Are unclear job descriptions creating a barrier for young people?

 

A recent investigation has revealed that unclear job descriptions are a ‘major barrier’ for young people, ultimately preventing them from moving forward in their careers.

Young job seekers are now finding it tougher than ever to break into the workforce according to the study carried out by the Business in the Community and the City & Guilds Group. Why? Because the job descriptions they’re reading fail to make any sense.

Over the past 12 months, Business in the Community has worked to gather information from young people aged between 16 and 24 to determine how accessible entry level job adverts appear to those they attract. In total, over 65 companies were studied, and the results found that the high volume of business jargon featured in their job ads was incredibly discouraging for young jobseekers.

These confusing job descriptions often leave jobseekers puzzled as to what the job role in question requires from the sought-after candidate, and even raises uncertainty regarding the general everyday responsibilities of the position. In fact, the study found that two thirds (66%) of the young people who assessed the company vacancies had no idea what the role they would be applying for actually involved.

In addition to this, it was also revealed that a further third of the job descriptions assessed featured off-putting technical language, acronyms and business-speak.

According to the study, some of the most confusing terms used by recruiters in job adverts aimed at young people include ‘procurement’, ‘SLAs’, ‘mergers and acquisitions’ and ‘KPIs’.

Employment rates in the UK are now starting to improve, however, the number of youths who remain unemployed is still incredibly concerning. A staggering 11.3% of young people are now unemployed, compared to the 4.8% figure of the general population.

Following on from the study, Business in the Community has made it clear that unclear jargon is ultimately preventing young people from getting into work, meanwhile businesses are also failing to unearth potential young talent.

In a bid to put a stop to this issue, Ricoh has vowed to remove all business language and unclear jargon from their entry level job ads. Director of People and Corporate Responsibility at Ricoh UK said: ‘Adopting a clear and jargon-friendly tone is imperative for attracting next generation talent, today. Responsible employers should ensure that young people applying for jobs – especially their first – have all the information needed to make an informed and educated decision on their career move.’

We think it’s great that Ricoh is taking the results of this study into consideration. Unemployment amongst young people in the UK remains a huge issue, but hopefully these changes will help break down the barriers preventing jobseekers from moving on in their careers.

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Happy job-hunting!

The Printerbase Team

Collaboration Failures in the Office

Collaboration in the office is a vital component to a functional and successful workforce, yet surprisingly, a recent study shows that plenty of people are at fault from causing collaborative issues in the workplace.

Think of your Colleagues

You could be doing something right now and not even realising the affect it can have on those around you. From doing your own work in meetings to forgetting to send emails and documents, there are many things you can do or avoid doing to increase collaboration in your workforce.

As you can imagine, technology was at the forefront of some of the main problems found in the study with 45% of people admitting that they think technology in their offices makes it difficult to share information. Not only this, but 44% said their colleagues move documents and create new folder structures that caused issues, while 46% said their colleagues forget to send them information.

Working Together

Don’t be so Rude!

Elsewhere, the rudeness of fellow work mates was also causing problems with 38% admitting their colleagues type or continue working during conference calls and 46% saying their colleagues talk over others in meetings.

Finally, 17% of delayed remote meetings were due to people not having the information they need and 46% said they have colleagues that forget to send them information they need.

A lot of these things may seem fairly simple or inconsequential but they all amount to a frustrated workforce and a tense environment that can only create a negative vibe.

So just think twice the next time you go to carry on your own work in other meetings or rearrange shared files without warning others. Think of your frustrated colleagues!

*The research was conducted across 6045 office workers in nine EU countries (France, Germany, UK, Sweden, Poland, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Hungary, including 1006 office workers from the UK. Source – Sharp

Recycle with Brother

In an ever-growing green working environment, more and more brands are taking the importance of being friendly to the planet more seriously than ever.

With this being the case, we wanted to make you aware of Brother’s fantastic recycling scheme. Brother has award winning recycling facilities and a zero-waste-to-landfill policy – consumable waste will always be recycled responsibly.

It’s an extremely simple service. Simply order a Brother recycling box for your empty cartridges and when full, you can login to the website and request a collection. Simple!

Don’t worry if you have lots of cartridges to recycle though. When you recycle with Brother, there’s a free courier collection service if you have more than 12. Plus, whenever you recycle your empty Brother cartridges with Brother, they donate to Cool Earth – a charity committed to halting rainforest destruction.

Three easy options to suit your needs –

 

How to Recycle with Brother

To find out more, go to Brother’s toner recycle page and get started. Brother has a full range of initiatives to help keep the environment safe including the recycling of printers. Find out about everything Brother has to offer here.

How does a printer work?

