Is the office lounge the new boardroom?
Mar11

Is the office lounge the new boardroom?

Guest Blog By Zoe Humphries, Senior Workplace Consultant, Steelcase Organisations recognise group work as central to success, but often struggle to offer effective collaborative spaces. When done right, meetings can foster synergy, encourage heated discussions and allow the necessary sharing of information to crack a project. Done badly, meetings can be a complete waste of time and a serious drain on company productivity. Blank faces...

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Over half of millennials want to use mobile for admin, with only 35% of businesses catching on
Mar11

Over half of millennials want to use mobile for admin, with only 35% of businesses catching on

Workers haven’t realised the advantages of mobile, with 91% still preferring to use a desktop or laptop for administrative tasks, as revealed by research commissioned by ABBYY®, the global provider of content IQ solutions. The research, of 1,246 employees in the UK, found that only one third (35%) use mobiles for administrative tasks, despite 43% of workers wanting to use it for this purpose. Millennials in particular are keen...

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The statistical signs your employees will jump ship
Mar11

The statistical signs your employees will jump ship

Guest Blog by Ian McVey, Enterprise Lead, Northern Europe at Qualtrics By and large, human resources is unfairly tarred as being an ambiguous area, with a focus on the more human aspects of business that are considered to lack immediate bottom-line benefits. Similarly, the HR function is generally not considered an area of the company which supports its decisions with tangible data. However, the rise of Experience Data (data that adds...

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Tackling the New Year employee overspend
Mar08

Tackling the New Year employee overspend

Guest Blog By Ann Marie Bell, Director at Getta Sub The New Year blues are a source of misery for many. Whether it’s the bad weather, dark mornings or financial overspend from the festive season, most employees are likely to have started 2019 out-of-pocket to some extent. Whilst many will joke about over-indulging on drink, Christmas food and gifts, the reality is that, in financial terms, the post-Christmas period can be a stressful...

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Almost one in eight Brits have committed VANDALISM at work due to the office temperature
Mar08

Almost one in eight Brits have committed VANDALISM at work due to the office temperature

As a nation of complainers it comes as no surprise that almost two thirds (59%) of Brits say that office temperatureis a much debated topic amongst colleagues, with over half (52%) even admitting that it causes arguments during working hours. However, new research highlights the extreme lengths that office workers are willing to go to in the battle of the thermostat. More than one in seven (14.5%) workers have gone as far as making a...

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Mums Forced to Express Milk in Toilets at Work
Mar08

Mums Forced to Express Milk in Toilets at Work

Onein three breastfeeding mums are being forced to use a toilet to express milk when they return to work, a new study has found. Thousands of women encounter a shocking lack of support when returning to work, with 56 percent saying they’ve had to express milk in unsuitable places, including the staff room (18 percent), their car (14 percent) and their desk (11 percent).  As a result, 30 percent said they’ve suffered with problems...

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Five ways to help employers close the pension gender gap
Mar08

Five ways to help employers close the pension gender gap

To mark International Women’s Day[i] on 8th March – a campaign that calls for a more gender-balanced world – Punter Southall Aspire is calling on employers to consider if they have a gender pension gap and take action, as many women may still be disadvantaged when it comes to pensions. According to research by trade union Prospect,[ii] women retiring in 2016/17 had 40% less money in their pension pot than men. Thanks to auto...

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Flexible working should be viewed as a workplace necessity rather than a perk
Mar07

Flexible working should be viewed as a workplace necessity rather than a perk

Guest Blog by Lorna Davidson, CEO, RedWigWam With only 17% of Brits admitting they love their job, Lorna Davidson, CEO of short-term recruitment specialist RedWigWam, explains the emerging hiring trends for 2019 and the importance of employee happiness.  LinkedIn recently published their 2019 Global Talent Trends report, an annual survey of 5,100 hiring professionals, which informs businesses of today’s hiring challenges and...

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Brits shun the phones despite emails getting lost in translation
Mar07

Brits shun the phones despite emails getting lost in translation

 Over half (54%) of Brits admit they are most comfortable using email as a form of communication during the working week, as opposed to the phone or a face-to-face chat. Less than a third (28%) said they are confident making phone calls, and even less than one in 10 (3%) said they feel comfortable using video calls to communicate with colleagues.  The report by PowWowNow, commissioned in partnership with research...

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The leading women spearheading the rise of professional coaching
Mar07

The leading women spearheading the rise of professional coaching

Guest Blog By Amy Andrews, The PHA Group In an increasingly complex and cut-throat business landscape, the need to stand out ahead of your competition has never been more crucial to the success of both an individual’s career and company futures, alike. Projecting confidence and being able to effectively lead teams to develop a support network has now become just as important as having acute industry knowledge.  With the coaching...

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“Sorry I’m late, I had problems connecting”
Mar07

“Sorry I’m late, I had problems connecting”

New data reveals 9 out of 10 people struggle when connecting to a video conference call Despite the increase in video conferencing usage, issues relating to ease-of-use and content sharing are impacting enterprise collaboration. The overwhelming majority of enterprises (90per cent) reported experiencing challenges when connecting to video conference calls. This is according to a new survey from StarLeaf, conducted by Vanson...

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Small Business, Big Stress
Mar07

Small Business, Big Stress

New research reports soaring stress levels among UK’s small businesses Heavy workloads and economic uncertainty underpin the stress of running an SMB 48 per cent of SMBs do not do enough to promote mental health policies to their employees Small business stress is causing sleepless nights (41 per cent), more alcohol consumption (21 per cent) and arguments at home (13 per cent) 29 per cent of SMB owners say their business can adapt to...

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How can I secure a pay rise?
Mar07

How can I secure a pay rise?

Guest Blog from Louise Goodman, Marketing Director, UK & Ireland at Monster. When’s the right time to ask? You can ask for a pay rise at any time, but there are certain moments that are more naturally suited to it than others like a performance review or the end of the calendar or financial year. However, don’t ask more than once a year as you’ll come across as unrealistic, if not unreasonable in your boss’ eyes....

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Two thirds of UK workers irritated by co-worker’s messy desks, despite less than half tidying their own workstations daily
Mar07

Two thirds of UK workers irritated by co-worker’s messy desks, despite less than half tidying their own workstations daily

 As ‘Tidying Up’ star Marie Kondo’s decluttering crusade on Netflix continues to inspire the nation at home, when it comes to organisation at work, it seems the UK isn’t quite as organised, according to research released today. The study, which looked into organisational habits at work, found that almost two thirds (59%) of those surveyed said they regularly procrastinate over organisational tasks, with less than half of UK...

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5 tips for creating a gender-balanced workplace
Mar06

5 tips for creating a gender-balanced workplace

Guest Blog from Kate Palmer, Associate Director at Peninsula ‘Balance for Better’ is the chosen theme of this year’s International Women’s Day and organisations may choose to utilise this to create a greater gender balance in their workplace.  By now most employers should hopefully understand that it is unlawful to pay women less than men working in the same position. However, there may be less obvious instances where women are...

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