Work life balance: The importance of getting home for kids’ bedtime
Jul22

Work life balance: The importance of getting home for kids’ bedtime

For many, being recognised as successful at work is important. However, an increasingly demanding work culture coupled with ambitious and sometimes practically impossible targets, is bumping up the hours worked by the UK workforce. Striving to be successful, employees are often busting a gut to stay on top of their huge workloads, arriving at their desks early and leaving late. The charity Working Families and childcare group Bright...

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UK office workers wasting 1.8 billion hours a year due to mediocre technology, Insight research reveals
Jul22

UK office workers wasting 1.8 billion hours a year due to mediocre technology, Insight research reveals

UK office workers waste 1.8 billion working hours every year because the technology they’re given isn’t good enough, research from Insight has revealed. The survey of 2,000 UK office workers also showed that more than a third (34 percent) of employees said that not being equipped with the right technology makes remote and flexible working difficult and stressful. In total, 80 percent of office workers at some point have felt they...

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UK Businesses See Benefit And Economy Value Increase Year-On-Year Due To Hiring Apprentices
Jul22

UK Businesses See Benefit And Economy Value Increase Year-On-Year Due To Hiring Apprentices

New figures from the Department of Education’s Further Skills Index have shown that UK businesses are benefiting more than ever from apprentices despite Education Secretary, Damian Hinds’s confirmation that the government’s promise of 3 million apprenticeship starts in England in 2020 is “not going to be reached”. The figures show an increase from 36% of the total value-added in 2012/13 to an impressive 58% in...

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2 million workers not getting legal holiday entitlement, warns TUC
Jul22

2 million workers not getting legal holiday entitlement, warns TUC

New TUC analysis published today (Monday) reveals that 1 in 14 UK workers are not getting their legal holiday entitlement.The analysis estimates that nearly two million employees (1.960 million) are not getting the minimum paid leave entitlement they are due. And over a million (1.145 million) are not getting any paid leave at all. The analysis shows:Women workers (8.3%) are worse affected than men (5.9%). The sectors with the highest...

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The importance of due diligence for employees
Jul22

The importance of due diligence for employees

For the wellbeing of employees, an employer’s due diligence may not directly include business car services, but in fact personal business transport can play a crucial part in looking after the interests of staff. The Health and Safety Executive, HSE, gives details of employers’ responsibilities toward their employees, and their duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people working for them. They must assess workplace...

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UK offices fail to support collaborative work, even though half of Brits now work in teams
Jul19

UK offices fail to support collaborative work, even though half of Brits now work in teams

Team-based work is increasing as people in the UK now spend 55% of their time working with others, according to new Steelcase global research[1]. This global trend toward collaboration is critical for organisations which need to quickly generate new ideas and solve complex problems; yet, new research suggests many workplaces do not support this team-based work. As the nature of teamwork has fundamentally shifted to become more...

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Men are ‘more anxious than women in the workplace’ and more likely to quit a new role in their first three months of work
Jul19

Men are ‘more anxious than women in the workplace’ and more likely to quit a new role in their first three months of work

A new poll has found that 55% of people have quit their job within 12 months of starting. Citation, an HR and Health & Safety support company conducted a survey of 1,000 people to find out what the most commons reasons were for new starters to leave a job within the first 12 months and to see what could be done in businesses to lower the staff turnover rate. Within the poll, Citation found the industries with the highest staff...

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63% of HR professionals say Gap Year helps applicants stand out
Jul19

63% of HR professionals say Gap Year helps applicants stand out

Reports from the Department of Education reveal that 88% of students who took a gap year believe it made them more employable, while a survey by YouGov also found that 63% of HR professionals believed a constructive gap year can make a job application stand out. Reports collated by Fresh Student Living looks into the facts behind the ‘gap year’ and how taking one can impact employability. Gapper StatsWith the latest A Level results...

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Perks just as important as pay for under £30k workforce
Jul19

Perks just as important as pay for under £30k workforce

The ‘Hidden Heroes’ sector of the UK economy, a newly-coined labour workforce, is motivated by employee benefits rather than take-home pay alone. The research findings were uncovered in a new report by Gumtree Jobs, and revealed factors including flexibility, leniency in terms of start times/breaks, and frequency of pay were key motivators for this workforce. No longer limited to traditional ‘blue collar worker’ stereotypes, the...

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Demand for four-day working week rises across the UK
Jul19

Demand for four-day working week rises across the UK

With a recent report from Henley Business School highlighting that a shorter working week could add to businesses’ bottom lines through increased staff productivity and uplift in staff physical and mental health, a new study from ADP® has further emphasised these findings. ADP’s research reveals almost two-thirds of UK workers (61%) would opt for a four-day working week if they had the choice. However, respondents are split in terms...

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Digital natives: Why today’s youths are primed for success with their tech knowledge
Jul18

Digital natives: Why today’s youths are primed for success with their tech knowledge

Today, younger generations are entering the working world with a clear advantage over older generations: they have grown up using technology and social media. This experience is placing them in the perfect position to secure a career using technology – insight gathered by online smartphone retailer, e2save reveals. For World Youth Skills Day today, Monday 15th July, e2save has looked into the attitudes of these ‘digital natives’...

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Holiday causes stress for UK employees
Jul18

Holiday causes stress for UK employees

According to new research from Wrike, the collaborative work management platform for high-performance teams, nearly all UK (91%)  and German (94%) employees feel more stressed in the days leading up to taking a holiday. More than two fifths (43%) of UK employees said that they feel ‘very’ stressed. By comparison, just over three quarters (78%) of French employees report being stressed, with the majority (42%) saying they only...

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Brits reach their happiness peak at the age of 68
Jul18

Brits reach their happiness peak at the age of 68

Researchers took an in-depth look into the overall happiness and contentment of the nation and discovered 68-year-olds score their happiness a massive 9.5 out of 10, the highest of any other age. That’s four points higher than the average happiness rating across all ages, a less enthusiastic 6.9 out of 10. More than half of those over the age of 60 declared that they are happier because they don’t feel the need to impress anyone...

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Allergies ruining Brits’ lives
Jul18

Allergies ruining Brits’ lives

60 percent of allergy sufferers in the UK claim the symptoms are ruining their lives, according to a new study. New research has revealed that failing exams, cancelling parties, having holidays and even weddings RUINED are just some of the trials and tribulations experienced by millions in the UK. The study uncovered that 60 percent* of Britons claim to now suffer from allergies – an increase from 44 percent** in 2010. And as...

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2019 sees rise in UK workers using high cost credit
Jul18

2019 sees rise in UK workers using high cost credit

82% of workers source funds from high cost credit options between pay days according to a new study by Hastee Pay. The research – a follow up from 2018’s Workplace Wellbeing Study – recorded a 4% increase in workers using options such as credit cards, overdrafts and pay day loans. Last year’s report highlighted the impact that personal finance related stress can have on workplace performance as well as sleep, health and relationships....

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