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Has the time come to improve your work/life balance?
With more and more people placing an emphasis on general wellbeing - both physical and mental - the concept of work/life balance has never been more important than it is today. Maintaining a healthy division of time between your career or business and your home life isn’t always easy, particularly if you run your own company and shoulder most of the responsibility for its success. With that in
5 things businesses can do to give back to their communities
In our current era of corporate social responsibility and growing concern around issues such as social inequality and the environment, businesses need to think about priorities other than turning a profit. For many companies, it has never been more important to play a significant, positive role in their local communities, or, in other words, to ‘give something back’. The Federation of Small
Five ways for business owners to combat stress
In addition to common priorities such as reducing costs and bringing in more revenue, businesses need to think about issues like workplace wellbeing and the actions they are taking to protect their own health and that of their employees. One of the most significant considerations of all for business people today is stress, which has been identified as a growing problem for owners of small firms. Accounting
5 attributes you need to launch a successful solo venture
Going into self-employment is an increasingly popular option in the UK. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, the number of people in work has increased to a record high of 32.6 million, with solo working making a big contribution to this figure. Some 4.84 million people were working for themselves in the last quarter of 2018, an increase of 63,000. The trend
5 ways even the smallest firms can get results from social media
Social media has evolved into a hugely important part of life for many people in the modern world. In 2018, there were nearly 3.2 billion social media users around the world, an increase of 13 per cent from the previous year, according to We Are Social. Facebook alone had 2.32 billion monthly active users at the end of last year. These huge numbers make it clear that businesses can’t afford
Five ways to improve teamwork in your office
Businesses face many challenges every single day, and in order to overcome them, you need to make the best possible use of arguably the most powerful asset at your disposal: your workforce. If you are able to get the individuals in your company working together as effectively as possible, your enterprise will considerably increase its chances of success. With that in mind, here are five strategies
How to deal with staff mental health issues
Mental health issues have long been a taboo topic in the workplace and in general life. Thanks to greater awareness, with celebrities and even Prince William speaking out about their experiences, the work of charities and the increasing acknowledgement of the problem at government level, the stigma associated with mental health issues has declined and understanding has grown. A common issue Indeed,
How to help those recovering from illness settle back into work
Every manager hopes to be blessed with a fit and healthy workforce, but sooner or later they will find someone on the payroll gets seriously ill. From those who have suffered lifelong chronic conditions to people who appear fit and well only to suffer an accident or be struck down by a sudden infection, there are many ways in which bosses could find themselves having to deal with longer-term sickness. A
How to make office life healthier (and it’s not just about food!)
With the new year a few weeks old, many people will have been taking steps to get healthier. No doubt lots of people will have responded to their Christmas excess by going on diets, joining gyms and getting involved with initiatives like Dry January. However, a few weeks in all that early effort may have started to drop off. Too much hard work and too little fun will have blunted that new year determination.
5 Ways to encourage positive thinking among your staff
Everyone wants their staff to have an upbeat, can-do attitude at work, but achieving this is not easy. There are two reasons for this, temperamental and circumstantial. In the first case, some people naturally have a glass half-full approach to life, while others think in half-empty terms. Many people who have a downbeat view of life may have been influenced by difficult life experiences. In addition,