Robey’s Blog: The Importance of Being Wrong: Holiday & Overtime Part 2
Oct20

Robey’s Blog: The Importance of Being Wrong: Holiday & Overtime Part 2

Life is about learning.  And sometimes learning involves being wrong.  And last week I was, in a couple of respects, wrong.   When we work, we sometime earn money in addition to our base salary: commission, bonuses, overtime and tips are all money earned in various roles that are additional to the base salary return for our time.  When we don’t work, we aren’t able to earn that money.  So if you’re on holiday, you can’t makes...

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Trump tops the list of most ghoulish bosses this Halloween
Oct19

Trump tops the list of most ghoulish bosses this Halloween

American President Donald Trump named as the scariest celebrity boss to work for Candidates say Lord Alan Sugar would be most intimidating to be interviewed by But employers take a different view on Lord Sugar claiming The Apprentice star is the celebrity most likely to make a “great boss”   Lord Alan Sugar, star of the BBC’s The Apprentice and made famous by his ‘you’re fired!’ catchphrase, has divided opinion among...

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Time to tackle the myths and taboos of the menopause in the workplace
Oct19

Time to tackle the myths and taboos of the menopause in the workplace

Guest blog from Amanda Okill, Senior Associate at Furley Page   With nearly two thirds of women aged between 50 and 64 in work, the menopause is a huge issue facing employers. It will affect all women – that is almost half the current working population – in varying degrees during the course of their careers. As a new report criticises businesses for a lack of understanding and support, employment specialist Amanda Okill, a...

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British workers outperformed by European powerhouses
Oct19

British workers outperformed by European powerhouses

German and French workers consistently outperforming Brits as poor work habits and struggling millennials causing a looming crisis for the UK.   The Workforce Institute Europe has today launched a study revealing why the UK workforce is less productive than their European counterparts. British workers consistently underperform in almost every aspect in the workplace – they are less productive at work, spend more work time...

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Italian woman granted sick pay for time off to look after her ill dog
Oct19

Italian woman granted sick pay for time off to look after her ill dog

An Italian woman has won her battle to be granted sick pay for days she took off to look after her poorly dog…   Kate Palmer, Peninsula Head of Advisory gives her comments;   Although many people consider their pet to be an important member of their family, or even a dependant, they are not included within the statutory definition that entitles employees to unpaid time off work during emergencies. Other types of...

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Five wellbeing lessons Britain can learn from Romania
Oct19

Five wellbeing lessons Britain can learn from Romania

Stella Photi is founder and managing director of wellbeing holiday experts, Wellbeing Escapes. Stella founded Wellbeing Escapes after feeling burnt out in her corporate job and recognising the importance of taking time out and embarking on meaningful getaways that rejuvenate both mind and body. This inspired her to found Wellbeing Escapes, a specialist travel company that offers a range of results-driven wellness programmes and offer...

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How to ease the transition from education into the workplace
Oct19

How to ease the transition from education into the workplace

The number of people applying for UK university places fell by more than 5 per cent last year, with a rise in young people choosing alternatives such as apprenticeships and internships. Interestingly, this year has also seen a 19 per cent increase in employers choosing to take on apprentices rather than graduates. Apprenticeships and traineeships are creating the highly skilled workforce that employers are looking for.    ...

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Majority of Brits are sleep deprived and stressed, which is negatively impacting their performance at work
Oct19

Majority of Brits are sleep deprived and stressed, which is negatively impacting their performance at work

…And one quarter of Brits claim to feel exhausted on a daily basis Over three quarters (77%) of Brits admit that having a bad night’s sleep negatively impacts their working day, with 27% claiming that they feel exhausted on a daily basis. That’s according to the latest research from leading independent job board, CV-Library . The study explored the attitudes of 1,300 workers around the topic of sleep and the workplace and was...

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Does exercise make you more productive?
Oct13

Does exercise make you more productive?

Earlier this year, research by Opus Energy asked SME business owners and decision makers how they maintained focus and energy throughout the day. Perhaps unsurprisingly, almost a quarter (24.7%) of respondents said they relied on caffeine as a pick me up, whereas less than 1% said they went to the gym on their lunch hour.   Separate research from CABA also found that people who are more active during the working day experience a...

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Report shows that women make up two-thirds of underpaid workers
Oct13

Report shows that women make up two-thirds of underpaid workers

A report by the Low Pay Commission has found that women make up the majority of workers whose employers fail to pay them the minimum wage, with figures showing that almost two thirds of underpaid workers are female. The study also found that women are the least likely to complain about being underpaid. Commenting on the report, Chair of the Low Pay Commission Bryan Sanderson said:   “The Low Pay Commission has always had a strong...

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Lack of time, low self‐esteem and uninspiring bosses stopping Brits from exercising at work
Oct13

Lack of time, low self‐esteem and uninspiring bosses stopping Brits from exercising at work

61 per cent of UK employees say their employer doesn’t encourage them to lead an active lifestyle1  Lack of time (26 per cent) during lunch break, low self‐esteem (22 per cent) and embarrassment around poor fitness (25 per cent) are key barriers to employees exercising at work On National Fitness Day (27th September) AXA PPP healthcare is urging employers to push back their working day by one hour to enable the nation’s workforce to...

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2/3 Employees pressured to work through lunch
Oct13

2/3 Employees pressured to work through lunch

High workloads means 65% of UK staff can’t relax Over two thirds of UK employees are working unpaid over lunches because of heavy workloads and manager expectations, according to a new survey from office supply specialist Viking.   Of the 1,500 office workers surveyed, many employees felt “they were expected to” work through breaks, “wanted to look busy” for managers and 38% simply said they had “too much work” to fit in to...

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31% of UK workers would take a pay cut for their dream job
Oct12

31% of UK workers would take a pay cut for their dream job

With starting salaries set to rise by just 1.4% in the year ahead, research by recruitment specialist, Robert Half UK has revealed half (50%) of UK employees are satisfied with their salaries and feel they are paid fairly given their efforts and achievements at work. In a sign that it’s not just salary that’s important in the workplace, over a third (37%) would be open to re-evaluating their salary expectations in the hunt for their...

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Labour’s Dawn Butler: Get behind BAME employees
Oct12

Labour’s Dawn Butler: Get behind BAME employees

Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler, is calling on British businesses to work with her to tackle the ‘barriers’ individuals from black and ethnic minority backgrounds face in the workplace. The Labour MP has urged companies to ‘reflect the diversity of society’ and change their culture – suggesting BAME individuals face obstacles in their careers just because of the ‘colour’ of their skin. The newly...

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A quarter of Brits took no time off work following death of a loved one
Oct12

A quarter of Brits took no time off work following death of a loved one

New research reveals impact of UK’s bereavement leave provisions www.cpjfield.co.uk New research has revealed that, despite the devastating impact of bereavement, one in four Britons did not take any time off work following the death of a loved one. A further one in 10 took just one day away from the workplace to grieve.   This is according to new findings released today by family-run funeral service provider CPJ Field, which has...

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