How employers can be more environmentally friendly in the workplace
Jan16

How employers can be more environmentally friendly in the workplace

Prime Minister Theresa May has launched the government’s environment plan, setting out measures to reduce plastic waste over the next 25 years. The Prime Minister announced the government will play a part in reducing plastic by removing all single use plastic from government offices. In answer to a later question, the Prime Minister praised the organisation Sky for banning single use plastic from their working environment and also...

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Battling bias: how to create a diverse workforce
Jan16

Battling bias: how to create a diverse workforce

Guest Blog from David Willett, Corporate Director at The Open University Hiring new people can be a tricky business. Recruiters are looking for people with the right skills who will fit into the rest of the team – but the search for the perfect cultural fit could be affecting diversity, and it all comes down to unconscious bias.     Three in 10 senior managers have admitted that, when it comes to recruitment, they hire...

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FSB statistics show small business owners’ health most affected by orthopaedic conditions, mental health issues and cancer
Jan16

FSB statistics show small business owners’ health most affected by orthopaedic conditions, mental health issues and cancer

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has reviewed half a decade of statistics about the health of its members and identified that just three conditions make up over half of the initial referrals to its medical care and advice service FSB Care. These conditions are:  orthopaedic issues relating to the musculoskeletal system (35%)  mental health issues (17%); and  cancer (6%)   FSB, which is the UK’s biggest business group,...

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When disaster strikes: preparing your business
Jan16

When disaster strikes: preparing your business

Guest Blog If we could predict the future, life would be easy. We’d prepare for everything effortlessly, do what we wanted when we wanted, and have far fewer worries. Unfortunately no-one has this ability – all we can do is take plenty of steps beforehand to at least mitigate some of the problems should disaster occur. Here are three ways to deal with different types of crises.     Financial Preparation Quite how you run...

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Is ‘Blue Monday’ the prompt employers need to tackle mental health issues at work?
Jan15

Is ‘Blue Monday’ the prompt employers need to tackle mental health issues at work?

  Monday 15th January 2018 or ‘Blue Monday is being billed as the most depressing day of the year – with the miserable weather, debt and post Christmas blues all considered to be major contributing factors.   While Mental health charity, Mind is dismissive of Blue Monday, absence management expert, Adrian Lewis, director at Activ Absence believes the day could serve as a positive reminder for employers to think about...

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Revealed: The Cheapest UK Cities For Business Trips
Jan15

Revealed: The Cheapest UK Cities For Business Trips

New research reveals the most and least expensive cities for business trips. Comparing the cost of fuel, food and accommodation, the new research from Allstar Business Solutions: A Day in the Life of a Businessman, has found that there is a large disparity in average spend across the 20 largest cities in the UK.     The research considered average fuel usage over 24 hours, the average cost of breakfast at an inexpensive...

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Half of IT professionals question the safety of their personal data, Kaspersky Lab research finds
Jan15

Half of IT professionals question the safety of their personal data, Kaspersky Lab research finds

IT decision makers across Europe are worried about how many organisations can access their personal data and have low levels of trust in the IT security capabilities of their industry peers.. These are key findings from Kaspersky Lab’s study, “From overwhelmed to empowered, the IT department’s journey towards good data health”, which reveals that only half (55 per cent) of IT professionals have faith that other organisations are...

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The traditional office is dead…
Jan15

The traditional office is dead…

Guest Blog from Alex Hirst,  Co-Founder and Joint CEO of The Hoxby Collective.   Recently I – someone who founded a business that will never need an office – was invited to join the Midtown Big Ideas Exchange – London’s most dynamic series of debates – to discuss the Future of the Workplace, together with a prolific panel of business consultants and chaired by Jonathan Prynn of London Evening Standard....

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It’s Toughest At The Top!
Jan12

It’s Toughest At The Top!

Directors twice as likely to experience ‘workplace performance anxiety’ than any other level.   Despite their extra experience and authority, employees in senior positions are more prone to experiencing workplace performance anxiety than any other role, new research shows.   A study of 1,000 workplaces conducted by RADA in Business, the commercial subsidiary of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art that provides communication...

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From feeling festive to feeling blue
Jan12

From feeling festive to feeling blue

Guest Blog by Sarah Musgrove, Editor at Brighter Business   Christmas is over, the decorations are down, the New Year’s celebrations are already a distant memory – welcome to January.   It’s a long, dark month, so it’s hard to find some feel-good factor to cling to – particularly with employees coming back to work after a relaxing Christmas break.   As tempting as it is to start the year as you mean to go on,...

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Employees are in it for the long haul with average of 4.5 years in a job, finds new research
Jan12

Employees are in it for the long haul with average of 4.5 years in a job, finds new research

With the UK facing an almost unprecedented skills shortage, employers are bracing themselves for higher staff turnover, as their employees are given the bargaining power to move on more quickly to their next role. Yet new research from global recruiters, BPS World, suggests employees are far more loyal than businesses expect.   The survey of 1000+ employees (details below), working both part time and full time, found that staff...

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85% of employees are more likely to work for employers who offer clearly labelled benefits
Jan12

85% of employees are more likely to work for employers who offer clearly labelled benefits

  Research from Canada Life Group Insurance reveals 85% of employees are more likely to work for employers who offer clearly labelled workplace benefits, suggesting workers value benefits when choosing a new job position but often struggle to understand what they are being offered. The results show that clearer employee benefit information is needed for companies to win the battle to recruit and retain staff.     This...

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Algorithms Could Boost Your Recruitment Efforts in 2018
Jan11

Algorithms Could Boost Your Recruitment Efforts in 2018

For many of us, the last couple of weeks have been all about getting back to business after a busy festive period. The start of a new calendar year can be a strange time, particularly as it is not exactly uncommon for those within a workforce to start thinking about a change from their current role. Put frankly, the new year brings new perspectives, and that can often mean some people have the desire to move on to a fresh challenge or...

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Dogs boost sales: 5 reasons dogs should go to work
Jan11

Dogs boost sales: 5 reasons dogs should go to work

How do you manage the stress levels and motivation of your employees? Maybe you buy your team a lavish lunch, or let them leave work 30 minutes early. But have you thought about the effect of bringing your beloved waggy-tailed dog into the office?   Allowing dogs into the workplace – an appropriate workplace, of course, with no hazards or staff with a phobia of dogs – is proven to reduce stress and boost morale. Here, three companies...

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Are you flexing for return-to-workers?
Jan11

Are you flexing for return-to-workers?

Guest Blog by Richard Morris, UK CEO, Spaces   A recent survey from coaching organisation Women Returners reveals that 87% of women making a return from a career break want the option to work flexibly. The figure makes for interesting reading at a time of declining candidate availability and with demand for staff growing at the fastest rate since 2015.   Businesses are on the look-out for top talent, and often women...

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