongside others, complete tasks and commit to something, even when there’s no monetary reward.

Here’s a handy resource you can use to find out more about internships, work experience, volunteering roles, work shadowing placements and more.

Searching for your first bilingual role?

Get in touch with the team at Linguistica Recruitment today. We can help you find well-paid and rewarding bilingual jobs across the south coast of England. Take a look at our current vacancies, submit your CV, call our team on 02392 987 765 or email



Understanding the Rights of EU Workers After Brexit

More than three years after the referendum to decide whether the UK would remain in or leave the EU, we finally have a date when Brexit will go ahead.

On Friday 31st January 2020, the UK will leave the EU. The UK will then enter into a transition period, which will last until the end of the year. During that transition period, almost everything will stay the same, as UK and EU negotiators work furiously to put the future agreement in place.

As a specialist recruitment agency that has placed many bilingual EU workers in jobs across the UK, we’re in a good position to dispel some of the myths around EU workers’ rights after Brexit and advise on the conversations you should have with your employer sooner rather than later.

Dispelling a few Brexit myths

In the three-and-a-half years between the EU referendum and the final leaving date, uncertainty has reigned supreme. That has led to much conjecture and many myths about exactly what the impact will be.

  • All EU workers will have to leave the UK after Brexit

False. The right of EU workers to remain in the UK depends on how long they’ve lived in the UK on the final leave date. Those who have lived in the UK for more than five years will be eligible for ‘settled status’, which gives them indefinite leave to remain. Those who have lived and worked in the UK for a shorter period will usually be eligible for ‘pre-settled status’. They can then apply for settled status once they have lived in the UK for five years.

  • I’ve lived in the UK for a long time, so I don’t need to do anything

False. If you have lived in the UK for more than five years, then under the EU settlement scheme, you must apply for settled status. Read more about how to apply for settled status.

  • I only arrived in the UK a few months ago, so I’ll have to leave after Brexit

False. Even if you have lived in the UK for less than five years, under the terms of the EU settlement scheme, you still have the right to remain.

  • I’m an EU national but with English citizenship, so I don’t need to do anything

True. If you’re an EU national with English, Irish or dual citizenship, you can stay in the UK indefinitely without having to apply to the EU settlement scheme.

What conversations should you have with your employer?

It’s only natural that EU workers will feel uncertain after Brexit and may want some reassurance from their employers. However, this has been just as unsettling a time for many employers that rely on EU workers as it has for the workers themselves, so it’s important that both parties meet to discuss their intentions.

Before you arrange a meeting, make sure you’re clear about exactly how Brexit will impact your right to work and understand what you need to do to remain in the UK. You should discuss your current situation with your employer and explain your plans for the future. As a valuable member of the team with a second language proficiency, you can be confident that most employers will be more than happy to retain your skills.

Rewarding UK jobs for EU workers

At Linguistica Recruitment, we specialise in finding well-paid, rewarding bilingual roles for EU workers across the south coast of England. Submit your CV today or call 02392 987 765 to discuss your requirements.


New Year, New Job! How to Prepare for the January Jobs Rush

The start of the new year is the time for renewed motivation in every aspect of our lives. Whether it’s to go running three times a week, reduce your cake intake by 50 percent or stop drinking for a year a month a few days, January is the month when we are refreshed, full of good intentions and ready for a new challenge.

That also makes it a very busy time for job seekers. Those that currently feel unvalued, underpaid or unfulfilled, dust off their CVs and send them in their millions to prospective employers around the country.

According to the jobs search site Glassdoor, in January last year there were 17 percent more job applications started in the UK than during a typical month, with candidates on sending 1.3 million applications in a single week (6-10 January). With so much activity during this time, here are a few simple tips to help you keep your eyes on the prize and secure a new job in January 2020!

1. Be patient

January is a month for candidates to be patient but proactive in their search for a new job. Recruiters and hiring managers may be slower to respond due to the sheer amount of applications and CVs they receive and the backlog of emails they have to get through after the Christmas break.

However, while you wait for a response to your application, you should stay on the lookout for jobs that are posted later on in the month when the surge of applications has died down.

