Preparing for summer holiday season
Jul09

Preparing for summer holiday season

Guest Blog by Conor McArdle, Content Executive at Brighter Business   Summer is nearly upon us, and it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare. For all the sunshine, beach trips, BBQs and picnics that summer brings, there are invariably some challenges that businesses face.   Here, Conor McArdle from Brighter Business has some advice and pragmatic solutions to help businesses and business owners navigate the obstacles they face...

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Business leaders: Graduates missing entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed
Jul09

Business leaders: Graduates missing entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed

Survey reveals mismatch between what graduates and employers think are entrepreneurial traits.   Business leaders have found that today’s graduates need to develop an entrepreneurial skillset in order to excel in their career, a new study has revealed   Over a third (37%) of employers feel graduates are missing key entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in business, despite the majority (79%) of graduates being confident they...

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Quarter of Brits say #MeToo and Time’s Up gave them confidence to report sexual harassment in the workplace
Jul09

Quarter of Brits say #MeToo and Time’s Up gave them confidence to report sexual harassment in the workplace

Prominent movements against sexual harassment, including #MeToo and Time’s Up, have given over a quarter of UK workers the confidence to report sexual harassment they see or experience in the workplace, according to new research from global jobs site Monster.co.uk   While the research unearthed the positive impact the movements have had, it also highlighted the extent of gender discrimination and sexual harassment still taking place...

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How to encourage happiness at work
Jul06

How to encourage happiness at work

Is Britain happy at work? Not if studies are to be believed. New research from the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) found that 47% want to change jobs. More than one in five are looking to change their role in the next 12 months – a sure-fire indicator of the changing landscape of the British job industry.   For young people, this number is even more severe. A full 66% of 18-34 year olds want a new job, again showing the...

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Summertime in the office: the dos and dont’s
Jul06

Summertime in the office: the dos and dont’s

Guest Blog By Matt Weston, Managing Director at Robert Half UK   When the weather warms up and holidays are edging closer, it can be all too tempting to relax and let your professional guard down. If this is something you identify with, then you aren’t alone.     Workplace data suggests that productivity drops 20% during the summer months, with 45% of employees admitting that they’re more distracted. This could be down to excitement...

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Millennials Look Long-Haul for Work
Jul06

Millennials Look Long-Haul for Work

Feeling homesick? That doesn’t seem to be a problem for millennials, as new research from mobile current account Monese has found that 81% of the generation would relocate up to 4,000 miles in the pursuit of work, saying sayonara to an office in the UK and taking up post in North America.   Embracing the digital nomad culture and breaking free from the traditional 9-5 office routine, it appears young Brits are keen to broaden their...

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Why a healthy dose of competition is good for your career
Jul06

Why a healthy dose of competition is good for your career

Guest Blog by By Matt Weston, Managing Director at Robert Half UK   Most of us can probably agree that coming up against competition brings out a very different side to our personalities. Rivalries for promotions, pitches or new roles can push us to be more productive and to produce stronger work.     Experts believe that being competitive in business drives creativity and helps refine skills like a willingness to push boundaries,...

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What can the built environment learn from England’s World Cup success
Jul06

What can the built environment learn from England’s World Cup success

Guest Blog by Jonathan Cameron of Incendium   The 2018 FIFA World Cup is certainly a break with tradition so far as the England squad is concerned. In previous tournaments, England fans – encouraged by the media – dared to dream that their boys could replicate the success of 1966, when Bobby Moore’s team defeated West Germany 4-2 in the final after Geoff Hurst scored two goals in extra time. With remorseless predictability, such...

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Time to take a break…
Jul05

Time to take a break…

Guest Blog by Adrian Lewis, Activ Absence   A survey commissioned by British Airways in January revealed that one-third of UK workers did not use up their annual leave in 2017, losing an average of four days each.   Today is National Workaholics Day which brings the attention to the research carried out – how are companies manging their staff holidays and encouraging them to use their annual leave entitlement.     The recent hot...

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Offensive Odour Tops the List of “Most Irritating” Co-Worker Habits!
Jul05

Offensive Odour Tops the List of “Most Irritating” Co-Worker Habits!

Britons work more hours than anyone else in Europe, according to the EU’s own figures; a total 42 hours and 18 minutes a week. The only other major economy where people spend more than 40 hours a week in the office (on average) is Germany, with 40 hours and 24 minutes.   It is therefore imperative we get on with our colleagues, after all, we spend more time with them than our own family and friends! However, sometimes, this is easier...

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Tips for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace
Jul05

Tips for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace

Guest Blog by Shakira Joyner of HCHR As controversial “gay conversion therapies” are to be banned as part of a government plan to improve the lives of gay and transgender people, diversity is a topic that has continues to be a major talking point when it comes to equality in the workplace. Yet some companies are still grappling with defining what this means to their organisation in terms of LGBT inclusions, communicating why diversity...

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Working Remotely During a Heatwave
Jul05

Working Remotely During a Heatwave

Guest Blog by Jonathan Dungan, Marketing Executive at 247meeting   It’s like, really hot.   There are better, more sesquipedalian ways to convey that message, but I find it’s too hot to even string a series of relevant thoughts together.     I even had to run a Google search to find that fancy word there, all because I can’t seem to express myself properly in these drought-like conditions. It’s a great word though, it actually means...

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How Smart are your people working?
Jul05

How Smart are your people working?

What percentage of your working week is spent doing things you think you should be doing, and doing them well? In other words, Working Smart.   If you have just answered this question, make a note somewhere. I’ll explain why.   It’s a question I have been asking employees around the world in my leadership training programmes for the last 20 years. I have met nearly 10,000 people in that time, so when I tell you what the average answer...

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Entries open for CIPD Wales Awards
Jul05

Entries open for CIPD Wales Awards

CIPD Wales, the professional body for HR and people development, has announced that entries for its 2018 awards are open following the phenomenal success of last year’s inaugural awards. To be held at National Museum Cardiff on 22nd November, the awards celebrate the outstanding people development work that takes place across Wales. Thousands of people work in the people profession across Wales, with HR and leadership development...

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What employees’ rights are when a business decides to restructure
Jul05

What employees’ rights are when a business decides to restructure

Guest Blog By Kirsten Cluer, HR Consultant and owner of Cluer HR     With the recent news that 11,000 jobs are being put at risk at House of Fraser amid heavy falls in profit forcing it to close more than half of its UK stores, it has raised questions around what employees’ rights are when a business decides to restructure.   When a company or organisation enters a period of transition, the major changes can be swift. During this...

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