New research to explore challenges facing women in business
Nov08

New research to explore challenges facing women in business

A new unique piece of research is set to explore and identify the challenges faced by women in the workplace, such as juggling careers, family and other commitments.   Led by Denise Friend, the founder of business advisory and accountancy practice, Friend Partnership Limited, in partnership with Sarah Evans OBE, former Principal at King Edward VI High School for Girls, the survey will investigate whether women need to be realistic...

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International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence
Nov07

International Stress Awareness Week – good time for employers to tackle presenteeism linked to mental health issues says Activ Absence

To mark International Stress Awareness Week (5th to 9th November),  mental health charity, Mind, is calling for employers to talk about stress in the workplace and to encourage staff to share their thoughts and feelings when they are feeling stressed.   Adrian Lewis, Director at Activ Absence supports this advice especially given new research from Canada Life[i] which highlighted that ‘presenteeism’ is on the rise in the UK with over...

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One in five workers still haven’t been given company GDPR policy, according to new poll
Nov06

One in five workers still haven’t been given company GDPR policy, according to new poll

A new study has found that almost one in five (17%) of UK workers haven’t been given a concrete GDPR policy by their company.   According to the poll of over 1000 UK workers released by Fellowes today, one in ten didn’t know who was responsible for GDPR at work, while one in five (18%) thought it was their managers responsibility. Another 10% believe it is up to office managers to monitor confidential data regulations and 6% thought...

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Self-employed Brits drink the most caffeine before bed
Nov06

Self-employed Brits drink the most caffeine before bed

New research has found that nearly a third (31%) of self-employed workers like to drink coffee before bed, despite the high caffeine content in each cup.   The study explored Brits’ food and drink habits in the lead up to bedtime, with Time 4 Sleep teaming up with dietician and lecturer at King’s College London, Sophie Medlin, to discover the ingredients which are best at promoting sleep. It was revealed that teachers like a bit of a...

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5 tips for employers to support their staff’s mental health
Nov05

5 tips for employers to support their staff’s mental health

Guest Blog by Jaan Madan, Workplace Lead at Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England.   As World Mental Health Day is celebrated globally on October 10th, this presents a great opportunity for employers to look inwards and assess whether they have the right support in place for their staff. With one in six people experiencing a mental health issue in a given week, supporting mental wellbeing in the workplace can no longer be ignored.  ...

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More than a third of remote workers report new back pain since working from home
Nov05

More than a third of remote workers report new back pain since working from home

UK home workers are being let down by their employers, who are failing to ensure that their employees are working in a way that supports healthy posture. While organisations are spending millions of pounds to make their offices as ergonomic as possible, they appear to be neglecting to do the same for their home workers. This could be storing up serious musculoskeletal problems for the UK workforce.     New research from health and...

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Al fresco or ‘al desko’? Brits don’t take 19 million hours of lunch breaks each working day
Nov05

Al fresco or ‘al desko’? Brits don’t take 19 million hours of lunch breaks each working day

British workers are short-changing themselves by an estimated 19 million hours of break* each working day by not claiming their full lunch hours, according to new research from GalaBingo.com. Looking into the nation’s lunchtime habits, the study also revealed that one in five (22%) take less than 10 minutes for lunch, while 10% of Brits never take time for a proper break, opting to eat lunch at their desks every day instead.     It is...

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1/3 of applicants have accepted a second-choice job offer because of delayed interview feedback, finds study.
Nov05

1/3 of applicants have accepted a second-choice job offer because of delayed interview feedback, finds study.

Right up there with going to the dentist and sitting an exam has to be the great tradition of going for a job interview. Particularly now it’s November, and recent graduates will be gearing up for this. You sit there, being asked probing questions by someone you’ve never met, trying hard to impress them and make them think you’re the perfect person for the job, while hoping they haven’t noticed how sweaty your armpits are.    ...

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Corporate networking with a BANG!
Nov02

Corporate networking with a BANG!

A recent survey by Harvard Business Review, ‘The Value of Face-to-Face Communication’, revealed that nearly 95% of business executives think face-to-face meetings are essential for long-term business relationships. Almost everyone understands how meeting in person builds the lasting human relationships on which strong commercial agreements can be built, which is why corporate networking events remain popular in an increasingly ‘online...

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A top Priory psychiatrist talks you through his 7 tips for coping with anxiety and depression whilst holding down a full-time job
Nov02

A top Priory psychiatrist talks you through his 7 tips for coping with anxiety and depression whilst holding down a full-time job

One in six people experience a mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression, in any given year in the UK. Some anxiety is normal; however, anxiety and depression can frequently be debilitating, leaving employees struggling to focus.     Statistics show that 12.5 million working days in 2016/2017 were lost due to stress, anxiety and depression. And a survey suggests financial services workers are among the worst in the UK at...

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Should employers ban office romances in light of the Me Too movement?
Nov02

Should employers ban office romances in light of the Me Too movement?

Guest Blog by Kate Palmer, Associate Director of Advice at Peninsula   It is almost inevitable, with the number of hours that people spend at work and the growing social opportunities on offer, that romantic relationships will occur between colleagues. Because this can blur the lines on professionalism at work, some employers may be concerned about the effect that these relationships can have on the workplace in light of the Me Too...

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Considerations for HR teams in run up to new legislation for bereaved parents
Nov01

Considerations for HR teams in run up to new legislation for bereaved parents

Keeping up-to-date with the latest legislation in all areas, including bereavement issues, is, of course, vital for employers and HR teams.   After royal assent was awarded to the Parental Leave and Pay Bill, for example, bereaved parents will receive two weeks’ leave, which is expected to come into force in 2020.     In such a sensitive area, perhaps more so than any other, however, keeping a grip on legislation and prescribed...

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Revealed: The Average Brit Underestimates The Amount They Need To Retire By £169,000
Nov01

Revealed: The Average Brit Underestimates The Amount They Need To Retire By £169,000

New research by leading price comparison website, MoneySuperMarket, reveals many people in the UK haven’t even started thinking about saving for when they stop working. Most have no idea how much they need to save to live a comfortable life in the future and worryingly, nearly half are not considering buying life insurance to protect their dependants from debt and provide for their financial needs.     Using consumer research based on...

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Charity urges bosses to take mental health seriously as one in four leaves job
Nov01

Charity urges bosses to take mental health seriously as one in four leaves job

One in four people working in human resources and administration has left a job due to mental health problems, research by first aid charity St John Ambulance has found.   The survey of 1,000 employees responsible for booking first aid courses with the charity also showed a tenth of employers did not recognise stress as a condition, despite being aware of it as a growing problem.     The findings were revealed as St John Ambulance...

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UK a ‘Nation in Waiting’ as 103 million hours taken off work to stay home for deliveries, tradesmen and repairs
Nov01

UK a ‘Nation in Waiting’ as 103 million hours taken off work to stay home for deliveries, tradesmen and repairs

More than half (53%) of UK workers say they have taken time off work to stay at home for either delivery, inspection or repair in the past year according to research from Hometree, the smart home services company.   People have taken on average 3 hours 18 mins to wait ‘in’ for deliveries, inspections or repairs in the last year which equates to a total of 103 million working hours1 wasted – the equivalent of three weeks2 holiday...

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