2. Be personal

With so many jobs being posted in January, the temptation might be to spread the net wide and apply for as many jobs as you can. While that’s not necessarily a bad strategy, we would always urge you to focus on quality over quantity.

In January, the sheer number of applications received for each position means that recruiters and hiring managers will quickly discard those that don’t stand out. That’s why you should always take the time to customise your CV and application to reflect the needs of the hiring company.

3. Be prepared

If you’re one of the few candidates among the hundreds of applicants to be invited for an interview, then that should be a real source of pride. You clearly have the skills and experience that employers are looking for, and even if you’re not successful this time, there should be plenty of other opportunities for you to impress.

With so much competition for the role, you should prepare for the interview thoroughly. Find out as much as you can about the company by reading its website, looking up key individuals on LinkedIn and speaking to social media connections and people you know personally who already work for them. Armed with this information, you should prepare a list of questions to ask during the interview to show just how ready for the role you are.

Are you looking for a new job this January?

At Linguistica Recruitment, we help candidates find well-paid and rewarding bilingual jobs across the south of England. Do you speak English and a second language fluently? Then browse our current vacancies, submit your CV or get in touch with our team by calling 02393 987 765 today.

The Top 4 Career Mistakes to Leave Behind in 2019

Typically, advice given at this time of the year tends to focus on the New Year’s resolutions you can make to send your career in the right direction in 2020. However, there’s no point thinking about the new professional behaviours you want to embrace if you’re still stuck making the same old career mistakes.

Rather than focusing on new behaviours, we think you’re best served by understanding the career mistakes that you should leave behind in 2019. Whether you want to grow in your current position or find an exciting new role, these are the mistakes to leave firmly in 2019!

1. Not asking for more money

Salary negotiation is one of the most uncomfortable parts of being promoted, taking on more responsibility or getting a new job. However, it’s much more uncomfortable to be left on a salary that you don’t think is fair. According to a recent survey, only 38 percent of men and 27 percent of women negotiate their salary, but 83 percent of those who ask for more money receive higher pay.

The underlying lesson here is that it’s soon to be 2020, and it’s fine to talk about money. The process might feel awkward, but as long as you take the time to prepare and build your case, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about. The worst-case scenario is that your boss will say no, in which case, you can either look elsewhere or stay put, safe in the knowledge that you tried.

2. Getting too comfortable

It’s very easy to get too comfortable in a job and spend your time focusing on evenings out and weekends away. However, before you know it, five years will have passed and you won’t be where you want to be. Instead, it’s important to regularly check in with yourself by asking a few important questions:

  • Where do I want to be in five years?
  • How is this job helping me get there?
  • Does this job challenge me?
  • Am I learning new skills?
  • Am I feeling engaged?

If your current job isn’t helping you move forward, then it’s time to start thinking about your next step.

3. Not reaching out to mentors

Mentors can be incredibly valuable for individuals who want to move forward in their career, but the thought of reaching out to someone is nerve-wracking. We’re all scared of rejection, and the thought of being ignored by someone you respect will make you feel like you’re back at the high school disco. However, there are several simple steps you can take to set yourself up for success:

  • Have between three and five prospective mentors in mind to increase your chances of connecting with someone who’s interested.
  • Be specific about the mentoring you need. What would you like help with? How often do you envisage meeting up?
  • Don’t take rejection personally. In many cases, people are simply too busy to make a long-term commitment.

4. Saying no to new projects

Rather than putting yourself forward for new projects that aren’t necessarily the perfect fit for your existing skills, it’s much easier to stay within your comfort zone. However, taking the easy option is not the way to progress. Be willing to put yourself out there and learn new skills. In the long run, you never know where that positive new approach could take you.

Are you fed up of making the same old career mistakes?

Then contact Linguistica Recruitment today. We offer a range of bilingual positions across the south coast of England for talented linguistics who are looking for a new challenge. Read more about how we can help and submit your CV today.




