The different types of team meetings – and how to choose one
Jul12

The different types of team meetings – and how to choose one

Guest Blog by Nicolas Walker   Business communication ought to differ from a secular one as it has a certain role and a strict ethic of behavior when sophisticated small talk is totally free in a form. Business gatherings are held with a goal to come up with a concrete decision of actual task or problem.   Such communication form allows seeing the company’s current situation in complex, to make out all its strong and faint sides. It...

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Most Annoying UK Office Jargon Revealed In New Glassdoor Survey
Jul12

Most Annoying UK Office Jargon Revealed In New Glassdoor Survey

“Touch Base” is Most-Hated Phrase For Second Year In a Row   A new Glassdoor survey released today reveals that the UK’s most annoying office buzzwords in 2018 are “touch base”, followed by “no brainer” and “punch a puppy”. Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites, identified what words or phrases irritate UK employees the most in order to highlight to jobseekers the risks of using office jargon and the impact it...

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Benefits And Rewards Failing 3 in 5 UK Employees
Jul12

Benefits And Rewards Failing 3 in 5 UK Employees

Three out of five (61%) employees aren’t satisfied with the benefits and rewards their employers offer, according to the latest research by Sodexo Engage.   The same research* also found that one in five (19%) employees felt that the benefits and rewards on offer aren’t relevant to them at all. The results, based on a survey of 2,000 UK employees, highlight the fact that businesses across the UK are investing in, and implementing,...

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Stay savvy to the hidden costs of a new business
Jul12

Stay savvy to the hidden costs of a new business

It goes without saying that awareness of the cost of setting up a new business is a crucial part of its success. A careful plan of a business’ costs when starting up sets a solid foundation for its future work. To make sure you don’t miss any hidden costs, gas suppliers Flogas, bring you this guide of a few hidden costs you may not have considered when planning your business venture. Upgrade your business plan Competition...

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Tips to help you successfully manage a virtual team
Jul12

Tips to help you successfully manage a virtual team

Guest Blog by Beat Buhlmann, Evernote’s General Manager for EMEA   Virtual teams have become a crucial part of many organisations in order to allow them to cope with the new globalised nature of the business environment. In fact, by 2020 half of the UK workforce will work remotely according to estimates. But as this trend grows, research shows that an alarming two out of every three experienced managers fail at their first attempt to...

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UK employees are failing to take holiday, how should employers respond?
Jul11

UK employees are failing to take holiday, how should employers respond?

Guest Blog from Adrian Lewis, Commercial Director, Activ Absence   According to a new survey from Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest recruitment sites, two in five UK employees polled (40 per cent) reported taking a maximum of just half of their annual leave entitlement during the last holiday year, with the average employee taking just 62 per cent of their allowance.   This study serves as a timely reminder for companies to...

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Half of UK workforce don’t know if their company offers shared parental leave
Jul11

Half of UK workforce don’t know if their company offers shared parental leave

New research from global jobs site, Monster.co.uk has found that half (50%) of UK the workforce don’t know if their company offers shared parental leave, three years into the initiative.   Alarmingly almost half (47%) of HR professionals admit they don’t actively promote shared parental leave within their organisation and 42% state they only communicate the company’s policy when they become aware of a staff member expecting a child. A...

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23% of employees admit to regularly checking emails whilst on holiday
Jul11

23% of employees admit to regularly checking emails whilst on holiday

If you consider innovations like voice search, digital assistants, productivity apps, inflight Wi-Fi and the fact that according to Radicati Group, around 269 billion emails are sent per day around the world, it certainly seems so.   John Williams, Head of Marketing at Instant Offices explores the top five reasons why logging off from work devices and avoiding checking emails during holidays are important.   In the UK, around 23% of...

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Half of UK workers worry Brexit will prevent them working abroad
Jul11

Half of UK workers worry Brexit will prevent them working abroad

Guest Blog by Sinead Bunting, VP Marketing Europe at Monster.co.uk   Brexit has left half of Brits (45%) worried they won’t be able to work abroad, according to new research from global jobs site Monster.co.uk.   Moving abroad to work in the future is of interest to almost a third (31%) of UK workers, and around a fifth (17%) of Brits say they’ve held a job overseas already. Workers aged 18-36 (41%) are most interested in broadening...

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The misperceptions of the gender pay gap
Jul10

The misperceptions of the gender pay gap

The gender pay gap is thankfully closing in. As with many social issues, however, despite improvements, it’s not close to being corrected just yet.   There are many misconceptions about how it got to be this way and how to solve the problem. There is also the problem that there are still many people who think that it doesn’t exist or is not as big a problem as it is. There is plenty of confusion about what the gender pay gap is but...

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Why Wellness in the Workplace Matters
Jul10

Why Wellness in the Workplace Matters

We spend one third of our lives at work1 and the rest of the time trying to squeeze in seeing friends and family, hobbies and relaxing. When we are at work, we frequently face stress or anxiety, or see it in others. It’s no surprise then, that wellness in the workplace is becoming a key area of focus for employers. In 2016/2017, an estimated12.5 million working days were ‘lost’ in the UK due to work-related stress, depression or...

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Office wall murals, are they the next innovative way to motivate staff?
Jul10

Office wall murals, are they the next innovative way to motivate staff?

Gone are the days of the boring, drab, depressing, office. With more research being put into the art of productivity, it would seem that ideas to get the most out of staff- while keeping them happy, have ranged from office workouts, right through to the colour of the walls. One particular method proving to be popular with business owners and employers at the moment, is to create an office wall mural. A mural traditionally, is a piece...

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Skills shortage top fear for UK financial services
Jul10

Skills shortage top fear for UK financial services

New research shows issues that are keeping financial services directors awake at night Tightened regulatory controls, new business processes and employee training are key worries, say financial services directors Nearly half (49%) of senior leaders in the financial services sector see finding skilled candidates as the biggest worry over the next twelve months, new research from Robert Half Financial Services has revealed. The survey...

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Employees at large organisations take three times as many sick days as staff at micro firms
Jul10

Employees at large organisations take three times as many sick days as staff at micro firms

Research* from Group Risk Development (GRiD), the industry body for the group risk protection sector, shows that employers with over 250 employees are more likely to have a significant absence issue among staff. According to HR decision makers: Companies with over 250 employees have the highest absence rates – averaging 7.5 days per year. Micro businesses with between 1-9 staff only see their staff take an average of 2.8 days...

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Can You Be a Friend and Still Be the Boss?
Jul09

Can You Be a Friend and Still Be the Boss?

While it’s essential to build solid bonds with your team, defining areas of respect, authority and productivity can be challenging when navigating the line between boss and friend. Instant Offices looks into the implications and shares some tips on how to be a boss and a friend.   The idea of friendship applies as much to our personal lives as it does to our professional ones. In fact, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs places a sense of...

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