Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party
Dec14

Do’s and Don’ts at the Office Party

“Tis the season! Holiday party invitations are probably flooding your inbox faster than Father Christmas invading shopping centres.  Love it or hate it, there’s no avoiding the fact that Christmas is well upon us and somewhere in all those invitations is probably one for the annual work holiday party. This is a gathering that’s meant to celebrate the season and a year of hard work and commitment, but can be daunting, even for the most...

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1000s of Business and consumers are victims of a ‘Friday job’?
Dec14

1000s of Business and consumers are victims of a ‘Friday job’?

By mid-afternoon on a Friday many 9-5 workers have one eye on the clock as they count down to the weekend – but what about when your job involves working on someone else’s home? A survey undertaken by Protecting.co.uk, a health & safety and employment law expert, has shown that a staggering 76% of trades people admit to doing at least one ‘Friday job’ which they are ‘ashamed of’ – from slap dash plastering to...

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What’s on Your Work Desk?
Dec14

What’s on Your Work Desk?

We asked 16 business leaders of start-ups, established companies and multinational giants what their work desks look like, and what it means to them. Have you ever wondered what some of the most influential business leaders work desk looks like? Are they tidy, messy, do they have pictures of loved ones or gadgets close to hand? And why do they  keep their desk that way; is it a place of function to get work done or an area of...

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Why a VPN router is the best investment you can make for your company
Dec14

Why a VPN router is the best investment you can make for your company

Most companies use Wi-Fi printers these days, which is an IoT (Internet of Things) device. While they are a massive convenience to install and use, they create major security loopholes simply because they are not built to withstand attacks or defend its network. Security measures across all IoT devices are generally weak and non-standardised, making them extremely vulnerable to hacking. According to Varonis, a cybersecurity and data...

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How to avoid the pitfalls of pitching: the Top Five barriers to public speaking
Dec13

How to avoid the pitfalls of pitching: the Top Five barriers to public speaking

Guest Blog By Russell Wardrop One of the most accomplished recoveries in public speaking came from the Prime Minister at this year’s party conference. In a reference to the previous year’s disaster when letters fell off the inspirational message behind her, she said: “I’ve been up all night gluing the backdrop.” Theresa May is no orator and her discomfort behind the lectern is palpable, but her audience loved that line. They also...

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Lower paid workers fear discussing mental health issues with employers
Dec13

Lower paid workers fear discussing mental health issues with employers

Workers on lower salaries feel less comfortable talking to their employer about mental health, according to a report entitled Why BWell from Barnett Waddingham. The research, which surveyed 3,000 UK employees, found that for those in the earnings bracket of£20,000 – £30,000 a year (into which the average UK salary falls), just two in five (40%) said they would be happy talking about mental health at work. Yet this rises to 50%...

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UK tech industry gender imbalance expected to last another 12.5 years
Dec13

UK tech industry gender imbalance expected to last another 12.5 years

Gender balance in the UK tech sector will not be reached for another 12.5 years,according to industry professionals. Male tech workers are even less optimistic, believing it will be another 14 years until there is an equal number of men and women working in the industry. The new research, carried out by leading specialist IT recruiter CW Jobs,found that most companies are struggling to level the playing field, and almost nine in ten...

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Mind The Gap – Why don’t businesses and charities understand each other?
Dec13

Mind The Gap – Why don’t businesses and charities understand each other?

Guest Blog by Graham Sprigg FRSA Most of us, at some time in our career, have been involved in charitable giving or providing support to local community initiatives. For the most part, individual members of staff, teams and employers alike feel they have achieved something positive.  Recent research published by Community Interest Company Partnership of Equals suggests that all may not be what it seems. In an effort to better...

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Does a Green Corporate Agenda Attract Talent?
Dec13

Does a Green Corporate Agenda Attract Talent?

It stands to reason that recruiters want secure the very best talent in the business. To do that, they often look at what perks the company can offer to an employee. It might be the opportunity for quarterly bonuses, plenty of annual leave days, flexible working hours or high-tech offices. However, there’s something else that employers should consider adding to the list to stay ahead of the competition; social responsibility. A strong...

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Thinking Outside the Box When Hiring
Dec13

Thinking Outside the Box When Hiring

The millennial workforce is definitely not an easy one to please. With employee retention rate lower than ever before, and the modern worker being completely unafraid to leave a steady job in search of better opportunities and a more appreciative work environment, it’s no wonder that modern entrepreneurs and business leaders are struggling. In an extremely competitive job market, managers are having a difficult time finding,...

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Driving a happier workforce
Dec13

Driving a happier workforce

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Brighter Business Commuting is rarely a pleasant experience; between congested roads and delayed trains, many UK workers now spend two hours commuting each day, according to a recent study by ONS. The quality of the commute, whether good or bad, can set the mood for the entire day. We all know there is no greater frustration than being stuck in rush hour traffic or on a freezing trainplatform. A new Global...

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Employees with early onset dementia are receiving a lack of support in the workplace an early dismissal
Dec13

Employees with early onset dementia are receiving a lack of support in the workplace an early dismissal

Employees with early onset dementia face a lack of support at work and early dismissal, with those working in low paid employment losing their jobs earlier than thoseworking in high paid roles, a large study has found. The study is published today in the scientific journal Occupational Medicine.  The research pulls together 44 journal papersand articles which explore the management of employees who developed dementia between the ages...

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Opening presents or opening your inbox? Over half of workers plan to check emails over Christmas
Dec12

Opening presents or opening your inbox? Over half of workers plan to check emails over Christmas

Christmas is usually a time for catching up with friends, unwinding with a festive film and overindulging at dinner. However, for over half of Brits the Christmas period also means replying to emails and catching up on work. New research(1) by Lee Hecht Harrison Penna, the global human capital consultancy, reveals 52% of workers will be checking their emails over Christmas. Furthermore, three in 10 (29%) say they will be checking...

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Nine out of ten applicants are looking for job they can stay in long-term
Dec12

Nine out of ten applicants are looking for job they can stay in long-term

91% of applicants want the online screening process to result in a job they want to stay in, according to a recent survey by talent assessment specialists Saville Assessment. Data suggests that nine out of ten applicants are looking for job that is a positive destination in which they will stay long term.      This was also seen as important by 87% of recruiters surveyed, possibly reflecting the cost and time involved in...

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How can workplaces stop their employees wasting their lunch breaks in canteen queues?
Dec12

How can workplaces stop their employees wasting their lunch breaks in canteen queues?

By Nick Hucker, CEO, Preoday Research abounds showing that UK workers are too busy to take proper lunch breaks and get away from their desks. Some recent stats from Sodexo show that employees only take 22 minutes for lunch. We all know that lunch breaks are very important opportunities to take a respite from work and recharge. With the pressure of hectic work schedules and busy lives, how can employers help their workforce benefit...

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