Struggling with Mental Health at Work? You’re Not the Only One

Despite the increasing awareness of the issue of mental health at work over the last few years, recent research shows that many UK workers are still suffering. According to statistics from the Health and Safety Executive, more than half (57 percent) of all the working days lost in the UK every year are the result of stress, anxiety and depression. However, despite how commonplace mental health challenges are, the vast majority of workers are suffering in silence.

In this article, we’ll look at the latest statistics that reveal the extent of the problem and share a few simple self-care tips that can help to improve mental health at work.

Workers are reluctant to discuss mental health challenges

Recent research by Babylon Health explored the stigma surrounding mental health at work. It found that 79 percent of the 2,000 UK respondents would not feel comfortable talking to their employers about their mental health. Perhaps that reluctance is not surprising given that 72 percent said that mental health was not discussed enough in their workplace.

More troubling still was the 57 percent of respondents who said they felt that mental health was stigmatised in their workplace. Given that perceived stigma, it’s perhaps not surprising that only 25 percent of the respondents said they’d feel comfortable discussing their mental health with a colleague.

When asked what factors detrimentally impacted their mental health, ‘workplace pressures’ (45 percent) was second only to ‘personal relationships’ (49 percent), while a ‘poor work-life balance’ also featured high on the list.

Self-care tips to improve mental health at work

Given the lack of support on offer in many workplaces, everyone should arm themselves with a few simple strategies to help to protect their mental health at work.

Follow these self-care tips to help improve your mental health at work:

1. Take regular breaks

At some workplaces, there may be a culture where workers are encouraged or even expected to work through their breaks. However, your mental health should be your priority. Taking small, regular breaks throughout the day and eating lunch away from your desk can benefit your mental health and improve your productivity. If your employer doesn’t get it, perhaps it’s time to find one that does.

2. Make time for exercise

Regular exercise has been proven to decrease feelings of anxiety, stress and depression, increase the production of endorphins and improve your mood. During a busy working week, it can be difficult to fit in exercise sessions, but taking advantage of cycle-to-work schemes, subsidised gym memberships and workplace yoga sessions can help.

3. Talk to someone

If you’re facing unrealistic goals and deadlines, a workload that’s spiralling out of control or a pressurised working environment that’s affecting your mental health, you must talk to someone. Opening up to a supervisor, HR manager or trusted colleague is a very important first step.

4. Make yourself comfortable

Making yourself comfortable is a small and simple step you can take to improve your sense of wellbeing at work. Preparing healthy food, taking a hot water bottle if you’re cold, making yourself a flask of tea or hot chocolate and getting plenty of sleep can all have a positive impact on how you feel.

Is it time to prioritise your mental health?

Are you ready for a change? At Linguistica Recruitment, we have a range of bilingual job opportunities across the south of England. Take a look at our vacancies, send us your CV or call 02392 987 765 to discuss your requirements with our team.


The 5 Best Languages to Study for Future Job Opportunities

Learning a language can open a lot of doors, and that’s more the case now than it’s ever been before. Language skills have always come in handy when travelling, but now, mastering a language could also be highly beneficial to your career.

In our last post, we reported how bilingual Brits are being paid more and have more career opportunities than their monolingual counterparts. The opportunities available to bilingual workers are only likely to increase in the future, given that language skills are more sought after than they have ever been before.

The British Council has already stressed the need for young Brits to learn a foreign language if the UK is ever to become a ‘truly global nation’. And with the latest CBI Education and Skills Report stating that the need for languages will only increase after the UK’s exit from the EU, it’s high time we hit the books and star learning. But which languages should we focus our efforts on? The following are the best languages to study to increase your future job opportunities:

1. French

French is currently the most sought-after language in the UK, with 54 percent of employers saying that the skill would be useful to their business. This represents a steady rise from 2017, when 51 percent of employers admitted that having a French speaker would be an advantage. Of the UK job vacancies in the UK that ask for a second language, the most commonly requested is French.

2. German

Germany has a powerful economy and strong trade links with many countries, making it one of the biggest players in Europe. Over half (51 percent) of the employers who responded to the CBI survey said that German would be useful to their business, up from 47 percent in 2017. Although German has a reputation as being a difficult language to master, it’s actually much closer to English than languages that are supposedly easier to learn, such as Spanish and French.

