Uninspiring bosses and low self-esteem stopping Brits from exercising at work
Sep27

Uninspiring bosses and low self-esteem stopping Brits from exercising at work

  Low self-esteem (22 per cent) and embarrassment around poor fitness (25 per cent) are stopping UK employees exercising with colleagues One in 10 employees (11 per cent) are deterred by the prospect of wearing spandex and gym gear in front of colleagues – a worry that may be fuelled by over a quarter (26 per cent) of managers seeing this as unprofessional 61 per cent of UK employees say their employer doesn’t encourage them to...

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Is it time to boot the commute?
Sep22

Is it time to boot the commute?

Graham Bird, Director of workplace consultancy, Where We Work- explores the effects of a daily commute and explains how the rush-hour race can be reduced …    With over 24 million regular commuters making an average daily journey of 56 minutes per day- and as many as 3.4 million travelling for two hours or even longer- it’s safe to say, that many of us are subject to the perils of the daily commute. But, whilst we dutifully continue...

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Tech firm eases pressure on working families
Sep14

Tech firm eases pressure on working families

UKFast offers extra day off for parents on first day at school As four and five year-olds up and down the country get ready to start their educational journey, working parents are having to make special arrangements to see their little ones off for their big day, or pick them up when the bell goes. But parents at Manchester technology firm UKFast will not have that worry, as CEO Lawrence Jones has offered all parents of new school...

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Research finds that ‘workend’ is the new weekend
Sep01

Research finds that ‘workend’ is the new weekend

Research shows 65 per cent of UK office workers have to work at the weekend to get the job done Office workers could earn an extra £3,359 per year on average if paid for weekend work Over a quarter of weekend workers have worked almost a full day (5-8 hours) on a Saturday 9% have pretended they had worked at the weekend when they hadn’t Full-time office employees are finding that their precious weekends are becoming the ‘workend’,...

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The case for flexible working
Aug25

The case for flexible working

Richard Morris, UK CEO, Regus   Consider the typical working day. An early start, a stressful commute to reach a fixed point before 9am, a lunchbreak – often curtailed and spent at the desk – and a tiring journey home, leaving the office at a set time to ensure that travel connections are made.  Although the notion of the 9-5 working day was established in Victorian times the fact is that not much has changed regarding...

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August is peak season for summer holidays in the UK and workplace productivity usually takes a big hit during this period.
Aug24

August is peak season for summer holidays in the UK and workplace productivity usually takes a big hit during this period.

Productivity specialists Workfront has created 5 tips to help businesses motivate their employees in the summer. The tips have come from Workfront’s study into external factors affect employee motivation and productivity. Here are Workfront’s 5 ways to motivate your employees during the summer slump 1- Give positive feedback: When asked ‘what influences you to excel at work the most’ 37% of workers cited ‘praise from my manager...

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Should all jobs be advertised with flexible working options?
Aug22

Should all jobs be advertised with flexible working options?

Every job should be advertised as available for flexible working, the equalities watchdog has recommended. Offering flexible hours to all job applicants will help combat pay disparities between men and women, while increasing job opportunities for disabled people, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The Commission also proposed that businesses should be made to collect annual statistics which set out their pay gaps...

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Lack of sickness absence provisions leaving UK workers on financial cliff-edge
Aug03

Lack of sickness absence provisions leaving UK workers on financial cliff-edge

A new report has revealed that UK employees are at risk of a severe financial shock in the event of ill-health, with many being unable to pay their household bills for more than six to eight weeks. The report, from health and wellbeing provider BHSF, titled ‘A high wire with no safety net’, details the perilous state of many employee’s finances, with 37 percent admitting that they could not pay their bills in the event of ill health...

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Could tech help improve remote worker safety?
Jul27

Could tech help improve remote worker safety?

Whilst employers have a duty of care to protect employees where possible, lone workers like estate agents, district nurses, carers and enforcement officers can still be vulnerable.  New high-tech global tracking apps could hold the answer. The safety of lone workers has been in the spotlight since the disappearance of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh in 1986, when she was due to meet a client, ‘Mr. Kipper’ at an empty property...

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 Over 200,00 Brits worked flexibly on Monday for first day of School Summer Holidays
Jul26

 Over 200,00 Brits worked flexibly on Monday for first day of School Summer Holidays

Over 200,000 British office workers from 200 different companies worked flexibly this Monday as part of the Smarter Working Initiative. Back for a second year, the campaign, supported by Powwownow, encouraged companies to give their staff the opportunity to spend one day working from a location that suits them, to show organisations the positive impact of smarter working. Businesses including Purplebricks, RED Driving School, Mediacom...

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Employers losing out on returner talent as women swap industry for flexibility
Jul20

Employers losing out on returner talent as women swap industry for flexibility

It seems that women returners are prepared to change role and industry to get the flexibility they need to manage work and home responsibilities.  Employers wanting to attract and retain returner talent need to build flexibility into their thinking. One in six women return to work in a different function and 38% change industry sector saying their current job offers more flexibility than the one they had prior to taking a break (59%)....

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Workers in dangerous job roles ‘failed’ by poor safety procedures
Jul13

Workers in dangerous job roles ‘failed’ by poor safety procedures

A quarter of employees working in hazardous job roles believe their employers aren’t doing enough to keep them safe at work. 25% of labourers in manual professions, such as construction, thought their company’s health and safety information didn’t go into enough detail about their role and the dangers they could face, or how to deal with risky situations. Worryingly, the survey of 2,000 employees, working for businesses that have over...

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MIT expert: HR is the driving force behind modern working practices
Jul06

MIT expert: HR is the driving force behind modern working practices

Dr. Peter Hirst, Associate Dean, Executive Education, MIT Sloan School of Management explains why HR is the driving force behind modern working practices in MIT and beyond A few years ago, to address the inconvenience of moving to a smaller space, the Office of Executive Education at the MIT Sloan School of Management began testing a fundamentally new approach to how, where and when our people work—by developing a set of team-based...

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Why poor remote working practices could make staff more sick
Jul06

Why poor remote working practices could make staff more sick

UK organisations lose over £100m every year because of work-related stress, depression and anxiety, a figure which could soar in the coming decade if poorly managed nomadic working practices continue, a mental health organisation has warned. “Nomadic, remote and flexible working practices are the norm today,” said Paul Finch, CEO of A People Business. “Unfortunately, if poorly managed, it can accentuate mental and physical health...

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Flexi-phobia: one in five employees too scared to ask about flexible working
Jun27

Flexi-phobia: one in five employees too scared to ask about flexible working

  Over one in five (21%) UK private sector employees – equivalent to 5.5m nationally¹ – are too afraid to discuss flexible working with their boss because they think they will say no, Aviva’s Working Lives report shows. The findings come despite employees having the legal right to make a ‘statutory application’ to their employer to change their working pattern[2]. Those aged 35-49 are the most likely to refrain from exercising...

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