‘Always on’ culture detrimental to working parents as they struggle to spend quality time with children
Sep19

‘Always on’ culture detrimental to working parents as they struggle to spend quality time with children

A recent report from the Trades Union Congress has highlighted that almost two thirds (58%) of workers in the UK believed flexible working was ‘unavailable’ in their current role, and 30% of flexible working requests are rejected or turned down. In addition, a recent poll indicated that British parents spend less than 30 minutes of quality time a day with their children. The Myers-Briggs Company, one of the world’s largest business...

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What employees really want – and no, it’s not money
Sep19

What employees really want – and no, it’s not money

Today’s perception of a happy workplace is littered with fun extras designed to motivate employees – from table tennis to napping pods, and everything in between. But it seems the key to a happier workplace – and workforce – is much simpler than Insta-worthy #workperks; just invest in their development. New research into the nation’s job satisfaction has revealed that employees who feel their employers invest in their development are...

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Employers get personal: Research reveals the top traits that cost people the job
Sep19

Employers get personal: Research reveals the top traits that cost people the job

While skills and experience are key areas companies look at when hiring, a new survey from leading independent job board, CV-Library, and CV-writing firm, TopCV, reveals that three-quarters (77%) of employers believe personality is most important when considering someone for a job; more so than education (13%) or appearance (12%). The survey, which quizzed nearly 200 UK employers on what they look for in candidates, found that after...

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In the Dark—95% of SMEs Unaware of the Legal Rights of Disabled Employees
Sep19

In the Dark—95% of SMEs Unaware of the Legal Rights of Disabled Employees

Despite ambitious government policies to get a million disabled people into work over the next ten years, the latest ONS data shows a miniscule 5% increase since the 2017 goal, which would only see a total of merely 5,800 disabled people in work by 2027 if the pattern continues. In light of the disability employment issue, a new survey of UK SME owners conducted by Bolt Burdon Kemp revealed a shocking 95% of respondents don’t know the...

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11 business habits you need to set time aside for
Sep19

11 business habits you need to set time aside for

Everyone has a list of things they know they should do but, let’s face it, try to avoid doing at all costs. But what habits are you avoiding, as a business owner? With so much to do, it can be easy to forget about the little habits that could make a big difference to the running of your business. So to help get you started, the small business experts at Opus Energy have identified 11 business habits you likely don’t do regularly, but...

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Four out of five (83%) grads call time on university snobbery as they are concerned firms still favour ‘posh’ institutions
Sep19

Four out of five (83%) grads call time on university snobbery as they are concerned firms still favour ‘posh’ institutions

Four out of five (83%) graduates have revealed they are concerned that university graduates from the Russell Group institutions are favoured when it comes to applying for graduate roles. Indeed, as the newest cohort of university students prepare for the start of ‘Freshers Week’, graduate job board Milkround have found that graduates’ fears may not be misplaced, with only one in five (22%) graduates from prestigious Russell...

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New Skills Academy Helping You with Your Career
Sep19

New Skills Academy Helping You with Your Career

There are two interesting facts about the current UK job market. One is that the employment rate is at a record high since the early 1970s. The other is that the economic inactivity rate, i.e. those not seeking employment, is at a record low. It is clear that the UK is enjoying a golden period in employment at the moment, and there are many reasons why this could be. Any economic stat of today usually goes together with mentions of...

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The benefits of having a garden office
Sep19

The benefits of having a garden office

Working from home is becoming very popular due to the many benefits it provides. Having an office in your garden is a useful way to work if you have your own business, want to make your life easier or even save yourself time and money on the cost of commuting. There are so many reasons why a garden office will change your life, here are some key points from the UK’s premier retailer of quality garden and leisure buildings, GBC...

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Sexual Harassment at work- what have we learned?
Sep18

Sexual Harassment at work- what have we learned?

Generated as a response to allegations of harassment and sexual assaults in Hollywood, the #MeToo movement shone the spotlight firmly on the subject of sexual harassment across the globe and all sectors of society. It’s hard to believe two years have passed since the movement hit the headlines. Here we examine why instances of sexual harassment continue despite challenges to attitudes and crucially whether employers are really doing...

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Discrimination in the workplace: Ensuring you don’t fall foul of the law
Sep18

Discrimination in the workplace: Ensuring you don’t fall foul of the law

Employment law has been designed to ensure that everyone is protected in the workplace. It sets out a framework for what employers should to do to avoid discrimination at work. When it comes to work, there are many areas where discrimination may be a risk. This is why it’s important to consider all aspects of working life when addressing discrimination. Vacancy advertising You’ll need to start considering the issue from the moment you...

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Mistakes employers make with Gen Z and how to avoid them
Sep18

Mistakes employers make with Gen Z and how to avoid them

Generation Z are the cohort employers have least experience of, and so are at most risk of becoming disengaged in the workplace, according to Towergate Health & Protection. In 2018, on average 48% of employees left a role because it wasn’t what they thought it would be, this figure is even higher for Gen Z workers with three-quarters (73%) quitting as a role did not meet their expectation*: a clear warning for businesses that Gen...

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Rugby World Cup 2019: a survival guide for employers
Sep18

Rugby World Cup 2019: a survival guide for employers

Guest blog by Owen John, Partner at Darwin Gray On Friday 20 September, the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan. Whilst it will be an exciting six weeks for rugby fans, it is important that employers are aware of the work-related issues which could arise during the tournament, which runs from 20 September until 2 November. For example, whilst some employees may have genuine reasons for being absent from work, in other cases it may be a...

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4 Ways to Drive Your Sales Using Collectible Badges
Sep18

4 Ways to Drive Your Sales Using Collectible Badges

Collectible badges are cherished by many people because they have significance in their lives. It could be a memory of a store you visited in a foreign country or a special souvenir collected from somewhere. They can be collected and displayed in homes, offices or any other places where you want people to see and appreciate them. Many entrepreneurs and institutions have already realised how valued collectible badges are. As a result,...

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One in ten Brits have reported their neighbours to the police
Sep17

One in ten Brits have reported their neighbours to the police

More than one in ten (11%) Brits have reported their neighbours to the police, new research has revealed. The study, conducted by regulated property buyer Good Move, asked 1,500 UK adults what they think of their neighbours, which habits they find annoying and the actions they have taken in response. It found that nearly three in five (59%) Brits think their neighbours are annoying. Specifically, the most frustrating habits are...

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This is how gender bias might be affecting women promotion to C-suite
Sep17

This is how gender bias might be affecting women promotion to C-suite

Gender bias has been an ever-trending topic in the world of work. Specifically, topics like equal pay and promotion have occupied most of the debate. Interestingly, there has been a significant increase in the search term “gender bias”. According to Google, people searching for the term almost doubled from the year 2016 to 2019. During the same period, people seeking understanding of women promotion at work has remained stable....

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