3. Spanish

In 2016, Spanish was the only foreign language that was growing in popularity in English schools, and now it’s also becoming more popular with employers. In terms of the best languages to study to boost your future job prospects, Spanish has shot up the list. 50 percent of UK employers said it was a useful language for their business, up from 30 percent and 45 percent in 2016 and 2017 respectively. This is due to the fact that a mastery of Spanish allows businesses to connect with countries beyond Europe in the growing Latin American market.

4. Mandarin

It’s perhaps not surprising that demand from UK employers for Mandarin speakers has increased, given that it’s the language spoken by the world’s second-largest economy and has more than one billion speakers worldwide. China also has a growing middle class with a taste for British products, which is further increasing demand for Mandarin speakers. 37 percent of employers said that Mandarin was a useful language to their business, up from 28 percent and 36 percent in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

5. Arabic

With more than 400 million speakers worldwide in countries including Egypt, Sudan, Chad, United Arab Emirates and more, Arabic is becoming an increasingly desirable language for UK employers. The British Council has argued that Arabic should be taught in UK schools. However, unlike the other languages on this shortlist, the demand for Arabic among UK employers has fallen over the past few years, down from 26 percent in 2017 to its current level of 16 percent.

What second language do you speak?

If you have a second language and are looking for your first or next bilingual role in the UK, we want to hear from you. We have a range of well-paid and rewarding roles in the south of England for bilingual speakers. Take a look at our current vacancies and send us your CV today, or give us a call on 02392 987 765 to discuss your requirements.

How Bilingual Brits are Getting Ahead in their Careers

If you’re a frequent visitor to the Linguistica Recruitment blog – and frankly, you’d be daft not to be – then over the years you’ll have seen several articles bestowing the virtues of bilingualism. Put simply, being bilingual makes you a wonderful person – more adaptable, enhanced cognitive abilities, more culturally fluent and, generally, an all-round good egg.

Given just how fantastic all you lucky bilinguals are, it probably won’t surprise you to know that recent research points to the fact that being bilingual can be a big benefit to your career. So much so in fact, that even the famously monolingual Brits are learning a second language just to get ahead.

Brits are using language to benefit their careers

According to a study from a specialist language recruitment site, more Brits are using second languages in their work than ever before. More than half of the respondents said they actively use their second language in their careers, with 68 percent admitting that it directly benefits their career, either through more opportunities or improved pay.

With record levels of unemployment and the jobs market in the UK more competitive than ever before, language skills are becoming an increasingly important differentiator for employees. With more businesses opening up to overseas markets, candidates with language skills give themselves a good chance of landing their desired jobs, even when languages are not listed in the essential skills required for the role.

Older generations risk being left behind

With UK businesses increasingly looking to enter new markets, unfortunately, it’s the older generations who risk being left behind. 66 percent of the 18-34-year-olds who responded to the study said they knew more than one language, compared to just a quarter of 55-64-year-olds.

Of those who speak a second language, 74 percent of 18-34-year olds said they actively use their languages in their careers, compared to just 24 percent of 55-64-year olds. 89 percent of the younger age group said they felt their second language benefited their careers, which is more than double those in the older age group.

Learning a foreign language is more important than ever

With UK businesses increasingly serving an international customer base, learning a new language has the potential to be more beneficial to an individual than it’s ever been before. That’s mirrored by the responses to the survey, with 69 percent saying it’s more important to have more than one language now than it was 10 years ago, and 70 percent admitting that they’d encourage their children to learn another language.

Given the current language skills gap in the UK, it’s perhaps not surprising that the government is doing everything it can to encourage language learning. In 2018, it set a target that 90 percent of British pupils would have a language GCSE by 2025. It has also allocated funding to set up a new national languages centre, which will help British businesses access the skilled workers they need.

