UK offices fail to support collaborative work, even though half of Brits now work in teams
Jul19

UK offices fail to support collaborative work, even though half of Brits now work in teams

Team-based work is increasing as people in the UK now spend 55% of their time working with others, according to new Steelcase global research[1]. This global trend toward collaboration is critical for organisations which need to quickly generate new ideas and solve complex problems; yet, new research suggests many workplaces do not support this team-based work. As the nature of teamwork has fundamentally shifted to become more...

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Men are ‘more anxious than women in the workplace’ and more likely to quit a new role in their first three months of work
Jul19

Men are ‘more anxious than women in the workplace’ and more likely to quit a new role in their first three months of work

A new poll has found that 55% of people have quit their job within 12 months of starting. Citation, an HR and Health & Safety support company conducted a survey of 1,000 people to find out what the most commons reasons were for new starters to leave a job within the first 12 months and to see what could be done in businesses to lower the staff turnover rate. Within the poll, Citation found the industries with the highest staff...

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63% of HR professionals say Gap Year helps applicants stand out
Jul19

63% of HR professionals say Gap Year helps applicants stand out

Reports from the Department of Education reveal that 88% of students who took a gap year believe it made them more employable, while a survey by YouGov also found that 63% of HR professionals believed a constructive gap year can make a job application stand out. Reports collated by Fresh Student Living looks into the facts behind the ‘gap year’ and how taking one can impact employability. Gapper StatsWith the latest A Level results...

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Perks just as important as pay for under £30k workforce
Jul19

Perks just as important as pay for under £30k workforce

The ‘Hidden Heroes’ sector of the UK economy, a newly-coined labour workforce, is motivated by employee benefits rather than take-home pay alone. The research findings were uncovered in a new report by Gumtree Jobs, and revealed factors including flexibility, leniency in terms of start times/breaks, and frequency of pay were key motivators for this workforce. No longer limited to traditional ‘blue collar worker’ stereotypes, the...

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Demand for four-day working week rises across the UK
Jul19

Demand for four-day working week rises across the UK

With a recent report from Henley Business School highlighting that a shorter working week could add to businesses’ bottom lines through increased staff productivity and uplift in staff physical and mental health, a new study from ADP® has further emphasised these findings. ADP’s research reveals almost two-thirds of UK workers (61%) would opt for a four-day working week if they had the choice. However, respondents are split in terms...

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Digital natives: Why today’s youths are primed for success with their tech knowledge
Jul18

Digital natives: Why today’s youths are primed for success with their tech knowledge

Today, younger generations are entering the working world with a clear advantage over older generations: they have grown up using technology and social media. This experience is placing them in the perfect position to secure a career using technology – insight gathered by online smartphone retailer, e2save reveals. For World Youth Skills Day today, Monday 15th July, e2save has looked into the attitudes of these ‘digital natives’...

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Holiday causes stress for UK employees
Jul18

Holiday causes stress for UK employees

According to new research from Wrike, the collaborative work management platform for high-performance teams, nearly all UK (91%)  and German (94%) employees feel more stressed in the days leading up to taking a holiday. More than two fifths (43%) of UK employees said that they feel ‘very’ stressed. By comparison, just over three quarters (78%) of French employees report being stressed, with the majority (42%) saying they only...

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Brits reach their happiness peak at the age of 68
Jul18

Brits reach their happiness peak at the age of 68

Researchers took an in-depth look into the overall happiness and contentment of the nation and discovered 68-year-olds score their happiness a massive 9.5 out of 10, the highest of any other age. That’s four points higher than the average happiness rating across all ages, a less enthusiastic 6.9 out of 10. More than half of those over the age of 60 declared that they are happier because they don’t feel the need to impress anyone...

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Allergies ruining Brits’ lives
Jul18

Allergies ruining Brits’ lives

60 percent of allergy sufferers in the UK claim the symptoms are ruining their lives, according to a new study. New research has revealed that failing exams, cancelling parties, having holidays and even weddings RUINED are just some of the trials and tribulations experienced by millions in the UK. The study uncovered that 60 percent* of Britons claim to now suffer from allergies – an increase from 44 percent** in 2010. And as...

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2019 sees rise in UK workers using high cost credit
Jul18

2019 sees rise in UK workers using high cost credit

82% of workers source funds from high cost credit options between pay days according to a new study by Hastee Pay. The research – a follow up from 2018’s Workplace Wellbeing Study – recorded a 4% increase in workers using options such as credit cards, overdrafts and pay day loans. Last year’s report highlighted the impact that personal finance related stress can have on workplace performance as well as sleep, health and relationships....

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Barriers to accessing the NHS: 69% of employees have to take an hour or more off work to see their GP
Jul18

Barriers to accessing the NHS: 69% of employees have to take an hour or more off work to see their GP

New research* conducted by health and wellbeing provider, BHSF, reveals that 69% of employees take more than an hour off work to visit their GP – with one in five needing to take two hours or more off. On top of having to take time off work and a lengthy commute, there’s also more than a week’s wait for around a third of GP appointments – and for 18%, a wait of two weeks or more  The time taken to actually see their GP isn’t the...

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5  Tips for Planning a Corporate Incentive Travel Programme
Jul18

5 Tips for Planning a Corporate Incentive Travel Programme

Business leaders, managers and HR executives are forever looking for meaningful ways to incentivise and engage their employees. The fact is, extrinsic motivators like cash bonuses simply aren’t as effective in this day and age. Employees are looking for something more. They want excitement, the opportunity to experience something new. This is where travel incentive programmes come in. Incentive travel can be for an individual or a...

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How to Curate Your Very Own Home Office
Jul18

How to Curate Your Very Own Home Office

More and more workers are opting to have a work from home contract, with trips into the office punctuated by periods working instead from their home. Meanwhile, a growing contingent of individuals work freelance, or manage their own small business from home – to the extent that some predictions place home-working as the dominant method of earning cash in ten years’ time. With this in mind, it’s clear that the need for a home office...

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The most job-seeker friendly locations in the UK revealed
Jul18

The most job-seeker friendly locations in the UK revealed

To help those looking for a job navigate through finding one, broadbandchoices.co.uk has released a ranking of the most job-seeker friendly locations in the UK. Crawley topped the chart, followed by Reading, Warrington and Luton, while the bottom of the chart is occupied by the capital, preceded by Southampton, Bradford and Sunderland. Alongside the ranking, broadbandchoices.co.uk polled 1,342 Brits to find out what their most...

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UK companies urged to let employees work flexibly on first day of school holidays
Jul17

UK companies urged to let employees work flexibly on first day of school holidays

Business leaders are being urged to let their employees work flexibly next Wednesday (24th July) as part of the PowWowNow Smarter Working Initiative 2019, a campaign running in line with schools breaking up for summer. Now in its fourth year, The Smarter Working Initiative, an annual nationwide flexible working awareness day run by conference calling company PowWowNow. The campaign was created to encourage businesses to embrace...

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