Is your boss an office Grinch?
Dec05

Is your boss an office Grinch?

Christmas may be the perfect time for gift giving, however when it comes to the workplace many bosses aren’t rewarding or recognising their employees with a token gift, according to new research. A study of 1,000 UK workers published in the Most Generous Time of the Year Study by Perkbox, the UK’s fastest growing employee benefits platform, revealed that 30% of employees haven’t received any gift from their boss or manager at...

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Over Half of UK Parents Admit that Extra Curricular Activities Cause Financial Strain on their Family
Dec05

Over Half of UK Parents Admit that Extra Curricular Activities Cause Financial Strain on their Family

One in three are forced to use activities as part or all of their wraparound care programme   Half terms is upon us already and as schools break out, working parents are faced with that all too familiar dilemma of what to do with their children whilst on holiday and that’s after forking out on average over £20 per week on extra curricular activities during term-time.   A recent research study, commissioned by Satsuma found that whilst...

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Nearly half of Britons would rather go to a Christmas party with their colleagues than family and non-work friends
Dec05

Nearly half of Britons would rather go to a Christmas party with their colleagues than family and non-work friends

Christmas is the time of year when family and close friends come together, however new research1 reveals nearly half of Britons (42%) would actually rather go to a Christmas party with work friends than family and non-work friends. Business telecommunications provider, 4Com recently looked into Britons attitudes towards their co-workers and found that three-quarters (75%) have made lifelong friends with work colleagues, but how many...

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The Hidden Costs Of Inadequate Onboarding
Dec04

The Hidden Costs Of Inadequate Onboarding

A study published by job portal CareerBuilder found that a staggering 36% of business organizations do not have a structured onboarding process in place. At the outset, inadequate onboarding has one clear impact on business – an unproductive use of the employee’s time. Employees who do not have a clear picture of their role or have not been trained for their job are less productive and are thus a liability. However, this is not...

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Tackling workplace sexual harassment – why policy isn’t enough
Dec04

Tackling workplace sexual harassment – why policy isn’t enough

You cannot deny the ubiquitous nature work place harassment. What makes this phenomenon so fascinating is that we know it exists and we all agree that from an ethical perspective it shouldn’t be tolerated and needs to be eradicated. Nevertheless, there seems to be an increasing number of cases reported each year, and these are only the tip of the iceberg. There are many men and women that are either too afraid or don’t think their...

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Manchester business are not recognising employees’ anxieties around communicating in the workplace
Dec04

Manchester business are not recognising employees’ anxieties around communicating in the workplace

Businesses in Manchester need to do more to support employees suffering with work-related performance anxiety, the business world’s equivalent to stage fright, despite it being a regular occurrence for many workers, according to new research. RADA Business, the commercial subsidiary of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art which provides communication skills training for corporate individuals has found that on average, workers in...

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Fixing the learning dilemma
Dec03

Fixing the learning dilemma

Guest Blog by Ben Chatfield, CEO and Co-founder of Tempo   In developed countries learning and earning has generally followed a simple rule: get all the education you can, as early as you can, and reap the rewards for the rest of your career. For years, having a good degree from a respected university was the best indicator of professional success – there were exceptions like Richard Branson and Duncan Bannatyne, but statistically...

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Office canteens need tech injection to boost customer experience and drive footfall
Dec03

Office canteens need tech injection to boost customer experience and drive footfall

Research from digital ordering technology provider Preoday and mobile payments and loyalty marketing platform Yoyo has found that value and speed are critical to delivering a successful workplace canteen experience, and that technology can help meet this demand. Employees want more value   When asked what is important during their lunch break, a third of workers with a workplace canteen (32%) say cheap prices and value for money is...

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The demise of the 9-5: What will the future of the office look like?
Nov29

The demise of the 9-5: What will the future of the office look like?

With the aim to uncover what the workplace of the future looks like,  video web conferencing provider PowWowNow delved into research and interviewed experts and young professionals to outline the changes society is bringing to the workplace. Professor Feng Li, Chair of Information Management at Cass Business School London, Jon Loftin, Head of Unified Communications at PowWowNow and business coach Ruth Kudzi were able to add their...

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Five ways to save £77bn a year, by tackling presenteeism
Nov29

Five ways to save £77bn a year, by tackling presenteeism

Presenteeism rates have tripled in a decade, with 86% of organisations saying they observe people coming into work when ill compared to 26% in 2010* – it’s a serious issue and one that employers need to address. Costing UK businesses around £77 billion in lost productivity each year,** tackling presenteeism isn’t just a business issue but an individual one too as it takes its toll on mental health. The Health Insurance Group...

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Annual commuting time is up 18 hours compared to a decade ago, finds TUC
Nov29

Annual commuting time is up 18 hours compared to a decade ago, finds TUC

Getting to and from work now takes 5 minutes longer than a decade ago, according to new analysis published today (Tuesday) by the TUC to mark the annual Commute Smart Week organised by Work Wise UK. Rail commutes take longest Rail commuters face the longest journeys, taking an average of 2 hours and 11 minutes every day – an increase of 4 minutes on the last decade. Drivers spend 52 minutes on the road to work and back (up by 3...

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The yin and yang of home working:  50% of employees say it makes them feel free, but 26% say it makes them feel remote
Nov28

The yin and yang of home working: 50% of employees say it makes them feel free, but 26% say it makes them feel remote

A recent survey by health and wellbeing provider BHSF, conducted with employees who work at least two days from home, found overall that workers appreciate the benefits that home working offers. When asked how working from home makes them feel, the top three responses were: Free (50%) In control (47%) Calm (46%)   At a time when mental health in the workplace is a major priority for HR departments, these results would indicate that...

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4 industries where health and safety affect more than just the business
Nov28

4 industries where health and safety affect more than just the business

Health and safety rules play a big part in the happiness of employees, but there are some industries where failure to follow guidelines can lead to drastic consequences for employees and customers alike. These are usually industries that deal with vital or necessary services – things that the consumers would struggle to survive without in the modern world – into which the general public puts not only a lot of money, but a lot of...

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The Real Living Wage – why it matters
Nov27

The Real Living Wage – why it matters

by Nicola Britovsek, Director of HR at Sodexo Engage. The recent rise in the Real Living Wage has once again shown how keeping staff motivated through fair rewards is an ongoing priority for businesses. It’s more than just money – the Real Living Wage is a sign from employers that they understand the everyday pressures their staff face. Keeping staff engaged and happy Using the Real Living Wage ultimately keeps staff happy and engaged...

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UK offices in heated debate
Nov26

UK offices in heated debate

Forget Brexit or even the likely winner of this season’s Strictly, it’s the setting on the thermostat that will have offices arguing, according to research by Hometree, the online boiler installation company. Nearly half of all UK workers (48%) say they have fallen out about what the temperature should be in the office, with one in eight (13%) admitting this led to a serious argument with colleagues. For those under 35, this rises to...

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