It’s never too late to learn a language

So, how do monolingual British workers keep up? With so many resources available these days to learn new languages, many of which can be accessed for free, there’s nothing to prevent you from joining the growing number of UK language learners. 62 percent of survey respondents said they would consider learning a new language if they knew it would increase their earning potential. Now we have proof that it can!

Take the next step in your bilingual career

At Linguistica Recruitment, we have a wide range of jobs available for bilingual and multilingual job seekers across the UK. Take a look at our current vacancies, send us your CV or call 02392 987 765 to discuss your requirements today.

5 Tips for Improving the Job Application Process

With the vast majority of job applications now being sent online, it’s more important than ever that you have a smooth, efficient online process in place to make it easy for candidates to apply. While you might expect that to be a given, the annual What Workers Want Report by Hays found that a huge number of employers are struggling to get it right. In fact, the figures show that half of all online applicants rate their experience of the online application process as somewhere between neutral and very poor.

With that information in mind, what can your business do to make sure your job application process doesn’t alienate the best candidates? Here are five handy tips to improve the process and make your business more applicant friendly.

1. Improve the functionality of your application process

90 percent of job applicants want to be able to submit their CV as part of the process. Rather than having to rehash their CVs, they want to be able to attach the document electronically to their application to save time. They also want to be able to save, revisit and edit their application before they send it off and be able to access their application form on their mobile phone.

2. Shorten the process

These days, many candidates are simply not willing to spend several hours completing a single application form. In fact, 71 percent of candidates said they would not complete an application form if it took longer than 15 minutes. As an employer, you’d be wise to review your application process and streamline it as much as possible.

3. Provide a human point of contact

69 percent of the respondents to the Hays survey said they’d like to have a human contact they could ask questions about their application and who could provide updates about its progress. Making sure someone is on hand to provide the personal touch if necessary could be a great way to attract candidates to your organisation.

4. Don’t leave applicants hanging

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the majority of candidates wanted to know sooner rather than later whether their application had been successful. 58 percent of applicants said they expected to find out in three days whether they would progress further in the process; however, 33 percent of employers admitted the process typically took more than one week.

5. Ensure the application process accurately represents the role

It’s not uncommon for the application form and job description to be an inaccurate representation of the role. 49 percent of employees said they had left a job within the first year because the role was not as described. There’s no point in spending time and money hiring the perfect candidate if they’re going to leave the job a few months down the line, so make sure your description of the role is accurate.

Need help attracting talented bilingual candidates?

At Linguistica Recruitment, we have an existing database of hundreds of in-demand bilingual candidates looking for their next opportunity on the English south coast. Read more about our process or call 02392 987 765 for assistance today.

Are You Qualified Enough to Apply for That Job?

Many jobseekers bemoan the lack of positive responses they receive from prospective employers despite sending out application after application. As jobseekers very rarely hear why an application wasn’t successful, they put their failure to secure an interview down to all manner of things, from not having the necessary experience to not attending the right university. However, in reality, the primary reason why candidates are not successful is because they do not have the necessary qualifications, experience and skills to apply for the job in the first place.

One of the most common misconceptions that jobseekers have is how closely their qualifications must match the requirements of a job for them to feel like they can apply. The similarity between the skill, experience and qualifications listed in the job description and those of an individual lie on a spectrum, and all too often candidates fall too far on either side of where they should be.

The two types of jobseeker

When it comes to having the necessary qualifications and experience to apply for a role, there are two different applicant types:

The sprayers and prayers – These jobseekers haphazardly apply for every job they feel they are the least bit qualified for in the belief that the more applications they send out, the better their chances will be. By some counts, this type of applicant can account for 75 percent of the CVs that are submitted for a role. By trying to be all things to everybody, these jobseekers essentially sabotage their own job search by not dedicating the necessary time to completing applications for the roles they are qualified for.

The play-it-safers – At the opposite end of the spectrum are those jobseekers who only apply for a role when their qualifications and experience match nearly all of a job description’s requirements. Taking this approach can severely limit the number of jobs they apply for, particularly if they live in areas where jobs are few and far between. That shallow pool of potential jobs can prolong their job search and increase the pressure when they apply for a role that is a good match.