In terms of technologies, printers tend to be narrowed down into one of two categories: inkjet and laser. There are other smaller subcategories such as Dot Matrix and Solid Ink, too.

The Basics

The way in which printers work is quite simple. In short, printers work by converting digital images and text into physical copies. They do this using a driver or specialised software that has been designed to convert the file into a language that the printer can understand. The image or text is then recreated on to the page using a series of miniscule dots. The only real difference that separates the various types of machines available is the method in which the dots are transferred onto the page.

Inkjet

Inkjet printers each feature a print head containing thousands of tiny holes. These tiny openings drop microscopic droplets of ink onto the paper in the printer at a speed.

Inkjet machines use a liquid ink produced either by either a coloured dye or a liquid that contains solid pigments in suspension. As the print head moves horizontally in the machine, the paper passes through perpendicular to it. As the page passes through, the individual holes in the print head are activated (usually by heat electrical current depending on the manufacturer) and a small drop of ink is pushed out onto the page.  This process if performed at high speed with thousands of droplets that form together to recreate the digital text or image that is being transferred onto the media. To the naked eye, the overall image looks to be solid because the dots are so tiny.

Laser/LED

Laser and LED machines work in a similar way to inkjet in that the image is made up of lots of tiny dots, which, when viewed as a whole, appear to be a solid image. However, the method in which is adopted in creating those tiny dots is vastly different. So, where an inkjet uses liquid dots, a laser machine uses dots made up of toner – a fine powder of solid particles.

When compared with an inkjet machine, lasers are much more complex. These machines rely on many more stages during the process than inkjet. In simple terms, the basic process uses a light source (laser/LED), drum (mono) or multiple drums (colour) and toner.

In order to create an image on the page, the drum is first charged and then the laser or LED is shone onto the drum in the outline of the intended image. The toner itself is attracted to areas of the drum that have the charge knocked off and a series of rollers transfer the powder from the toner cartridge and presents it at the drum. The areas that are charged repel the toner and the area that is not attracts the toner particles which are pulled onto the drum and stick to the parts that make up the image. At the same time, the paper is also transported to meet the drum, which, in turn, transfers the image across to the page itself.

The paper is then passed through a fuser unit (hot roller) which applies heat and pressure to melt the toner particles so that they stick to the page and create a finished image.

Solid Ink

Available only from Xerox, solid ink printers perform in a way that combines the printing methods of both inkjet and laser printers. Solid wax is melted and sprayed onto a large drum unit using a print head similar to that found on an inkjet printer. The image is created onto a large metallic roller that then transfers directly to the page. Once dry, you are left with an image made of a crayon-like substance. Solid ink printers are renowned for producing vibrant, colourful prints that really stand out.

And there you have it – a full simplified breakdown of how printers work. We hope that you’ve found it useful!

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What is Colour Gamut and Why Does it Matter?

A colour gamut is the range of possible colours that can be displayed by a screen or created by a print device. The larger the gamut, the larger the range of colours that can be displayed.

Monitors and other screens use an additive RedGreenBlue colour system that can replicate a wide range of colours.

Equally, print devices use a subtractive CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) colour system, that has a narrower colour range and is often why a printed image and a digital original do not look the same.

Additive Vs Subtractive

In an additive colour system, such as a TV or a monitor, an image is created by the screen using a series of primary coloured red, green and blue dots that emit light. When combined in different combinations and intensities, they can create a wide range of colours.

In a subtractive colour system, such as on a printed image, instead of creating colours by mixing RGB light you are instead using the existing white of the page itself and filtering/subtracting out certain colours using a combination of CMYK dots printed on its surface. As a subtractive system cannot create colours, they tend to have a smaller colour gamut than an RGB system.

How does this affect my photo prints?

So, what does this mean for your photo prints? Well, a narrower gamut would usually lead to a loss of richness and vibrancy in certain colours of your image, especially for colours at the extreme ends of the spectrum such as vivid reds and oranges or neon effect purples.

Manufacturers of high-end photo printers such as Canon and Epson combat the gamut problem by increasing the palette of colours available in the device itself. In addition to the standard CMYK colours found in all devices you will also see inks such as red, orange, vivid magenta, photo cyan, photo magenta and blues, which are designed to widen the colour range of the machine and allowing you to more accurately reproduce the colours of your digital originals.

In addition to increased numbers of colour inks, photographic printers will often make use of multiple black and grey ink cartridges too. Whilst these do not affect the range of colours a machine can produce, they do affect the quality of black shades the machine can achieve. With multiple blacks and greys, shades blend much more gradually whilst maintaining resolution – making them ideal for black and white photo prints.

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