More Business Travel: The Secret to Professional Success
Oct25

More Business Travel: The Secret to Professional Success

· Employees see business travel as opportunities to achieve their professional growth ambitions: 37% seek inspiration for their work, and 36% look to learn a new skill · Over half (51%) say adding leisure time to a business trip makes them more successful in their business meetings · New Booking.com for Business research reveals the commonalities and variations in how employees across professions value travel and its impact on success...

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Is it time to boot the commute?
Sep22

Is it time to boot the commute?

Graham Bird, Director of workplace consultancy, Where We Work- explores the effects of a daily commute and explains how the rush-hour race can be reduced …    With over 24 million regular commuters making an average daily journey of 56 minutes per day- and as many as 3.4 million travelling for two hours or even longer- it’s safe to say, that many of us are subject to the perils of the daily commute. But, whilst we dutifully continue...

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Ryanair’s flight cancellations highlight that businesses must take staff holiday planning seriously
Sep18

Ryanair’s flight cancellations highlight that businesses must take staff holiday planning seriously

Reports that Ryanair has cancelled 82 flights on Sunday and will cancel between 40 and 50 flights every day for the next six weeks because it “messed up” the planning of pilots’ holiday is a situation that could have been avoided with better holiday planning, says absence management expert, Adrian Lewis, Director of Activ Absence. Discussing the holiday planning chaos Ryanair’s Marketing officer Kenny Jacobs said, “We have...

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Senior HR Advisor awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours
Jun27

Senior HR Advisor awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

HR Services Senior Advisor Pat Thomas has been recognised as a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to transport in London and the community. Pat, from Barnehurst, Kent, who works in the Transport for London Human Resources team, has been an inspirational driving force in her professional and public life, working to foster great understanding between diverse groups of people with different...

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Don’t tar all ‘gig economy’ companies with same brush, says gig employer
Apr11

Don’t tar all ‘gig economy’ companies with same brush, says gig employer

Steve Byrne, chief executive at Travel Counsellors, discusses some misconceptions about businesses operating in the ‘gig economy’ and offers advice on how to make this model work Undoubtedly, you’ll have seen the headlines around the so-called ‘gig economy’. The common conception of businesses operating in this space has been one of exploitation, with a recent report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)...

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Is 24/7 work connection making driving more dangerous?
Feb28

Is 24/7 work connection making driving more dangerous?

Lots has been written about the impact of being connected 24/7 via our handheld smart technology and the emails outside of working hours that can leave employees stressed and trying to find the balance between home and work life. However, a new Google Survey of 2,000 drivers in the UK worryingly showed that the same issue could also be increasing dangers on Britain’s roads. It is against the law to use a hand-held phone while...

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As storms like Doris and Ewan impact productivity, could flexible working help?
Feb27

As storms like Doris and Ewan impact productivity, could flexible working help?

Analysis from economists at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) reveals that when minimum temperatures are just one degree Celsius lower than average, quarterly GDP is on average £2.5 billion lower.  One main cause is lost productivity, as transport links and staff availability suffer when the weather is poor.  The Daily Mail reported that the knock-on costs from storm Doris alone, with commuters waiting hours for...

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Why work related driving can be an HR headache
Feb14

Why work related driving can be an HR headache

Guest blog by Andy Shettle, Chief Product Officer, Software Europe Businesses need to take duty of care seriously Driving is considered to be one of the most dangerous activities for employees to undertake for work purposes. Out of the high number of fatal road casualties occurring in Great Britain every year, between 600-750 incidents are people or vehicles in work-related crashes.   What is duty of care? Under the Health &...

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Southern Rail & ASLEF ‘resolve’ dispute, but RMT remain unhappy – so where does that leave commuters?
Feb06

Southern Rail & ASLEF ‘resolve’ dispute, but RMT remain unhappy – so where does that leave commuters?

Following two weeks of intensive talks, the parties have now reached an agreement about the long-running dispute between ASLEF and GTR Southern. This resolves the current dispute, subject to securing the support of ASLEF members, and no further industrial action is planned.  Southern drivers will now vote on the new deal, and the result of the ballot will be published on 16 February. The negotiations have been jointly chaired by...

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Firmdale Hotels announces Employee Engagement Week
Jan27

Firmdale Hotels announces Employee Engagement Week

Monday 30th January marks the start of luxury hotel group, Firmdale Hotels’ first ever Employee Engagement Week. Over the course of the next seven days, employees from across its eight London hotels will have the chance to take part in a range of activities designed to educate teams on people initiatives taking place across the business, and the learning and development opportunities available to them throughout 2017. Julia...

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Replace GP receptionists & Train Drivers with robots, say UK workers
Jan12

Replace GP receptionists & Train Drivers with robots, say UK workers

A new survey of the UK’s workforce has revealed which jobs workers are in fear over losing soon and which jobs workers want to see replaced by Automation ASAP. www.LondonOffices.com asked over 800 workers from across the UK which jobs they thought would be first to go and which jobs they welcomed being replaced by machines or AI. The results are eye opening. Respondents said they would love to see the following jobs automated as soon...

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Transport for London and Terrence Higgins Trust host the UK’s largest HIV workplace testing event for the second year running
Nov22

Transport for London and Terrence Higgins Trust host the UK’s largest HIV workplace testing event for the second year running

The event helps tackle stigma and encourages earlier diagnosis Those who have never been tested before are encouraged to take part Transport for London (TfL) and Terrence Higgins Trust are marking National HIV Testing Week by hosting the UK’s biggest workplace testing event for the second year running. Following last year’s success, which saw 90 TfL employees requesting the test, this year’s event has expanded to encourage more staff...

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As nights get darker, are your driver risk assessments ready?
Oct27

As nights get darker, are your driver risk assessments ready?

Employers have a responsibility for the health and safety of all employees carrying out work activities, this includes when they are driving for work.  They are also required to consider any risks and take reasonable steps to minimise them. Driving is recognised as one of the most dangerous work tasks that most people perform, not only could any miscalculation injure the driver or someone in your workforce, but also members of the...

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Safety crisis: One in three employees not insured to drive
Sep15

Safety crisis: One in three employees not insured to drive

Car insurance. It’s one of those bills that’s harder to stomach than most, possibly because it appears to be unreasonably steep compared to other bills. If you regularly use your own car for work purposes for reasons other than commuting, you need to take out business insurance – which is more expensive than standard. However, if you haven’t done so, you’re not alone. According to data sourced by Rentalcars.com, one in three...

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Benefits specialists warn employers not to rely on EHIC for work-related travel or relocation
Aug11

Benefits specialists warn employers not to rely on EHIC for work-related travel or relocation

In a press release issued by the ABI last month (13 July 2016), the organisation urged holidaymakers to keep calm and carry on travelling with the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC, previously the E111) and travel insurance, and that there are no immediate changes to either, following the vote to leave the EU. However, Jelf Employee Benefits warns employers that the EHIC and travel insurance do not provide sufficient protection for...

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