Finding the middle ground

The solution is to land somewhere between the two, where you meet some but not all of a job’s requirements. A study of over 6,000 job applicants found that for the best chance of success over the longer term, your skills, experience and qualifications should match 50 percent of the requirements listed in the job description. Any lower than that and the applicants were less likely to land an interview; any higher than that and their chances did not increase.

What does that mean for you as a jobseeker?

Even if you don’t exactly match the requirements of a job, you can still apply and have a reasonable chance of success as long as you have half of the skills, experience and qualifications the employer is looking for. As a simple rule of thumb, if you feel reasonably confident that you’d be able to perform well in the job, you should apply. If you’re unsure, the likelihood is you will not be called for an interview, and if you are, it will provide the perfect opportunity to find out a little more about the role.

Bilingual positions for UK jobseekers

At Linguistica Recruitment, we have a range of bilingual roles for talented jobseekers across the south of England. If you’d like to know more about any of our vacancies, including the requirements you must meet, please do not hesitate to contact our team. Call us on 02392 987 765 or email today.

Flexible Working: The Benefits for Employers and The Pitfalls to Avoid

A recent study by Timewise UK found that 87 percent of people want to work flexibly but just 11 percent of job advertisements state that flexible working arrangements will be considered. With the number of people in work in the UK at a record high and just 3.9 percent of economically active Britons without a job, being open to flexible working practices and saying as much on your job ads could give you an important advantage in today’s ultra-competitive job market.

In some cases, employers see flexible working as a perk rather than a way to get the best out of their teams and try to avoid as much as they can. However, with several proven benefits of flexible working, it’s not something that employers should be wary of.

What are the benefits of flexible working for employers?

1. It fuels employee creativity

Research from the World Economic Forum into the future of work reveals that 97 percent of employers regard creativity as a vital skill for their teams. Flexible working has long been suggested as a tool for helping people be more creative at work, but is there any truth to this assumption? Actually, there is. A study from Cisco UK has found that people with the freedom to work remotely are more creative and agile than their inflexible counterparts. Importantly, they are also more satisfied.

2. Employees are more likely to stay put

Given the competitive job market, a boost to employee retention is one of the most important benefits of putting flexible working arrangements in place. A CIPD survey found that 76 percent of more than 2,500 hiring managers said that they had seen a rise in employee retention rates after introducing flexible working arrangements. The result is a reduction in the costs associated with recruiting and training new employees and a boost to company culture.

3. Cost savings

The average office cost per employee in the UK is £6,000 per year. That’s a significant expense when you consider that the mean occupancy rate of UK offices is just 45 percent over the working day. Introducing flexible working arrangements such as staggered home working and hot desking can help to improve the efficiency of the office and bring down overhead costs without impacting on the products and services you offer.

The pitfalls to be aware of

Introducing flexible working into your business is not all plain sailing. There are also some pitfalls that employers should be aware of that make flexible working more of a hindrance than a perk.

1. The parent trap

Working parents are likely to be some of the biggest advocates of flexible working, as it can help to release some of the pressure on their home lives. However, there is a tendency by some employers to view flexible working as something that’s predominantly for parents, and that can breed unhealthy friction in the workplace. Flexible working should be available to all, whether they have young children, elderly parents, a long commute or simply those who are able to perform better when they’re able to manage their own time.

2. It loses its flexibility

If there are too many boundaries and restrictions in place, flexible working can’t be what it’s supposed to be. Flexible working needs to work for employers and employees, and that requires a certain amount of bending, adapting and accommodating.

3. Mental health cues may be missed

With mental health becoming an increasingly prominent issue in today’s workplaces, flexible working arrangements can be an important way to help counter problems in the first instance. However, seeing less of employees in the workplace can mean that mental health cues are missed. Many employees who work from home say the lines between home and work life become blurred. That can lead to longer hours, an inability to shut off and increased stress.

Looking for talented bilingual recruits for your team?

At Linguistica Recruitment, we work with employers across the south of England to help them find the talented bilingual recruits they need. Find out more about how we can help you and get in touch by calling 02392 987 765 or emailing today.