Are our jobs making us fat and unhappy? One third of UK professionals say so
Jan17

Are our jobs making us fat and unhappy? One third of UK professionals say so

Many of us will have no doubt be gained a few pounds over the festive season. But, for nearly one third of the nation’s professionals, it doesn’t stop there, with 29.1% admitting that their job has led them to gain weight. That’s according to the latest study from CV-Library, the UK’s leading independent job board.     The survey of 1,200 workers sought to explore the affect our jobs have on our health, our weight and our...

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Almost 1 In 4 Brits Own A Pair Of Lucky Pants
Jan17

Almost 1 In 4 Brits Own A Pair Of Lucky Pants

Almost of quarter of superstitious Brits own a pair of lucky pants, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 UK adults by online games destination, Wink Slots revealed that 26% of Brits own a good luck charm that they wear for prosperity. Pants proved to be the most common wearable good luck charm, as a staggering 24% claim to own a pair, while a further 17% own a lucky piece of jewellery.   thumbs 1 in 10 (11%) own a lucky...

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Employee Issues that Severely Impact Productivity
Jan17

Employee Issues that Severely Impact Productivity

No matter how talented or professional your workforce is, human nature and emotions will come into play from time to time. Employee issues such as divorce and financial difficulty can have a severe impact on their ability to work efficiently and productively.   In an era where the business world is more competitive than ever thanks to the evolution of modern technology and the rise of small businesses, the need for efficiency and...

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January blues? How workplace wellbeing initiatives can beat the blues
Jan17

January blues? How workplace wellbeing initiatives can beat the blues

Cold mornings and dark nights can take their toll on the UK’s workforce, and with the long, distant wait until pay day, it’s no wonder in January we were faced with Blue Monday – the most depressing day of the year. Blue Monday, the day when we’re all most likely to be miserable thanks to post-Christmas credit card bills, bad weather, failing our new year’s resolutions and a lack of motivation at work.   Mental health issues,...

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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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