How to increase happiness in the workplace
Sep20

How to increase happiness in the workplace

By Dr Josh Cullimore from Bluecrest Health Screening, one of the UK’s leading health check providers Ahead of International Happiness at Work Week (23 – 29 September), Dr Josh Cullimore from Bluecrest Health Screening shares his advice on the importance of promoting health and wellbeing at work to boost employee happiness and productivity. Thankfully, as a nation, we’re moving away from the notion that working all hours is the key to...

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71% of flexible office workers don’t leave the office for lunch
Sep20

71% of flexible office workers don’t leave the office for lunch

Workthere’s latest European research report, What Coworkers Want*, reveals that 71% of workers in flexible office space do not leave the office at lunchtime. The serviced office specialist found that, of those respondents that spent their lunchbreak in the office, 26% stay at their desk, 25% go to a breakout area and 20% use an internal café, with just 22% actually leaving the office. Workthere notes that overall, out of the 11...

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New survey reveals UK businesses aren’t doing enough to reduce commuting stress
Sep20

New survey reveals UK businesses aren’t doing enough to reduce commuting stress

A new survey* of 2,000 full-time workers by Moneybarn, reveals nearly two thirds of the workforce aren’t offered any support from their employer to help ease the stress of long commutes. According to respondents, the average “working day” in the UK is nearly 11 hours. The average time spent commuting per day is 62 minutes, with 15% commuting for 102 minutes or more. Excessive time spent commuting is one of the main factors...

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British workers expect better from bosses on air pollution
Sep20

British workers expect better from bosses on air pollution

Flexible working, sharing information about local clean air routes and incentivising active travel are just some of the ideas being put to businesses today as new research suggests employers need to do more to protect staff both in the workplace and on their commute.   Despite growing public awareness of the harmful effects of air pollution, nine in 10 UK employees are in the...

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Work life balance fails in the UK as 87% of managers admit to having their work phone on them outside the office and when on holiday
Sep20

Work life balance fails in the UK as 87% of managers admit to having their work phone on them outside the office and when on holiday

The workplace is busier than ever before due to an ‘always-on’ culture that is leaving employees and managers with burnout. New research from global health service company Cigna reveals that 87% of managers admit to having their work phone on them outside of office hours and when on annual leave, setting an unhealthy precedent for staff. And holidays appear to be few and far between, with 62% of managers not taking their full annual...

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‘Always on’ culture detrimental to working parents as they struggle to spend quality time with children
Sep19

‘Always on’ culture detrimental to working parents as they struggle to spend quality time with children

A recent report from the Trades Union Congress has highlighted that almost two thirds (58%) of workers in the UK believed flexible working was ‘unavailable’ in their current role, and 30% of flexible working requests are rejected or turned down. In addition, a recent poll indicated that British parents spend less than 30 minutes of quality time a day with their children. The Myers-Briggs Company, one of the world’s largest business...

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What employees really want – and no, it’s not money
Sep19

What employees really want – and no, it’s not money

Today’s perception of a happy workplace is littered with fun extras designed to motivate employees – from table tennis to napping pods, and everything in between. But it seems the key to a happier workplace – and workforce – is much simpler than Insta-worthy #workperks; just invest in their development. New research into the nation’s job satisfaction has revealed that employees who feel their employers invest in their development are...

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Employers get personal: Research reveals the top traits that cost people the job
Sep19

Employers get personal: Research reveals the top traits that cost people the job

While skills and experience are key areas companies look at when hiring, a new survey from leading independent job board, CV-Library, and CV-writing firm, TopCV, reveals that three-quarters (77%) of employers believe personality is most important when considering someone for a job; more so than education (13%) or appearance (12%). The survey, which quizzed nearly 200 UK employers on what they look for in candidates, found that after...

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In the Dark—95% of SMEs Unaware of the Legal Rights of Disabled Employees
Sep19

In the Dark—95% of SMEs Unaware of the Legal Rights of Disabled Employees

Despite ambitious government policies to get a million disabled people into work over the next ten years, the latest ONS data shows a miniscule 5% increase since the 2017 goal, which would only see a total of merely 5,800 disabled people in work by 2027 if the pattern continues. In light of the disability employment issue, a new survey of UK SME owners conducted by Bolt Burdon Kemp revealed a shocking 95% of respondents don’t know the...

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11 business habits you need to set time aside for
Sep19

11 business habits you need to set time aside for

Everyone has a list of things they know they should do but, let’s face it, try to avoid doing at all costs. But what habits are you avoiding, as a business owner? With so much to do, it can be easy to forget about the little habits that could make a big difference to the running of your business. So to help get you started, the small business experts at Opus Energy have identified 11 business habits you likely don’t do regularly, but...

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Four out of five (83%) grads call time on university snobbery as they are concerned firms still favour ‘posh’ institutions
Sep19

Four out of five (83%) grads call time on university snobbery as they are concerned firms still favour ‘posh’ institutions

Four out of five (83%) graduates have revealed they are concerned that university graduates from the Russell Group institutions are favoured when it comes to applying for graduate roles. Indeed, as the newest cohort of university students prepare for the start of ‘Freshers Week’, graduate job board Milkround have found that graduates’ fears may not be misplaced, with only one in five (22%) graduates from prestigious Russell...

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New Skills Academy Helping You with Your Career
Sep19

New Skills Academy Helping You with Your Career

There are two interesting facts about the current UK job market. One is that the employment rate is at a record high since the early 1970s. The other is that the economic inactivity rate, i.e. those not seeking employment, is at a record low. It is clear that the UK is enjoying a golden period in employment at the moment, and there are many reasons why this could be. Any economic stat of today usually goes together with mentions of...

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The benefits of having a garden office
Sep19

The benefits of having a garden office

Working from home is becoming very popular due to the many benefits it provides. Having an office in your garden is a useful way to work if you have your own business, want to make your life easier or even save yourself time and money on the cost of commuting. There are so many reasons why a garden office will change your life, here are some key points from the UK’s premier retailer of quality garden and leisure buildings, GBC...

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Sexual Harassment at work- what have we learned?
Sep18

Sexual Harassment at work- what have we learned?

Generated as a response to allegations of harassment and sexual assaults in Hollywood, the #MeToo movement shone the spotlight firmly on the subject of sexual harassment across the globe and all sectors of society. It’s hard to believe two years have passed since the movement hit the headlines. Here we examine why instances of sexual harassment continue despite challenges to attitudes and crucially whether employers are really doing...

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Discrimination in the workplace: Ensuring you don’t fall foul of the law
Sep18

Discrimination in the workplace: Ensuring you don’t fall foul of the law

Employment law has been designed to ensure that everyone is protected in the workplace. It sets out a framework for what employers should to do to avoid discrimination at work. When it comes to work, there are many areas where discrimination may be a risk. This is why it’s important to consider all aspects of working life when addressing discrimination. Vacancy advertising You’ll need to start considering the issue from the moment you...

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